Wednesday, 23 February 2011
Thursday, 17 February 2011
On Australia Day we had lunch at the Ambermere Rose Inn in Hartley Vale. Over the next week I am going to post photos of this delightful spot without commentary. I simply want to record some of its visual delights.
The inn was built between 1830 and 1845 byJoseph Collitts originally as a home, and later operated as an Inn. It was a Cobb and Co staging inn until 1873 when railway travel took over. It has had various uses since that time and now operates as a restaurant..
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
I'm ending this series with two more interesting relics from the past.
After 40 yesrs when the MacCrae sisters died the house passed on fully furnished to the Paap family who lived here 25 years. When they too aged the house was sold and the contents auctioned off. One of the neighbours down the road bought two paintings and years later, knowing our interest in the history of the home, sold them back to us.
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
In the 1920a the MacCrae's moved in and members of that family lived here for 40 years. Miss Marie MacCrae owned the home but her parents, invalid brother and two unmarried sisters lived here too. An old lady from the town told me the three Miss MacCrae's wore long dark skirts, white blouses with cameo brooches at the neck and had a driver who took them out in their car once a week. I wonder if either these people were from that family.
Monday, 14 February 2011
Saturday, 12 February 2011
Friday, 11 February 2011
In 1902 they write to Mrs Langley. Dear Mrs Langley, just a line to let you know I have not forgotten you. I have not been well. I would enjoy my trip very much if my health was better. I was even worse Autralia when I was with you. Love to Miss Chrystal and Miss ???. How is my cousin ???. Glasgow Aug 29 and going to ??? next week.
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
I am running a short series on the postcards that over the years postcards slipped behind the fireplace surround in the front parlour which we now use as a library. This is the oldest one, dated 28 December 1897 and addressed to Miss Chrystal, Burnbrae, Lawson.
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Monday, 7 February 2011
I end this series with Langley the lovely home of our next door neighbours. Some of those early postcards that I mentioned in my first post were addressed to Miss Chrystal and Mrs Langley so that is probably the association with this name.
Some readers have asked to see the postcards so I do a short series on them next.
Saturday, 5 February 2011
Thursday, 3 February 2011
Tuesday, 1 February 2011
Today city daily photographers are posting on the theme of fountains. Fontaine is French for fountain so I am stretching to take in that theme at the same time as keeping with my current theme of house names. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants
This grand home with a spacious garden is more commonly referred to as Dr King's house. Dr King was a well known local identity who did much to save the history and old homes of our town.
You will notice this is a wealthier home built from brick. Bullnose verandahs like here are common on older houses. By the way, have you noticed that most of the places I have been showing have verandahs, they are also a common element in older dwellings.