Friday, 31 August 2012

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Polly want a cracker

I've been offline  for a while as my father fell and broke his hip and has been in hospital for the past couple of weeks. I met Karen and Midori in the visitors waiting room of St George Hospital. Karen is from Copeton Waters State Park near Inverell in northern NSW. Midori is a very friendly and extremely beautiful eclectus parrot.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Taphophile Tragics

I came across this tomb tucked into a corner of St Andrews Cathedral and thought it was a very strange place to put a tomb. Turns out its not the real thing but a copy of the tomb of Bishop William Grant Broughton who built the Cathedral. The original tomb is in Canterbury Cathedral as the Bishop died while on a visit to England.

In the year after his enthronement Broughton began to build his cathedral. Macquarie had laid the foundation stone of a great metropolitan church of St Andrew in 1819 but Commissioner John Thomas Bigge had very soon stopped the work on it. Broughton enlisted strong support for his project, and Governor Bourke laid the stone anew near the same place at the old George Street burial ground. In the prosperous times good progress was made, but it faltered with the depression and revived only in 1850. Broughton did not see his cathedral completed, but used St James's until a temporary wooden church, the second on the site, was built in 1842 as the pro-cathedral. Broughton had some success with parish churches and schools, of which he was an indefatigable promoter. Although the Acts of 1836-37 gave material impetus to church expansion, Broughton's organizing ability and lengthy travels proved invaluable in a situation where the population was newly arrived and thinly spread. During his episcopate Broughton consecrated or dedicated almost a hundred church buildings on the Australian mainland.

There is much more about Bishop Broughton in the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

This is an entry in Julie's Taphophile Tragics meme.

Monday, 27 August 2012

That dog again

Here's that Neopolitan Mastiff again. He was being trained as an attack dog and hated cameras, apparently he thought you were raising a gun. I wouldn't want to run into him on a dark night, or any night, really. One of my colleagues got a different view of him 

Friday, 17 August 2012

Getting serious

Serious street photographer.

What do you call a group of photographers? 

Wednesday, 15 August 2012


Surely I can't be the only one who appreciates the beauty of our old art deco bank building. I know it been left to run down but look at what they are going to do. Criminal, in my eyes.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Taphophile Tragics

Isaac Augustus Mobbs, miner aged 22 years, married Edith Mary Crabbe, aged 18 years, at Hill End, 20 May 1873. His father was George Mobbs, a farmer and her father was Henry Crabbe, a miner. By 1877 Isaac was a fruitgrower at Pennant Hills.

Title of Photograph: Grandma's visitor [i.e. Edith Mary Mobbs (nee Crabbe), left, her grandmother Edith Bates and Mrs Bates' slab hut house with bark roof, Germantown Lane, Hill End]. Edith Bates & Edith Mobbs identified by Lorraine Purcell, Hill End & Tambaroora Gathering Group (Sept 2007), from information from Mrs Elaine Barnes, who has a copy of this photograph titled "Grandma's visitor".

On left: Figure with umbrella is Mrs. Edith Mobbs (nee Crabbe) who worked as a journalist on Times newspaper.

Photos from Library of NSW.

This is an entry in Julie's Taphophile Tragics meme.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Sky Watch Friday

By lunchtime it was a beautiful sunny day.

For more Sky Watch from around the world, drop in to the home of Sky Watch Friday.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Pretty in Pink

These youngsters were on there way back from an anime convention.