Russian Jack – The other J F K

Dollypot, Greenhide and Spindrift:  a journal of bush history Russian Jack and Synchronicity  –    by Diane Oldman I rather thought I had made up the word ‘synchronicity’ and when I attempted to look it up in several dictionaries I couldn’t find it.  So I decided it was a new noun – my noun.  Then […]

Coolgardie – The Hall Family,early days

The following collection of photographs are reproduced with the kind permission of Marshall Hall and Family. In his words:- ‘Charles FitzJohn Hall was the main produce merchant in Coolgardie from 1896-1918. Prior to this he made his money in gold diggings. He saw the need to supply the fields with good and produce and he […]

Mystery Box – in the Gala Annual Show!

I came across this following photograph dated 20 Sep 1900 and immediately thought that the wooden item in the top of the display looked very much like the case which held the petition for separation from the rest of Western Australia. Im not sure if they were the makers of the box but it looks […]

Old Age and Youth – Darlot Divorce

We often think that family law matters didn’t go to court in the early days but this unusual story shows that matters could still be most complicated and acrimonious:- Leonora Miner (WA : 1910 – 1928), Saturday 6 August 1927, page 3 Old Age and Youth.   –     WIFE OF 39yrs SUES HUSBAND […]

A Deadly Epidemic – Leonora update

Fevers and flu were common, mostly caused by poor sanitation and cross infection, and, until the arrival of antibiotics in 1945, pneumonia was often a fatal disease. In May 1919, an Italian miner called Luigi Morelli, contracted ‘broncho pneumonia influenza and died within six days. Eight more cases were diagnosed in rapid succession. The Public Health […]