recording history – Septimus Power

This photograph of the artist H S Power (Septimus Power) appeared in the Canberra Times on 13 May 1927.

The major piece of work that Power painted in relation to the opening of Parliament House was entitled – The Arrival of Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and. Duchess of York at the Opening of Federal Parliament House Building, Canberra 9 May 1927.

Power’s work as a war artist is perhaps more well known. He is among many artists featured on the Australian War Memorial site. Bringing Up the Guns is featured here and courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.

follow up to the story of the missing papaw

Courier Mail – 3 June 1942

Whacko! The language of exhilaration

I was reminded of the expression “Whacko!” recently while watching Showcase’s television production of Tim Winton’s classic Australian novel Cloudstreet.  Thought I would go for a little hunt to see where it might pop up.  It first appeared in newspapers in the 1930s, continued its popularity in the 1940s and was less in use in the 1950s and 60s.

Whacko – an expression of joy, approval, happiness, expectation

Sunday Times – 13 March 1949 and Courier Mail – 21 December 1948

The Examiner – 26 August 1941

Note : prior to the fall of Singapore in February 1942

Courier Mail – 5 June 1942  Note:  an important case to follow up?  And whacko!  Here’s a case of serendipity at work.  I just happened to attend this school.  I can’t imagine why this episode wasn’t mentioned in the annals.

Trove’s list feature – pulling stuff together

Something a little different today to explore more of what Trove Australia has to offer.

Trove logo

The lists feature in Trove is a way for researchers, writers, historians, genealogists and others to group their items of interest.  You can choose to share them (public) or not (private).

To give you a better idea of what’s possible, here are a few lists that others have compiled

Toowong Cemetery Obituaries A-E by Hilda Maclean

Gundagai’s 1852 flood – by Crooksey

Caring for the war wounded and Advertising Australia – Picture Australia

Happy compiling.

Thomas Fiaschi – doctor, soldier, wine maker

This is Il Porcellino, a replica of a Florentine wild boar sculpture.  Located outside the Sydney Hospital, it commemorates the lives of Dr Thomas Fiaschi and his son Dr Piero Fiaschi.  Interested in the medicinal quality of wine, he first planted vines at Sackville Reach in the Hawkesbury region in 1882 on acreage that was to become Tizzana Winery.

The Il Porcellino photograph is from the GPS location marking site Waymarking.  The presentation of this portrait of Dr Fiaschi was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald on 22 July 1926.

Sydney Opera House

It takes a vision, staying the course and overspending a budget to develop amazing infrastructure. In 1966, the estimated cost of the Sydney Opera House project was over $50 million.  It ended up costing $102 million. For some more statistics and a few under construction photos head over here.


The Australian Womens Weekly – 16  March 1966

summer talcs and toilet water

The Traralgon Record – 30 September 1898



A lump of magnesia is a blessing to those women whose faces shine from heat. Just rub the lump lightly on the glowing surface; allow it to remain on a short time and wipe off lightly; this will not clog the pores like face powder.