19th Century Fashions, Crinolines and the Call of Nature

19th Century Fashions, Crinolines and the Call of Nature

Before he 19th century, most women just wore nothing beneath their chemises.  The no knickers thing was not as scandalous as you might think, dresses were long and worn with many layers of petticoats and underskirts that varied with fashions but also provided modesty. By the time the huge, mid-19th century crinolines showed up on…

First formal celebration of Australia Day

First formal celebration of Australia Day

On 26 January 2017 will be the 200th anniversary of the first formal celebration of what would become Australia Day On January 23, 1817, Isaac Nichols wrote to Governor Macquarie asking permission to officially celebrate Anniversary Day at his home in The Rocks. Governor Macquarie replied on Sunday, 26 January “highly approving” the celebration. The…

Lavender Bay

Lavender Bay

Many of us have heard of this bay, and seen it as we pass over the Harbour Bridge. The name Lavender Bay conjures up mental visions of a sweet-smelling flower; however, the naming of this bay was far from sweetness. In the later part of the 1780s a Royal Navy ship, the HM Bufallo, made…

Beer & Water

Beer & Water

THE Sydney Sun reports . . . . . . that the city council has placed a bubbling water fountain outside the main entrance to a large local brewery. Whether this is a hint on the part of the city council for the brewery employees to get on the ‘water- wagon’ is not known, but…