Sunday, February 5, 2017

More Week: More Old Oz Photos and facts



Photo and commentary from the above site, with additional pics and comments from me.

1900s sporting uniforms unlike anything seen on modern fields

In 1883, two James Boags, a father and son, purchased Esk Brewery on the Esplanade in Launceston, Tasmania. It was the beginning of James Boag & Son. By 1900, Boag II had purchased the neighbouring Cornwall Brewery, amalgamated the two breweries, and established Boags as northern Tasmania's favourite beer. He also invested locally and sponsored Tasmanian sporting teams, including these gents, photographed sometime between 1905 and 1920. The sport they enjoyed isn't recorded, but their uniforms are unlike anything seen on fields 100 years later.


James. Boag & Son is now owned by Lion, a Trans-Tasman subsidiary company of Japanese beverage conglomerate, Kirin. In 2000, San Miguel Corporation had acquired J. Boag & Son for $92 million. San Miguel sold J. Boag & Son to Lion Nathan Ltd in November 2007 for $325 million. (By 2009, Lion Nathan Ltd was 46% owned by Kirin with the difference made up by Australian and New Zealand share funds. In September 2009, shareholders voted in favour of a complete takeover by Kirin Holding. In 2011, the company changed its name to Lion.)

James Boag 2

Hipster-beard policeman patrols Hobart

Australia's second-oldest city, Hobart was founded in 1804, when Lieutenant-Governor David Collins moved the main southern settlement from Risdon Cove to the mouth of the Derwent River. While it was first impeded by a lack of food and equipment, Hobart grew gradually and by 1812, it was the capital and administrative centre of Tasmania (then Van Diemen's Land). It was declared a city in 1842. Pictured here, three officers of the newly amalgamated Tasmanian Police Force patrol the corner of Hobart's Liverpool and Elizabeth Streets in the early 1900s.


Note the young lad at the right who appears to be cleaning horse manure off the streets. Horses can be seen on the left.

I have previously written about such workers, known as “block boys:” and by the slang term “sparrow starvers” – see:

Kalgoorlie crowd awaits result of the referendum that made Australia

In 1898, Australia made moves towards Federation, with the first colonies voting in referendums on the Australian Constitution. Those in favour argued the abolition of trade barriers and a united approach to defence and immigration, while those opposed had concerns about higher taxes and equal representation. A majority of voters in the colonies of New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria supported Federation. In 1899, the result was repeated in those colonies and in Queensland. A referendum was finally held in Western Australia on July 31, 1900, after the Commonwealth Constitution Bill had already been enacted by the British parliament. This crowd in Kalgoorlie awaits news of the result: 44,800 voted in favour, 19,691 against. The "Yes" vote in WA was 69 percent compared to a 76 percent average for the six colonies.


The Federation Pavilion, where the first Governor General of Australia, Lord Hopetoun, the first prime Minister, Edmund Barton, and the first Cabinet were sworn in at the official inauguration of Federation in Centennial Park, Sydney, on 1 January 1901, is located in Cabarita Park, Cabarita (16k west of the Sydney CBD). In 1903 the Council of Concord bought the pavilion and moved it to its current location.

The Federation Pavilion, Centennial Park, Sydney, 1901.

If you’re wondering why the current pavilion looks different to the 1901 version, it is because the wooden framework of the current pavilion at Cabarita would have formed the wooden superstructure of the Centennial Park model. This supported decorative layers of plaster of Paris which formed the ornate rotunda used for the ceremonies on the day of Federation. The plaster of Paris however quickly disintegrated.

Children celebrating Federation, Melbourne 1901

Migrants arrive by boat after horrors of war

World War II left millions of Europeans displaced from their homelands, and Australia with a desperate labour shortage and a growing belief that substantial population growth was vital to the nation's future. As a solution to both problems, Australia enacted a large-scale migration program. For Europeans migrating to Australia, Fremantle was their first port of call. The identity of this family, disembarking with their luggage in 1953, is not recorded. After a month of rough conditions at sea, migrants like these glimpsed the city's tin roofs and quiet streets, before either settling in Western Australia or travelling onto other Australian states. Before the mass migration, only one tenth of Australia's population was born overseas. That figure is now over one quarter.


My parents, two brothers and I arrived in Oz from Holland in 1956 as part of the post-war migration boom. Determined to give their sons greater opportunity in life, they elected to leave their homeland and resettle in either Canada or Australia. My mother decided on Australia, declaring that she was tired of being cold so much of the time.

As embarrassing as it is, I will share some early, cringeworthy pics . . . 

My brothers (twins) and myself on a wall in De Hague.

With my father on the beach in Scheveningen, Holland

Also with my father, in Holland

With my mother, father and brothers not long after arrival in Oz.  My mother made our clothes, which included the European style shorts with the flouncy shoulder straps.  We had to go to school like that!!!

Archibald Prize founder's love of France gives rise to iconic Sydney sculpture

Erected in Hyde Park North in 1932, the Archibald Fountain was bequeathed to the City of Sydney in the Will of J.F. Archibald. Created by French sculptor Francois Sicard, the fountain commemorates the relationship between Australia and France in World War I. Archibald was a notorious Francophile. He changed his name from John Feltham to Jules Francois and wore "a little French style beard when no-one else was". The fountain features a bronze Apollo surrounded by other mythical figures and creatures, including Theseus and the Minotaur. In the Ancient Greek myth, Theseus slayed the Minotaur and escaped its Labyrinth, ending a ritual of human sacrifice.


J F Archibald with Australian writer Henry Lawson, 1918

Some images of the Archibald Fountain:

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