Thursday October 31, 2013

Family history online at Mosman Library for free.

Mosman Library can give you a jump start on who you are! Making over one billion family history records available. Making it so much easier to search your family history.


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Monday April 23, 2012

Great War stories

"Wild Eye", the Souvenir King

“Wild Eye”, the Souvenir King – Private John ‘Barney’ Hines (1873–1958)

There are many accounts of the First World War. Ahead of the 96th remembrance of Anzac Day, we select some that spoke to us.


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Wednesday August 17, 2011

Biblion – the boundless library

A new iPad app from the NY Public Library developed to explore their collections, holdings and exhibitions through this new media.

With Biblion you can experience the ‘The World of Tomorrow’ by exploring the 1939-40 World’s Fair collection through images, documents, films, audio and essays.

This was created directly from the NYPL’s Manuscripts and Archives Division and covers a range of topics from technological innovation, music and pop culture, to the issues of economic hardships and the crises developing from a world at war.

I was recommended this app through a magazine article on emerging technologies.

  • Introduction: Explains how to use Biblion
  • A Moment in Time (On the brink of War)
  • Beacon Of Idealism (Building Democracy)
  • Fashion, Food and Famous Faces (Pop Culture At The Fair)
  • From The Stacks (The Fair Comes To NYPL)
  • You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet (Fun At The Fair)
  • Enter The World Of Tomorrow (To Futurama…and Beyond)

I found Biblion easy to navigate and full of fascinating stories, photos and original documents.

I particularly enjoyed the ‘Fashion, Food and Famous Faces’ Mad Science section with pictures of epic competitions of hand washing vs the modern dishwasher, robots of the future and first looks at plastic from the Bakelite Corporation which was described as a material of a thousand uses!

Take a leap into history and discover what riches can be found within!

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Monday August 15, 2011

The many faces of Bungaree

Bungaree, known as the Chief of the Broken Bay Aborigines, was a central figure in early Colonial Sydney. As an Aboriginal leader, he was the first person known to have been called an ‘Australian’.

His story presents a rich and layered history of one man’s remarkable exploits and ability to navigate calamitous times to become a highly respected leader, and bridge between Aboriginal and white cultures.

Dr. Keith Vincent Smith, an eminent historian, author and curator, spoke recently at Mosman Art Gallery. This talk and his Dictionary of Sydney entry on Bungaree are an excellent resource for those studying Sydney and Australia’s early history.

Mosman Library also has the following books available:

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Monday November 8, 2010

Governor John Hunter, Australia and Flinders

This paper addresses the life of Governor John Hunter and his impact on Australia during the late 1700s and particularly in the early colonial life. It recounts the difficulties of some of his hazardous voyages and the challenges confronting him in governing the fledgling Sydney colony. It highlights the role Hunter played in the exploration of Australia by Matthew Flinders and the latter’s relationship with the aboriginal leader Bungaree.

Much of the story is set in Mosman, a local government area on the northern foreshores of Sydney harbour where the author Viv HR May, PSM is the General Manager of Mosman Council.

Viv brings the story to life through research into his own forebears who were convicts transported to Australia.

The paper draws on historical records including Hunter’s diaries and works of contemporary Australian historians. It is coloured by Viv’s take on the life and legacy of John Hunter and the history of Mosman.

It was presented to The Society for Nautical Research (South) at Princess Royal Gallery, Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth, UK on 9 October 2010.


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Friday November 27, 2009

Follow Scott's Last Expedition

So. Polar Expedition - Capt. Scott and his exploration ship: TERRA NOVA (LOC)

So. Polar Expedition – Capt. Scott and his exploration ship: TERRA NOVA (LOC) by The Library of Congress, on Flickr

The University of Cambridge are publishing day by day the expedition diary of polar explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott, RN. It’s from this diary that we know of Lawrence Oates and his selfless act of sacrifice. Aware that his injuries were jeopardizing the lives of the party, Oates left the tent and walked to his death. Scott wrote that Oates’ last words were, “I am just going outside and may be some time.”

The Scott’s Last Expedition blog is a chance to relive the daily events of the Terra Nova Expedition, as recorded by Robert Falcon Scott in his famous journal. By republishing the entries as a daily blog, we hope to give the reader new insights into the scale and scope of Scott’s experience.

Dividing the text into daily blog entries – combined with a twitter account and RSS feed – and linking to the famous photographs held in the Scott Polar Research Institute, means that the latest communication technology will add an extra dimension to a well known text: the dimension of time. We will follow the expedition’s progress day by day, over many months, beginning with its departure from New Zealand, and ending with its tragic and heroic conclusion.

This form of publishing is not new. Phil Gyford serialised Samuel Pepys’ London diary as a blog, with the entry of 1 January 1660 posted on the corresponding day in 2003. But it’s an effective and engaging form and we won’t be surprised to find more books and written works published like this in the future!

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Monday August 24, 2009

Attack on Sydney, 31 May 1942

Children inspecting a Japanese midget submarine, 1942

School children and service personnel inspect the mid-section of a Japanese midget submarine on display in the exhibition gardens. This submarine took part in the unsuccessful attack on Sydney harbour on 31 May 1942. Australian War Memorial collection, on Flickr

A website dedicated to the Japanese Midget Submarine that attacked Sydney Harbour has been launched by the NSW Government, uncovering its secrets.

The site has been developed by the Heritage Branch, NSW Department of Planning and showcases the history and mystery of the 1942 submarine attack on Sydney Harbour with feature interviews, underwater footage and unique 3D animation of the submarine. It will be a valuable way of ensuring that the heritage significance of the midget submarine attack is preserved, together with the physical remains of the M24 wreck site.

It was not until November 2006, that a group of weekend divers called ‘No Frills Divers’ located the still intact Japanese midget submarine M24 off Bungan Head, Newport. The submarine was entangled in nets 54 metres below on the seabed

Like all shipwrecks the M24 has a fascinating story to tell — of the events in Sydney Harbour on the night of 31 May and the early morning of 1 June 1942; the role of the Japanese midget submarines, and the Japanese submarine campaign along Australia’s eastern seaboard during World War II.

Visit the M24 midget submarine exhibition online.

Local memories

Here are some local memories of the night the midget subs entered Sydney Harbour.

The peace of Clanalpine Street was shattered on the night of 31 May 1942 when we were awakened by thudding noises and the sound of ornaments moving on mantelpiece and shelves. “It’s an earthquake,” said my mother, who was a New Zealander, but in fact of course it was the unsuccessful Japanese submarine attack on Sydney Harbour.

Ngaire Souter, ‘A marvellous place for childhood ‘Mosman Memories of Your Street

We lived there when the Japanese midget submarines came into the Sydney Harbour on 1 June 1942, that night was very frightening with the explosions as we didn’t know until the next day what had happened.

Helen Ekin nee Black, Living in ‘Duncraggan’Mosman Memories of Your Street

We used the shelter once, and that was when the Japanese submarines were coming into the harbour. In the middle of night about 2am I think, the air raid sirens went off, and I and Jessie, who was our nice ‘help’ then, got the three children out of bed and put on warm things, and rushed downstairs, and went into the air raid shelter and crouched there terrified until the ‘all clear’ came.

Margaret Joan HolmesMosman Voices

I remember when the submarines came into the harbour and they shelled Rose Bay and broke windows, and a few more came in, and it was announced. The house next door to ours – my family home was in Raglan Street. and the home next door built a bomb shelter big enough for the neighbours either side to go in. When we heard this explosion, we were told to fill the baths with water and go under the table, or wherever you could. Well we went in next door. When I went in with my mother, my brother was away at the war, and I said: ‘I don’t think I turned the tap off, I’ll go in and do it’. I had done it.

Patricia BeaumontMosman Voices

Were you in Mosman on the night of the attack? Please share your story at

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Tuesday April 14, 2009

Professor Welton's Boxing Cats

Seems like the early days of film and YouTube have something in common… kittehs!

The Library of Congress in Washington DC has begun distributing portions of its vast audio and video collections—including this 100-year-old film from the Thomas Edison studio—on YouTube ( and iTunes.

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Monday January 26, 2009

Council employees must wear singlets

The National Library of Australia, with State and Territory libraries, is digitising out of copyright newspapers from across the country. The titles and dates are listed here. As of 24 January 2009 there are 367,651 pages consisting of 3,304,825 articles available to search.

See what comes up when you look for ‘Mosman’.

After last week’s hot spell, this one – from The Canberra Times, 1938 – seemed appropriate to blog.

SYDNEY, Friday.

Following complaints that employees of the Mosman Council had been working without any covering on the upper part of their bodies, the council engineer (Mr. Dee) to-day ordered that they must at least wear a singlet.

Simple to use, the site is also very powerful. As you’d expect you can search and browse all text and view the paper as it was printed, but you can also copy, tag and comment on articles, save them as an image or PDF, or print just the relevant piece.

The mechanical process of digitisation by Optical Character Recognition (OCR) means that the digitised text is not always correct. The National Library has given users of the site the power to correct these errors. As we’ve seen with projects like Wikipedia and the video speech matching by users of, there’s real value in giving the community access to the project – whether they aspire to the text-correctors hall of fame or make just a single edit to a piece they’ve found. It all counts.

See what you can find at Australian Newspapers beta – Historic Australian Newspapers, 1803 to 1954

Bernard D, Internet Coordinator, at Information Online #io2009

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Wednesday November 19, 2008

LIFE photo archive hosted by Google

Wide range of facial expressions on children at puppet show – The moment the dragon is slain, Guignol puppet show, Parc de Montsouris, Paris, 1963. Photographer: Alfred Eisenstaedt.

Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time.

Google says only about 20 percent of the collection is online; during the next few months, they’ll be adding the entire LIFE archive — about 10 million photos.

Go to

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