In Quarantine


During our recent trip to Sydney, we went to see the old quarantine station at the North Head in Manly. The station was used to quarantine ship passengers and crew who may have been infected with dangerous diseases.

It’s interesting to see that the traditional first class/second class division carried over from the ship to the quarantine station. That’s the first class dining room above. Across the road there is the tiny telephone office, below.



The Great One


Today is the anniversary of the death of Mahatma (literally “the great soul”) Gandhi, who was assassinated on 30 Jan 1948. He strode across the history of the mid-20th century, and can still be seen striding along the waterfront in Genoa, Italy.

Motoring Milestone

1886 Benz York 1

Today is an important anniversary for car enthusiasts. On 29 January 1886, Karl Benz patented the world’s first motor car.

A few years back we saw this replica of a an 1886 Benz in operation, outside York Motor Museum in Western Australia. Amazingly, it runs on dry cleaning fluid, which was the nearest thing they could find to replace the hexane fuel that was used in 1886. The primitive looking vehicle actually motored along quite well, though stopping was a bit more difficult.

1886 Benz York 2

Industrial Past


We have a bit of a thing about old industrial sites. So it’s nice to see that Minim Cove, a posh suburb on the Swan River in Perth, has signs to remind us that all those fancy houses, gardens and parks stand on a rehabilitated industrial site.

The area had Billy Goat Farm in the 19th century, and then a fertilizer factory, quarry, cement works and engineering workshops in the 20th century.