Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Walking in Sydney inspires a grammy award winning song...

via Twitter a video of Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas breaking down her Hit Record 'Bad Guy' talking about walking in sydney.

After winning the Grammy Awards for song of the year, best new artist and album of the year, Billie Eilish completed the sweep of the Big Four with the final award of the evening, winning record of the year for “Bad Guy....https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/awards/8549284/billie-eilish-bad-guy-grammys-record-of-the-year

Monday, January 27, 2020

25-6 January 2020

lots of learning this weekend starting with

#utsthinkbig forum  rethinking nationism 

Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt (UTS) – Moderator
Alison Whittaker (UTS)
Associate Professor Pauline Clague (UTS)
Patricia Cornelius (Anthem)
Professor Susan Page (UTS) – Facilitator

Procession from Town Hall to Barangaroo

Eora Nation Truck
Marshalls guide walkers around camouflaged trip hazard installed in the middle of a pedestrian crossing at Curtain Place on George Street.

Procession through the Rocks
After a short slow tram ride, joined the procession down George Street from Town Hall to Barangaroo - at the tail end with the Eora Nation Fire Truck

Watched opening of show but didn't stay for the vigil.




Buruwan Park

Tyres, Buruwan Pk
After  a morning of Bushcare weeding at Cadigal Reserve (with bonus bush turkey sighting). 

Reflected on the turkey in a new light following Wesley Enoch's suggestion that totems may help us connect with country.

Heading back home I shed a tear at Buruwan Park a bushcare site for 20 years before Westconnex destroyed it.
Stair Removal Notice, Rozelle Bay Light Rail
condemd stairs

Later in the afternoon headed over to Yabun

Black Divas Tyra Bankstown, Felicia Foxx and Sarah Moany take the stage at Yabun
Got a peak backstage and brief chat with Tim Leha the CEO of Gadigal Information Services who run Koori Radio and Yabun.

Also caught up with  artist Jeffrey Samuels and Letona Dungay - still fighting for justice for her son David.
with artist Jeffrey Samuels

"The inquest into the death in custody of 26-year-old Dunghutti man, David Dungay concludes with findings handed down recommending more training needed for medical staff at Long Bay Prison Hospital." ...NITV News 22 Nov 2019

Checked out my favourite Tree in Victoria Park a wonderful Turpentine.

Yabun, Victoria Park

Turpentine Tree, Victoria Park

Plastic Recycling Review

  • Cans (e.g. soft drinks)
  • Bottles ( e.g. beer bottles)
  • Cartons (e.g. milk cartons)
  • Juice boxes or poppers
Most containers between 150ml and 3 litres are accepted and can get you a refund. However, they must…
  • Be in good condition (not be crushed or broken)
  • Be empty
  • Have the label attached 
These items aren’t accepted, but can still go into household recycling. They’re often used at home.
  • Any milk containers that are 1 litre or more
  • Glass wine bottles
  • Glass spirit bottles
  • Juice bottles over 1 litre
  • Cordial bottles
More at https://returnandearn.org.au/how-it-works/containers/

The report said meeting the national target for 70 per cent of Australia’s plastic packaging to be recycled or composted by 2025 would require a “major” expansion of plastics recycling.
The 70 per cent target is one of the national packaging targets agreed to by federal and state governments in 2018." - SMH, January 26, 2020

In a major milestone for NSW litter reduction, two billion drink containers have been collected within just 19 months of the establishment of Return and Earn.https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/news/media-releases/2019/epamedia190702-contain-your-excitement---return-and-earn-hits-two-billion

"Coca-Cola shifted to using recycled plastic in its bottles after damaging reports on plastic pollution in the oceans. Coca-Cola Amatil aims to make 70 per cent of its plastic bottles from 100 per cent recycled PET by the end of this year." - https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-15/coca-cola-to-open-a-reccyling-plant-to-deal-with-its-plastic-wa/11707380

"Beverage maker Coca-Cola Amatil is looking to establish a major recycled processing plant in Australia with French company Veolia as the drinks giant seeks alternatives to importing recycled plastic for its bottles." https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/coca-cola-looks-at-establishing-plastic-recycling-plant-in-australia-20191115-p53ay3.html 

"In Australia 7 out of 10 of our plastic bottles are now being made entirely from recycled plastic.
That is all bottles 600ml and under across our range of beverages including Coke, Fanta, Sprite and Mt Franklin. This is a significant commitment by our business together with Coca-Cola Amatil, and we believe it will spur on a more viable local market for recycling in Australia." - Last updated - 24 January 2020 https://www.coca-colacompany.com/au/news/coca-cola-australia-working-towards-world-without-waste

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Mining Sleuce with Riffle Base

This was on the verge for most of January 2020. First dumped outside the North Annandale, then migrating to the Annandale Shops. On 23 January, I finally succumbed and took it home. 
Puzzled by what it was, I sought the help of the facebook group StreetbountyInnerWest

The group came up with four leads.
  1. Part of a Beehive
  2. Washing Board
  3. Roof Vent (eg in a Gable)
  4. Mining Sleuce
With these leads this object would appear to be a Mining Sleuce Box with Riffles to strain the gold.
"After the soil of a hillside was turned into a slurry with water, it waschannelled down the hill into sluice boxes, where minerals were caught on “riffles” in the boxes."...https://maas.museum/changing-landscapes-mining-and-rural-infrastructure/

More at:

Gold Mining Links to Annandale

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Len and Dilys Williams and the Hunter Baillie Presbyterian Church

The Rev. Leonard Mervyn Williams and his wife Dilys came to the Hunter Baillie in 1956. The church was in decline and the threat of falling masonry had made it impossible to obtain public liability insurance. (p39, Hunter Baillie) Dilys conducted alternate services at Leichhardt and Hunter Baillie Presbyterian churches with her husband and was inducted, in 1969, as the first woman Elder in NSW. (p41, Hunter Baillie). Ferguson Library Archivist mentioned in her talk at the church on 4 September 2010, that Dilys Williams in the 1930s had applied to the Presbyterian Church of Australia General Assembly to be Accepted as a candidate for the Ministry. Her application was "laid on the table" and was never dealt with. The stained glass window on the northern side of the church was restored in memory of the Williams' time at the church.
"Back in the 1950's after first attending Sunday School in the morning the older children were then taken into the church for the last part of the service. One of these Sunday School students recalls the time when entering the church a number of them were whispering and giggling as they entered and took their seats, girls in the first pew, boys in the second, when Mrs Williams picked out one child and instructed her to take a seat further back in the church.
As a result, this child made an effort to check, as to who was doing the service each week to avoid any further humiliation by Mrs Williams. -1956-1969 - Bohemian Annandale, Annecdotal History of Annandale https://ramin.com.au/annandale/story6-1.shtml viewed 11 Jan 2020

Further Reading: 

"In 1931, Dilys Elizabeth Jamieson Williams applied for candidature for admission to the ordained ministry of the the Australian Presbyterian Church, the first woman of that denomination to do so.".. Open Door: A Personal Memoir of Dilys Williams (1907-1988) By John Williams https://www.amazon.com.au/Open-Door-Personal-Williams-1907-1988-ebook/dp/B00PSM4ULA

Monday, January 6, 2020

Construction of the Glebe Island Bridge 1899

State Records NSW: NRS 17420, State Rail Authority Archives Photographic Reference Print Collection, items; 623-626, specifically 623/25 Lifting road on Glebe Island to Glebe Island Bridge.

State Records NSW: NRS 17420, State Rail Authority Archives Photographic Reference Print Collection, items; 623-626, specifically 623/25 Lifting road on Glebe Island to Glebe Island Bridge.
State Records NSW: NRS 17420, State Rail Authority Archives Photographic Reference Print Collection, items; 623-626, specifically 623/25 Lifting road on Glebe Island to Glebe Island Bridge.

"The Glebe Island Bridge, across Johnstons Bay, is of state significance as it demonstrates one of the earliest examples of an electric-powered swing bridge in Australia" .... Glebe Island Bridge Heritage Listing https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID=5051118

"With regard to the Glebe Island Causeway - This work, which was commenced in Apriol 1898, consists in the construction of two high embankments as approaches to the new Glebe Island Bridge, 202,195 tons of ballast filling have been used in the work which is being done by day-labour, 140 men being empoyed. A timber staging has been constructed under contract b etween the western and eastern embankments in order to carry othe stone trucks, and the timber abutments of the bridge have also been erected under contract. Glebe Island Quarry - during the year 51,890 tons of ballast and 1,483 cubic yards of dimension stone have been obtained at the quarry on the north side of the isalnd, and forwarde by punt to the varius sea-walls and other works in Sydney Harbour, an average number of seventy men being employed by day-labour." p46 (Expenditure Glebe Island and Pyrmont Bridges, p50) Report of the Department of Public Works, for the year ended 30 June, 1899 https://www.opengov.nsw.gov.au/publications/12005

State Records NSW: NRS 17420, State Rail Authority Archives Photographic Reference Print Collection, items;
623-626, specifically 623/25 Lifting road on Glebe Island to Glebe Island Bridge.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Harvesting and preparing coffee beans (Annandale 2019)

White's Creek Lane Annandale, 9 Sep 2019
Used online instructions for harvesting and processing coffee ready for roasting,  but still not sure whether Berries should be picked when red and fleshy or black and more dry.

Picked the coffee beans on the afternoon of Saturday 7 December 2019.

Extracted the beans


 Washed of as much of fleshy material as I could

Soaked  the beans -  to ferment them.
This was for about 48 hours. Some were starting to grow mould.

9 December started to dry them

On 16 December, I noticed that the beans were popping out of another shell. They are quite dry.
Benefiting from the hot dry conditions in Sydney!

Green Beans waiting for Roasting

New Crop Flowers, 2 Jan 2020

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