My thoughts on David Malouf’s A First Place

I’ve just begun an e-book of short stories, A First Place, by David Malouf. Absorbing stories written by Australians always seem slightly disorienting, so accustomed are we (or is it only me?) to reading books whose settings are elsewhere. Which came first, the sense that “other is better”, leading to the exodus of much of Australia’s … More My thoughts on David Malouf’s A First Place

52 weeks of Genealogy Records: Internal Migration

Shauna Hicks has initiated a new 52 week series of prompts, Genealogy Records. We’re only into Week 3 but there have already been some interesting topics: Military Medals, Internal Migration and Probate. Over the past few years I’ve done several 52 week series: Personal Genealogy and History (2011), Abundant Genealogy (2012) and my own Beyond the … More 52 weeks of Genealogy Records: Internal Migration

Sepia Saturday 192: A life in railway service

Today’s Sepia Saturday image is “men in braces”, or perhaps working clothes, or newspapers. In a way my post combines all of these elements. Among my photo collection is a photo of my grandfather taken for a news story. James Joseph McSherry was an incredibly hard worker, having notched up a normal lifetime’s service with … More Sepia Saturday 192: A life in railway service

Sepia Saturday 164: Red Bicycles Touring Club, Brisbane 1913

This week’s Sepia Saturday photo offers a variety of possibilities: pipes, pets, tortoises and hats (especially military). As luck would have it, I’d just come across this photo which I acquired as part of my aunt’s estate. I have no idea why she would have it, because the reverse shows it’s a photo from 1913, … More Sepia Saturday 164: Red Bicycles Touring Club, Brisbane 1913