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Gold Rush Railway

The story of Northam versus York in the race to be the pathway to Yilgarn and beyond began after a speech by Governor Sir William Robinson January 22nd 1890. It has been an interest of mine as Northam is where the family called home….

The Spaceship

The Futuro House: Spaceship Living On Earth (1965) Introduced at the Finnexpo fair in 1968, the Futuro concept was created by architect Matti Suuronen, to be plonked on a block of land ideally as a home away from home.  . © Matti Suuronen, Espoo…

A Crooked Road

One accepts a curve in a road today but the most prominent one we may wonder about is where St Georges Terrace meets Adelaide Terrace. Looking at the image from 1859 which shows Roe’s structure to the left and a shed to the other…

The Night Caller

I spoke with Police historian Peter Skehan yesterday whilst repairing his fence and although we have spoken in the past of Eric  Edgar Cooke, I didn’t raise the topic this time although it crossed my mind. Today I see a photo of Rookwood Street…

A Children’s Fancy Dress Ball

Our tale begins at the Fremantle Town Hall as it opened on the 22nd June, 1887, to coincide with the celebration of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. A grand opening ceremony was held, followed by a day of sport and a grand ball in the…

Return Tickets To A Time Thought Gone

Thank you to all who have helped us get half way to our goal. Please help now If you like surprises, then I have plenty of them to present to you with your help? Since this campaign began we have pending for you to…

The Amazing Fanny Balbuk (1840-1907)

Settlers occupied Western Australia and changed the land introducing religion, laws and new diseases. Their actions disrupted Indigenous people’s lives. In the 1890s, Perth’s railway station was built on a swamp like 15 other wetlands reclaimed by the white fella per the attached diagram…

Centurion

Being an impatient driver for many years, I’ve often thought ‘silly ol’ fool’ whilst driving when some old codger fumbles his way through traffic in a vehicle akin to an aircraft carrier until I met a man.  A real man I had no idea…

The Opening of The Fremantle – Guildford Railway

The formal opening of the first section of the Eastern Railway for general traffic on the 1st of March 1881 was not a particularly brilliant affair, and no very great interest was manifested by the public in the ceremonies which took place on the…

Yagan, The Bravest Of His Race.

The land that became Rossmoyne in February of 1961 was by the words of the first owner Morgan in 1830 ”only 10% of it is worth walking on.” From that time on, nothing much occurred for more than a century, merely cattle wandering through….

Not Just A Blue Whale

Today marks 11 years since I joined Facebook and yet this is my first blog. I had the pleasure of entering the WA Museum Collections and Research Centre yesterday enjoying the passionate presentations by those who look after the collection of 8 500 000…