Private Douglas Grant

In August 1916, Private Douglas Grant departed Australia on a troop carrier bound for the United Kingdom. Like thousands of other young Australian men, Grant had signed up for the…

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Monthly Talks at the Museum

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we have not been able to hold our very popular monthly talks since March last year.   Now, with the lifting of many restrictions, they will resume…

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From Our Collection

THIS SAMPLER was embroidered by Maria Darling in 1834.  It demonstrates her skill with embroidering letters and numbers as well as various designs within a border.  The verse reads: What…

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What is Butt Dust

What, you ask, is 'Butt dust'? What do you do or say, when an innocent child asks you something so innocent and they are so serious? Read on and you'll…

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Concord Quarry

A century ago, many houses and public buildings were built with stone foundations. Corner stones (quoins) were used on larger buildings to provide additional support for brick walls as well…

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Shoot Through Like a Bondi Tram

Shoot Through Like a Bondi Tram
Sydney's last tram.

Although not heard as much these days the saying, shoot through like a Bondi tram, was very common in the early 1900s. There was a time when Sydney was one…

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