Q. Why is your Tumblelog called "My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning"?
A. Because "My Grandmother's Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning" wouldn't fit in the available space.
Australia. Great Barrier Reef, Queensland,’ Gert Sellheim, 1930-1939 (HT Brainpickings)
We here at Brine & Byway are suckers for interesting photos from days gone by. We came across these Vintage mugshots from the 1920’s, housed by the Historic Houses Trust, on Twisted Sifter. Many of these intriguing photographs are also accompanied by a description of the person and the crime(s) they have committed. Perhaps it is a symptom of the times, but these criminals look a tad more put together than the criminals of today. These shots have a very artistic feel with their shallow depth of field and unique poses. It’s definitely worth heading over to Twisted Sifter to check out all of the photos and the crimes associated with them.
Reverend Richard Johnson (1756-1827)
Johnson preached the very first sermon in the colony of New South Wales on Sunday, 3 February 1788. The sermon (commemorated by a plaque) was on Psalm 116:12; “What shall I render unto the Lord for all that he has done for me?” (Wikipedia)
by Garnet Terry
line engraving, published 1787
7 in. x 4 5/8 in. (177 mm x 117 mm) paper size
Rollerskating nineteenth-century style in Melbourne.
“They see me rollin’ ; they hatin’”
2012 Australian Photoshoot
Two women boxing (above), and woman lying unconscious on the ground (below), 1895. (x)
Glass plate negative (1 of 193), two women boxing at Freshwater, one unconscious on the ground, glass, photographer possibly Arthur Phillips, Australia, 1895
Read more: http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/?irn=376140#ixzz23iANsdRC Under Creative Commons License: Attribution Non-Commercial
For a 1954 royal tour of Australia—taken the year after her coronation ceremony—the young queen wore slim white lace and gloves and actually carried a parasol to go with her wide-brimmed “cartwheel”-style straw hat.
This is essentially the land of newspapers. The colonist is by nature an inquisitive animal, who likes to know what is going on around him. The young colonial has inherited this proclivity. Excepting the Bible, Shakespeare, and Macaulay’s ‘Essays,’ the only literature within the bushman’s reach are newspapers. The townsman deems them equally essential to his well-being. Nearly everybody can read, and nearly everybody has leisure to do so. Again, the proportion of the population who can afford to purchase and subscribe to newspapers is ten times as large as in England; hence the number of sheets issued is comparatively much greater. Every country township has its weekly or bi-weekly organ. In Victoria alone there are over 200 different sheets published. Nor is the quality inferior to the quantity. On the contrary, if there is one institution of which Australians have reason to be proud, it is their newspaper press.
R.E.N. Twopeny, Town Life in Australia (1883). Ringwood: Penguin [1973: 221]
(qtd at Australian Common Reader)
Ciji, 21, Australia
This was my first time creating Steampunk, but I definitely think it wont be my last.
This is EXACTLY what Australia is like I try to tell everyone BUT THEY WON’T LISTEN
And don’t forget the drop bears - they are the worst