Snippets from Yesteryear

As Regards “The Gadfly.”

The old-time journalist, timidly proffering a new publication for public approval, almost in variably remarked, “For this, our first appearance, we make no apology,” thereby immediately suggesting that an apology was necessary, or at least expected. For an honest endeavour[…]



Patients who refuse to pass quietly

Aunt Tabitha in The Gadfly of 7th March 1906 . A city hospital nurse confessed to me that she had become hardened like many of the other girls. She told me how, one night, one of the nurses in her[…]



Brisbane.

By Frank Morton. From The Triad, 10th November 1915. Photo from thepiecart.com.au. Of all the cities in which I have ever lived I love Sydney most; but when I think of papers I have served, my pleasantest memories are still[…]



Platt’s Channel Mayfield

Newcastle Steelworks, we imagine, had always consumed the entire south side of the Harbour channel. But it started small, as the 1930s map shows, and even then Mayfield retained many features that made it such a wonderful country village in[…]



The Little Coastal Steamer That Tried and Tried Again

Never get between a tabloid newspaper and an opportunity to dramatise. Breathless, The Sydney Sun alarmed its readers (yet, disturbingly, they also sensed excitement rising within) with a same-day report (the tabloids usually printed later in the day for evening[…]



While Tree Plantings are in the News….

Wickham Council 26 July 1894 Alderman Bevan moved, "That the department be again written to, pointing out that other reserves had been granted £25 each, whereas the Wickham and Islington parks had only been granted £12 10s each, and ask[…]



Hunter Street Memories

LADY BARTON: HER EARLY LIFE IN NEWCASTLE ~ The death in Sydney this week (March, 1938) removed one who, during her long life, had been a notable figure in the public life of the Commonwealth. This was Lady Barton, widow[…]



Coal Exports May 1875

From the Newcastle Chronicle, 1 May 1875   The export of coal for the week ending Friday April 30th, amounted to 2o,440 tons , of which, 7248 tons were sent to Sydney, 4533 to Melbourne, 2988 to Adelaide, 3113 to[…]



Newcastle Council meeting 8 April 1924

  Alderman Grahame directed attention to the accumulation of trams and omnibuses in Hunter-street at night, between 10.15 and 10.45 o’clock, resulting in the blocking of the greater part of the thoroughfare, between Market and Perkln streets.   On his[…]



Twitter Burn 1906 Style

While sitting in his favourite corner at the Greenroom Club, Henry Irving* was approached by a member, Watkins by name, who was an acknowledged bore. Watkins slapped him on the shoulder: Ah, Harry, delighted to see you.” Irving, who was[…]



A New Weather Prophet

Mr. J. Harcourt Giddons’ weather chart for the next thousand years having just come to hand, it has been studied with considerable interest in this office. The Gadfly has decided, however, that meteorological forecasts of a more local nature are[…]









From the Archives
  • As Regards “The Gadfly.”
    The old-time journalist, timidly proffering a new publication for public approval, almost in variably remarked, “For this, our first appearance, we make no apology,” thereby ...
  • Patients who refuse to pass quietly
    Aunt Tabitha in The Gadfly of 7th March 1906 . A city hospital nurse confessed to me that she had become hardened like many of the ...
  • Brisbane.
    By Frank Morton. From The Triad, 10th November 1915. Photo from thepiecart.com.au. Of all the cities in which I have ever lived I love Sydney ...
  • Platt’s Channel Mayfield
    Newcastle Steelworks, we imagine, had always consumed the entire south side of the Harbour channel. But it started small, as the 1930s map shows, and even ...
  • The Little Coastal Steamer That Tried and Tried Again
    Never get between a tabloid newspaper and an opportunity to dramatise. Breathless, The Sydney Sun alarmed its readers (yet, disturbingly, they also sensed excitement rising ...
  • While Tree Plantings are in the News….
    Wickham Council 26 July 1894 Alderman Bevan moved, "That the department be again written to, pointing out that other reserves had been granted £25 each, whereas ...
  • Hunter Street Memories
    LADY BARTON: HER EARLY LIFE IN NEWCASTLE ~ The death in Sydney this week (March, 1938) removed one who, during her long life, ...
  • Coal Exports May 1875
    From the Newcastle Chronicle, 1 May 1875   The export of coal for the week ending Friday April 30th, amounted to 2o,440 tons , of which, ...
  • Newcastle Council meeting 8 April 1924
      Alderman Grahame directed attention to the accumulation of trams and omnibuses in Hunter-street at night, between 10.15 and 10.45 o’clock, resulting in the blocking ...
  • Twitter Burn 1906 Style
    While sitting in his favourite corner at the Greenroom Club, Henry Irving* was approached by a member, Watkins by name, who was an acknowledged bore. Watkins ...
  • A New Weather Prophet
    Mr. J. Harcourt Giddons’ weather chart for the next thousand years having just come to hand, it has been studied with considerable interest in this ...
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