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Darragh Christie, 21 April 2022 · # · Comment [3]

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 dropped into Barry O’Keefe Library on occasion. I enjoyed our chats. Dr Miller’s online medical findings about the death of the Red Baron are my go to for an authoritative resource.

‘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 published Snugglepot and Cuddlepie: Their Adventures Wonderful in January, 1918? Did you also know she made postcards 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. In that year his third son, and future aviator Bill Taylor was born. Mosman in the 1890’s was transforming. From a weekend retreat to a bustling suburb. Mr P.T. Taylor was one of the civic, business-minded Councillors making 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, with other German ‘enemy aliens’, to internment camps during the war. The camp Commandant from Mosman oversaw it’s operation.

Holsworthy Internment Camp, c.1915. Photograph Heinrich Jacobsen, Dubotzki Collection, Germany. Source: NSW Migration Centre ‘The enemy at home.’

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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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