History of Homebush Bay

History of Homebush Bay
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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19th Century Fashions, Crinolines and the Call of Nature

19th Century Fashions, Crinolines and the Call of Nature
Open-crotch drawers, part of our Underwear Though the Ages display

Before he 19th century, most women just wore nothing beneath their chemises.  The no knickers thing was not as scandalous as you might think, dresses were long and worn with…

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The Humble Apron

I don't think our kids know what an apron is The principal use of Grandmas's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few and because…

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Crossing the Parramatta River (part 2)

Crossing the Parramatta River (part 2)
A typical watermans boat

As previously explained, the Bailey and Cashman families took over the crossing service from about 1832 or soon after – both families competed for customers, each having a boat ready…

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