The Flying Parson

The Flying Parson

Leonard “Len” Daniels was born in England in November 1891. Like a great many of his contemporaries, he joined the British Army soon after the outbreak of the First World War. Unlike most of them, Daniels served his country in India. At some point, he asked for and obtained a transfer to the Royal Flying…

From Our Collection

From Our Collection

Flivver – made by Cyclops, Leichhardt, NSW, 1924-1929. A child’s ride-on toy called a Flivver. It was made in Leichhardt, Australia, by Cyclops between 1924 and 1929. The term ‘flivver’ originated as American slang for a cheap car or aeroplane. It also refers to a railway handcar or trolley car. By the 1920s flivver was…

Aboriginal People of Concord

Aboriginal People of Concord

The Darug tribe are an Aboriginal Australian people, who share strong ties of kinship and, in pre-colonial times, lived as skilled hunters in family groups or clans, scattered throughout much of what is modern-day Sydney. Originally a Western Sydney people, they were bounded by the Kuringgai to the northeast around Broken Bay, the Darkinjung to the north, the Wiradjuri to the west on the eastern fringe of…

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From Our Collection

Sunbeam Mixmaster In the years between the First and Second World Wars, Ivar Jepson designed and built dozens of kitchen appliances, including the indomitable Sunbeam “Mixmaster”. Born in Sweden in 1903, Jepson loved to design things as a boy, studied engineering as a youth, and went to Germany to pursue graduate studies in mechanical engineering. …

Old Sydney’s Physician:  the Southerly Buster

Old Sydney’s Physician: the Southerly Buster

In 1910 Henry Lawson wrote the following lines celebrating Sydney’s restorative Southerly Buster; ‘Tis a glorious mission, Old Sydney’s PhysicianBroom, Bucket  and Cloth of the East,‘Tis a breeze and a sprayer that answers our prayer,And it’s free to the greatest and least. Often down on his luck, Lawson identified with the city’s urban poor; those…

Seeds for Flynn’s Flying Doctor Sown 100 Years Ago

Seeds for Flynn’s Flying Doctor Sown 100 Years Ago

AUGUST 22, 2017 marked the centenary of the death of a little-known outback stockman which attracted national headlines and proved the impetus for Reverend John Flynn’s vision for an outback aeromedical service. Kimberley stockman Jimmy Darcy suffered massive internal injuries on 29 July 1917 when his horse fell in a cattle stampede. An 80-kilometre ride…

Lieutenant Clifford Peel – Providing a Blueprint for the RFDS

Lieutenant Clifford Peel – Providing a Blueprint for the RFDS

The Royal Flying Doctor Service honours the legacy of a far-sighted young man named John Clifford Peel whose vision played a great part in the inspiration and planning of the Flying Doctor. In 1917, Reverend John Flynn received an inspirational letter from Lieutenant Clifford Peel. The young airman and war hero suggested the use of aviation to…