Cities & towns

History and people of early Ballarat

History and people of early Ballarat

January 28, 2014

Cities & towns, Such was life:

If you’re interested in the history and people of early Ballarat, then we’d like to introduce you to a classic research resource, written by journalist WB Withers.

Bird’s-eye views of Melbourne

Bird’s-eye views of Melbourne

November 26, 2013

Cities & towns, Such was life:

The bird’s-eye view is a representation of a city from above and was popular during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It can be an aerial photograph or a… Read More ›

Picture this: Black Rock

Picture this: Black Rock

September 13, 2013

Cities & towns, Such was life:

Black Rock, in Melbourne’s bayside east, was named after Charles Hoston Edben’s Black Rock house which, in turn, was named from Black Rock, Dublin.(1)

Clunes – the golden town

Clunes – the golden town

July 21, 2013

Cities & towns, Such was life:

Sitting in a steep valley surrounded by extinct volcanoes lies Clunes, a historic gold mining town located in the central goldfields region of Victoria, north of Ballarat. The Djadja Wurrung… Read More ›

Bendigo or Sandhurst? History through newspapers

Bendigo or Sandhurst? History through newspapers

May 10, 2013

Cities & towns, Such was life:

Did you know that Bendigo used to be called Sandhurst? And then changed its name back to Bendigo?

Houdini flies in Diggers Rest

Houdini flies in Diggers Rest

March 1, 2013

Cities & towns, Such was life:

On 18 March 1910, Harry Houdini, the world famous escapologist, made what is claimed to be the first controlled powered flight in Australia.

A marvellous mercantile map of Melbourne

A marvellous mercantile map of Melbourne

November 19, 2012

Cities & towns, Such was life:

The most complete popular & mercantile map of Melbourne, Victoria was produced by Frederick Proeschel in the early 1850s. Proeschel describes the map as ‘giving most useful information as to… Read More ›