Back in the Day (2) . . . Everyday Life and How it Was Lived a Hundred Years ago.

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Your friendly neighbourhood iceman. The thing in his hands are the ice-tongs, which he used to handle the massive blocks of ice. They often weighed several kilos each.

Preserving Food:  Have you ever heard your grandparents call a refrigerator an ‘icebox’? Have you ever wondered what an ‘icebox’ was? How did people keep food fresh back in the…

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Who are we?

We recently received a donation of this set of framed photographs of several boats which carried the inscription:  Presented to P. Edwards, Esq., by the boys of the Concord Dinghi…

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Mortlake

Sydney is made up of many fascinating suburbs and areas, many of which are such a normal part of Sydneysiders lives that they spare little thought for the history of…

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A Bucket of Rum & the Vauxhall Inn, Granville

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The Vauxhall Inn at the corner of Parramatta & Woodville Roads, Granville in 1939 after it was rebuilt. Photo: Australian National University, Noel Butlin Archives.

An interesting souvenir of the opening of the first railway in New South Wales from Sydney to Parramatta Junction is a miniature bucket. When the railway was opened on September…

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Free Beer

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Hospital Attractions

The question of what becomes of beer confiscated by the police in raids upon sly grog shops was raised at Burwood Court yesterday. Mr. Williams S.M., said that he thought that the…

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Murder at the Parramatta toll gate, 28 May, 1814

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New Toll Gate, Parramatta Road (Image credit: New Toll Gate, Parramatta by Robert Russell (1808-1900), National Gallery of Australia)

This post is about the shocking murder of two innocent men during the botched robbery of the local toll-gate at Parramatta in 1814. In addition to the two deaths another two men…

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History of Homebush Bay

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The northern water quality pond makes up part of the parklands' water conservation plan.

When Europeans arrived in 1788 Homebush Bay consisted of extensive tidal wetlands and thick bush. The area was first known as ‘The Flats’, and was recorded by Captain John Hunter…

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