Is there a place that you pass by that makes you wonder what it was like in its glory days?
The history behind the Bowenfels Gun Emplacements, Lithgow.
Have you been lucky enough to find a dream book on an area you are interested in?
Have you ever come across a snippet of history that has taken you on a journey of sorts?
A rich, fertile island located about 1,600 km from Sydney and 1,000 km from New Zealand, Norfolk Island is home to approximately 2,000 people and is a popular tourist destination. It is compact, about 35 square kilometres, and has witnessed some extraordinary chapters of Australian … Continue reading Impressions of an Island: Norfolk Island
Recently I attended a talk on early photography in Sydney. The focus was on the changing streetscapes of the city from the late 1880s through to the early 1920s. The first photo of Sydney was taken in 1841, and changes in recording technology led to … Continue reading Glimpses of Another Time: Sydney Streetscapes
A wander through an old Australian homestead.
From mid winter till late spring, the Blackheath History Forum holds fortnightly talks on a wide range of Australian history topics. The talks are usually held at the Blackheath Primary School hall, the backdrop featuring six stunning scenes in mixed media, highlighting some of the … Continue reading Minding Her Own Business
Recently I paid a mid-week visit to Rouse Hill House and Farm. Amongst the expanding suburban sprawl in the north-west of Sydney, from the Windsor Road you can spot an old schoolhouse atop a hill, and behind a row of trees is one of the oldest … Continue reading Rouse Hill House & Farm, Rouse Hill
The industrial history of Lithgow is intricately linked to coal mining in the district. The outcrops of coal at Esk Bank were an early indication of the mineral wealth of the area, and the demand for coal increased exponentially with the arrival of the railways in … Continue reading Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park