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but didn't have much luck so I had to take photos of other things instead.


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Melton Mowbrary, in the Southern Midlands, where the road to Bothwell joins the main highway. Originally known as Crossmarsh. That is the area was known at Crossmarsh. Then the guy who built the hotel (in the 1850s) named it (or his property) after his birthplace in the UK and that name was picked up for the area.

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Oosterschelde, from Rotterdarm. One of the three Dutch ships travelling around the world together. They have a web site for the voyage. Their next stop is Sydney, for the Naval Review, and then onto New Zealand.

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A Joke

Sep. 25th, 2013 11:02 pm
xenith: (Eucalypt)
Once upon a time there was a famous sea captain. This captain was very successful at what he did; for years he guided merchant ships all over the world. Never did stormy seas or pirates get the best of him. He was admired by his crew and fellow captains.

However, there was one thing different about this captain. Every morning he went through a strange ritual. He would lock himself in his captain's quarters and open a small safe. In the safe was an envelope with a piece of paper inside. He would stare at the paper for a minute, then lock it back up. After, he would go about his daily duties.

For years this went on, and his crew became very curious. Was it a treasure map? Was it a letter from a long lost love? Everyone speculated about the contents of the strange envelope.

One day the captain died at sea. After laying the captain's body to rest, the first mate led the entire crew into the captains quarters. He opened the safe, got the envelope, opened it and...

The first mate turned pale and showed the paper to the others. Four words were on the paper, two on two lines:

"Port Left, Starboard Right."


Sep. 24th, 2013 10:15 pm
xenith: (Docked)

The Dutch barque Europa. Originally built in 1911 as a lightship and later adapted to be a tall ship. Along with two of the other visitors, she's one an around the world trip.

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Too tired to edit lots of photos tonight so here are some I already had prepared :) Taken from Bellerive (Kangaroo Bluff).


That shows how the Mountain dominates the landscape, all dark and brooding there too, and the little city huddled at the bottom. Also if you look closely, you can see Europa arriving (a Dutch sail training ship/restored barque who I'll putting up photos of soon).


And that would be Lord Nelson, a British ship built to "enable people of all physical abilities to sail side-by-side as equals". (Third on my list of photos to put up.)
xenith: (Eucalypt)
How Wounded Soldiers are Transported in France

An up-to-date Ambulance Train used to convey Troops to Base Hospitals. The complete trains consists of 16 carriages, with a total length of 313 yards. The train is vestibuled throughout and fitted with electric light and fans. The exterior is painted khaki colour.


General view of train.

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Some of these are a bit weird. Not the first few. They're just normal night time photos, to warm up with :)

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Sep. 20th, 2013 09:16 pm
xenith: (Eucalypt)
Today I....

Caught Tassielink bus to Hobart (and took lots of little videos out bus window).

Got to YHA hostel (best backpackers in the city) and guy at the desk couldn't find me, because I'd been booked in for October 20 (note to self: possibly changing a booking via email isn't a good idea). I seem to have the room to myself.

Caught bus over the river to Bellerive.

Walked up to "Kangaroo Bluff Historic Site" which is apparently the name of the place. Watched last of the tall ships arrive. Took lots of photos of the old fort (battery). For about 2 hours. Flattened phone.

Walked backed down to Bellerive village. Took photos for Town List. (Half an hour walk + photos)

Caught bus back to city.

Went to Dick Smiths and bought a cable so I can recharge phone.

Went to library and borrowed the tallest children's book. Which is apparently "Leaf Litter" by Rachel Tonkins.

Went to supermarket for things to eat and drink.

Came back to backpackers. Ate stuff. Played online. Had cable fall apart but it still works.

At 7 pm went down to waterfront to look at ships in the dark.

Watched fireworks.

Took lots of photos of pink & purple & regular-coloured dark ships. Flattened camera battery. (Damn.)

Came back to backpackers. It's 9 pm and no one else is in here. So I moved from the top bunk (more private, but the ladder is a bugger) to a bottom bunk, which really is more practical.

Wrote this list.

Next I'll go to bed :)
xenith: (Eucalypt)
Here's a couple of memos from the overseer at the Cascade Female Factory (which was the city women's gaol by then, but with the same name).

Cascade Factory
10 Sept 1858


I have the honor to bring under your notice that the Soldiers are constantly prowling about the Hill in the rear of the Buildings passing signs and calling the prisoners by name, and when ordered away by the Constables, they only laugh at them & tell them to mind their own business -- This morning three Soldiers and a female name Isabella Black a TL holder were on the Hill behind the Buildings making Signs & calling to the Women in the Wash yard, & it was with the greatest difficulty that the Officers could keep order I was compelled to go myself and order them off -- When the Constable spoke to the Woman the Soldier threatened to knock him over if he interfered I therefore beg leave to request that you will give the necessary direction to prevent occurrences of this kind as it is utterly impossible for discipline to be maintained in this Establishment if such irregular Conduct is permitted.

I have the honor to be
yr most obedt Serv

R Atkins

The second memo:

Cascade Factory
10 Sept 1858

Isabella Back D North


I have the honor to bring under your notice that the Ticket of Leave Holder aforenamed was this Morning in company with 3 Soldiers on the Hill behind the Washyard calling out to the prisoners etc & when spoken to by the Constable she abused him & called him most improper names -- As she is a very bad character, and a frequenter of Brothels I beg leave to recommend that she be ordered not to reside in Hobart Town

I have the honor to be
Your most obedt

R Atkins

This is Miss Black. Seems she had a habit of not being where she should be (absconding). It seems she was absent at the time of this incident too. She was ordered "Not to reside in the district of Hobart" (bottom left column) and had her Ticket of Leave revoked.
xenith: (Coloured scales)
I shall write a short (well) bit about my list of names before I start talking about some of the things found while looking for individuals. This could be interesting because brain is doing weird word substitutions like "out" instead of "about" and missing out works like "brain" so hopefully it will make sense :)

If you're looking for the WW I records for someone, you go the National Archives website, go to the records search page, select "Name search" and the first item under category is "Australian Defence Forces personnel records", then under that "Army personnel" and then World War I.

Then you'll get a list of results that give name, serial number (or rank), place of birth, place of enlistment and next of kin e.g.

Eeles Eustace : SERN 368 : POB Nile TAS : POE Claremont TAS : NOK F Eeles George

Or if you're not looking for a particular surname, you can search on series B2455 First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920). Which is what I did, with "tas" in the keyword field so it bought up every entry with tas in the results (including any with that in the name, but they were all born or enlisted in the state anyway). Which gave me a very long list (3 Mb in size) but there are some problems. It doesn't include...

  • Anyone who was born elsewhere, grew up here and enlisted elsewhere. This is a small but not insignificant number.
  • If the attestation pages were lost the POB and POE are given as N/A so they are missed
  • Someone who enlisted as an officer with the different forms so the POB and POE are given as N/A
  • Any others who for some reason didn't have an entry for POB or POE (e.g. nurses don't always have all the details listed on the first page).
  • Those who joined overseas military forces

    It does include a small number who enlisted, commenced training but didn't get to serve. Of the two we looked at, one was medically discharged and one signed up in October 1918. I think this might include all those without a service number or rank, so about 200 of them.

    The bigger problem though... "First Australian Imperial Force" included army personnel, nurses, the flying corps but not the navy. On the pull down menu on the search page there is an entry for "Navy personnel" below the army, but it's not broken up into conflicts. This would because Series A6770 is "Service Cards for Petty Officers and Men, 1911-1970" ALL LUMPED IN TOGETHER. Except I realised later, they're not ALL together. These is also "A6769, Service Cards for Navy Officers, 1911-1970". I did a keyword search on both these series and ended up with 5000 names, and then pulled out all the ones born on or before 1905.

    1905 because that is the absolute earliest someone could be born and be too young to have served in WWI. Do you know the minimum age to enlist in the navy then? I don't, but I've come across a number of 14 year olds so I assume that is it. Although I have found one 13.5 year old but he was enrolling in the naval college and his brothers, father, uncles, grandfather etc were all military officers so there might have been some strings pulled.

    Then there is the problem of finding out if the individuals actually saw service in WW I. Those "Serve cards" are a single card, with mostly personal details on the front and service details on the back, But even if there is an entry for the relevant years, it doesn't always mean war service. It did occur to me that if they were issue medals (which is listed on the cards), then they qualify for inclusion. (And since then I have no seen any mentions of medals even amongst those know to have served.) The young officer create another problem. They enrolled at the naval college as cadet midshipmen, and were listed on the books of Cerberus, for about four years, when they were then rated as Midshipmen. But, it seems they were then sent off to the Royal Navy (UK) for more training and experience, and during that time they might have seen active service but it's not going to appear on their RAN record. Their was a lost interchanging between the Royal Navy & the Royal Australian navy and often the only indication is "RN" scrawled in a corner. One fellow I might mention later joined the army, fought at Gallipoli, ran off to Royal Navy for the rest of the way and afterwards was a lieutenant in the RAN for two years before becoming a light house keeper. People. Interesting.

    Also, as well as making the list as complete as possible, I'm making separate lists for those in the flying corps and nurses.

    The answer to all the above problems is to use other sources. The start of list of navy personnel comes from a book about the Sydney/Emden battle that listed all the Australian born crew, with where they were living when they signed up (which is really good because it gets around the born elsewhere/enlisted elsewhere problem). Any mention of an officer in a book or a photo in the Weekly Courier gets checked, and added. Ancestry gave up lists of men who enlisted in the Canadian & US armies (birthplace "Great Britain, Tasmania"), and some UK servicemen. We've searched the Commonwealth War Graves site, and the London Gazette archives. A memorial plaque at St Helens (see a photo of it here (click on the little camera icons)) gives a list of Tasmanian nurses, with about 20 names that weren't already on my list. They're what I'm checking at the moment, Some are errors/shouldn't be on the list. I've added a handful though. Then I'll go and look through the British nursing records, as I know there were Australian nurses who signed up there. There's also a list of people in the 1911 English census who were born in Tasmania but in the Royal Navy.

    The problem I have though, it takes time to check each source and we keep finding new ones. So my To Do List is getting longer and longer (and really not helped by losing a week to LOST FILES, THANK YOU COUNCIL IT PEOPLE). I'll have to call it Project Hydra, although I really want to call it Cerberus.
  • xenith: (Eucalypt)
    This is the first photo I took with my current camera (18 July 2007). It doesn't look as bad resized. A lot of bad photos in that folder :)

    xenith: (Eucalypt)
    A Youth Futures castle that was open for people for people to look through. There were other people in here while I was trying to take the photos (the "guide" and two-three others) so I had to work around them.


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    xenith: (Eucalypt)
    Some photos from Streets Alive art trail. The theme was "Home is what you make it".


    Sanctuary, by Martin Cole

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    xenith: (Eucalypt)
    Next year the QV Museum is having a big World War I exhibit, and I was asked if I wanted to be part of the group involved in setting it up. I agreed, although not with much enthusiasm. I mean, if you made a list of topics that have been overdone, if not done to death, Word War I is definitely on that list. Maybe not at the top but definitely on the list.

    The problem though, if you get it in bits and pieces, a book mentions this bit, and a TV show mentions this bit, and a documentary covers this small bit in detail, but it's all patchwork. No big picture. No understanding of context to put the bits into. I hadn't realised the Gallipoli campaign was the first conflict Australian troops had been involved in until my sister asked me during the ANZAC Day ceremony this year.


    I'm not sure what triggered the question, as at the time I was busy trying to work out the best way to take photos of the trees along the outlet.

    (Not the first conflict that Australia had been involved in. That was the sinking of the German Cruiser Emden by HMAS Sydney, part of the shiny new Australian navy fleet (their centenary is this year) in November 1914.)

    My first task was to look through the Weekly Courier photos, for images that would fit the theme of the exhibition (focusing on the home front). The Weekly Courier was published by the Examiner peoples, and each issue has a pictorial insert of a handful of pages. Mostly photos of people and scenery, but also images relating to current events. Also some rather interesting photos that aren't necessarily war related.

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    xenith: (Eucalypt)
    A sequel to yesterday, but now it's 1826. Almost two years later.

    The horse thing is interesting. Later in the century, bushrangers are closely associated with horses, but in this era of banditti or escaped convicts, they're unusual. Moreso for a large gang to be mounted. That's probably a large part of the reason for the last comment in second article. Although then comes the question of how are they keeping them without attracting unwarranted attention.

    Colonial Times 20 January 1826

    This lawless banditti move rapidly. On Saturday they robbed Mr Lord's house at Laureny, on the Derwent, in the Macquarie District and on Sunday they robbed Major De Gillern at the Coal River. They are 13 in number - all mounted. The armed Bush Constables were said to be close upon them on Wednesday night but no accurate information had been received of them up to our going to press.

    Colonial Times 24 February 1826

    This banditti has been again heard of. On Saturday evening a part of them crossed the river Derwent and proceeding to Mr Humphrey's estate near the river Styx, stole and killed a considerable number of his most valuable sheep. 50 of those that were taken by them were valued at £5 each, being of a very improved breed.

    That active and indefatigable Police Officer, Mr Kerby, was on Monday dispatched with an armed party in pursuit of these robbers, and we trust he may be more fortunate than have been his predecessors upon that service. The movements of this banditti have been certainly extraordinary. In a small island, such as this, and within a very limited space of it, that 14 men should have so long escaped the pursuit of at least 400 soldiers, and 100 armed prisoners, to nothing of a considerable local interior Constabulary is certainly a most unaccountable circumstance. There must be something wrong somewhere.


    Sep. 12th, 2013 10:35 pm
    xenith: (Eucalypt)
    Too tired to write anything tonight, so I'll use the editorial from the Hobart Town Gazette, 25 June 1824. I found it while I was looking through some old folders on the computer and it predates Trove (i.e. it's typed up from a printout from microfilm, not copied from a web page). I love his optimism that they'll all soon be caught, and James Crawford is a name rather forgotten now.

    Hobart Town Gazette

    On Friday last, after our Paper has gone to press, intelligence reached town, that fourteen prisoners had escaped in a boat from our penal Settlement at Macquarie Harbour, and had since committed various depredation's on the other side of the Derwent.

    Early on Monday morning they burglariously entered the country residence of W. H. Mason, Esq.; and, after beating him severely, stole many valuable articles, belonging to him and to other Gentlemen, visitors, with which they decamped. On the preceding night, they had also robbed a Mr. Brodie, on the highway, of his watch, and the servant of Lieut. Gunn of some fire-arms. Luckily, however, five of them were soon after taken, thro' the intrepidity of Lieut. Gunn, who on hearing of his loss, immediately left town in pursuit of them; and yesterday, as we have reported in the third page of our Gazette, they, with another, who had since surrendered, were tried, found guilty, and sentenced.

    Whilst speaking on this subject, we feel compelled to acknowledge the promptness with which Government sent of a party of soldiers and constables, in chase of these wanderers from offended justice.

    Besides the military, whom we stated to be in quest of the absentees above mentioned, we are proud and happy to record, as a proof of very creditable public spirit, that a considerable number of Gentlemen have volunteered their services on the occasion. It therefore may be confidently hoped, that their united exertions will prove effectual, and teach the vicious that this Colony is at length too well inhabited for any banditti to long escape apprehension.

    By a Public Notice from the Police Office, we learn that £10 will be paid as a reward for apprehending each of the eight runaways yet at large.

    We also are enables to state, that James Crawford, the leader of this lawless gang, is a fellow who had long been decidedly infamous before his banishment to Macquarie Harbour, where however he for a short time behave remarkably well, but merely, as now is evident, to obtain that opportunity which at length has been realized so fatally.
    xenith: (Eucalypt)
    Just found this on the hard drive. I don't appear to have shared it here before.


    Take the following quiz to see.

    (This quiz is not intended to offend anyone or any dog.)

    1. You are going to buy a new lounge suite. Which of the following do you take to help pick the colour?

    a. A paint sample (from the walls).
    b. A fabric sample (from the curtains).
    c. Nothing (from memory).
    d. A hair sample (from the dog).

    2. How do you usually spend Sunday mornings in the middle of winter?

    a. Rugged up in bed listening to the rain.
    b. Going to church.
    c. Walking up and down a patch of muddy ground with four layers of clothing on.

    3. Which of the following events would cause you the most despair?

    a. You have just been to the bank and drawn out a fortnights salary, on arriving home you realise that you left your wallet on the counter.
    b. You park your car on a steep hill and walk into a shop, pausing just long enough to see your vehicle start to roll towards the highway (and the insurance policy ran out the night before).
    c. It is Saturday morning and it has been raining all week. You are just packing the car ready for the big show when someone opens the door and your two large, hairy, white dogs dash out and find the biggest mud puddle ever seen.

    4. What sort of photos do you have on the bedside table?

    a. None, they gather dust.
    b. A small wedding photo and a large one of the children
    c. A small wedding photo and a large one of the dog.
    d. No photos as the dog keeps knocking them over.

    5. What is the first thing you consider when deciding whether to take a holiday?

    a. Do you have enough money?
    b. Can you get time off work?
    c. Who is going to look after the dogs?
    d. Can you find a space in between the shows/trials/training/new arrivals?

    6. It's 5.30 am on a Saturday morning, what are you doing?

    a. Sleeping.
    b. Coming home from working a shift.
    b. Coming home from a great night out.
    c. Packing the car ready for another two hour drive to a dog show.

    7. The large black dog of dubious parentage three houses down bites one of your kids. What do you do?

    a. Threaten to ring the relevant authorities
    b. Ring the relevant authorities.
    c. Sell the house.
    d. Be grateful it didn't bite your dog.

    8. Your large black dog of dubious parentage bites one of the kids. What do you do?

    a. Sell the dog.
    b. Take the dog to the vet (in case it catches something)
    c. Don't worry, it keeps the dog occupied.
    d. Blame the kids.

    9. How do you recognise a Dog Person in the street?

    a. They have a dog
    b. They have two dogs
    c. The dog they have walks quietly by their side and sits when they stop.
    d. The dog they have runs around everywhere and they kept shouting 'Heel' the whole time.

    10. How do you recognise a Dog Person in a department store?

    a. No idea.
    b. The person with the mud patches on their trousers & white hairs on their jumper (and untied shoelaces)
    c. The two people loudly discussing the various stages of a bitch’s cycle.
    d. The person who starts to talk to themself, then looks down and stops.
    xenith: (Eucalypt)
    Four consecutive entries from the "magistrate's book". I found the connection amusing but I am easily amused. Also I found them interesting because of the bits they show about the Hobart Prisoner Barracks (where men slept and ate, and in the case of shoemakers and the like, worked) while bringing up more questions. Of course.

    5 May 1843

    Richard Herring
    "David Clarke"
    Under sentence to Maria Island

    Charged on the complaint of Constable Westbury? with stealing one striped cotton shirt of the value of two shillings the property of our Sovereign Lady the Queen.

    Plea "Not Guilty"

    James M'Kay being duly sworn states Yesterday I was called upon to search the Ward where the prisoner belongs to in consequence of the Store adjoining under the Prisoners Ward being robbed I examined the Prisoners berth & found a bag there with the shirt now produced he own the bag but knew nothing of the shirt - There had been a board removed by which he? had gained access to the Store - The Prisoner at first would not own the bag until the Wardsman came & identified it & then he acknowledged to it - The Shirt is a new one & worth 2/-

    Charles Williams being duly sworn states I am Storekeeper at the P.B. There are some prisoners confined in a room over the Shirt Store & on going into the Store yesterday morning I found that a Jacket had been removed from its place & on examining further I saw that a board had been removed over head by which the men could get below - I saw some dirt near the place which convinced me that somebody had been there - I have plenty of Shirts of the description of the one now produced I have no doubt that this is one of them A length? of Cloth Linen? had been opened & removed from its place - It was not the Issuing Store where the shirts were taken from - Had the shirt now produced been regularly issued it would have been marked.


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    Sep. 8th, 2013 03:03 pm
    xenith: (Eucalypt)
    This made me cry...

    "Girls and women who have Asperger's syndrome can be like a chameleon, changing persona according to the situation, but no one knowing the genuine persona. She fears that the real person must remain secret because that person is defective."

    Yes :(

    I was looking for something that was talked about yesterday, and came across this, the forward for Safety Skills for Asperger Women by Liane Holliday Willey. This paragraph is so me, and also other people:

    "In early childhood, probably long before a diagnostic assessment, a girl who has the characteristics of Asperger's syndrome will begin to know she is different to other girls. She may not identify with or want to play cooperatively with her female peers. Her thoughts can be that the play of other girls is stupid, boring and inexplicable. She may prefer to play alone so that she can play her way. Her interests can be different to other girls, not necessarily in terms of focus, but intensity and quality. For example, she may collect over 50 Barbie dolls and choose not to enact with her friends from the neighbourhood 'Barbie getting married' but arrange the dolls in particular configurations. There can be a determination to organise toys rather than share toys and also not play with toys in conventional ways. She may prefer non-gender specific toys such as Lego and not seek acquisitions related to the latest craze for girls her age to be 'cool' and popular. There can be an aversion to the concept of femininity in wearing the latest fashions or fancy or frilly clothing. The preference can be for practical, comfortable clothing with lots of pockets. While boys with Asperger's syndrome can fixate on facts, and some girls with Asperger's syndrome can also have an encyclopaedic knowledge of specific topics, there can be an intense interest in reading and escaping into fiction, enjoying a fantasy world, creating a new persona, talking to imaginary friends and writing fiction at an early age. Another escape is into the exciting world of nature, having an intuitive understanding of animals, not people. Animals become loyal friends, eager to see and be with you, with her feeing safe from being teased or rejected and appreciated by her animal friends."

    Strongly recommend reading the rest of the page too because it brings up some other good points. Two topics of conversation from yesterday that were intertwined the benefits of Aspergers and the problems with generalisations. This forward addresses some of those generalisations, those that apply to men/boys e.g.the focus on collecting facts. Another that I was grumbling about was the strong association, especially in articles about employment, with maths/science/engineering. There was a general agreement from the group that this was not the case for them and indeed maths was awful. There was disagreement though on whether this applied to algebra & trigonometry (some hated them, some found them easy because it was just following steps) or just calculus.

    Generalisations fill a need, obviously. They simplify explanations & enhance basic understanding. But then they create problems when it comes to individuals, or even groups who don't fit the generalisations, like the little aspie girls who sit quietly in the corner doing their school work, so they're get "detected" and offered help.

    (And it's not about social conditioning. This is actually something I've wondered about. I was not ever raised to be passive, to sit quietly and accept a situation or this other stuff that other women say they were, and yet I will because.... ah, blending in. Other situations, I have to remind myself to not talk all the time, let other people have a say, stop trying to rock the boat all the time.)

    Also, that first quote is why I find it hard to write things here *sigh*


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