“Bluebirds”

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Bluebirds en-route to France aboard HMAT Kanowa, July 1916

The horror of modern war was brought home to people in Australia as reports of appalling casualties and horrendous conditions on the Western Front filled newspapers. The German assault on…

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The Red King

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Edward VIII 2d stamp

How Australia's Rarest Stamp Escaped an Inferno. On 29 September 1936, William Vanneck, the right honourable Lord Huntingfield and governor of Victoria, paid a ceremonial visit to the Commonwealth Stamp…

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In Memorandum

Why do some Honour Rolls in Australia use the American spelling of “Honor”? Honour rolls were first used in America circa 1905. Communities erected them to remember those who fought…

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Back in the Day (8) . . . Everyday Life and How it Was Lived a Hundred Years ago.

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A fob watch was usually attached to a chain holding a gold sovereign in its case in the opposite pocket. It often had a central pendant attached.

Keeping Time. These days, almost everything has the time. Your computer, your mobile phone, the clock in your car, your blackberry, your iPhone…everything does! But back when the only timekeepers…

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Back in the Day (4) . . . Everyday Life and How it Was Lived a Hundred Years ago.

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Thirsty? A soda-jerk serving up a nice cold one from an old-fashioned soda-fountain

Soft Drinks:  These days, we don’t give much thought to soft drinks. They come in metal cans or they come in plastic bottles, we open them, we drink them, we…

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Ashton’s Baths

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Ashton's Baths

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries there were many tidal swimming pools along the Parramatta River providing welcome relief and recreation on hot days. Ashton’s Mortlake Baths, near…

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