Jean’s Diary (Spanish ‘flu)

Jean’s Diary (Spanish ‘flu)
Bird's Eye View

Jean's story continues about her experiences as a Volunary Aide at the Walker Hospital in 1919: Much coming and going of masked and bewildering figures, among which a tall, straight,…

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Open Again

We are finally allowed to open. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please drop in to see our current display dealing with the Spanish Flu pandemic and the…

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Humour is the best medicine

I dream of a better tomorrow... where chickens can cross roads and not have their motives questioned. Early to bed and early to rise -- till you get enough money…

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A Boy and His Horse

A Boy and His Horse
Lennie and Ginger Mick set off

Picture this. It’s 1932 and Australia was in the grip of the Great Depression. One in three workers were unemployed Decrepit shanty town hugged the outskirts of the big cities.…

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From Our Collection

Nu-Dry, your Mechanical Laundress Clothes dryer and Automatic rinser.The turn of a tap and your clothes are rinsed and ready for the line in three minutes.No electricity.  No Gas.  No…

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NRMA Centenary

The Legend of the Patrol In 1920 the horse and cart were still a predominant means of transport.  Many roads were not fit for cars, and ferries were often a…

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Jean’s Diary (Spanish Flu)

Jean’s Diary (Spanish Flu)
Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital

A short while ago our member, Trish Skehan, was fortunate in being able to access diaries of a young 21-year-old Jean Curlewis, as well as a series of letters which…

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Ask, and you will receive!

Ask, and you will receive!
Aussie original - the first ute

Farmer’s Letter Caused the Ute In 1932, during the savage depression years, a letter arrived at Ford headquarters in Geelong. Addressed to the Managing Director, it was from a farmer…

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From Our Collection

‘The Breville’ manual washing machine was made in Australia by Breville Pty Ltd in the Sydney suburb of Camperdown between 1935 and 1940. Sold as the Breville ‘ 5-minute washer’,…

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A Poem for the Times

I'm normally a social girl, I love to meet my mates.  But lately with the virus here, we can't go out the gates. You see, we are the 'oldies' now,…

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Fluent in Aussie Slang

Australian slang is an important part of our every day vernacular – it’s what makes this nation a “bonza” place. To the outsider, it must seem like a second language, but just…

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Longbottom Stockade

The Longbottom Stockade was situated at the corner of Loftus Street (formerly Stockade Street) and Parramatta Road, in what was to become the Village of Longbottom (later Concord). “Longbottom” is…

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Save Our Nursery Rhymes

Save Our Nursery Rhymes
Rainbow Sheep

Why are so many people trying to re-write the nursery rhymes of our childhood to rid them of sexism, violence and social insensitivity?  They should be left alone because they…

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The Armistice and Beyond

The Armistice and Beyond
Our Current Display

The armistice of 11 November 1918 was celebrated in Concord with fervour.  Citizens immediately formed tin-can bands and took to the street and within twelve hours of the news of…

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April Fools’ Day

Also known as All Fools’ Day, it is celebrated annually on the first day of April. It is a time for the traditional playing of pranks upon unsuspecting people .…

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The Great Depression

The Great Depression
Relief workers given work at Concord. An old military uniform top has come in handtyas working clothe for thelad on the right. Obviously the task for the group was to use the shovel to put something into the empty kerosene tins and deposit it somewhere else. For this they received sustenance and were often known as “Sussos”. (Mitchell Library)

Times were hard, but we survived, just as we will survive the current crisis. By 1931 30% of NSW unionists were unemployed.  By 1933 one in three Australian breadwinners was…

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Museum Updates

With the new Government measures and restrictions in place we have decided that our regular monthly talks will be cancelled until further notice. We know how much you have enjoyed…

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Exiles Who Changed a Nation

Exiles Who Changed a Nation
Historian Tony Moore pictured at the "forgotten" grave of French Canadian exile Joseph Marceau at West Dapto in 2008. Picture: Greg Totman

Strangers in a strange land is a good title for a sci-fi novel. It also accurately reflects how Australia's founding fathers, our First Fleet convicts, would have felt on being…

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Cabarita Road Houses

Cabarita Road has been variously referred to as Cabarita Park Road or Cabarita Point Road. It has had several spellings including “Cabareta” as well as  “Cabaritta”. By whatever name it…

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Lost Words from our childhood

Murgatroyd!  Do you remember that word?  Would you believe the spell-checker did not recognise the word Murgatroyd?  Heavens to Murgatroyd!  Snagglepuss has gone as well! The other day a not…

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Timely displays at City of Canada Bay Museum

Timely displays at City of Canada Bay Museum
Concord Council's Infectious Disease Register

With all the news about the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert it doesn’t take much imagination to compare it with the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. The following article by…

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The History of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day occurs every February 14. Across Australia and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St.…

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In Come the Dollars . . .

In Come the Dollars . . .
Dollar Bill

On Valentine’s Day 1966 Australians woke to a brand-new currency. The decision to change from the Australian pound (with its awkward shillings and pence) to a decimal currency — the…

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Cabarita Park

Cabarita Park
Cabarita Park 1923 (Canada Bay Connections)

At the time of European settlement the Canada Bay area was part of the traditional lands of the Wangal clan of Aboriginal people. The Wangal were a clan of the…

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Federation Pavilion in Centennial Park

Federation Pavilion in Centennial Park
Federation Building, Centennial Park

About the Pavilion As many who come to the Parklands may know, the Federation Pavilion sits on one of the most important historical locations in Australia - the birthplace of…

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The Enfield Tramline

The Enfield Tramline
Cabarita Terminus 1907

The Enfield system was a separate group of lines based around a depot in Enfield, in Sydney's inner south-west. The system began as a steam tramway opening in 1891 between Ashfield station and…

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February Guest Speaker

February Guest Speaker
Lawson and Paterson

Just a reminder that our February speaker, Tim Hunter, will be speaking about two of our greatest poets, A.B. "Banjo" Paterson and Henry Lawson. Both of these poets have a…

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Gertrude Frances Moberly, RCC

Gertrude Frances Moberly, RCC
Gertrude Frances Moberly

Gertrude Moberly was born in Rockhampton, Queensland on New Year’s Day 1880 and grew up in Walcha, NSW, where her father was rector. She moved to Sydney in 1894 where…

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Milsons Point and The Horse Ferry

Milsons Point and The Horse Ferry
Milsons Point and The Horse Ferry

The image above is a stunning snapshot of a piece of Sydney history that many are not familiar with. Today, we are all familiar with the Harbour Bridge, and take…

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Federation Pavilion

Federation Pavilion
Federation Pavilion Postcard

An ornate pavilion was erected in Centennial Park for the swearing in of the first Governor General of Australia, Lord Hopetoun, the first Prime Minister, Edmund Barton, and the first…

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The Bulletin Debate

This debate was a famous dispute in The Bulletin magazine from 1892–93 between two of Australia’s most iconic writers and poets: Henry Lawson and Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson. At the time, The Bulletin was a popular and influential publication,…

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One People, One Destiny

By 1891, with the six colonies at loggerheads and the Victorian and New South Wales economies in freefall, Australia’s great federation movement ground to a halt.  The cause took another…

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