Hansom cabs, introduction, commonness and photos, or not

The Gold Museum in Ballarat has a Hansom cab (image to the left). Unfortunately, the lighting is a bit strange in there so I couldn’t take lots of detailed photos. (Oh, if anyone does have one they can take lots of detailed photos of )like I do here) it’d be really good to be able…

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Wreck of the Waterloo

Looking for something else, I came across this: Registers of Convicts’ Deaths (CON 63-1-1, B 2) That led to this… POSTSCRIPT – We stop the press to announce the melancholy intelligence of the loss of the Waterloo, on Sunday, the 28th August, at Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope. By this fearful event 189 human…

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Postcard Behinds

“The Address To Be Written on this Side.” A quick way to date older postcards is to look at the back and see if there’s a postmark. But while you’re there, check if the back is divided. Originally, postcards had to have the address on one side and the picture (and message on the other)….

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Bushranger Poem

The seven men apprehended by Mr. Humphrey at Ray’s were tried last Saturday, for Mr. Haywood’s robbery. They were all found Guilty, and sentenced to Death,–which awful doom, we understand, will be carried into effect early in the next week.–We have a full report of this interesting trial, which we are obliged to defer. In…

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The future is coming, um, came

1834 Glasgow-Paisley Steam Carriage, Source. Taking a break because I have to share this. ENGLISH EXTRACTS STEAM CARRIAGE. In the Report of the Select Committee of the House of Commons on Steam-carriages, it is observed, that the time is not very distant when a complete alteration will take place in the means of inland conveyance….

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The Coming of the Car

The demand upon horse traction, which diminished somewhat after the introduction of the safety bicycle receives another check by the importation of automobiles. The first one to come to Tasmania was landed at Hobart on December 24 from the s.s. Papanui to the order of Dr. F. J. Walden, of Sorell being imported by his…

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On the numbering of houses in Launceston

From 1833 Police Act and 1838 Police Act: “From time to time to allot a number to each house in every street or pubic place with the said Towns which number the occupier of every house is hereby required to paint or affix or cause to be pained or affixed in legible characters upon the…

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An Act to regulate the Police in certain Towns and Ports within the Island of Van Diemen’s Land and to make more effectual provision for the Preservation of the Peace and its Dependences generally

Passed by the [Legislative] Council 14 November 1838 A list of offences, summarised. It is not lawful to paste or otherwise affix any placard or other paper upon any wall house or building without consent of the owner or occupier It is required that houses and buildings be fitted with gutters or otherwise constructed to…

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Lady Church(ing)

A PAINFUL POSITION.-An unmarried lady, a perfect specimen of an old maid, being on a visit to a friend who lived in a large manufacturing town, went one Sunday to church alone, and was shown into a large pew, in which half a dozen females were seated. The prayers were drawing to a conclusion, when…

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