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Greetings from Melbourne, 1909

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June 23, 2014 by Time Recalled

White postcard with small circular photographs of Warburton and Collins Street in Black and White

Now, is it just me or does this card look like they were trying to save money on ink? Even the text is tinier than it needs to be! Although a greeting from Melbourne, the card also shows Warburton which is about 77km from the city. Close enough I guess.

Postcard back. Postmark is Collingwood, and the card features a one penny stampAs it happens, I write my cards this way – sideways to the address. I don’t know why I do it, and I don’t know why May did it. The handwriting is quite tight, so I’ve done my best to transcribe. May seemed to have felt punctuation was for other people.

Dear Bet thought you would like one of these views. How are you getting on, are you still at business. How is girlie suppose she is quite a big girl now. Would like you to see Stanley he is getting on so nicely. Hope Mother and Father are well. With love to all from all. May and Bert (xxxx for girlie)

 


Melbourne City Loop, 1970s

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June 17, 2014 by Time Recalled

Construction of the City Loop in Melbourne began in 1971 with an estimated completion date of 1978. These things never really happen as planned though, and the official opening was in 1981, with exactly one station completed. This was Museum (or as it’s known now Melbourne Central).

ABC Melbourne has a fantastic selection of photographs of the construction, including the hellish escalators at Parliament Station. These things, which are long and steep, are my worst nightmare and I have to go up them clinging to the handrail – often with my eyes closed. I’m not surprised they were claimed to be the longest escalators in the Southern Hemisphere at the time they were built. They are endless.


Tivoli Brisbane, circa 1920s

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June 16, 2014 by Time Recalled

Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane

Another unused postcard – didn’t people realise future people would want dates? Details? Honestly, Past People, you’ve let us down.

See those vents on the upper wall? Those were specially designed steel shutters, which allowed the evening breezes through the rooftop garden area to cool the audiences down as they watched a performance but stopped them getting wet in the event of rain.

This building was started in 1914, and opened in 1917. Through out the 20s and beyond it managed to remain relevant by converting stages to movie screens and back again. The building was purchased by the Brisbane City Council in 1963 and closed in 1965. It was demolished when King George Square was undergoing redevelopment, around 1970.


Good Morning Australia, 1985

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June 12, 2014 by Time Recalled

This is 2 hours long, and there’s no prize for watching all of it, but it’s fun to skip around and watch the adverts and news clips. Well I thought it was fun, you may disagree. Even though I was there, I still can’t quite believe how neon the 80s were, or how big the hair was.

Currently I am without scanner so I haven’t been able to keep the blog up to date in any way shape or form. If you have anything interesting to scan, please do so and send it in! Don’t make me beg. I’ll do it!


Echo Point, Katoomba, 1940s

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June 2, 2014 by Time Recalled

Echo Point overlooking the Jamieson Valley with three 1930s cars parked around the look out.

The Blue Mountains in New South Wales have been a tourist attraction as long as there’s been tourists in Australia. Okay that’s not strictly true, but it sounded very good. The mountains were first crossed by white settlers in 1813, and a road system to get settlement inland was developed. The beauty of the area was not overlooked though, and places like Echo Point were established to allow day trippers a good view of the Blue Mountains.

Back of the Echo Point postcard

“Mrs ‘obbes” had had a busy day (and was too busy to pop a date on the card). A day out at the Blue Mountains including a trip on the Scenic Railway (which according to their website is the steepest scenic railway in the world) and rounding off the day with a night at the Tivoli.

I’m dating this card at 1940s due to the Scenic Railway which opened in 1945 – but personally I feel the actual photo on the card would more likely be 1930s. I can’t find anything about a previous railway operating in the mountains, but maybe I just am not looking in the right place. It’s happened before…


Royal Visit Medal, 1954

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June 1, 2014 by Time Recalled

Royal Visit medallion featuring portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

In 1954, Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Australia as the first reigning monarch to pop over for a visit. Her five week tour of the country was marked in various ways, and for Victorian school children, it was marked with the gift of a pin or brooch.

The medal in the scan is incomplete – the full piece was a bar brooch with an inscription about the medal being presented to the children by the Government.


Everything’s upside down these days

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May 29, 2014 by Time Recalled

Today is the birthday of Norman Hetherington, the man who developed and performed Mr Squiggle, the man from the moon.

Mr Squiggle (Australia’s First Astronaut you know) arrived on the ABC as a part of The Children’s TV Club in the 1950s before starting his very own show in 1959. The show ran for 40 years, with the series ending in 1999. For a programme that was designed to fill in some time for a few weeks, it was a remarkable achievement.

The basic idea of the show remained the same, although the shows became longer and as you can see if you watch the video above, began to incorporate longer form stories rather than just Mr Squiggle.

Children could send in “squiggles” to Mr Squiggle in the hopes of seeing them transformed on TV. Mr Squiggle usually drew his pictures upside down – much easier for Norman Hetherington to see what he was drawing from above. Norman’s earlier career as a cartoonist stood him in good stead.

Along with Bill the Steam Shovel, Gus the Snail, Grumpy Blackboard and Rocket (who was a character in itself), Mr Squiggle had a parade of female assistants to help him by holding the squiggles in place when he drew, untangling his hands from Rocket’s strings and holding him in place while his head and neck were moved by Norman above.

“Mr Squiggle” was a family effort. While Norman designed and built the puppets, his wife Margaret wrote the episodes and even his daughter Rebecca got involved, becoming an on-screen presenter. Over the years, Mr Squiggle transformed over 10,000 squiggles into cartoons and drawings.

I’m unable to embed it, but Australian Screen has a couple of clips from 1960 available.

Norman died on the 6th of December, 2010 leaving behind scores of people who had grown up with his sweet natured, gentle and creative character Mr Squiggle.

 


Kempsey Floods, 1949

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May 27, 2014 by Time Recalled

The death toll for the Kempsey flood of 1949 was remarkably low for the scale of the disaster. Six people lost their lives (although some reports claim seven deaths) when the Macleay River flooded in August, 1949.

Thirty five houses were washed away entirely, with a further 300 left too damaged to live in. Infrastructure such as telephone, electrical lines and the railway line were damaged and, in some cases, took months to repair.

In 1999, the 50th Anniversary of the Kempsey Floods was marked, and a booklet produced with plenty of information on the flood and the aftermath. You can view the booklet at the Floodplain Management Association website. (pdf file)


Bloody Rabbits, 1859

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May 22, 2014 by Time Recalled

Rabbit shooting party, 1860

Although rabbits were brought over as food animals with the first fleet, the real trouble started with the release of 24 rabbits at Barwon Park, near Winchelsea in Victoria. Thomas Austin, a keen hunter from England, had the rabbits released for hunting purposes, reasoning that “The introduction of a few rabbits could do little harm and might provide a touch of home, in addition to a spot of hunting”.

Controlling a rabbit population is quite difficult as they do actually breed like rabbits, and therefore the shooting parties were ineffective in keeping the numbers down. By 1870, 2 million rabbits were being culled annually, but the population kept booming.

In 1887, the New South Wales government offered a reward of £25,000 to anyone who could offer a better solution than shooting or trapping for the control of rabbits. Despite receiving just under 1,500 suggestions, none of them were deemed safe and no better solutions were found. This huge sum of money was considered a worthwhile investment as rabbits were causing damage to farms and a loss of productivity.

The Rabbit Proof Fence of Western Australia was finished in 1906 in an attempt to prevent rabbits from infesting parts of the state. It’s still standing today, although it’s now properly known as the State Barrier Fence.

Just under 100 years later, in 1950, the rabbit population in Australia was estimated at 600 million. Various methods of mass control have been attempted, from the release of myxomatosis into the wild population in the 1950s to the release of the calicivirus in the 1990s. Vaccination against the calicivirus is available for pet and farmed rabbits.

As with any introduced species, rabbits cause serious environmental disturbance. From erosion caused by their burrows to the overgrazing of native grasses and plants (removing food available for native animals) and the ringbarking of young trees, they have changed the face of Australia. From a farming point of view, rabbits devour crops and churn up paddocks as well as use their ringbarking talents on fruit trees. Livestock can easily break a leg by stepping into a rabbit burrow.

So thanks for that Thomas Austin. Probably not your best idea, if I’m being honest.


Veale Gardens, Adelaide, 1978

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May 19, 2014 by Time Recalled

 

Flowerbeds at the Veale Gardens

 

The Veale Gardens are part of the extensive Adelaide Parklands, and can be found just off the South Terrace. According to current reviews, it’s pretty seedy these days. I wouldn’t know about that, I’m a good girl.

Back of Veale Gardens postcard

 

As you can see, this card spent a lot of time in one of those photoalbums with the glue lines. If I was a proper collector, I’d probably be quite sad about that. I’m not a proper collector.

Dear Mother,
I hope you are keeping well. I’m having a great time + have been doing quite a lot but will have to wait until I’m home when I can fill in all the details, which won’t fit in the room on a card.
We have had beautiful weather, though we could get a change today.
Today is the big day for Tracey in Ballarat, then the rest of the time is holiday. I hope they get a place in the comp as there was a lot of effort put into the girls.
Love to you, Love June.

I’m wondering if June was taking Tracey to Ballarat, it’s quite a trip from Adelaide!


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