Named after the city of Florence (Italy) where she was born on May 12, 1820, during her English parents two year European honeymoon, it is not hard to visualize the child continuing her comfortable, wealthy life, with her elder sister Parthenope, who was named after the ancient Greek city of Naples, where she was born (also during her parents European honeymoon) and throughout their childhood moving between their parents, two-well-to-do homes in England.
Friend from France
Miss Johnson was known to thousands of Australian soldiers during the “dark days of the war” when they were on brief leave from the front line during World War One.1
Recent storms are nothing compared to standing a couple of feet from a home computer and hearing it go snap-crackle-pop and seeing the stars and sparks and smoke light up the room.1 Continue reading
Birds of a feather
Each year hats are featured at the Melbourne Cup 1 but none more stunning than the 2006 Melbourne Cup, fashion stakes with a ‘sculptural bird cage hat’ with extended plumes taking first prize.
Falling in love again1
Just when you think you’ve left it too late, that your use by date has expired (in fact long, long gone) something comes along that turns you upside down and you go head over heels feeling as light as a feather and as silly as sunshine.
Edwin, Henry and Frederick
The Christian names of the three different Mayor Land’s of Queanbeyan, along with the dates of their terms of office, may separate and also help identify the different generations of Mayors with the surname Land.1
Francis Adams (1862-1893)1
“Something of convictism and the convict still shows itself in Sydney”, said Francis Adams after he had first seen the “sprawling seaport” of Sydney in 1884 with its “288,000 people and 3,167 pubs”.2
Harp of Erin Inn
Indian Jugglers were performing at ‘The Harp of Erin Inn’ located in Macquoid Street, Queanbeyan, when one of their juggling team went missing in November 1861. 1
Dark side of life 1860
“Mrs Soares has lately given birth to a boy but his palate is split into three and he has no roof to his mouth”. 1 “She has no milk and the child is a most pitiable object”, continued Emily Wilson Hutchison in her letter of March 7, 1860, from her home in Queanbeyan, to her family in England. 2
Christ Church 18601
Perhaps the old Christ Church Parish Hall2 on the corner of Rutledge and Crawford Streets, was sold to the Home in Queanbeyan project to provided the dollars to replace, with new shinning armour, the roof and steeple of historic Christ Church, which is estimated to have cost around $150,000.3