From Our Collections

From Our Collections

Blue Bag Before we had modern laundry detergents with optical brighteners, there was a mysterious little blue bag that was stirred around in the final rinse water on washday. This was laundry blueing or blue. A factory-produced block was the “modern” (mid-19th century onwards), commercial version of older recipes for whitening clothes, with names like…

I Remember, do You?

I Remember, do You?

I remember when the loo was a dunny,And the pan man came at night;It wasn’t the least bit funnyGoing out the back with no light. The interesting items we perusedFrom the newspapers cut into squaresAnd hung from a peg in the outhouse –It took little then to keep us amused. The clothes were boiled in…

Moments in History  – October

Moments in History – October

October 1, 1993: The TELEGRAM delivery service ceased in Australia.October 2, 1984: Sony’s DISCMAN was launched.October 3, 1984: TIM MCCARTNEY-SNAPE and GREG MORTIMER became the first Australians to climb Mt Everest.October 7, 1954: Computer giant IBM demonstrated the first calculator.October 9, 1973: The $50 BANK NOTE was introduced in Australia.October 11, 1852: The UNIVERSITY OF…

What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

Edward George Day The Drummoyne War Service Record lists the names of hundreds of men and women from the district who enlisted in the armed forces during the 1914-1918 War. Typically, memorials show only the surname and initials of those commemorated. As such, it is often difficult to discern much about the person associated with…

Discord at Concord

Discord at Concord

MAYOR DEFIED – A WOMAN INTRUDES A stormy scene developed at Concord Council last night in sharp contrast to the usually peaceful meetings of the municipality. The Mayor (Alderman Lee) left the chair and broke up the council meeting after having been defied by an alderman, and the police were called in to eject the offender….

From Our Collection

From Our Collection

Glove Stretchers Gloves have been used since prehistory and they have been worn for warmth, protection, a badge of distinction and as part of fashionable dress. During the Victorian era gloves were a status symbol and a lady wouldn’t dream of going outside without her gloves. Gloves were made of kid, thread, silk or washing…