Everyone Ate Meat – Butcher’s shops in the Blue Mountains

Everyone Ate Meat – The Butcher’s Shop Butcher’s shops in the Blue Mountains in the early 1900s were an important and vital part of the community. These were places where the sight and smell of raw meat was pervasive, quite different from the packaged meat at the supermarket counters of today. Butchers were men of influence and closely associated with the life of the local community. At the funeral of the Blackheath butcher Nick Delaney in 1928 it was said “It would be difficult in the future to know or appreciate Blackheath without his kindly face and fine figure. He … Continue reading Everyone Ate Meat – Butcher’s shops in the Blue Mountains

Dan Evans, the Felixman of Echo Point

The Lillas family at Echo Point with the Mountain Devil 1960; Ron Lillas, son Timothy, Robin Lillas (sister of the donor, Colin Slade) John and Jim Low with their parents May and Basil, Echo Point, about 1954 Unknown   Jan Koperberg with her mother Unknown Unknown   Unknown   Jim and Gladys Ryan on their honeymoon, Nov. 1950 Iris Cammack, Neil and Carol Roberts, Enid Schneider, c.1948 Image courtesy of Carol Roberts Eileen, age 19 with her parents Elsie May &  Horace Kelly from Peakhurst, NSW, 1952 Kindly donated by Stephen and Michael Kelly   Eileen Kelly, 1952 Kindly donated by Stephen … Continue reading Dan Evans, the Felixman of Echo Point

The Sidneys of Megalong Valley, Blue Mountains

The Sidneys of Megalong Isaac Walter Sidney was born in Bristol, England (circa 1857) and emigrated to the U.S.A. There he took up building as a trade although he described himself as a “skilled labourer” on his marriage certificate. He became an American citizen but later moved to Australia and Megalong where he purchased land neighbouring Donald Boyd’s “Yaralta” (Parish Kanimbla Portion 25). On Australia Day 1903, Isaac married Eliza Ann Campbell, described as a domestic servant from Hartley, at the home of Edgar Chapman, with the Reverend Pratt, Congregational Minister, officiating. Eliza had been previously married to a man … Continue reading The Sidneys of Megalong Valley, Blue Mountains

Harry Peckman – the poetical whip (1846-1934)

HARRY PECKMAN, THE BLUE MOUNTAINS POET (1846-1934) Harry Peckman was a true ‘Blue Mountaineer’. Born at Kurrajong in 1846, he lived the whole of his life in the Blue Mountains region and died in Katoomba in 1934. As a young man, in the days before the western railway line was built, he drove wagons and coaches on the road between Penrith and Hartley. Then, when the Mountains developed its reputation as a tourist destination, he began taking visitors to the local scenic attractions. In the early 1880s he and his brother, John, established livery stables in Parke Street, Katoomba, at … Continue reading Harry Peckman – the poetical whip (1846-1934)