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Darragh Christie, 7 November 2021 · # · Comment

The fate of Emden's POWs; Mosman Holsworthy Commandant & 'The Black Hand'

Emden’s survivors were sent (along with other German ‘enemy aliens’) to internment camps for the duration of the war.

Holsworthy Internment Camp, c.1915. Dubotzki collection, Germany

Children’s toys and model Fokker ‘Eindecker’, made by internees in 1916 and 1917, Trial Bay Gaol collection. Photograph by Stephen Thompson

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Darragh Christie, 5 November 2021 · # · Comment

Ethel Turner's first editions

Recently, I happened across two books by Ethel Turner and donated them to Local Studies at Barry O’Keefe Library.

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Darragh Christie, 31 October 2021 · # · Comment [2]

Chargers who didn't come home

Four men, Gerald Digby, Gordon Abbott, Rex Coley and Colin Bull, charged towards Beersheba. Only two came home. from the online archive of the Digby family

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Darragh Christie, 25 October 2021 · # · Comment


Darragh Christie, 21 September 2021 · # · Comment

A Pandemic message: Hullo! How are you?

Everything old is new again:

Did you know May Gibbs of Nutcote Snugglepot and Cuddlepie: Their Adventures Wonderful. in January, 2018? Did you also know she made pictures to be sent to cheer up homesick volunteers? Maybe in these times, we can appreciate them just as much…

This is an excerpt from a public health poster about the Spanish influenza (flu) pandemic, drawn by children’s illustrator and author May Gibbs in 1919. The detail features a gumnut baby and a kookaburra sitting on a branch, with eucalyptus leaves wrapped around their mouths in the manner of surgical masks. Apart from the leaf, the gumnut baby wears only a gumnut on her head. The illustration is captioned ‘Hullo! How are you?’ Source SLNSW Online learning resource

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