I wrote a piece for Mosman Council’s website on the Open Day & Scan-a-thon held on 10 November. Librarians and volunteers felt it was a success, and we’ve had great feedback from those who brought in their treasures. We’ve also had a number of calls since the day, and more fascinating items brought in to the Library – and promised!
This is an interesting story – Remarkable Rescue: Four Days in a Shell Hole – and I’m not sure why it wasn’t printed in the Australian newspapers, particularly as the story is noted as originating from Sydney. Perhaps Selwyn’s mother, Mrs Annie Robin, sent details of a letter to the papers. As I have been researching Selwyn’s older brother Herman recently I hope you don’t mind me putting some flesh on the bones of this story.
Trove tags are very useful for keeping your articles together and in conjunction with a list make a great filing system but I have been frustrated trying to search for them. Until today!
A weathered sandstone plaque in the modern boundary wall facing the road at 71 Bay Street is one of the few reminders that this block – labelled Lot 43 in Mosman Council’s 1917 Building Register – was home to six weatherboard cottages built by the Mosman branch of the Voluntary Workers Association for disabled servicemen and war widows.
It has been rewarding in these early stages of the project to have made contact with the children and family of Mosman’s service men and women. As you would expect, many no longer live in the suburb but have found material in our collection by searching the web.
The first was Angus Lang, grandson of Arthur William Houstoun (Bill) Lang, who came across his grandfather’s photo on our Flickr stream.