Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Visiting Mother: Australian Soldiers in London during World War I

The guest speaker at our General Meeting at 2:00pm  on July 16 will be Elise Edwards, curator at The State Library of NSW. Elise's topic is Visiting Mother: Australian Soldiers in London during World War I. 

Elise received a staff fellowship in 2009 to research the Library’s World War I collections. Elise is currently curating an exhibition on the World War I collection of diaries and correspondence; ‘Life Interrupted: personal diaries from World War I’.

Diaries from the First World War reveal the horror, loneliness and the adventure of war. They also express the delight of visiting London on leave. This paper will explore London through the eyes of its Australian visitors. A city mobilised, yet offering respite, entertainments and a sense of home, albeit with London fog.

*Please note that the talk on Monash scheduled for 16 July, has been rescheduled for 2017.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Call for Photos and Memorabilia

To commemorate the Centenary of World War One, Ku-ring-gai Council will be holding Lights of our Lives,a public exhibition designed to enable the community to commemorate the First World War and the ANZAC legend, and in particular the Ku-ring-gai residents who enlisted and sacrificed their lives for Australia.

This exhibition will be based around images of the faces of local World War One veterans projected on to a large screen within a dark marquee. The images will be accompanied by words detailing their names, DOB, suburb of origin, and brief description of their war service.

We need the help of the community to collate photos of our local soldiers, doctors and nurses. If you have any photographs or artefacts that you would be happy to contribute to the exhibition please contact Rachael Thomson on 9424 0868 or at by Monday 6th June.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Trove Tuesday - Hot March

Our ABC reported recently that "Sydney's hot spell is the longest ever, with temperatures soaring above 26 degrees Celsius for 36 days in a row."

It's interesting to note that on March 15, 1943 and March 15, 1915 newspapers from all around Australia were reporting on hot temperatures around NSW. 

1943 'HOT WEATHER', Barrier Daily Truth (Broken Hill, NSW : 1908; 1941 - 1954), 15 March, p. 2. , viewed 15 Mar 2016,
1915 'HOT IN SYDNEY.', The Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1923), 15 March, p. 2. (4 P.M. EDITION), viewed 15 Mar 2016,
1915 'HOT WEATHER IN SYDNEY.', The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), 15 March, p. 7. (SECOND EDITION), viewed 15 Mar 2016,
1915 'HOT IN SYDNEY', Kalgoorlie Miner (WA : 1895 - 1950), 15 March, p. 4. , viewed 15 Mar 2016,

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas 1953 - Where are they now?

1954 'Christmas Parties.', The Sun-Herald (Sydney, NSW : 1953 - 1954), 19 December, p. 58, viewed 30 November, 2015,

Monday, December 14, 2015

Holiday Closure

The Society Rooms will be closed over the Christmas/New Year period to give our wonderful volunteers a break. The last day we will be open is Friday 18th December and we will re-open on Monday 11th January.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you in our research rooms in 2015.