Parramatta in 1856 by T.A.G.

Parramatta in 1856 by T.A.G.

Source: http://trove.nla.gov.au/

Our family, leaving Sydney in above year, came to reside in Parramatta. I was then eight years of age. There were no public schools at that time, all being under the heads of the various denominations.Within a short time I spent my early school days, with Mr. Hole, Mr. McPherson, and Mr. Lough. (more…)

Elton Ward Photographic Collection

Elton Ward Photographic Collection

Group of children around a pony horse promotional of the film “Misty”, 1961 at Roxy Theatre, Parramatta. (Source: Elton Ward Collection, Parramatta Heritage Centre ACC002/10/2)

“A new world in photography” is how Mr G. E. Edwards described the showroom at Elton Ward Studios back in November 1965. He published an extensive promotional article in The Parramatta Advocate  (more…)

Leslie W Pye – Parramatta Chemist and Cricketer

Leslie W Pye – Parramatta Chemist and Cricketer

Leslie Walter Pye  in his torpedo bodied A Type Vauxhall. 1912.  Photograph Courtesy Peter Wier

Leslie Pye was born in 1871. He became a pharmacist with his own business in 1894, it was called Mr Virtue. The pharmacy was popular and stayed in the family until the 1980’s. (more…)

World War One – Indian Relief of Beirut, Lebanon, 1918

World War One – Indian Relief of Beirut, Lebanon, 1918

Light Horse Soldiers of the Australian Mounted Division throwing snowballs on the Lebanon Hills during their journey from Homs to Tripoli, Charles bean, Volume 12, illustration 681

In early 1915 the Turkish Jew, Alexander Aaronsohn, travelled to the independent province of Lebanon to visit his sister and also report on the locust plague which had just devastated the area.  At this time Lebanon (more…)

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