Tea, the war & evacating Darwin

While looking for something else, I found an ABC article about tea, which at the end mentions tea rationing during World War II, and an accompanying increase in petty theft: “Never mind the Japanese are about to invade, this tea rationing was [seen as] totally unrealistic and unreasonable.” So I went to see what was…

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Criminal Side: theft of horses

Israel Shaw, Abraham Crabtree, John Sinclair, and John Marshall were charged with having stolen on the 30th May, one horse value £8, and two mares value £14. the property of Joseph Terry, residing at Westbury. William Bates, resides with his uncle Joseph Terry, near Westbury. He recollected coming to Launceston in May last, with one…

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Atomic Golf Balls

Alfred Hoffart (left) and Miriam Busby, of Ohio, America, search for a lost ball with a Geiger counter. A small amount of radio active material under the ball’s cover, causes the Geiger counter to click when the ball is approached. Newcastle Morning Herald, 10 June 1950   ATOMIC GOLF BALLS Australian golfers, especially the less…

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1904, Launceston

(Above) Opening Alexandra Bridge over the Cataract Gorge, 1904 (Weekly Courier, 3 December 1904) (Below) Insides Birchall’s store, 1904 (Weekly Courier, 10 December 1904)

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Stripes Banned On Bullseyes

(Adelaide) News, 3 April 1944 SYDNEY.-The stripes are to disappear from the popular red and-white and black-and-white sweets known as bullseyes. This War Organisation of Industry decision has been conveyed to the manufacturers. The department has further decreed that Sydney’s only sugar pig maker–Mr. Wilton, of Chippendale–must cease making this line and turn to jube-making,…

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Phrenology

PHRENOLOGY “Men’s brains consist originally of a sheet of thin towel of integuments, and the characteristics of an individual are wholly determined by the manner in which mother nature folds or collapses it up in the cavity of the skull, exactly as a washerwoman, after scrubbing a shirt perfectly clean, huddles or crams it in…

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