Sydney from earliest time had portable houses that were wheeled to new suburbs. Poor people lived in these portahomes.
It is said Sir Edward Hallstrom heard a young girl singing the carol. He named his new refrigerator after the song.
Reported Woman’s day June 1957
May Day was ushered in with the usual festivity. The murky sons and daughters of the soot bag, with their faces and handed washed, and their outward furniture glittering like a rainbow, attended by fife and drum, danced through the streets of Sydney to the delight of many a native. There are but few chimney sweeps in Sydney; but of sweeps of another sort, not clean-handed, there are too many; and we could not help thinking that if they were all decorated and dancing through the streets, we would have considerably more sweeps than chimneys.
Smh May 4 1891
Cast in England in 1890 “the castings have come out remarkably successful, possessing very rich tone, especially the 5-ton tenor bell. Its fine, full resonance being greatly admired. Canon Cattley (Worchester Cathedral who blessed it) expressed high approval. He said they are certainly the best bells ever sent out of England. The first quarter bell is 2ft 9in in diameter, the note C sharp, and weight 81/2 cwt.; the second, 3ft in diameter, B 111/4cwt; the third, 3ft 4 in diameter, A 143/4 cwt., the fourth, 4ft 4in in diameter, E 30cwt, and the tenor bell, 6ft 6in in diameter, A weighing 5 tons. Each bell has the imperial crown and monogram VIR with the words ‘General Post Office, Sydney 1890.
The following lines from Tennyson’s ‘In Memoriam’ are inscribed on the bells, one line on each, commencing with the largest.
Ring out the false, ring in the true
Ring out the feud of rich and poor
Ring in redress to all mankind
Ring out false pride in place and blood
Ring in the common love of good
Cast by John Taylor of Loughborough designs by lord Grimthorpe.
The initials of Henry Parkes also appear H P
Grave of Benjamin Burrow
View me all you that pass by
As you are now once was I
But as I am so you must be
Prepare yourself to follow me.
To which someone added
To follow you I’ll not consent
I am not sure which way you went!
1830-1913 was daughter of Commissary Thomas Walker,
his wife, ANA, daughter of John Blaxland.
Tom Walker’s happiest days were spent at Rhodes Hall, with his two bachelor cousins, the de Brokes, who, being too poor to marry, remained in bachelorhood. Here at Christmastime, as in other old-fashioned homes, the wassail cup, which was a large silver one, was passed round amongst the guests, and the mummers came into the kitchen.
General and Mrs. M were an amusing couple. Rumour said he was a very bad tempered man and was in the habit of speaking roughly to his lady, so it was arranged between them that when he was in his study and she wished to ask him a question, she would go to the door and throw in her bonnet. If he were in good humour he would let it be, but if a bad one he would kick it out!
Memoirs of David Kennedy
David Kennedy was a well-known Scottish singer born 1825 and toured Australia 1873
F Fowler 1859
The ‘cutty’ is of all shapes, sizes and shades. Some are Negro heads, set with rows of very white teeth – some are mermaids, showing their more presentable halves up the front of the bowls, and stowing away their weedy fundaments under the items. Some are Turkish caps – some are Russian skulls. Some are Houris, some are expressions of the French, some are Margaret Catchpoles. Some are as small as my lady’s thimble – others as large as an old Chelsea teacup. Everybody has one, from the little pinafored schoolboy to the old veteran who came out with the second batch of convicts. A cutty-bowl, like a Creole’s eye, is most prized when blackest. Tobacco, I should add here, is seldom sold in a cut form, Each man carries a cake about with him, like a card case; each boy has his stick of Cavendish, like so much candy. The cigars usually smoked are manilas, which are as cheap and good as can be met with in any part of the world. Lola Montez, during her Australian tour, spoke well of them. What stronger puff could they have than hers?
What first took my attention in Sydney, after I had sufficiently recovered from the bites of mosquitoes to show myself in public, was the air of well-to-do-ness, which characterized every thing about me. The carriages passing through the streets were quiet and elegant; the people were well and soberly dressed; the cabs on the ranks looked more like private carriages than public conveyances; even the cabmen swore and swaggered less, and chinked their money more – having, I suppose, more money to chink – than I ever noticed the fraternity chink, swagger and swear elsewhere. It was London in good spirits, as if every man had tuned up a nugget or two in his back garden.
(this was when I arrived: when I left, the roseate light had somewhat mellowed.
written by itself
We observed nothing very remarkable in our walk, except that there were two tamed Emus at the gate of the Domain, which the soldiers at the guardhouse were feeding with bread, and all the people, especially the women, whom we met, seemed to be smartly dressed.
Goats are also very frequent in Sydney, but more especially in Sussex Street, where they may be constantly seen bounding about, with their kids bleating and skipping after them.
B358 handwritten 1900
MSQ397 AUSTRALIAN CHRONOLOGY
Francis Greenway (Architect)
1825 Dixson private manuscripts and letters.
The Greenway documents tell of Sydney street names, Sydney characters and also of his personal fight with the Government over fees.
aka Old Spring Row
aka Sgt Major’s Row
Greenway had a very public fight with Major General Macquarie over the architectural agreement. The following is an extract from a FG letter.
The town of Sydney, in the course of a few years, will most likely extend round Woolloomooloo by Surry Hills to Anson’s Point and join the land of Captain Piper. If we are not crippled by the narrow and contemptible notions of false economists, which proves more destructive to society than ever extravagance with all its evils, real economy I admire, because it is only another name for liberality, which defines every ‘private individual’, and is the basis of the real glory and success of every nation.
Greenway was given 800 acres of land as ‘remuneration for his service’ however Greenway claimed this ‘a mockery that wouldn’t even cover his travel expenses of 150 pounds. The land was at Coal River – near Newcastle.
Ltn Col. Godfrey Charles Mundy
Published in 3 volumes, London
“A man must be leading in Europe a very sad, solitary or unsatisfactory existence, who can, without many a pang of regret, many a sigh of painful separation, gird up his loins, shoulder his wallet, and clutch his staff, for a pilgrimage to Australia.”
“That picturesque animal, the goat, by-the-by forms a conspicuous item of the Sydney street menagerie – amounting to a pest little less dire than the plague of dogs. Nearly every cottage has its goat or family of goats. They ramble about the highways and by-ways, picking up a haphazard livelihood during the day, and going home willingly or compulsorily in the evening to be milked.
Fowls 2/6 or 3/- for a pair
Bottled English beer – 14/- a dozen.
Mention is also made of Van Diemen’s Land hay
The day-labourer of Sydney are notoriously idle, drunken, and dissolute. Earning 3/- or 4/- a day, they will work perhaps four out of the seven, and during the remainder squander their gains in drink and riot, leaving their wretched families to fend themselves as they can.
scrapbook with clippings and hand-written entries.
There are to be found all round the doors of the Sydney Theatre a sort of loafer known as the Cabbage-Tree Mob. The Cabbage-Tree Mob, are always up for a ‘spree’ and some of their pastimes are so rough an order as to deserve to be repaid with bloody coxcombs.”
One of the great yards of the factory was devoted to laundress work. Squads of women were up their elbows in suds – carrying on the cruel process of wringing. The townsfolk may have their washing done here at 1/6 per dozen, the money going to the expenses of the institution.>
Stich, stich, stich,
In poverty, hunger and dirt,
Sewing at once with a double thread
A shroud as well as a shirt.
Mention is made of a storm known as ‘The Southerly Burster’ (his spelling)
Oysters were extremely popular. ‘Every inch of rock from Sydney to the Heads is thickly colonized by the delicate shellfish that is, every inch would be so peopled, but for the active extermination incessantly going on”
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