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Miles Franklin’s Waratah Cup

Miles Franklin's Waratah Cup

MILES FRANKLIN AND HER BRILLIANT IDEA   Many literary figures of the day visited  Miles Franklin (1879-1954) at her home in the Sydney suburb of Carlton.  The author of the beloved book My Brilliant Career, referred to the house as, ‘My old humpy.’  A delightful custom  developed

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INTO THE LIGHT – THE NEW MITCHELL LIBRARY GALLERIES

INTO THE LIGHT - THE NEW MITCHELL LIBRARY GALLERIES

                                      New exhibition galleries are due to open  at Sydney’s Mitchell Library in October 2018. Here is a little of what is underway; As part of our transformation of

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GUNSHOT IN THE MITCHELL LIBRARY

GUNSHOT IN THE MITCHELL LIBRARY

The old Mitchell Library Reading Room, now the Friends’ Room. As a young woman, Miss Joyce Cocks became an attendant (and later a buyer) at Sydney’s historic  Mitchell Library. The Mitchell now forms part of the  vast Library of New South Wales complex.   In 1923 an armed man entered the building

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TWO WILLIAM BLIGHS OF BLACKHEATH

TWO WILLIAM BLIGHS OF BLACKHEATH

ONE BLIGH OF THE BOUNTY, TWO OF BLACKHEATH In 1910, Governor Bligh’s grandson, William Russell  Wilson Bligh (1827-1914), bought a house  called Whiteleaf Cross, in Tourmaline Street, Blackheath (now Park Avenue). By then William  was an elderly man. He had arrived in Sydney  in  1837 aged ten, under the

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DEAR DAMNED DIARY

DEAR DAMNED DIARY

  It is such a privilege to have access to someone’s diaries. I  find myself handling  them with something akin to reverence. Recently I  have been in Sydney’s Mitchell Library  reading those  of  English writer Sylvia Townsend Warner.  Sylvia began them in 1927,  the year after she

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LOOKING FOR PAULINE CONOLLY

LOOKING FOR PAULINE CONOLLY

Hello, Editor Des here. I have been in Sydney doing some historical research. However, my trip turned into a real life drama So here’s what happened. I went into the city  on the bus with my guardian, Pauline Conolly. It was a bit rainy, so  when we

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GOVERNOR MACQUARIE’S CAMPAIGN DESK

GOVERNOR MACQUARIE'S CAMPAIGN DESK

  One of the most personal and evocative relics held by the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales is a campaign desk once owned by Governor Lachlan Macquarie. Lachlan Macquarie and his wife Elizabeth disembarked from HMS Dromedary at Sydney Cove on 31 December 1809. They

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THE MYSTERY OF THE MACQUARIE MINIATURES

THE MYSTERY OF THE MACQUARIE MINIATURES

TASMANIAN TREASURES On September 17  1879  the much anticipated Sydney International Exhibition opened in the vast, purpose built Garden Palace. It was located at the south-western end of the Royal Botanic Gardens.                       On October 27 The

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AN HISTORIC PAINTING RETURNS HOME

AN HISTORIC PAINTING RETURNS HOME

 A MISSION   For some time I have been attempting to trace four unidentified sketches by Elizabeth Macquarie.  Elizabeth was the wife of Lachlan Macquarie, an early Governor of New South Wales.  As a resident of the Blue Mountains, I would like to believe that among the

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THE MISSING MACQUARIE RELICS

THE MISSING  MACQUARIE RELICS

                Browsing through  images of paintings relating to early Sydney at the city’s  Mitchell Library, I came across   a striking   portrait of an Aborigine. His  eyes seemed to reflect all the pride and sorrow of his people.  He was

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