Vaccination 1

I just received my first AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccination this afternoon at the the Raymond Terrace Respiratory Clinic. I have to say I was super impressed with the organisation and efficiency of the process. There were friendly staff members on hand to direct people through each step of the process. Although I noticed a few people queuing at the door as I pulled into the car park, within 5 minutes of arrival I was in the examination room having the vaccination in the arm. With the 15 minute mandatory wait after injection, I was in and out in 20 minutes!

Coon Island

Coon Island in Lake Macquarie has been in the news lately, with calls for its name to be changed given the overt derogatory nature of the current name. I wholeheartedly agree that changing the name is the right thing to do.

I had to look up where the island is located, which is at the northern point of land above Swansea. 

I found an old Regional Charting Map in the Historical Land Records Viewer that shows the island.

Location of Coon Island on Regional Charting Map
Regional Charting Map overlaid into Google Earth, showing location of Coon Island.

Thomas Bevan, Undertaker

[Note: I have expanded the content from this blog post into an article for the April 2021 edition of The Local.]

The Historical Lands Record Viewer is proving to be quite a useful tool in identifying the location of various old photographs. I have managed to confirm the location of this Ralph Snowball photograph of Thomas Bevan, Undertaker, as being at 41 Pearson St Lambton

Thomas Bevan, Undertaker, Lambton. Not dated. Living Histories @ UON.

Page 93 of the Federal Directory of Newcastle and District 1901, lists “T. Bevan” as an undertaker in Pearson St. Vol-Fol 796-107 shows that Thomas Bevan purchased the north half of Lot 6 Section K in July 1889.

Purchase by Thomas Bevan, Vol-Fol 796-107.

Lot 6 corresponds to current day address 41 Pearson St.

In the 1904 photographic panorama of Lambton, taken from the North Lambton hill, Bevan’s house and shed can be seen in Pearson St.

Thomas Bevan’s house and shed, seen in a 1904 photograph. Living Histories @ UON

In May 1910, the following advertisement appeared in Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate.

Property No 1 was the double storey house formerly owned by W T Dent, located at 18 Pearson St. Thomas and Jennet Bevan purchased the property in June 1908. (See Vol-Fol 262-127.) Although advertised for sale in 1910, the property was not sold until October 1919.

W T Dent’s house at 18 Pearson Street Lambton, in 1897. Thomas and Jennet Bevan purchased the house in June 1908. Living Histories @ UON

Property No 2 in the advertisement was the house and undertaker’s business at 41 Pearson St Lambton. The property sold to William James Hanlon, a blacksmith’s assistant, in July 1910.

Property No 3 was at 127 Michael Street Jesmond. Thomas Bevan purchased this property in October 1905. (See Vol-Fol 816-189.) Although advertised for sale in 1910, the property was not sold until October 1919.

Facebook folly

Today Facebook blocked news content from its platform in Australia. This wholesale eviction of content from professional journalists, after years of intentional inaction on stamping out the spread of lies and falsehoods, simply makes explicit Facebook’s long held aim of being the premier purveyor of misinformation in the chase for clicks and ad revenue.

My hope, and I know it is a forlorn one, is that people will dump Facebook in droves, and turn to other sources and providers who don’t bully their users in order to get their own way.

Facebook is not the internet. Choose wisely.

Rodent-based rainfall metric

I encounter all sorts of weather when cycling to work. For some reason, when it comes to wet weather, I describe the level of wetness on a three part scale based on the liquid effect on rodents – the three levels being ‘damp rat’, ‘soggy rat’, and ‘drowned rat’. (I suspect Mark Maclean and his interest in things found in the drain may have been the inspiration for my metric.)

Both yesterday and today was a ‘soggy rat’ ride.