CANBERRA: CENTRE OF AUSTRALIA’S COLLECTIVE MEMORY

CANBERRA: CENTRE OF AUSTRALIA'S COLLECTIVE MEMORY

This piece was originally published in  The Australian newspaper it has been substantially  updated since then.  CANBERRA – THE PLANNED CAPITAL Many Australians  are   ambivalent  about  the planned city of Canberra. Its monolithic buildings stand a little too far apart in their park like surroundings, and can

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TICK TOCK – SYDNEY’S POST OFFICE CLOCK

TICK TOCK - SYDNEY'S POST OFFICE CLOCK

When the James Barnet designed  Sydney G.P.O clock Tower was constructed in the 1890s there was a drawn-out dispute over the type of bells to be installed. Should the choice be traditional, heavy bells, or would a lighter, tubular variety be safer? Traditional won, but some still

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TASMANIA’S OWN ROAD RUNNERS

TASMANIA'S OWN ROAD RUNNERS

Tasmanian native hens were part of my 1950s rural childhood, but I must admit I gave them little thought.  This may be because they would  simply shoot across my vision like the  cartoon character  Roadrunner. They  are flightless, but can motor along  at up to 50 kilometres

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John Brush, the Sydney Saddler

John Brush, the Sydney Saddler

My interest in John Brush saddles began when Brendan Morris found a rare survivor on his farm in New South Wales. He posted some photos in  The Australian Social History Facebook Group. John Brush established a saddlery and harness store in Sydney in 1840. It was during

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LAURIE’S COPY BOOK

LAURIE'S COPY BOOK

Sorting through documents while researching our family history I found a section of one of my Uncle Laurie’s school copy books. It had been kept as a treasured memento by his mother after his death in WWII.  Each page was dated; from May 3 1932 through to

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ELLIS CORK A.I.F…”Exciting times are looming.”

ELLIS CORK A.I.F..."Exciting times are looming."

Ellis Cork was born in Bomaderry, NSW. He enlisted in the 31st Battalion of the A.I.F  in December 1915, when he was 18 years old. In camp awaiting embarkation for active service, Ellis wrote to his young cousin, Grace. He expressed his excitement about signing up, but 

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Martin Place Remembers.

Martin Place Remembers.

Enlistment rallies, anti-war demonstrations, peace celebrations.  Yes, Sydney’s Martin Place has long been associated with Australia’s military history. From the Sydney Morning Herald on August 5, 1915; MARTIN PLACE CROWDS GROWING LARGER – ELOQUENT APPEALS Each day the crowds of people who come to hear the speakers

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INGENUITY IN HARD TIMES..DEPRESSION ERA DINING

INGENUITY IN HARD TIMES..DEPRESSION ERA DINING

One feature of  cooking during the Great Depression, especially in rural areas, was home made kitchen ware.  I especially like the creativity of the flour sifter; Flour reminds me of my husband’s family, who owned Conolly’s flour mill in Goulburn. It’s an unfortunate truth, but they did

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