Arnott’s Biscuit Van

Arnott’s Biscuit Van

Millions of people have had their tastebuds tickled by the taste of Arnott’s Biscuits, but how did those famous bickies get to the shops? The answer, for many years, was by rail.  ABV (Arnott’s Biscuits’ Van) 7604 is in The New South Wales Rail Transport Museum’s display hall at Thirlmere. Arnott’s was a valued customer…

A Tale of Two Pandemics:  CBA during the Spanish Flu

A Tale of Two Pandemics: CBA during the Spanish Flu

One hundred years ago, another pandemic was causing devastation around the world. At a time where digital banking and contactless payments couldn’t easily substitute the use of cash, Danny John and Juli Liddicoat investigate what the world looked like for Commonwealth Bank employees and customers, as seen through the eyes of the Founding Governor Denison…

Group Visit to Museum

Group Visit to Museum

The St George Community Transport group were finally able to visit our museum in January. This group of 20 visitors, plus carers and drivers had originally booked a visit just before the Covid-19 lock down and had been trying ever since. They spent about an hour and a half here, viewing the displays and enjoying…

A Last Goodbye

A Last Goodbye

As Lieutenant Ernest Shannon and his men waited anxiously for the order to go “over the top”, he penned a last goodbye to his mother, knowing he would almost certainly be killed in the coming assault on the enemy’s trenches. His note records the time and date of its writing. Below is a copy of…

The Pine Inn, Concord

The Pine Inn, Concord

Last drinks for 150-year-old Concord pub, hosted by three generations of the one family Following hot on the heels of the demolition of Parramatta’s historic Royal Oak Hotel, the NSW Government is about to raze another of Sydney’s landmark pubs in the name of public transport infrastructure. With much controversy and media attention, the Royal…

From Our Collection

From Our Collection

1927 Chinese Commemorative Scroll This was given by Kwang Lim Kwong, the manager of a touring Chinese soccer team, to Ernest Lukeman, the secretary of the Australian Soccer Football Association, in appreciation for his help in coordinating a team from China to tour Australia in 1927. The Lukeman family has lived in Drummoyne for several…

Ernest Lukeman

Ernest Lukeman

Ernest Lukeman was involved in restarting the Commonwealth Football Association after the war. In 1920 he was appointed secretary of the reconstituted Australian Soccer Association (ASA), and continued in that position until 1933 He is the unacknowledged father of the team we now know as the Socceroos.  For the whole period between 1922 and 1933,…

The 1927 Chinese Soccer Team Tour of Australia

The 1927 Chinese Soccer Team Tour of Australia

At a meeting of the Australian Soccer Football Association in January 1927, it was decided to declare its bid for a spot at the Amsterdam Olympiad. Shortly after, a Darwin-born Chinese man arrived with a few football ideas of his own.Professor Kwang Lim Kwong came to Australia as a representative of the Shanghai Football Association…

Aussie Inventions That Changed the World

Aussie Inventions That Changed the World

From life-saving devices to modern conveniences, a raft of great Australian inventors have turned game-changing ideas into a reality and forever changed how we live. Historically, Australia has punched well above its weight on the world stage of timely inventions, scientific breakthroughs and cleverly designed new technologies. We are naturally inquisitive and, since time immemorial,…

From Our Collection

From Our Collection

The Darning Mushroom This darning tool was an essential item in 19th and early 20th century household as self-reliant women often had to make and repair all their clothing. Darning would have been considered a necessary skill for girls and young women, part of their education as future wives and mothers. The darning mushroom would…