Sutherland died of consumption (TB), on 30 April 1770.
Monday, 30 April 2007
Sutherland died of consumption (TB), on 30 April 1770.
Sunday, 29 April 2007
Saturday, 28 April 2007
There's more photos at Sydney Daily Photo Extra (click on link)
Friday, 27 April 2007
Thursday, 26 April 2007
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Today is Anzac Day. Many Australians and New Zealanders have a special place in their hearts for Turkey, the site of the birth of Anzac, during the disastrous Dardanelles campaign of 1915, on the Gallipoli (Gelibolu) Peninsula. The British and French, as well as other allies, were there of course, and in greater numbers, suffering greater losses, but as the Great War inevitably meant far more to them on home soil, it does not have the same significance for them. In a short blog, I can't say everything there is to say about Anzac, so what follows are a few ramblings.
The allies landed on the peninsula, the Australians and New Zealanders at a little bay which is now known as Anzac Cove, at dawn on 25 April, 1915. [ANZAC means Australian and New Zealand Army Corps]
Last year I wrote: "Anzac Day, commemorating the contribution made in war. .. I prefer to think of it as a day not glorifying war but acknowledging its futility."
The first marking of ANZAC Day commemoration was in 1916. By the 1920s it was a public holiday throughout Australia, as it remains today. There are many people who have commentated about why this is such an important day for Australians, and some scoff at a country which commemorates a huge military defeat as a national day.
But there are some amazing things that have come from Anzac. For me they include:
- an opportunity to remind us that peace is precious and always worth striving for;
- that great friendships can be forged once people lay down arms and realise we are all human - Australians have great bonds with former foes in Turkey, and former allies in France.
- The Turks engaged in one of the most generous acts of reconciliation, when Ataturk in 1934 urged the mothers of the slain not to weep, as "your sons are now also our sons."
- a chance to study the history and realise that while Australians went into WW1 as colonials - part of the British Empire - and many still at that time regarded England as "home" - fighting for "God, King and Country" , somethign else was forged on those battelfields, an Australian identity that hadn't yet become real. australia had only been a unified country, rather thanseparate colonies for 13 years at the time of the outbreak of WW1.
Last year my Anzac Day post was a tribute to my grandfather, who was at Gallipoli, and the Western Front in France.
I made this card featuring a photo of my grandfather, who survived unscathed, unlike many of his colleagues, who were either damaged and fractured, or slaughtered (the images behind him). Featured are copies of woven postcards he sent his mother (the card reads "My Dear Mother") and a photo of a poppy I took in the Somme area of France in 2003.
Later, I made this one, My Dear Mother, which is a tribute to the relationships expressed in the letters sent home, between sons and their families, especially their mothers:
Over the past several years I have spent many hours researching the activities of my grandfather during that war, starting with several letters which he sent from Egypt and France, but mainly using the magnificent collections of the Australian War Memorial and Australian Archives. In the past couple of weeks I have managed to get his story up on the web. He was an artillery driver, meaning he was in charge of teams of horses dragging the artillery to the artillery lines. You can read about his story, and the significant battles in the Somme and Flanders, as well as Gallipoli at this site - Percy Smith, Anzac.
Anyone interested in exploring more about Gallipoli and France/Belgium from the Australian point of view, I thoroughly recommend these books: Gallipoli by Les Carlyon, and The Great War, also by Les Carlyon.
The movie, Gallipoli, starring Mel Gibson and Mark Lee, made in 1981, holds up remarkably well. It is shown nightly at the Anzac Pansiyon in Canakkale in Turkey!
But for documentary film, you just can't go past this Turkish production, also called Gallipoli, from 2005. It is a magnificent film, telling the story of the war from both sides, and depicting the crazyness of it all, as well as the humanity on both sides, mainly throught the personal accounts of combatants on both sides. It uses the photographs, diaries and letters of three Australians, two Britons, three New Zealanders and two Turkish soldiers from the beginning of the campaign to its end. Review here. Do try to see it if you are at all interested in this part of our history.
And, finally, here's a picture of my grandfather an grandmother on their wedding day. My existence is thanks to the fact that, along with a mere 7 000 others, my grandad survived both Gallipoli and France to be able to come home to be the gentle, peace-loving, war-hating man he was.
Tuesday, 24 April 2007
Monday, 23 April 2007
Sunday, 22 April 2007
The issue is looming as a major factor in the federal election which is due later this year.
People of all ages took part, and I believe the cricket ground is full for the "Rockin For Rights" concert. Lots of well-known Australian acts on the bill.
I've posted some more pics at Sydney Daily Photo Extra.
Saturday, 21 April 2007
Friday, 20 April 2007
Thursday, 19 April 2007
Wednesday, 18 April 2007
Tuesday, 17 April 2007
The southwest corner has a fairly low-rise building dating from 1908, and one I would guess from the 1930s. It includes a cheap hotel (now backpackers, second-hand books and record store and nightclub.
On the northwest corner is the tower of a huge residential, office and retail and food court development, World Square.
I wonder how much long the backpacker hostels, cheap hotels and lower-rent retail will remain in this part of the city?
Monday, 16 April 2007
It's back to work for me today after a lovely week's break. I'm a researcher, so I'll no doubt be putting in some time reading today. Not at the State Library Readng Room like these people, however.
What's on for you this Monday?
(PS Eora is the name of the original Aboriginal clan of the Sydney area)
Sunday, 15 April 2007
Not all of city life is hustle and bustle. This is Wolli Creek, near my home. It is about 6 kms from the centre of the city. It runs through one of the last stands of bushland so close to the city. Community activists over the years have had to fight to preserve the area, and the battles continue. It's been pretty polluted, but in recent years has been recovering.
Wolli Creek Preservation Society. The website allows you to take a virtual walk through the area (see on right hand side of their site)
Saturday, 14 April 2007
Friday, 13 April 2007
Thursday, 12 April 2007
Kookaburra sits on the old clothes li-ine
Merry merry king of the yard is he-ee
Laugh! kookaburra, laugh!
Kookaburra, gay your life must be...
(Play the song and listen to its laugh here)
I came out in to the backyard, and saw the kooka sitting on the clothes line...so I came a bit closer...
and closer...while he checked me out...
I must have passed scrutiny...because he sat perfectly still as I came yet closer...
until I was less than a metre away...
Wednesday, 11 April 2007
Tuesday, 10 April 2007
Monday, 9 April 2007
Sunday, 8 April 2007
Along the narrow coastal strip between the sea and the Great Dividing Range, it's a different story, as this photo shows.
(Sorry I can't visit all your sites; I'm back on the 41kps dial-up!)
Saturday, 7 April 2007
Ever since people have been taking holidays, the main attraction at Kiama has been the blowhole. The first European to see it was George Bass in 1797. Aboriginal people know it as Khanterintee.
Yesterday we stopped at Kiama for fish and chips for lunch. The blowhole was working a treat.
Click here for more about how the blowhole works, including a really cool animation. People can and do scuba dive the blowhole. Read more here.
As the water receded after a blow, a lovely rainbow emerged:
Friday, 6 April 2007
Thursday, 5 April 2007
Wednesday, 4 April 2007
Tuesday, 3 April 2007
Monday, 2 April 2007
Sunday, 1 April 2007
London (UK) -Grenoble (France) -Rotterdam (Netherlands) -Greenville SC (USA) -Hyde (UK) -Villigen (Switzerland) -Albuquerque NM (USA) -Mazatlan (Mexico) -Montréal (Canada) -Stayton OR (USA) -Shanghai (China) -Jing -Arradon (France) -Sequim WA (USA) -Newcastle upon Tyne (England) -Seattle WA (USA) -Kim -Bastia (Corse) -Minneapolis MN (USA) -Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) -Joplin MO (USA) -Sharon, CT (USA) -Cottage Grove MN [USA] -Houston, TX (USA) -Candice & Megan -Singapore - by Keropokman. -Guelph, ON (Canada) -Menton (France) -onte Carlo, Monaco -aples, FL (USA) -Kyoto (Japan) -Tokyo (Japan) -Aliso Viejo, CA (USA) -Cape Town (South Africa) -Jakarta (Indonesia) -Kitakami (Japan) -Tel Aviv (Israel) -Vantaa(Finland) -Guadalajara (Mexico) -Auckland (New Zealand) -Nelson (New Zealand) -Tuzla (B&H) -Brussels (Belgium) -Anderson, SC (USA) -Lubbock, TX (USA) -John, Melbourne, (Australia) -Stavanger (Norway) -Tenerife (Spain) -Stockholm (Sweden) -Boston, MA (USA) -Not Strictly Seattle, Susan -New York City, (USA), Ming the Merciless -Paris [Eric], (France) -Ampang (Selangor) -Sydney (Nathalie) Australia -ailea , HI (USA) -Manila (Philippines) -Sydney (Sally) Australia -Cork (Ireland) -Saarbrücken (Germany) -Saint Paul MN (USA) by Carol -San Diego, CA (USA) -Mexico [POLY], (Mexico) -Budapest (Hungary) -Singapore (Singapore by Zannnie) -Madrid [Dsole] (Spain) -Nottingham (England) -