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Sepia Saturday 216: 22 February 2014

Alan from Sepia Saturday says:
Ever since photography was knee high to a grasshopper, the suit has been the be-all and end-all of masculine fashion. And our theme image for Sepia Saturday 216 (post your posts on or around Saturday 22 February) celebrates the suit : or rather three suits, or rather three three-piece suits. And for good measure there are three wonderful hats as well (why is it that the drab suit has stood the test of time whilst the far more practical and visually expressive hat has not?). If you don't like suits and hats you can always focus on the group of three. Or you can hunt out any other potential prompt within this picture by that old Sepia Saturday favourite Sam Hood (1872-1953) which features in the Australian National Maritime Museum collection on Flickr Commons.
I think I have just about drained my resources of photos from my family collection of men in suits but here are some more (I don't think I've used these before....forgive me if I have done …

Sepia Saturday 215: 15 February 2014

Alan from Sepia Saturday says:

Our theme image this week features a picture postcard view of Jamaica Street, Glasgow (from the National Gallery of Scotland stream on Flickr Commons). I am not expecting people to match the Glasgow theme, or indeed the Jamaica theme, although knowing the resources and imagination of Sepians, I wouldn't be too surprised if some people took up such a challenge. The thing that came to my mind when I first saw the image was the crowds : we always tend to think of crowded streets as being something new, something twenty-first century, but clearly that isn't the case.

Crowds, huh?
Well the first photo that came to mind was this one....

On the back is my mother's handwriting as follows:

I Googled images of Victoria Road Drummoyne and found this link from 2011 - so we're looking at about 206 Victoria Road or thereabouts.  What was the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the white building at the very end is now the Drummoyne Medical Centre.  
Let's lo…

Calling Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Sydney and Perth!

Have you longed to go on a genealogy cruise?  Would you like to meet other genealogy bloggers in person? It's not a cruise, but it's the next best thing!  Unlock the Past is hosting a series of seminars around Australia with visiting experts and I went to the first yesterday, held in Brisbane.  Because I pre-booked it only cost $39.50 for the whole day which was unbelievable value.

It was so much fun!  The best part was getting to meet fellow bloggers Helen V Smith and Caitie from Genealogically Speaking.  But of course there was so much more.

The day began at 9am at the Broncos Leagues Club.  It's the kind of place that would make my mother spin in her grave if she knew I'd even darkened its doors but it's designed to host large numbers of people and feed them quickly, at a reasonable cost and in reasonable comfort - if you can just ignore those ghastly poker machines. 

My big tip to you if you attend these seminars in another city at a similar institution is bring y…