From the Magic Lantern to Television

When the 20th century was new, Australians took active part in most of their amusements.  At home they would play musical instruments, or they would play cards or other games,…

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And so to bed . . .

In better quality late Victorian and Edwardian bedrooms, grand old wardrobes and dressing tables were flanked by fancy chairs and perhaps a small side table. At each side of the…

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Concord Baby Health Centre

The idea to build this health centre was conceived by Alderman Brice Mutton when Mayor of Concord and, in 1943, the council invited tenders for the “construction of a baby…

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The Magic Pudding

One hundred years ago Norman Lindsay wrote the classic Australian children’s book “The Magic Pudding”.  The artist himself called the book a “little bundle of piffle” and wrote it only…

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Did you know . . .

COMPUTERS:   The personal computer is 70 years old this year, although the original machine bears little resemblance to those of today.  On June 21, 1948, Manchester University scientists switched on…

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Tessa The Guide Dog

As many of the readers of The Past Present will be aware, most postcards in their extensive collection focus on a place, be it a building, a beach or a…

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Postcards:  The emails of their day.

Deltiology, the official name for postcard collecting, is thought to be one of the three largest collectible hobbies in the world, along with coin and stamp collecting.  Postcards are popular…

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