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Globe Lane Perth

Things certainly look different after dark. We have walked past this lane in William Street, Perth many times during the day and hardly noticed it. But it definitely caught our attention when we walked past at night recently. That mural on the wall is by the prolific local street/public artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers.

Globe Lane Perth Artwork


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William Farrer

We stopped to photograph this memorial to William Farrer in Queanbeyan, New South Wales earlier this year. Farrer was a famous plant breeder who¬†developed disease-resistant wheat varieties, including the very successful Federation strain. As a result, he is often called the “Father of the Australian Wheat Industry”.


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The astronomer William Herschel is famous for having discovered the planet Uranus in 1781. A few years later in 1789, he had the largest telescope in the world – a 40ft long reflecting telescope, of which the section above is all that remains. It’s located at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. The sign shows what the telescope looked like in its heyday.


The Revolutionary Type


The German-American inventor Ottmar Mergenthaler died on 28 Oct 1889. He isn’t exactly a household name, but he set off a revolution in printing when he developed the Linotype machine. It was the industry standard for type setting for about 80 years and was described by Thomas Edison as the eighth wonder of the world.

The one shown here is a 1948 Linotype. You can see it in action at Dardanup Heritage Park in Western Australia, or read our article about it in the Oct/Nov 2014 issue of The Old Machinery Magazine.


Heritage Fest – St George


We attended two short choral concerts at St George’s Cathedral last weekend, as part of the Perth Heritage Days activities. That sculpture outside the cathedral often puzzles passersby. We heard one person say that it reminds them of a barista pouring milk onto coffee. Others have described it as a sheet being blown around the clothes line.

In fact it is titled Ascalon – the name of St George’s lance in medieval stories. The pole, billow and base represent the lance, cape and horse of St George and the dragon that he killed. The sculpture is by Marcus Canning and Christian due Vietri.