The Cootamundra Rail Disaster.

by Paula Bray This photograph from the Museum’s Tyrrell collection shows the aftermath of one of Australia’s worst rail disasters of the 19th century. The accident occurred in the early hours of the morning of 25 January 1885 about five kms south of Cootamundra. The train had left from Albury and was fully laden with […]

It Killed anyone.

The influenza pandemic of 1918 killed well over 50 million people around the world. The image above shows people playing baseball while wearing masks. The crowd wear masks as well. And that reflects the most terrifying and devastating aspect of the 1918 pandemic in a way the other pictures don’t: It killed anyone. Young, healthy […]

“DDT is good for me-e-e!” 1947.

What is DDT: DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) is a pesticide once widely used to control insects in agriculture and insects that carry diseases such as malaria. DDT is a white, crystalline solid with no odour or taste. Its use in the U.S. was banned in 1972 because of damage to wildlife, but is still used in some […]

Quilty, Barton, Albert & more donate Art for Bushfire Relief.

The Island by Ben Quilty (2018) “As we accelerate towards a warmer planet we inevitably question familiar images, places or ideas that are susceptible to irreversible change. Islands seem primed for the symbolic and metaphorical, and as a consequence have long been made to accommodate the projections of western ‘explorers’, writers, poets, scientists. Edenic paradise, […]

Lightning strikes over Batangas.

Batangas, Philippines Lightning strikes over Batangas as the Taal volcano erupts. Viewed from the Tagaytay Ridge in Cavite, Taal Volcano and Lake presents one of the most picturesque and attractive views in the Philippines. It is located about 50 kilometres (31 miles) south of the capital of the country, the city of Manila. The main […]

Running into a Dust Storm.

Jim Powell@jimpowell2002 Mullengudgery, Australia A child runs towards a dust storm in New South Wales. Damaging winds produced by thunderstorms have whipped up dust storms that turned daytime into night in some towns Photograph: Marcia Macmillan/HO/AFP/Getty Images Source: 20 photographs of the week | Art and design | The Guardian

The Deadly Matterhorn.

The Matterhorn was climbed for the first time on 14 July 1865. Four of the seven men led by the Englishman Edward Whymper lost their lives in the attempt, and the story of Zermatt and the tragedy on the Matterhorn was soon on everyone’s lips. The rope connecting Edward Whymper and local guides Peter Taugwalder […]

The Sad Life of a ‘Toffy Nosed Git.’

Photo: The late Harry “The Horse” Kinder (left) warned me many years ago about what a bastard Alex “The Toff” Riley (right) could be. YOU BE THE JUDGE… THE first story begins on a visit to the Adelaide Airport when The Toff was pulled aside and asked if he had any objection to being tested […]

Paddington tram depot fire, 1962.

Paddington tram depot fire, 1962. Photo: K Howard; wikipedia On this day forty-eight years ago, Brisbane residents awoke to news of a terrible fire that would cause public transport chaos in the days ahead. On the night of 28 September 1962, one of Brisbane’s fiercest ever fires blazed away at Paddington, destroying the Paddington Tram […]

The San Francisco Earthquake, 1906.

Image: Grant Avenue after the earthquake in San Francisco. by Chris Frantz At 5:12 a.m. on 18 April, 1906, the people of San Francisco were awakened by an earthquake that would devastate the city. The main tremor, having a 7.7–7.9 magnitude, lasted about one minute and was the result of the rupturing of the northernmost […]