Posts Tagged social history

AIMEE EDOLS PAYS THE PRICE

AIMEE EDOLS PAYS THE PRICE

CONTINUING THE STORY OF SYDNEY SOCIALITE AIMÉE EDOLS . CLICK HERE FOR  PART ONE                                   In 1932, bankrupt Sydney socialite  Aimée Edols evaded police for nearly  six months.  She had turned for help  to an […]

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THE CASE OF AIMEE EDOLS; MISSING SOCIETY MATRON

THE CASE OF AIMEE EDOLS; MISSING SOCIETY MATRON

THE GOOD LIFE!   In 1930, 47 year old Aimée Edols was living  in  Sydney’s  fashionable  Eastern Suburbs.  Her husband  Ernest was a retired grazier, whose family had once owned  Burrawang, an extensive property at Forbes , in the Central West of New South Wales. Burrawang  was famous for having […]

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ASK A BLACKHEATH BOBBY!

ASK A  BLACKHEATH BOBBY!

UPDATE – JULY 22 2017 In light of new information that has come to hand regarding the Blackheath concert and Sergeant Hanley I have added the paragraphs written in blue. DID BLACKHEATH  REALLY NEED A BOBBY? During the summer of 1892 the cash box was stolen from the […]

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Social history and Sydney’s Easter Show.

Social history and Sydney's Easter Show.

 TIMES ARE A’ CHANGING AT THE SHOW As I wandered   around Sydney’s Royal Easter Show this year I was struck by how accurately this iconic event reflects changes in our society.  The cookery section is a classic case in point.  If we want it to survive we will […]

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THE ‘MARCIA’ BICYCLE SIDECAR

THE 'MARCIA' BICYCLE SIDECAR

INTRODUCTION  –   I have always been impressed by my friend Marcia’s energy and love of the outdoors.  I have known her for quite  a few years, but  it was only recently that she mentioned this delightful aspect  of  her family history. It certainly  shed some light on […]

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SOCIAL HISTORY AND THE SATIN BOWERBIRD

SOCIAL HISTORY AND THE SATIN BOWERBIRD

  THE ENGAGING BOWERBIRD Perhaps the most entertaining and interesting  birds in my garden are the  Australian Satin Bowerbirds. The difference in appearance  between females and juveniles and the adult male is hard to believe.  Initially the birds are olive green, with cream and brown  scalloped chests,  […]

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TROUBLE AT THE MILL

TROUBLE AT THE MILL

This piece was first published in the Sydney Morning Herald. Following in the footsteps of Gracie Fields…my brief career as a mill worker. In a radio survey that set out to find Australia’s worst job, removing chicken innards on a production line won hands down….or rather hands […]

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Antique Pillboxes and Other Miniature Containers

Antique Pillboxes and Other Miniature Containers

  AN OBSESSION IS BORN On holiday in Tasmania some years ago, I purchased a sweet little pillbox in an antique store at Evandale. It was gilt, with  a beautiful lid of  purple, machined enamel. It cost me $40. Soon afterwards I bought an 18th century  patch […]

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The Strange Story of Commissioner Bigge’s Will

The Strange Story of Commissioner Bigge's Will

THIS ARTICLE WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE LITERARY MAGAZINE, QUADRANT. IT HAS SINCE BEEN REVISED AND EXTENDED. JOHN BIGGE; REGIME CHANGER Commissioner John Thomas Bigge (1780-1843) arrived in New South Wales in September 1819. He  had been appointed to conduct a wide ranging inquiry into governor Lachlan […]

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Queen Victoria – A statue and a scandal!

Queen Victoria - A statue and a scandal!

A  ROYAL REPLICA Early last century John Norton, firebrand editor of Sydney’s Truth newspaper, described Queen Victoria rather unkindly as; ‘..the podgy figured, sulky faced little German woman whose ugly statue at the top of King Street sagaciously keeps one eye on the Mint while with the […]

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