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Darragh Christie, 21 April 2022 · # · Comment [1]

Who killed the Red Baron?: Dr Miller's prognosis.

‘Who shot Baron Manfred von Richthofen? There can only be four possible answers…’Dr Geoffrey M. Miller drops into Barry O’Keefe Library on occaision, and his medical findings about the death of the Red Baron are used in journal articles as an authoritative source.

‘The death of Baron von Richthofen’ by A Henry Fullwood,

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Darragh Christie, 9 January 2022 · # · 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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Darragh Christie, 4 December 2021 · # · Comment

Borough's beginnings: Mayor Taylor's legacy

New photos have been added of Mayor P.T. Taylor to the Trace image archive and linked to Trove online database.

125 years ago founding Alderman Patrick Thomson Taylor was elected Mayor. 1896 was also the year his third son, and later famous aviator Bill Taylor was born. Mosman at the time was transforming from a weekend retreat to a bustling suburb. Mr P.T. Taylor was one of the civic, business-minded Councillors who made it happen.

P.T.Taylor and original crest designed by Livingston Hopkins.

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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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