Faces & Places: Shellharbour, NSW

Welcome Home The connection between people and place is at the heart of our family photographs and evident both inside or outside our homes. There are many sources of images and information on the history of our homes, especially our local council libraries and museums where we can learn a surprising amount about the placeContinue reading “Faces & Places: Shellharbour, NSW”

The Delight of Day Trips

The first day free of lockdown I set off to the South Coast to enjoy the delights of driving more than 5km. My focus was Berrima’s Gumnut Patisserie, my culinary heart of the Southern Highlands, and the Tourist Drive 8 road signs. My journey was like a roller coaster driving up and down the mountainsContinue reading “The Delight of Day Trips”

Berrima, NSW. A Bunch of Bridge Blocks

At Berrima Marketplace Park there are a few odd sandstone blocks near the carpark. The plaque tells us they are from the original Berrima Bridge built by convicts for David Lennox in 1836 & restored in 1860 & 1897. Surely, there is a story here to investigate & a lot more blocks somewhere else, soContinue reading “Berrima, NSW. A Bunch of Bridge Blocks”

Berrima, NSW. The Beauty of History

If one tries to think about history, it seems to me – it’s like looking at a range of mountains. And the first time you see them, they look one way. But then time changes, the pattern of light shifts. Maybe you’ve moved slightly, your perspective has changed. The mountains are the same, but theyContinue reading “Berrima, NSW. The Beauty of History”

Trove & Amplify: Care to Transcribe?

As we rely more & more on the internet, we also depend on a vast army of volunteers who help to transcribe automated transcriptions on sites such as the National Library of Australia’s Trove for Newspapers or the State Library of New South Wales’ Amplify for oral history recordings. The Australian Museum also has DigivolContinue reading “Trove & Amplify: Care to Transcribe?”

Ballarat, Vic. Photo Rescue: Campbell Family c. 1895

Coincidences & Photographs Was it six degrees of separation or merely a coincidence that this homeless portrait of the Campbell family, which was unearthed in an antique store in Ballarat, has a direct connection to Yass which was also featured in a post regarding coincidences?

Ballarat, Vic. Photo Rescue: Grandmother Marshall’s Grave

Identifying Orphan Photographs It can seem rather daunting to identify & date unknown photographs but there are often clues to be found in the photographs or other resources to help you identify their details, the who, what, where and when. Here’s one of a few I found in Ballarat which you may find interesting orContinue reading “Ballarat, Vic. Photo Rescue: Grandmother Marshall’s Grave”

Rydalmere, NSW. Finding the Female Orphans of Parramatta

Who were the children of the Female Orphan School? Joseph Lycett, Female Orphan School near Parramatta, 1825. NLA 135702032 Fortunately, April Collison wrote a booklet on the history of the Female Orphan School (FOS), in 1986, which has been the starting point for all research into the school, its staff and pupils. She tells usContinue reading “Rydalmere, NSW. Finding the Female Orphans of Parramatta”

Rydalmere, NSW. The Female Orphan School Survives

Echoes of another time and place Female Orphan School Parramatta, RG 2019. How often have you driven over the Parramatta River on James Ruse Drive? If you are heading north you may catch a glimpse of the Female Orphan School which has stood there since it first opened in 1818. As it faces the riverContinue reading “Rydalmere, NSW. The Female Orphan School Survives”

Parramatta, NSW. Exploring Parramatta

Treasuring the Old Amongst the New Parramatta has always been an interesting and historical place. Even though the skyscrapers are now overwhelming, there are still plenty of historical gems hidden away, including Experiment Farm Cottage, Hambledon Cottage, Elizabeth Farm at Harris Park as well as the National Trust’s Old Government House in Parramatta Park, whichContinue reading “Parramatta, NSW. Exploring Parramatta”