Wednesday, 21 September 2016
In the history of Essendon State School, Follow the Gleam by Adrian Jones, teacher David "Fatty" Williams was noted as being rather quick to give boys the cuts, but when you see the size of his class - 73 Grade 5 boys - you can see why. You can see this and other photos of Essendon State School on the Time Travellers website, along with a new photo of 61 Hoddle St, Essendon from 1918.
Monday, 29 August 2016
Alpha Book Lounge has been located in the Christ Church Op Shop, North Essendon, by Marilyn Kenny. Once again, this relic of a circulating library can tell us about the sort of books the libraries stocked, the length of time they spent on the shelf, changes in opening hours and the fact that the library was co-located with a dry cleaning business, and expands the time period we know the library operated. Click on the link above for more details about the Alpha Book Lounge which operated in Napier St, Strathmore from about 1953 to 1974. This is an earlier post on the Alpha Book Lounge.
"Anchorage", 25 Carlyle St, Moonee Ponds, circa 1908.
Courtesy of Louise Falk.
In view of the speed with which the old homes of the district are being demolished and replaced, I have begun a new section of the Time Travellers website for original photos of the old homes. You can find the link from the front page. The house above is "Anchorage', still standing at 25 Carlyle St, Moonee Ponds.
Sunday, 7 August 2016
Time Travellers website.
Saturday, 6 August 2016
|Gone - 22 Park Street, Moonee Ponds. Photo courtesy of Dian Williams.|
Sunday, 17 July 2016
This book had been part of the circulating library known as the Alpha Book Lounge which operated at 321 Napier St, then North Essendon, now Strathmore. The Apha Book Lounge had operated between 1957 and 1974. The Alpha lending stamps inside the book indicate it had been loaned between 1956 and 1960 (though other pages might have been removed), but the back cover, above, shows that the book had previously been part of the collection of the Cranford Library in Surrey Hills. The history of that particular library has been researched by the Surrey Hills history group, and their findings so far have been posted on Facebook: Surrey Hills History Facebook
Advertisements in the For Sale columns of major daily newspapers carried many ads for whole collections of books. Whether this was invariably because of the closing down of a particular business, or part of the process of freshening up their collection is not certain.
It is a long time since dangerous criminals concentrated on jewel-theft for a living. These days the ice is usually of a different kind.
The book is courtesy of Marilyn Kenny via the Book Nook, Christ Church Op Shop, Essendon North
Sunday, 10 July 2016
You can see Allan's photos at the Time Travellers of Essendon, Flemington and the Keilor Plains website. If you wish to be advised of new material on the Time Travellers website, follow or subscribe to this blog.