Irish slavery

I wasn't looking for anything on any sort of slavery. I was simply looking for a suitable Irish Catholic name from the 17th century that I could use for Padraig's friend in my tale on 'The Parting Glass" (now called Goodnight - and God be with you all). I came across a fascinating post written by a... Continue Reading →

Weddings: the start of so many stories

The photograph above is of my parents in 1961. So many families sagas involve the merging of two families through marriage. And the marriage ceremony itself has so  may different traditions and associations. Here are links to just a few: Why does the bride always stand on the left? Weddings at Christmas Wedding cakes Enjoy... Continue Reading →

NSW State Architect Rolls In His Grave – 200 Years Later Work Faces Destruction

The Parramatta Female Factory began the Australian story for so many people. It is an important part of our story. It needs to be preserved so that future generations of Australians can see where their ‘Stories of then’ began.

Crown Land Our Land

If Francis Greenway was alive today, he would be on the streets protesting about what the modern day State Architect is proposing to do to his work that has lasted for 200 years. Peter Poulet the current State Architect is not a designer of grand old buildings, instead he likes modern art, “A well travelled artist” as this story in the Daily Telegraph tells the Australian Public. http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/home-mag/architect-peter-poulets-home-is–testament-to-a-welltravelled-life/news-story/53b760e488aeaa077a986c89a5d74399

The question therefore has to be asked why a fellow that has no experience in design becomes the State Architect in Charge of the “Architects Office” of course the answer is a very simple one. You have a NSW Government that does not believe in saving out heritage and wants to sell it at any price. And that the original State Officer “Francis Greenway” is relegated to the $10 Note. francis-greenway-1777-1837-on-10-dollars-1966-banknote-from-australia-ed3ean

Francis Greenway (1777-1837), architect, was born at Mangotsfield, near Bristol, England, son…

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