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  1. Cowboys and Indians - Cowboys, cowgirls and Indians. If the Australian National Historical Collection is anything to go by, ‘Cowboys and Indians’ was an extraordinarily popular children’s game between the 1920s and 1980s. The Museum’s many costumes and toys are remarkable for their distinctive transnational design. Through the rosy lens of nostalgia, the so-called ‘Wild West’ appears to be all in good fun. Similar rough-and-tumble duels certainly continue to captivate children today. But do these objects hold deeper cultural meanings in a postcolonial world. In recent years, global advocacy for reconciliation has implicated the game and its stereotypical costumes in reappraisals of colonial history. But whether this material culture represents cultural appropriation, a meeting of colonial and First Nations culture, or some new hybrid creation, is a question not easily answered. By the 1920s and 1930s comic books, radio serials, music and rodeo performances had taken up the theme with enthusiasm. Most popular were gritty Western movies and their stylish Hollywood actors. By the early 1950s many Australian children were devotees. To one Brisbane journalist’s despair, ‘little boys swagger around in blue jeans, check shirts and cowboy hats … there is hardly a suburb where the unwary pedestrian can escape being ambushed in the best Hollywood style’. Above all, it was the arrival of television in 1956 that affirmed the cowboy’s place in Australian popular culture. Western serials featured on the early evening program and were enjoyed by the whole family from the comfort of their loungerooms. Prior to this, children’s costumes were mostly made by hand from fabric scraps or paper. Now cheap, shop-bought, western-style costumes were in hot demand. Many Australian suppliers, including Lindsay’s toy factory in Sydney, stepped up to the challenge. Inspired by the games played by his children, Albert Lindsay first made cowboy costumes in the 1930s. After 1956 Lindsay’s acquired licences from the major American production companies and created a range of dazzling characters drawing on the most popular television programs.
  2. LOL that's the shallow gene pool of Australia I won't tell any Tassie cousin jokes
  3. LOL....well yeah!!!! And even has Tassie!! (Tasmania)
  4. My two sons have been twice now to the U.S on business. Once to L.A and once to somewhere in Minnesota. They sure did spend some money at gun ranges where they could use a variety of machine guns! My wife and I have always wanted to go and see some old Western towns and visit as many country museums as we could. But the 4 hour drive to the airport, the queues, the taxis, the flight time, interconnecting flights etc etc etc and not to mention way too many humans for my liking......I think we left it too long.
  5. Don't worry I'm with you.....Its hard for an Aussie to hang out in a 'G' rated Saloon
  6. New South Wales Constabulary EV ....... now this is just downright embarrassing !!!!!!!!!!!!!
  7. Very common, same as when a mate says something just a touch too funny or unbelievable "Surely mate you're takin' the p#ss with that one". Or if you're a little more affectedly genteel (hoity toity) "Surely you're trying to take' the p#ss out of me with that one".
  8. LOL Not me, it didn't start to the 1970's but my kids had Healthy Harold - https://lifeed.org.au/about-us/healthy-harold/ They never got into drugs.
  9. Harry's Cafe De-Wheels 1974 with a special guest on Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo. Maybe Colonel Sanders was a bit tired of the secret herbs and spices and wanted a good 'ol Aussie pie. He sure is tucking in.
  10. Bernhardt Otto Holtermann (29 April 1838 – 29 April 1885 was a successful gold miner, businessman, politician and photographer in Australia. Perhaps his greatest claim to fame is his association with the Holtermann Nugget, the largest gold specimen ever found, 59 inches (1.5 m) long, weighing 630 pounds (290 kg) and with an estimated gold content of 3,000 troy ounces (93 kg), found at Hill End, near Bathurst, New South Wales. This gave him the wealth to build a mansion in North Sydney, which is now one of the boarding houses at Sydney Church of England Grammar School (known as the Shore school) Early life Holtermann was born in Hamburg, Germany. He emigrated in 1858 to avoid Prussian military service. He departed Liverpool aboard the ship Salem and reached Melbourne in August after a journey lasting 101 days. Mining After working at a variety of jobs, he teamed up with Ludwig Hugo 'Louis' Beyers. They began prospecting around Hill End, New South Wales. Years of unrewarding labour followed. On 22 February 1868, Holtermann married Harriett Emmett, while Beyers married her sister Mary. In 1871, the Star of Hope Gold Mining Company, in which he and Beyers were among the partners, struck rich veins of gold. On 19 October 1872, the Holtermann Nugget was discovered. Not strictly speaking a nugget, it was a gold specimen, a mass of gold embedded in rock, in this case quartz. Holtermann attempted to buy the 3,000-troy-ounce (93-kilogram) specimen from the company, offering £1000 over its estimated value of £12,000 (about AU$1.9 million in 2016 currency, AU$4.8 million on the 2017 gold price), but was turned down, and it was sent away to have the gold extracted. Disheartened, he resigned from the company in February 1873. When the Hill End Borough Council was constituted on 6 August 1873, Holtermann was elected an alderman of the first council. In October 1874, Holtermann was elected an alderman in a special election for the Belmore Ward of the Borough of St Leonards. He built a large mansion, "The Towers" in North Sydney, complete with a stained glass window depicting himself and the specimen. Located at a panoramic location near Blue and William streets, he resided there until his death in 1885 and its site is now the Sydney Church of England Grammar School. He invested wisely and kept his wealth, allowing him to take up his true passion of photography. Holtermann financed and possibly participated in Beaufoy Merlin's project to photograph New South Wales and exhibit the results abroad to encourage immigration. The work was taken up after Merlin's death in 1873 by his assistant, Charles Bayliss. In 1875, Holtermann and Bayliss produced the Holtermann panorama, a series of "23 albumen silver photographs which join together to form a continuous 978-centimetre view of Sydney Harbour and its suburbs." Some of the photographs, including the panorama, were displayed at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, where they won a bronze medal. The panorama was also displayed at the 1878 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris. Holtermann and Bayliss also made the largest glass plate negatives produced in the nineteenth century. These were made in Holtermann's tower in 1875, and three are held in the Holtermann Collection at the State Library of New South Wales. Almost seventy years after Holtermann's death, more than 3,000 of the glass negatives created by Merlin and Bayliss were retrieved from a garden shed in the Sydney suburb of Chatswood. The UNESCO-listed collection of negatives, known as The Holtermann Collection, is housed in the State Library of New South Wales and presented in Gulgong Holtermann Museum. Holtermann was also interested in patent medicine. He was proud of having cured fellow passengers on his 1858 sea voyage to Australia. After he retired from mining, he wrote papers and devised formulae for medicines, and promoted and sold "Holtermann's Life Preserving Drops". In 1882, on his third try, Holtermann was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for St Leonards, which he served until his death. He died in Sydney, Australia on his birthday, 29 April 1885, of "cancer of the stomach, cirrhosis of the liver and dropsy", leaving a wife, three sons and two daughters.
  11. Would Alpo only have one problem or would it be a list..... Quite a long list?
  12. It would be too cost prohibitive Eyesa, the problem is these blasted shortages that no one can tell the real reason just budgerigard scuttlebutt! It would be great if I could walk into any gunshop and by the components needed at will as I wouldn't have to bulk store.
  13. That's heartening Eyesa. Because of the shortages over many prolonged years, when components are available we buy big and try and have 30,000++ primers on hand and as much powder that can be obtained stored at different family members locations as lots of us shoot CAS but I do all the reloading for them but there storage is just as hot as mine.
  14. We don't have cellars or basements here, they just aren't a thing. I did think of storing them in ice chests as it would slow down temp changes?
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