Tag: Australia

  • What childhood memory really resonates with you?

    What childhood memory really resonates with you?

    The poem Close Your Eyes….  by Pat Yoeman first appeared in a publication called  District Diggings, from the Snake Valley & District Historical Society. It was reprinted in the MDHS Journal in March 2002. So many of the games and activities celebrated in this poem resonate with me. It could be a description of my early […]

  • Trove Tuesday – Christmas Puddings of 1913

    Trove Tuesday – Christmas Puddings of 1913

    Every year at this time in Australia, we suffer (or enjoy) a terrible mismatch between the traditions of our European heritage and the heat of an Australian summer. Our traditional Christmas dinner, celebrated in Australia since the first settlement, features  food created for appetites that were shaped by the depths of a European winter.  These […]

  • Lest We Forget – Remembrance Day

    Lest We Forget – Remembrance Day

    After the guns went silent on Armistice Day, 11 November 1918, and after the men had trickled home to their towns and their suburbs, to their wives, girlfriends, children and parents, Australia set about building the memorials to the dead and lost. As a nation we actually began sculpting our landscape in remembrance after the second […]

  • Araluen, 1901 – A Town in Transition

    Araluen, 1901 – A Town in Transition

    What do you think of the tranquil Araluen Valley in 2013? When you drive down the sleepy Araluen valley these days it’s almost impossible to believe there was once a five kilometre stretch of businesses along the valley floor. But thanks to the gold-rush, Araluen in 1870 was a thriving town. In this post I […]

  • Trove Thursday – Charles Harpur – Currency Lad and Colonial Poet

    Trove Thursday – Charles Harpur – Currency Lad and Colonial Poet

    Nerrigundah is usually associated with gold rushes, bushrangers and more recently farming  – not with poetry. Therefore it was extemely surprising to see a almost hidden memorial to Australia’s first ‘bush poet’ on the Eurobodalla road near Tyrone Bridge, the old wooden bridge crossing the Tuross River. The memorial was built in the bicentenary year […]

  • Trove Tuesday- The History Of Wattle Day

    Trove Tuesday- The History Of Wattle Day

    Reposted from our blog – 3 September, 2013 The first known use of wattle as a meaningful emblem in the Australian colonies dates back to the early days of Tasmania 1838), when the wearing of silver wattle sprigs was encouraged on the occasion of an anniversary celebration of the seventeenth century European discovery of the island. It was resolved that a National emblem be adonted to be […]

  • Australian children’s books

    Australian children’s books

    To complete Book Week we have a short recount of some of the classic children’s literature that been created – some of it well before federation in 1901. Titles such as The Magic Pudding , Seven Little Australians and and the Gum Nut Babies will be instantly familiar to most while Colin Thiele’s Storm Boy […]

  • The State Library and TS Mort

    The State Library and TS Mort

    Part of the brief of any historical or geneological society is to make the broader community aware of the wealth of resources that are now available to individuals and organisations. Digitisation and the internet have made these reources much more accessible to all. We hope to feature great sites and useful apps in regular posts […]

  • National Science Week – T.S. Mort

    National Science Week – T.S. Mort

    Thomas Sutcliffe Mort Today marks the beginning of National Science Week. The theme for schools in 2013 is A Century of Australian Science. After a quick glance at the Moruya and District Historical Society’s museum you realise that to a large extent everyone in the early days was a scientist. Indigenous artefacts, home-made recipes for […]

  • August and World War 1

    August and World War 1

    The First World War began when Britain and Germany went to war in August 1914, and Prime Minister Andrew Fisher’s government pledged full support for Britain. The outbreak of war was greeted in Australia, as in many other places, with great enthusiasm Australian War Memorial   Dates at the beginning of August hold special significance […]