Selected posts from 2013 — 6 – May

Memories–mine and another’s

Posted on May 8, 2013 by Neil


Oxford Street

See On memory and outrage and Flashback: In 1989, Fred Nile tried to ‘cleanse’ Oxford St.



One of a set by Shanghainese-born US photographer Jamisen Chen.

This is the first time appearance anywhere of Jamisen Chen’s remarkable photographs made in Shanghai in the spring of 1989. Most of us know of that date because of the widely publicized events at Tiananmen Square, in Beijing. But that spring, demonstrations occurred all over China.

See also Spring 1989 in Shanghai – A Memory of the ’89 Student Movement.



Both of those are linked to sources. M witnessed the events of 6 June 1989 at Shanghai Station. I guess you’d have to say rather more dramatic than our encounter with Fred Nile in Darlinghurst.


Yes, M’s citizenship took a while to come – but eventually it did. The photo is by William Yang, also a friend.


Two hundred years ago: Blue Mountains NSW

Posted on May 11, 2013 by Neil


Blaxland’s Journal

On Tuesday, May 11, 1813, Mr. Gregory Blaxland, Mr. William Went worth, and Lieutenant Lawson, attended by four servants, with five dogs, and four horses laden with provisions, ammunition, and other necessaries, left Mr. Blaxland’s farm at the South Creek  , for the purpose of endeavouring to effect a passage over the Blue Mountains, between the Western River, and the River Grose. They crossed the Nepean, or Hawkesbury River, at the ford, on to Emu Island  , at four o’clock p.m., and having proceeded, according to their calculation, two miles in a south-west direction, through forest land and good pasture, encamped at five o’clock at the foot of the first ridge. The distance travelled on this and on the subsequent days was computed by time, the rate being estimated at about two miles per hour. Thus far they were accompanied by two other gentlemen…

The version we grew up on…

Compare Crossing the Blue Mountains and see this commemorative site, which reminds us:

The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is the traditional country of six Aboriginal language groups: Darkingune, Darug, Dharawal, Gundungurra, Wiradjuri and Wonnarua…

The Gundungurra Ancestral Pathways Walk invites participants to traverse the Blue Mountains from west to east following Aboriginal Pathways/Routes. The walk makes use of both traditional and post-contact Aboriginal pathways. The walk covers 67km of Country over 7 days and six nights.

‘The best way to know Country is to walk Country’: to celebrate Aboriginal pathways of the Blue Mountains. This includes traditional pathways that have been in use for thousands of years, post-contact pathways based upon those that Aboriginal people continued to use after contact and still continue to use. The walk affirms the ongoing presence of Aboriginal people in the Mountains, connected to and walking their country, looking after it and utilising it for cultural purposes. It recognises the ongoing stories and beliefs that account for Country, give meaning to it and form the basis of Aboriginal relationships to it. It affirms the forms and content of the new connections that contemporary Aboriginal people are forging with their Country.

The walk also invites non-Aboriginal people to participate and experience the Blue Mountains from a different perspective. Participants can experience first-hand Aboriginal cultural heritage of the Mountains. This includes:
• Traditional sites
• Intact traditional Country
• Contemporary Aboriginal Places
• Traditional stories
• The traditional names of local places and our flora and fauna
• Experience the rich Aboriginal cultural links from the east to the west of the Blue Mountains
• To undertake this with contemporary Aboriginal people from the Mountains.


Blue Mountains 1826 – Augustus Earle

Three excellent reasons not to vote for the Coalition in 2013

Posted on May 22, 2013 by Neil

1. “Tony Abbott is facing internal pressure from Victorian Liberals to privatise the ABC and SBS if he wins the September 14 election amid claims both organisations are struggling to comply with their charters.”

No way, Jose! Absolutely not!

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2. “Abbott’s grandstanding on the horrendous cost and economic damage to be wrought by the carbon tax has been the most successful yet utterly dishonest scare campaign of modern times.” Ross Gittins in today’s Sydney Morning Herald.  Mind you, in typically even-handed fashion Ross Gittins gets stuck into Labor as well. I really like Ross Gittins.

3. Christopher Pyne. A good enough reason to look somewhere else. “Coalition frontbencher Christopher Pyne is urging NSW to pull out of its Gonski education deal with the federal government, saying Premier Barry O’Farrell has been ”conned”.”

Unfortunately, really excellent reasons to vote Labor escape me at the moment.