Out of all the Aussie songs I know, this is the one that most evokes “home” for me.
My earliest years were spent growing up in North Queensland. I still have dreams of sugar cane fields standing tall, the sugar cane trains rattling amongst the fields and highset Queenslander homes with their wraparound verandahs.
In case you haven’t noticed, “Tis the season to be jolly” and footnoteMaven has sent out the call for everyone to blog about their favourite Christmas Carol.
I wonder where this cute and chubby balloon baby is going? Look at that determined look on her face. She has her hand firmly on the suitcase so must have a destination in mind. And she’s also looking pretty possessive and proud of the car. Is it hers? Does she have her licence yet?
Once again, another mystery photo from my orphan photo collection.
Posted in Genealogy, Memories, Mystery, Newspaper, Photograph, Story
Tagged Accident, Australia, BARR, Family History, Friday Funny, Genealogy, New South Wales, Newspaper, Photograph, Travel, Vehicle
Aunt Camie and Uncle Bob’s photos are the gifts that keep on giving. I found a series of photographs showing the Sydney Harbour Bridge in various stages of completion. These are not unique photos by any means. There are plenty of photos around of the Coathanger being built. After all, it took about 10 years from the sod-breaking ceremony in 1923 to De Groot’s famous ribbon-slashing upstage of the opening ceremony in 1932. And the Bridge was being built right in the middle of the city – a bit hard to miss, really.
Posted in Architecture, Genealogy, Memories, Newspaper, Photograph, Story
Tagged Architecture, Australia, Bridge, Family History, Genealogy, History, New South Wales, Photograph, Sydney
How many times have you looked through your family photo collection and despaired? How many unlabelled photos have you let drip through your fingers in anguish? How many unnamed people, places, dogs, houses, pot plants, whatever have you seen?
How many times have you raised clenched fists in the air and wailed to your ancestors: “Why didn’t you just label your damn photos! Just because you know them doesn’t mean anyone else will! Curse you!!”
Well, it turns out it may not have been all their fault.
About 40 minutes to the south of Canberra, you will discover a small ruin – just a chimney – sitting forlornly beside the Monaro highway. I’ve passed this remnant of forgotten history so many times. I’ve watched it flash by my window and thought fleetingly of who might have lived there and why it was now a ruin. I’ve often wanted to just stop and pause for a time. But we are always in such a rush in these modern times, aren’t we? Well, on my last trip, I finally did stop.
Posted in Genealogy, Mystery, Photograph
Tagged Artefact, Australia, Chimney, Family History, Genealogy, History, Location, Michelago, New South Wales, Photograph, Travel
Another family photo – another mutant cabbage.
When I first came across this particular photo amongst our family photograph collection, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had never in my life seen such a strange looking vehicle! It took a lot of rummaging around on the internet with some creative search parameters to finally identify this vehicle as a “charabanc”.
“A what?!” I hear you ask. Glad you did.
Posted in Genealogy, Memories, Mystery, Newspaper, Photograph, Postcard
Tagged Accident, Family History, Genealogy, History, Holiday, Newspaper, Photograph, Travel, Vehicle
Whilst idly reading through GeneabloggersTRIBE’s really quite extensive daily prompt list I found Friday Funny1 which I thought would be a fun way to share all those weird and wonderful orphan photos, funny family stories or interesting articles I come across. I won’t be posting every week – a strict timetable is not much fun, after all – so keep an eye out!
Without further ado, here is the inaugural Family Fractals Friday Funny post!*
* With bonus alliteration!
Another family story – another myth? But this time I have the photographs! Gather around and listen to my story – a story passed from my grandfather to my mother to me.
Once upon a time…
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Tagged Airplanes, Aviation, Family, Genealogy, History, Ilfracombe, Longreach, Photography, Qantas, Queensland, SCHOLEFIELD, Storytelling, Travel, Vehicle