Archives for the Year: 2018

Thank you

Museums are a very important asset for any local government area. They hold the keys to the past as well as looking towards the future. For the most part they are run by a dedicated band of volunteers who ask nothing but the chance to keep our past for … Continue reading “Thank you”

A Pleasant Way to Pass Time

Without television, and before the days of wireless, family games were high on the list of favourite pastimes. Classics such as draughts, ludo, chess, snakes and ladders, checkers, dominoes and lotto occupied many a rainy day and lamplit evening. Cards … Continue reading “A Pleasant Way to Pass Time”

Esther Abrahams: From Convict to ‘First Lady’

Her Newgate Prison jailors never imagined how far Esther Abrahams would travel.  In 1786 London, pregnant prisoners like this young Jewish woman often died before or soon after giving birth.  Yet fifteen year-old Esther and her infant daughter Roseanna … Continue reading “Esther Abrahams: From Convict to ‘First Lady’”

Back in the Day (6) . . . Everyday Life and How it Was Lived a Hundred Years ago.

Communications and Correspondence:  SMS, telephones, cellphones, email, Instant Messaging, Skype, Twitter and Facebook…these days we have so many dozens of ways to communicate. We seem to forget that not too long ago, none of this stuff existed, and th … Continue reading “Back in the Day (6) . . . Everyday Life and How it Was Lived a Hundred Years ago.”

March Event – An Afternoon of Nostalgia

Instead of a guest speaker at our museum on Saturday, 7th April at 2:00 pm. we will be entertained by the Bell Bird Bush Band.  Come along and join us for a sing-along afternoon of old bush ballads, to be followed by light refreshments.   This is our c … Continue reading “March Event – An Afternoon of Nostalgia”

“Banjo” Paterson

In 1885, Paterson began submitting and having his poetry published in the Sydney edition of The Bulletin under the pseudonym of “The Banjo”, the name of a favourite horse. In 1890, as “The Banjo” he wrote “The Man from Snowy River”, a poem which caught … Continue reading ““Banjo” Paterson”

Sydney’s Last Trams

Fifty-seven years ago, on the 25 February 1961, Sydney’s last electric trams operated on the La Perouse and Maroubra Beach lines. The last day of trams is a great date to remember for trivia nights. This wonderful image taken by D.R. Keenan shows an R1 … Continue reading “Sydney’s Last Trams”

When the Queen came to Rivendell

Forty four years ago, n March 5, 1974, Queen Elizabeth the Second became the first reigning British monarch to set foot on Hospital ground.  The “private” visit to Rivendell came after a quiet lunch on board the Captain Phillip, which was intended as a … Continue reading “When the Queen came to Rivendell”

Inside History Magazine

Recently we received an almost complete set of the magazine “Inside History”. Unfortunately, eight of the issues were missing – Issues Nos. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 12, 18 and 34. If any of our readers have one of these they no longer want, we would be most hap … Continue reading “Inside History Magazine”

If a Dog was your Teacher . . .

. . . these are some of the lessons you might learn. When a loved one comes home, always run to greet them. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride. Thrive on attention and let people touch you. When you’re happy, dance around and wag your en … Continue reading “If a Dog was your Teacher . . .”