In Defence of Little Museums

In Defence of Little Museums
City of Canada Bay Museum

Mostly there’s no blockbuster exhibitions, gift shops or touch screens, and no dinosaur skeletons or Egyptian mummies either.  Yes, small volunteer-run museums can seem like a world away from their…

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The Magic Bank Account

Imagine that you had won the following prize in a contest:  Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use.  However, this prize has rules: The…

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Fun and Laughter at Concord House

Fun and Laughter at Concord House
Concord House

(The following article was published in the Concord Recorder, dated Thursday, 3rd December, 1959) The first guests in residence at Concord House are individually happy, and last Sunday, over a…

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Britain’s Playing Card Tax

Anyone who is vaguely familiar with British social history will be aware that they have had some “different” (by that, yes I mean rather odd) taxes over the years. Take…

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The Ryde Bridges

The Ryde Bridges
Meadowbank Rail Bridge and the Vehicular Ferry

Fourteen miles up the harbour from the ocean entrance at Sydney stand two bridges that are the access route over the Parramatta River from Concord to Ryde.  One, a railway…

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The Long-gone Industries of Concord (Pt 2)

The Long-gone Industries of Concord (Pt 2)
AGL Gasometers and Tram

A list of Concord's industries and commercial enterprises at the turn of the century gives a clear picture of how some of the residents of the municipality earned their living,…

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The “Ten Pound Poms”

The Assisted Passage Migration Scheme was created in 1945 by the Chifley Government and its first Minister for Immigration, Arthur Calwell, as part of the “Populate or Perish” policy.  It…

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