Colouring in the Colonies: numbers

From a comment on Facebook, I made a list of the “coloured convicts”, that is those people of colour who were charged & tried, stuck on a ship and sent off to the other side of the world, except for many it wasn’t actually the other side of the world. I want to look at…

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A Paper Mache Village for Australia

(Room in a paper-mache villa) Building houses with cards has been a favourite pastime of many a past generation ; but it was reserved for the ingenuity of the present day to construct habitations of paper. Yet of this frail material is manufactured the “village” shown in the accompanying Illustration. Papier-mach√© has long been extensively…

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Little building, Cnr Wellington & Brisbane St

Cnr Wellington & Brisbane St. Photo source. This seems to have been the “Union School Room” from 1865. if it had other uses and when it was built, it is hard to find. It’s complicated because the Independent Chapel in Hobart is in Brisbane St, so any search for associated words bring up many, many,…

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The A-Word, or really about me, Part II

I’ve been putting off writing this because brain is never in the right place. (This is actually a good thing, even if not good for writing personal posts) and because I want to put things in order but I can’t remember enough to do that. I’ll see what I can do and, once I’m done,…

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Journalling, or not.

While it seems that January was a month for journalling, February is not so much. Many things to write about though (bikes, boats, Shades Row), so I should get back into it.   (Image: lake somewhere on the west coast.)

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Sue gave me Frank Gardiner’s bunch… this was a bit harder

because I haven’t been to NSW much, in particular that bit that was frequented by Gardiner and friends. But I have been to Cockatoo Island gaol, where Gardiner was imprisoned before he become infamous. Also, I have a photo of this lovely pair of ¬†Staffordshire figures at the National Museum demonstrating how to adapt to…

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Willow Court

Back in 1827, the government decided to construct an Invalid Depot at New Norfolk, for invalid convicts (& paupers) who had to be put somewhere. They couldn’t be put to real work. They couldn’t hang around the hospital taking up beds, because like any good properly-built government institution, the hospital started running out of space…

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Tailrace

This afternoon, because it was a nice day & a public holiday, I walked down to the Tailrace Park to read for a bit. Also tried to take some photos of the cormorants, pelicans, blue wrens and– that’s a bit big to be a duck.

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