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Darragh Christie, 6 April 2020 · # · Comment

Pandemic!

Medical staff and workers from Riley Street Depot, Surry Hills, April 1919. Picture: NSW State Archives and Records

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Darragh Christie, 24 December 2019 · # · Comment

Seasons greetings. Happy and safe New Year.

Photo by the author. Martin Place Dec 2019.

Christmas smoko


Darragh Christie, 9 December 2019 · # · Comment

1919 Air Race. Ross Smith to HMAS Sydney: 'Very glad to see you...'

What is going on in this photo? The event was exactly 100 years ago.

Gibbons, O. (1919). On 10 December 1919 the Vickers Vimy was sighted approaching Australia by sailors aboard the HMAS Sydney, 100 miles from Darwin. Upon seeing the ship, the Smith brothers and crew dropped a message in a bottle which was collected by the ship’s crew. It said “Very glad to see you. Many thanks for looking after us. Going strong.”

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Darragh Christie, 9 December 2019 · # · Comment

1919 Air Race: Why Smithy couldn't fly the Kangaroo

…there was I with the remains of a war wound, a war gratuity and a war decoration, with the wide world before me…

- Charles Kingsford Smith

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