Australia: proposed divisions 1838 and as it was in 1900


I kind of fancy having Guelphia as my address. Very confusing for Victorians though, isn’t it? Not sure either if Jim Belshaw would find Cooksland appealing compared with New England. I’m not sure what Spain and Portugal are doing in the Great Australian Bight — perhaps just a comparison.

State boundaries in Australia actually settled rather late in the day.


The top map was on the fascinating blog Strange Maps; the second is from the University of Texas and is linked to a full-size version.

Closely watched trains 5

There was a siding near my grandfather’s place in Sutherland, and every afternoon he would take a walk over there around 4pm because the Milk Train would be sitting waiting. My grandfather would climb through the fence and go over to the locomotive and talk to the driver and fireman. He had lived at Braefield near Quirindi and got to know railwaymen rather well. He enjoyed chatting to them. Sometimes I would go with him.

Most often the Milk Train was hauled by a C32 — the general work-horse from the late 19th century through to the end of the age of steam. Occasionally, though, it would be a C30T, converted into a tender-equipped 4-6-0 from its original configuration as C30, a tank engine used pre-electrification on suburban lines. A few C30s were still working into the early 1970s on small country tracks probably now shut down, in the main. The top picture is a C30T, and below a C30. Again the source is Preserved Steam Locomotives in NSW.


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Chinese Art 2 — 21st century

With all the focus on China right now, we should note the voices and visions that have been emerging there since the 1980s. “Yue Minjun (Chinese:åēģ敏君, born 1962, Heilongjiang Province, China) is a contemporary Chinese artist based in Beijing, China. He is best known for oil paintings depicting himself in various settings, frozen in laughter. He has also reproduced this signature image in sculpture, watercolor and prints. While Yue is often classified as part of the Chinese ‘Cynical Realist’ movement in art developed in China since 1989, Yue himself rejects this label, while at the same time “doesn’t concern himself about what people call him.” Wikipedia. Brave souls, some of them.


Execution (1995) — Yue Minjun.

Click the painting to see a commentary from Loud Solitude.

Surry Hills 4

And also another Meet a Blog! Sally’s Sydney Daily Photo — “…in which I attempt to show some interesting and varied aspects of Sydney apart from the usual tourist images” — is quite superb! Not only is there a great gallery there tagged “Surry Hills”, but many other great photos of other aspects of Sydney.

I choose this one of the busy corner of Chalmers and Cleveland Street, very close to where I live, not because it is the best but because it is so much something I see most days. That’s Cleveland Street Intensive English High School on the left.

30 June 2006 Chalmers St

I’d love to borrow more, but won’t; I urge you to visit Sally for yourself. 🙂

Surry Hills 3

Pics from round and about of where I live, now and as it was long ago. Note the acknowledgements and, where relevant, links.

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David Moore (1927–2003): Surry Hills 1948, and (right) Surry Hills Boy (1948).

I began travelling to school from Sutherland through Surry Hills in 1955!


June 11th 1901. Campbell Street Surry Hills. The tame kangaroo in this inner urban setting undercuts the stereotyped images of native fauna surrounded by gum trees and open plains which were appearing in various popular genres in this post-Federation period. Photo linked to excellent information.

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Closely watched trains 4

The Garratt D60 was a rare sight in Sutherland. I seem to remember they had a habit of bending the tracks on some of the hairier sections of the Illawarra Line. Also, they were only just coming into service in the 1950s and 1955 was my last year by the main line between Jannali and Sutherland. There was an Australian connection with the concept, which I hadn’t realised: The Garratt Locomotive. The Garratts were the largest and most powerful steam locomotives ever to run on any railway in Australia.


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