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Night Sky over Sydney October 20th 2014 [Oct. 20th, 2014|04:49 pm]
Bob Bain
[Current Location |werrington NSW Australia]
[Current Mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]

current night sky over Sydney
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The Lyceum Theatre Sydney [Sep. 14th, 2014|03:59 pm]
Bob Bain
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[Current Location |Australia, Werrington]
[Current Mood |curiouscurious]

Front of the Lyceum Theatre at night, Sydney [late 1928] with Jaqueline Logan and Alan Hale in "The Leopard Lady." Also announcing: "Cinesound Talkies opening here soon with Warner Bros. Vitaphone Drama, Al Jolson in 'The Jazz Singer'"

from the NSW State Library Archives

The Lyceum Theatre was located at 214 Pitt Street, Sydney 2000 and after it was demolished the space was used for the Wesley Christian Mission.
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Forum 28 of Western Heritage Australia - Truth in History [Jun. 3rd, 2014|05:07 pm]
Bob Bain
[Current Location |Sydney NSW]
[Current Mood |okayokay]

I recorded this at NSW Parliament House on 27th May 2014 
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Charles Dickens Birthday 7th February 2014 [Feb. 10th, 2014|03:33 pm]
Bob Bain
[Current Mood |hothot]

Happy Birthday Mr Dickens :-)

On Friday I visited Centennial Park and was photographed with members of the Charles Dickens Society - back row - second from the right with hair in a bit of a mess.   Prior to this I walked the Centennial Park Labyrinth (see earlier entry)
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Walter Lassally [Jan. 31st, 2014|08:55 pm]
Bob Bain

Walter was a student of brother Alan Bain


"He values the memory of Alan as the man who introduced him to the
Kabbalah and that range of interests."

BTW: Mr Lassally had something to do with "Zorba the Greek"
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From Last Year - Wikileaks Supporters Meetings [Jan. 23rd, 2014|09:01 am]
Bob Bain
[Current Mood |contemplativecontemplative]

On the 13th July 2013 I attended a meeting of the

The Wikileaks Supporters meeting at "The Settlement" Redfern

 here's some photographs taken by Jaroslaw L Gasiorek

 and yes I'm there

 I was also present at the screening of Mediastan on 14th January 2014 although Jaroslaw probably didn't photograph me on that particular occassion.

 John Shipton (Julian Assange's father) turned up at the end of the screening and mumbled a few words.

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The Trial of Henry Worms [Jan. 20th, 2014|02:04 pm]
Bob Bain
[Current Mood |hothot]

In my entry dated December 7th 2009

Ancestry from Van Diemen's Land

I mentioned my ancestor Henry Worms. Henry gets mentioned in the book "Charles Dickens and the Blacking Factory"

 "Allen’s account opens up the world of Warren’s Blacking, taking us beyond the knowledge and understanding of a young child.  But more than that, Allen uncovers a great deal of new information, peeling away layers about Lamerte, the man who first offered Charley the job at the blacking factory, Lamerte’s family background, it’s Jewish roots, his Jewish cousins in the Worms family, Henry Worms – a likely model for Fagin, sent to Australia for handling stolen goods.  Here we have, for the first time, an accurate history of Warren’s Blacking, written down within two years of Dickens working there.  Allen puts before us, from a contemporary source, what really went on in a blacking factory.  Here is a feast of new material.  For anybody who thought they knew the full story of Dickens’ childhood, think again."

 Poor Henry got transported to Van Diemen's land in 1825 for 14 years but seemingly before he begat my grandmothers father....

[ Note Henry Worms was found NOT GUILTY on a previous occasion 22 October 1823 ]

 Here's the account .....

Lewis Worms (his son) stated

"I did not leave the house till the watchman cried nine o'clock, when my father had not returned."

 Here's an account of his second trial.....

I note that a Henry Worms was back at the Old Bailey in 1840 - meaning that he could have returned to England after his sentence was served in Australia but given the account in the book it appears more likely he remained in Australia and died at a ripe old age after several encounters with the legal system.

from the net.....

Henry Worms absconded in 1833 and was listed at large so maybe he disappeared and changed his name

No marriage, births & deaths listed for his name in tasmania.

According to the book "Charles Dickens and the Blacking Factory" after absconding in 1833 Henry Worms appears in court in Australia with his son Henry Lewis Worms joining him in Australia in 1838 - two years after the birth of my grandmother in 1836.

From a University of Sydney blog.....

"Dickens had a keen interest in Australia and fortuitously began publishing the periodical at a transitional moment, just before the heady days of the 1850s gold rush set the world ablaze. The discovery of gold drove a period of mass immigration, expansion into the hinterlands, and caused radical economic and social changes in an emerging nation.

Of the nearly 3000 articles published in Household Words, some 100 related to Australia and have been collected in this anthology. Dickens saw Australia offering opportunities for England's poor and downtrodden to make a new start and a brighter future for themselves; optimism reflected in many of the articles."

 and welcome to 2014 :-)

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In Memorium Unity Ann (Eterna) [Mar. 23rd, 2013|05:24 pm]
Bob Bain
[Current Mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]

The last I heard from Unity was on 18th November 1977...

"You must be enjoying Australia as you have been there awhile now. Is the "Digest" business keeping you occupied ? It certainly seemed a comfortable working environment."

This is a reminder to myself that Unity Ann visited the Reader's Digest Building shortly after I started working there.
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More from the Manor - home of Radio 2GB [Mar. 16th, 2013|07:50 am]
Bob Bain
[Current Mood |calmcalm]

This is a picture taken last Sunday of C. W. Leadbeater's Chapel at the Manor in Mosman

One more behind cut tag...Collapse )

The Manor was the original home of Radio 2GB as documented in my LiveJournal entry October 2012. It is now owned by the Esoteric Society which has affiliations to the Theosophical Society.

The lectures I attended were about Annie Besant - originally a vicar's wife and subsequently a member of the National Secular Society, one of the original members of the Fabian Socialists and subsequently the President of the Theosophical Society following the death of H. P. Blavatsky.
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Sundance Chief- Lakota Star Connection to Pleiades [Feb. 18th, 2013|08:33 am]
Bob Bain

I'm from Canvey Island :-)
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