“I was general dogsbody and as people left I took over their jobs. I ended up being a mower mechanic, I ended up being a bicycle mechanic...because unfortunately Port Kembla did decline and our business went down from 20 people to two people over a period of time. In the end, there was just my brother and myself. It was very slow. The unfortunate thing is that there was just not the work anymore and then you’ve got the big places, the Harvey Norman’s and that, you just couldn’t keep up with them, they were just too big.”
- Ron Southall
- photo of Ron Southall outside what was the site of Kembla Radio Service which closed shop in 2002
- photo by @where_is_nina #wentworthstreetportkembla#portkembla#localhistory#family#familybusiness#time#mechanic#whereliesbeauty#handsome
I tell all of the young people that we work with that their stories are important, that our family stories are important and that our community stories are important. I'm lucky to have family items that tell me stories; ration books, postcards etc. These things are important and they matter.....this is one of the many reasons why I love history! #tellourstories#historymatters#museums#localhistory#communities#sharing#askaround
It's Jacaranda season in Brisbane! Our exhibition 'Perspectives of Brisbane' is now open with a new selection of stories, facts, photos and film! Accompanying this semi-permanent exhibition is a selection of panoramas from the Museum of Brisbane Collection. These sweeping views provide an intriguing overview of how Brisbane has grown since the early 1860s. Come and see this collection of works! For more information visit our website!
Image | New Farm Park 1954, detail, courtesy of Brisbane City Council Archives
Thank you to the Cape Fear Museum for hosting Phoenix Hometown Hires at Family Day at the Museum! We all had a great time viewing the new Changing America exhibit and learning about our local history!
Today is the anniversary of the DMA founding the trade union. On November 20, 1869, delegates from collieries on the Durham coalfield met at the Market-Tavern Durham and established the Durham Miners' Association. Statutes of the four men proudly overlook Redhills.
Within 40 years, the DMA had 200,000 members, organised to improve the lives of the people of our county, established the Durham Miners' Gala, and had built our magnificent headquarters at Redhills, as an expression of working-class pride, solidarity, and strength.
In his 'A History of the Durham Miners' Association' (1907), the then DMA President, John Wilson, wrote about that founding meeting - held 148 years ago today. He paid tribute to the giants who attended that meeting and built the foundations on which we stand. 'The past we inherit. The future we build'
Buckinghamshire has many historic houses and parks which inspire local and national artists alike. We are lucky at the museum to hold some of these pieces for display in our Touch of Bucks Gallery, for example these pieces inspired by Stowe.
Ivan Green's work focuses on the natural and man-made environment, the invented landscape and our ever changing relationship with it.
The magical attraction of ruin & decay that has long appealed to writers and artists at Stowe is revisited in the 21st Century with Green's unique and imaginative visions. Green has used multiple layers of images, tones and textures taken from the landscape, buildings and temples and melded them using digital photographic technology. #stowe@nt_stowe#photography#buckinghamshire#contemporyart#artstagram#museums#galleries#art#digitalart#Aylesbury#historichomes#localhistory#history#localinterest