Penrith, NSW. Signs of the Times

Do History and Heritage Still Matter? Penrith is fortunate to have the Nepean River. Captain Watkin Tench was the first European to find and name the river, in 1798. Today, the river is the centre of many social and leisure activities which will greatly increase once the Nepean River Pedestrian Bridge is completed in 2018, althoughContinue reading “Penrith, NSW. Signs of the Times”

ADB: Australia’s First Three Fleets 1787-1791

While having a quite coffee at the National Library of Australia cafe I came across an article in their June 2016 magazine on the Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB). My blog on Parramatta Cemetery contained information on first fleeters buried there, some have headstones but most don’t so it was exciting to discover that theContinue reading “ADB: Australia’s First Three Fleets 1787-1791”

Parramatta, NSW. St John’s Cemetery

PECULIAR FAMILY TRIALS Have you ever been curious about why people visit cemeteries or headstones? I recently visited St John’s Cemetery for a tour by the Friends of St John’s Cemetery. These dedicated volunteers are passionate about St John’s and are doing their best to improve its appearance and maintenance. It is the oldest existingContinue reading “Parramatta, NSW. St John’s Cemetery”

From Bowning to Elizabeth Farm, Parramatta NSW

William Swann and his family are rather interesting. William Swann was born near Bradford in England and arrived in Sydney in 1864 after spending nearly four years at sea before he explored outback NSW and worked along the Australian coast. William did not find gold and began teaching in 1876 and continued until his retirementContinue reading “From Bowning to Elizabeth Farm, Parramatta NSW”

Bowning, NSW. Hidden Gems.

Grannie Brown’s Medallion Quilt. Women are often missing in action in our histories. Everyday people doing everyday things don’t usually get much attention, especially women. While recently researching Bowning there was plenty to be found on Trove and elsewhere on the activities of men. In the process, I happened upon Grannie Brown’s quilt at theContinue reading “Bowning, NSW. Hidden Gems.”

Bowning, NSW. Beginnings & Endings

The State Records of New South Wales holds an amazing assortment of archives. While exploring the School archives I came across this wonderful photograph of Bowning Public School  from about 1900 in their Photographic Collection. Bowning Public School, c. 1900. SRNSW 15051-a047-001628 What can we see? It looks like a garden working bee. How manyContinue reading “Bowning, NSW. Beginnings & Endings”

War Records: WW1 Nominal Rolls at the Australian War Memorial

Miracles Do Happen! Harold George Turner,  Service No. 5185, 1st Divisional Signal Company (SRSA GRG26/5/4/779)  Do you have a name, service number or unit for the First World War or other conflicts before searching for them on the Australian War Memorial‘s website? If not, a surname, some time and good luck will hopefully find this informationContinue reading “War Records: WW1 Nominal Rolls at the Australian War Memorial”

History Trails: The Evans 1813-1814 Survey Pillars

                      Traversing the Lower Blue Mountains                        from Penrith to Faulconbridge After all that traipsing over the Blue Mountains it’s time to make life easier with a map to help you locate the Evans surveyContinue reading “History Trails: The Evans 1813-1814 Survey Pillars”

In the Footsteps of the Explorers Crossing the Blue Mountains

Evans Survey Pillar Hide & Seek If you’ve ever driven along the Great Western Highway through the Blue Mountains you have passed the Evans Survey Markers installed as part of the Footsteps in Time Bicentenary Project in 1988 & recently restored. There are fifteen, mostly unseen pillars or obelisks that re-mark the original 1813-14 surveyContinue reading “In the Footsteps of the Explorers Crossing the Blue Mountains”

Photo Avalanche: Scanner Suicides

Countdown to a Sad Ending A wet and windy weekend would seem the perfect opportunity for ploughing on and scanning that box of 35mm slides. With my photo book already started from previous scans of slides, it was time to flesh it out with the best of the rest as I wanted a relatively simpleContinue reading “Photo Avalanche: Scanner Suicides”