Archives for the Year: 2013

Feb 1 – Sam Everingham

A talk by Sam Everingham Cobb & Co: the shocking truth behind the legend at the City of Canada Bay Museum, 1 Bent Street, Concord, on Saturday, 1st February, 2014 at 1:30 for 2:00 pm sharp

The Baggy Green

Michael Fahey will speak on the tradition of the “Baggy Green” as well as some of the funny stories associated with it.

Gary Cook

The State Library of NSW is the oldest library in Australia. It started as the Australian Subscription Library in 1826. It was then purchased for 4,100 pounds by the NSW Government in 1869 and became the Sydney Free Public Library. In 1895 it was renam … Continue reading “Gary Cook”

Scallywags & Scoundrels in early NSW

Tales of some of the more colourful characters who lived in Sydney in the early days of the colony.

Blackmailing the Governor

In 1817 Governor Macquarie instituted a much expended public works programme to employ the increasing numbers of convicts arriving in NSW. But the building of one iconic building led to a change in regulations and a three-week strike in which the convi … Continue reading “Blackmailing the Governor”

Oh! How Things Have Changed

A PowerPoint presentation of photographs through the ages showing some of the changes that have occurred in Concord and Drummoyne over the years.

Henri L’Estrange, Tight-rope Walker

During the 1870s and 1880s public entertainment in Sydney was often a spectacle and the more dangerous the better. One popular entertainer was Henri L’Estrange, tight-rope walker and aeronautical ballonist.

Circus: The Australian Story

In colonial and early 20th century Australia the show that travelled was the practical solution to the economic problem of providing a widely distributed population with access to popular entertainment. One of the earliest examples of an Australian tra … Continue reading “Circus: The Australian Story”

Yaralla Updates

STOP THE RUMOURS Currently there are a lot of rumours going around which contain false information – mainly because it is a self-interest group who have not bothered to find out the facts.

UPDATE: The Secret History of Nursery Rhymes

The history and origin of many of the humble nursery rhymes are believed to be associated with actual events in history, with references to murder, persecution, betrayal, greed and to tyrants and royalty.