The Joseph Marceau Legacy in Quebec, Canada

The Joseph Marceau Legacy in Quebec, Canada

Our friend Deke Richards, who made the documentary on the Canadian Patriotes, the French and English-speaking rebels who were sent in exile to Australia aboard the Buffalo in 1840—the 91 English-speaking Canadians were sent to Tasmania while 58 French-speaking Canadians came to Concord, NSW—recently contacted us regarding a special event held in Quebec. The Patriot…

My 21st Birthday

My 21st Birthday

Ever since I turned three and through my teens, I have had a myriad of social engagements. All of them were truly wonderful, from teen dances to weddings, the family New Year’s Eve parties, christenings etc. If I had a party of my own to feel strongly about, it would have been my 21st birthday…

From Our Library

From Our Library

Louisa Lawson: Henry Lawson’s crusading mother This book, written by Lorna Ollif, tells the story of Louisa Lawson (nee Albury). who was born in 1848, near Mudgee. In 1866 she met and married Peter Larsen, a Norwegian seaman – she was only 18, while Peter was 14 years her senior. Peter was a gold prospector…

Coming Ready or Not

Coming Ready or Not

Japanese Midget Submarines enter Sydney Harbour. The boom safety net protection across Sydney Harbour was designed in January of 1942 and its construction began that month.  It was located at the narrowest point of the inner harbour entrance, between George’s Head on Middle Harbour, and Green Point on Inner South Head.  This protective net was…

History of the Anzac Biscuit

History of the Anzac Biscuit

Once named “Rolled oat biscuits” or “Soldiers’ biscuits”, the history of Anzac biscuits dates back to a time when wives and mothers’ groups would bake treats to send to troops overseas because the ingredients did not spoil easily and they kept well during naval transportation. They have long been associated with the Australian and New…

From our Collection

From our Collection

Matchbox Holder A rectangular, three-sided case or holder made from one piece of metal bent into a U shape. The three-sided design allows the matchbox to be opened at either end, and the long open side exposes the sandpaper-striking edge. Matchbox holders were relatively easy and quick to make, and they could commemorate events that…

The Last Cowshed

The Last Cowshed

Along Drummoyne’s main thoroughfares there are signs attached to some of the street furniture. They are not advertising, as one might expect, but an apparent jumble of words suggesting what some of our senior citizens remember about the Drummoyne they knew as children. The word association triggers a compilation of images that reminds us of…

Grave Markers

Grave Markers

A grave marker is how people will remember you long after everyone you know has passed. When done well, it can provide a sense of one’s style in life. The epitaph should be pithy, the shape and style memorable. You could go for the classic granite slab or opt for something a little more memorable. As…

Moments in History – March

Moments in History – March

March 1, 1975: COLOUR TELEVISION officially began in Australia. The ABC launched colour TV with a 5-minute special, AUNTY JACK INTRODUCES COLOUR.March 3 – 1911: PALMERSTON in the Northern Territory was renamed DARWIN in honour of Charles Darwin.March 5 – 1854: ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY was established in Australia.March 8 – 1828: AUSTRALIAN STAMPS…

The Pink Coffee Set

The Pink Coffee Set

My mother tended to keep messy drawers and cupboards in our family home. The dressing table drawers were chock a block with all sorts of things. The dining room sideboard drawers virtually bulged at the seams. The sideboard had three large drawers which contained a variety of tablecloths, lace doilies, small cases of spoons and…

Growing Old
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Growing Old

Another year has passedAnd we’re all a little older.Last summer felt hotterAnd winter seems much colder. There was a time not long agoWhen life was quite a  blast.Now I fully understandAbout “living in the past”. We used to go to weddings,Football games and lunches . . .Now we go to funeral homesAnd after-funeral brunches. We…