Jul
28
2011
1

Why was the “Southern Aurora” train so significant?

southern-auroraIn 1965, my school classroom was decorated with two large posters. The first was of a young Queen Elizabeth. The second was of the Southern Aurora train arriving in Melbourne after its inaugural run. Why was this train so important? To appreciate the significance of this train, we need to look back to the formation [&hel[more...]

Aug
01
2010
1

What was Sydney’s Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences?

powerhouse-museum-fabric-swatchIn 1945, Sydney’s Technology Museum was renamed the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, and until 1988 its exhibits were open to the public from premises in Harris Street in the inner Sydney suburb of Ultimo. And what a museum it was! I was a regular visitor as a child in the late 1960s. Outside [&hel[more...]

Jun
21
2010
0

What were Australians discussing during the early 1950s?

1950s-beachThe early 1950s saw post-war rationing replaced by mass production, and an increased interest in the discussion of lifestyle and cultural issues at the Mosman Debating Society, including these topics: That the influence of Hollywood is beneficial (tied) That the modern emphasis on soap proves we are dirtier than our ancestors (tied) That the arts [&hel[more...]

Oct
08
2009
2

How can you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge?

Nearing the top! (photo by aussiegall - CC-BY)If you want to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, you have a few options ranging from from pedestrian to adventurous, and from free to expensive. A public walkway runs along the eastern side of the bridge, 59 metres (194 feet) above the water, at the same level as the roadway. You can look down to [&hel[more...]

May
07
2009
2

What is Sydney city profile?

Sydney Opera House - courtesy kangotraveler - CC-BYSydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the largest city in Australia. Sydney was founded in January 1788 and was named after the British Home Secretary, Thomas Townshend, Lord Sydney. During July 1842 the municipal council of Sydney was incorporated and the town was declared the first city in Australia. Sydney is [&hel[more...]

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