Vale Harry Kimble

Vale Harry Kimble

Harry was a valued member of our Society.  Military history was one of his passions, and his immense knowledge was extremely helpful any time we were arranging new displays around our collection of militaria.  He was also an intrepid traveller, visiting many places around the world where the average traveller would never think to visit. …

What Are We Looking At

What Are We Looking At

The boat shed at the bottom of Hilly Street, looking towards Green Point, taken from the top of Montgomery’s Palace Hotel c1920s. The Mortlake-Putney Punt now crosses the Parramatta River from this spot. Nearby is a small beach, known as Fairmile Cove, where naval boats were assembled during World War II. In the middle distance…

Dead & Buried
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Dead & Buried

Old Sydney Burial Ground Dating back to the 1790s, the site is commonly called the Old Sydney Burial Ground. It is also known as the George Street Burial Ground, the Cathedral Close Cemetery and, retrospectively, the Town Hall Cemetery. The site, on the outskirts of town, was chosen by Governor Phillip and the Reverend Richard…

May Guest Speaker

May Guest Speaker

Just a reminder that Trish Skehan will be speaking about her latest book, Frontline of the Pandemic, Australia 1919, at the Museum on Saturday, 7th May at 2:00 pm. Reading the newspaper reports of 100 years ago is just like readying the newspaper reports during the past two years. Why not come early and take…

From Our Collection

From Our Collection

Two Newspapers – written by soldiers, for soldiers. Among the treasures recently rediscovered in the museum’s archives are two special edition newspapers from April 1935. The newspapers were printed to mark ANZAC Day, a commemoration that did not become a day of national remembrance until 1927. Previously, individual states observed the occasion in their own…

The Tasman Map

The Tasman Map

One of the most valued possessions of the State Library of NSW, the Tasman Map, displays the results of Dutch explorer Abel Tasman’s two voyages to the southern ocean between 1642 and 1644. The Tasman Map shows remarkably accurate sections of the Australia’s western and northern coastlines, and forms the basis of most charts produced over…

Daisy Bates

Daisy Bates

Daisy May Bates was born Margaret May O’Dwyer, on 16 October 1859 at Roscrea, County Tipperary, Ireland. At the age of twenty-four she travelled on the Almora to Australia. She stayed at the home of the Bishop of North Queensland and later with several family friends who had migrated previously. Because of this she later said ‘Australia…

April Guest Speaker

April Guest Speaker

Just a reminder that Ian Thompson will be speaking about Iconic Australian Inventions at our museum on Saturday, 2nd April at 2:00 pm sharp. We all know some of the great Australian inventions such as the Victa, Hills Hoist, Vegemite, etc., but we Australians are an innovative breed and have been responsible for so much…