Ballarat’s? mystery ‘Bell School’

UPDATE 18th MAY 2016. This mystery school identified as the BELL SCHOOL #4309 in Oakover Street, Preston (Melbourne, Vic). READ HERE FOR THE UPDATE   I can easily find my Dad in this old school photo,  but it seems finding the actual Ballarat -based school is another matter entirely! Extensive inquiries and searches have failed to locate the … More Ballarat’s? mystery ‘Bell School’

Way To Go! Art Remembering: Warrnambool Impressions of Tom Humphrey

In 1925 a grieving widow donated art works to Victorian galleries in the hope her late husband would not be forgotten, and though that’s pretty much what  happened Warrnambool however, has a special way of remembering talented Australian Impressionist Tom Humphrey (1858-1922). Warrnambool’s Art Gallery  (WAG) is set to rehang Humphrey’s formative work The Way To School’ … More Way To Go! Art Remembering: Warrnambool Impressions of Tom Humphrey

A Lawless Mob of Dubliners

My search among Ancient Catholic Families of Ireland for the kith-and-kin of my mystery Captain Armstrong resulted in a naive attempt to link him to a possible uncle named Edmund Lawless, but instead has me up to my armpits in 18th-century Dublin ‘Esquires’ all of the same name. I’ve been attempting to answer if  the ‘Gentleman’ Edmund Lawless of  Clanbrassil-street Dublin was the same man married Margaret Armstrong in 1784 … More A Lawless Mob of Dubliners

Mystery History Search – Ancient Catholic Families of Dublin, Eire.

  Its been a two-decade chase but the story of  Dublin-born mariner  John P. Armstrong is nearly ready for the telling, except I need to know a little more about his family back in Ireland and so would like to hear from descendants or researchers of the following Dublin families, of the 1700-1800 era:  CORBALLIS  / CORBALLY, … More Mystery History Search – Ancient Catholic Families of Dublin, Eire.

Radio Restoration Hurdle

I couldn’t leave this old beauty behind at the flea-market so brought it home with the aim of restoring it. Mind you I have no idea what I am supposed to be doing, but my biggest problem is I am having trouble identifying the model, so if anyone is familiar with make or model would … More Radio Restoration Hurdle

Long Weekend Autumn Color

  This year’s  warmer start to autumn  in Victoria’s south-west has  purple and pink starring in the garden. As colour is important to gardeners, and not everyone can get away this holiday weekend it’s nice to get a geek at  someone else’s garden.  Certainly the beckoning sun means photography is way more fun than weeding.           … More Long Weekend Autumn Color

Lost in the AfterLife

  With blistered feet and juggling two maps as well as a camera and my handbag I came to an abrupt halt, lost among a sea of higgledy, piggledy-laid graves. The 42 hectare (106 acre)  Melbourne General Cemetery is a bewildering place for the uninitiated, particularly for this country girl after a four-hour early morning drive. The lass at … More Lost in the AfterLife

Warrnambool Bookworms Fundraising for Kids

 Warrnambool book-lovers are quietly adding to a fundraiser champion’s tally to help The School of St Jude provide free education to children from the village of Meshono, on the outskirts of Arusha city in Northern Tanzania.  After thirteen years in the making The School of St Jude is celebrating its first graduating students thanks partly to the likes of Warrnambool … More Warrnambool Bookworms Fundraising for Kids

Enterprizing replica-ship at Warrnambool

Watching the replica tall-ship Enterprize tack its way today out of Warrnambool’s Lady Bay  is a stark reminder of  the dangerous conditions  Europeans experienced voyaging aboard small-ton vessels bound for Victoria’s coast. There seemed a fair swell up though the Enterprize left Lady Bay in what is relatively calm conditions for this stretch of the coast, … More Enterprizing replica-ship at Warrnambool