The Origins of Easter

It would be a rare person that does not know the reason behind the celebration of Easter in the western world. Good Friday marks the death of Jesus on the cross, while Easter Sunday marks his rising from death. Although many do not necessarily believe that Jesus is the risen son of God, few would... Continue Reading →

Something for All Hallows Eve

Okay - it's Halloween. I prefer All Hallows Eve: has more of a supernatural ring to it. Either way, thought it might be a good time to share some spooky stories. 10 things you didn’t know about the history (and mystery) of Halloween Supernatural stories: 9 amazing British folktales Enjoy! Cheers Kerry

Was all as it seemed? Victoria and Albert

Like many of you, I am enthralled with the television series Victoria. And while I know about being careful with historical accuracies on both the small and big screen, I think we are all aware that the relationship between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert is always said to have been a great and loving marriage. But in... Continue Reading →

It’s been a while …….

I had no intention of taking this long to get back into the swing of things writing-wise. But, things just got busy and lots of changes were occurring - life was happening, as it does. The biggest change by far was the addition of our new furbaby: this is Bindi. She was born on 1st... 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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