Stats here are down, but then you will have noticed I am not posting every day either. July stands at an average 35 visits a day, with the most viewed posts in July being:
Home page / Archives 502 views in July 2017
Taste of Xi’an Wollongong 42
Friday Australian poem: #NS6 – Mary Gilmore “Old Botany Bay” 35
Death of a hero: Liu Xiaobo 1955-2017 26
Midnight Shift bar is now history 22
Tangible link to the convict ship “Isabella” and the immigrant ship “Thames” 12
Random Friday memory 17 – Caringbah 1965 11
June gone already! And what a time for news! 11
Voyage to Surry Hills! 10
On Indigenous Australians… 10
Random Friday memory: 1 – John Mystery, my brother, Illawong 10
More on the 2016 Oz Census 9
And an old post from Surry Hills:
The area around the corner of Elizabeth and Cleveland Streets, right by where I live, is known as “Little Lebanon”. Here’s why:
There’s Abdul’s — great for takeaway…
Lebanese bread for Abdul’s…
A mosque nearby…
… always lots of traffic on Cleveland Street …
… exotic things to see …
… and these people do a mean chicken Lebanese roll or kebab. A number of famous footballers and boxers seem to frequent Fatima’s.
As you can see, Islamophobia is not really a good look where I live…
— original photos by Neil Whitfield 2008
I spent most of May setting up a sequence of posts about the Whitfields and Christisons, my paternal and maternal lineages. If you go to Neil’s Family Specials you will be taken back to 1815 and Ireland and Scotland. Keep scrolling and the posts will take the story from convict days here in NSW through the 19th century, World War 1 and finishing in the late 1920s on the south coast of NSW where my mother and father eventually met.
Do look. I have enjoyed creating the resource, primarily for family connections but family history so often is a good way into history more generally.
Here is a letter from my great-grandmother, Sophia Jane Christison, on the occasion of the death of my grandfather, Thomas Daniel Sweeney Whitfield in 1948. You can read more about both as well as about other ancestors in that family history sequence.
For the past month I have been compiling a series of posts, mainly from 2015 but with quite a few interpolations, tracing aspects of the journeys of my Whitfield ancestors from Ireland and my Christison ancestors from Scotland. You can begin simply by going to Neil’s Family Specials and Memory Hole and scrolling down for as long as you like!
Sydney was a tad different c.1815:
I am now in World War 1 in a project that will eventually reach back to Ireland and Scotland in 1815. Please join me!
Today 24 – Whitfields – 1917-1919.