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Thursday 27 February 2014

Ruskinian

I’m just back from spending a few days in Sydney, staying in one of my favourite houses. A friend has been the owner, resident and custodian for a long time, and I have enjoyed many visits there.

When it was built around 1905 Ruskinian was a typical middle-class Sydney suburban house. A hundred and ten years later you can still see many houses like it around the older Sydney sub­urbs, but hardly any with such a collection of intact original features as this one​—​turned verandah posts, tuck-​pointed brick­work, richly or­na­men­ted plaster­work finished in distemper, coloured and patterned glass, wood-grained joinery, linoleum floor coverings… .

But this will be my last visit. My friend is moving and the house is to be sold. I took some photographs to remember it by.

ceiling rose in the front room

the sitting room

distemper finished plaster cornice and frieze

wood-grained kitchen door

wood-grained fanlight sash, with faux stained glass transfer

linoleum square in the dining room

a watering can on the back verandah

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Wednesday 26 February 2014

Dent Island plan adopted

The latest Reef in Brief newsletter from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority announces that the heritage management plan for Dent Island lightstation has been added to the Com­mon­we­alth Register of Legislative Instruments.

Child's grave

The grave of Carrie Biss, daughter of Head Lightkeeper Edwin Biss. Carrie was three-and-a-half years old when she died at Dent Island in 1885.

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