Domestic Advice from 1828 Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania)

Domestic advice from Tasmania in 1828. Check out these maxims for health, how to clean plated articles, to extinguish fire in a chimney, prevent rust, to render shingles fire proof, destroy bugs, cure coughs, remove stains from mahogany or marble, oiling mahogany or cedar, taking spots out of linen, cleaning metal, fire proof cement, water proof cement, boots and shoes – or how about a cure for cancer or advice on administering laudanum to children. Continue Reading →

Colourised Snapshots of Street Scenes in Sydney Following the Official News of the Armistice – November 1918

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 1918, will rank as one of the most notable days in the world’s history, for at 11 o’clock on that morning the dreadful fighting which had lasted for over four years and three months came to an end. The actual close of the war was delayed many months, but the conditions of the armistice made it impossible for Germany to resume hostilities. Australia played an honourable part in WWI. Their gallant deeds made the name of Australia famed throughout the world. From the Commonwealth 326,00 men went to war, and of that number 61,720 made the supreme sacrifice, with another 137,013 wounded. Tuesday, 12th November, was a Federal holiday and Wednesday, 13th November, was a State Holiday. Nobody worked and Sydney celebrated. Continue Reading →