The Junee Fairies

This lovely photograph has been in our Collection since 1980, donated to us by Alma Morris of Carlingford soon after the Junee Public School’s centenary celebrations.  The letter from Alma that accompanied the photograph told us that it was taken about 1915 in the grounds of the Junee School. Alma is the tiny girl standing third from the right in the back row and her sister, Edna, is second from the right in the front row.  Alma also remembered that the “Fairy Queen” was Dot Chicken, but sadly, she couldn’t identify any of the other girls.

Junee Fairies, includes Alma Morris, Edna Morris and Dot Chicken in 1915 (from RW104 Alma Morris Collection)

The Junee Fairies, circa 1915 at Junee Public School.  The Fairy Queen is Dot Chicken.  Back row, 3rd from right is Alma Morris; front row, 2nd from right is Edna Morris  (from the Morris Family Collection, RW104)

Quite some effort must have gone into preparing the girls’ costumes, making the wings and headpieces. And ensuring they all had clean white dresses, socks and shoes (and that they stayed that way) would have been a job in and of itself.  Even styling the girls’ hair with rags – the majority of them have curls – I’m sure would have been a bit of a headache for their mothers.

We’d love to know if anyone can tell us who the other fairies might be or perhaps what the occasion could have been.  If you’ve any ideas, please let us know in the comments below.

The Davis Cup comes to Wagga

This being the time of year for tennis, we thought we would revisit this article on the Davis Cup in Wagga Wagga written by Lauren Carroll for our “At the Archives” page in 2007:

Ken Rosewall, Neale Fraser, Mervyn Rose and Don Candy inspect the Davis Cup at Bolton Park in March 1956

Ken Rosewall, Neale Fraser, Mervyn Rose and Don Candy inspect the Davis Cup at Bolton Park in March 1956 [from the Tom Lennon Collection, RW1574].

In 1956 the NSW Hardcourt Championships were held in Wagga Wagga, attracting some of the big names of Australian tennis at the time, as well as one of the most coveted trophies in sport – the Davis Cup.

After many years of fighting for the event to be played in their city, the Wagga Tennis Association finally had their chance to host what was seen as one of the major fixtures in the NSW tennis calendar.

During the four day event commencing on 15 March 1956, the people of Wagga and surrounding towns were treated to a world-class display of tennis from players such as Ken Rosewall, Neale Fraser, Mervyn Rose, Don Candy, Mary Carter and Beryl Penrose.

Equally spectacular was the glistening presence of the Davis Cup as it watched over each day’s play. According to a report by The Daily Advertiser on 12 March 1956, the prestigious cup, crafted in 1900, had been brought to Wagga from Sydney on an Ansett plane and had been insured for ₤4000. The famous trophy was carefully guarded whilst on view at the courts, and each night was locked in a vault at the ANZ bank for safekeeping.

Wagga Tennis Association members get up close to the Davis Cup

Two Wagga Tennis Association members get up close to the huge Davis Cup [from the Tom Lennon Collection, RW1574].
Do you recognise these people? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

The Championships were held at the Wagga Lawn Courts at Bolton Park and included singles, doubles and junior events. The number of entries had exceeded the previous year’s event held in Armidale, with a total of 171 entries from across the State.

To complement the tennis and to ensure the entire event was a memorable one, the Wagga Tennis Association provided a full programme of social entertainment each night. Additionally, the Women’s Auxiliary worked tirelessly to make available refreshments for players and spectators over the four days.

Ken Rosewall was easily the star of the tournament, taking out both the Men’s Singles and Doubles titles. The Davis Cup star, having defeated Neale Fraser 6/2 6/4 in the singles, teamed up with Fraser to defeat Mervyn Rose and Don Candy in the doubles final.

The ladies event was won by Beryl Penrose over Beth Jones; Miss Penrose then partnered with Dawn Fogarty to defeat Alison Paech and Norma Marsh in the doubles.

By all accounts the tournament was a success, and no doubt many felt privileged to have witnessed such quality tennis from such sporting icons and to catch a close look at the trophy that holds the names of many of the greats in world tennis.

When considering all the places the Davis Cup has been and all the champions that have held it aloft, it is nice to think that in the history of the Cup there lies a story of when it came to a city called Wagga Wagga.

Neale Fraser posing with two women in February 1955.

Neale Fraser, Ken Rosewall, Don Candy and Mervyn Rose also came to Wagga in February 1955 for an exhibition match. Here Fraser is posing with two women (locals perhaps?). Later in the day, he injured his ankle during a doubles game. [from the Tom Lennon Collection, RW1574/256)

Goodbye Lauren!

Yesterday was somewhat of a sad day at the Archives, when we held a farewell lunch for Lauren Carroll.  Lauren first came to work at CSU Regional Archives in 2007 as our Reference Archivist and now she is saying goodbye and moving down to Victoria.  Lauren’s contributions to CSURA have been many and varied and she will be very sadly missed by everyone here.  We all wish her and her family every good thing for the future.

Lauren and family

The Carroll Clan

Season’s Greetings

CSU Regional Archives will close for the Christmas holidays from 12:30 pm on Wednesday 24th December and reopen at 9:00 am on Monday 5th January 2015.

The Archives staff would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. In keeping with the spirit of the season we have included some images of Christmas past in Wagga.

One of the more popular   locations to view Christmas lights in the 1960's was at the Grinton residence in Kincaid Street.

One of the more popular locations to view Christmas lights in the 1960’s was at the Grinton residence in Kincaid Street. [Tom Lennon collection RW1574/346]

 

 

Crib in Park RW1574-346001

The true meaning of Christmas. A mother and child view the nativity scene at the Victory Memorial Gardens in 1962. [Tom Lennon collection RW1574/346].

 

 

Labour intensive Christmas decorations 1954 style.

Labour intensive Christmas decorations 1954 style. [Evening News collection RW1574/253].

 

 

Well behaved and well dressed children waiting to tell Santa what they would like for Christmas.

Well behaved and well dressed children waiting to tell Santa what they would like for Christmas. [Evening News collection RW1574/253].

 

 

We thought that these might have been hams or turkeys flown in for Christmas lunch. Any ideas? [Evening News collection RW1574/253].

We thought that these might have been hams or turkeys flown in for Christmas lunch. Any ideas? [Evening News collection RW1574/253].

 

 

Father Christmas arriving at Huthwaites in 1954. [Evening News collection RW1574/253].

Father Christmas arriving at Huthwaites in 1954. [Evening News collection RW1574/253].

 

 

Dreaming of winning. Children marvel at all the goodies crammed into the Calvary Hospital Christmas stocking. [Evening News collection RW1574/253].

Dreaming of winning. Children marvel at all the goodies crammed into the Calvary Hospital Christmas stocking. [Evening News collection RW1574/253].

 

 

Enjoying their stockings at a children's Christmas party in Kincaid Street - 1954. [Evening News collection RW1574/253].

Enjoying their stockings at a children’s Christmas party in Kincaid Street – 1954. [Evening News collection RW1574/253].

“Like a kid in a candy store”

This wonderful photograph was taken inside David Copland’s store in Fitzmaurice Street, Wagga Wagga, possibly around the 1930s.  It shows two “Departments” inside the store, the most interesting one being the Biscuit and Confectionery Department.  Lollies galore!!

The Biscuit and Confectionery Department of David Copland and Co., c.1930s (from the Wagga Wagga and District Historical Society collection, RW2893/362)

The Biscuit and Confectionery Department of David Copland and Co., c.1930s (from the Wagga Wagga and District Historical Society collection, RW2893/362)

It’s one of those images where, the more you look at it, the more you see.  Click on the image to zoom in and see it all up close.

You’ll be able to see the Arnott’s Biscuits barrel:

The Arnotts Biscuit barrel at David Coplands

A box of Smith’s Potato Crisps:

Copland800 - Smiths

 

Wrigley’s Chewing Sweet and Lifesavers:

Copland800 - Wrigleys, Lifesavers

 

And the row of Tip Top Toffee, Mac Robertson Milk Kisses and Fruit Bon Bons, Jester Toffee, Talky Toffee and (my personal favourite) Minties:

David Copland - Tins of lollies

 

David Copland and Co. were located next to Hunter Bros. (across from the Wagga Court House) and was one of Wagga’s premier general stores for many years.  If you’re interested in reading more about the business, check out our “At the Archives” stories on David Copland and Co. and the Copland Family over on our website.

Fitzmaurice Street, c.1900, showing David Copland and Co. store front.

The corner of Fitzmaurice Street and Sturt Street (then, Little Gurwood Street), showing David Copland and Co, c.1900.

 

A Friday afternoon treat….

The following animal-themed images were all taken by the photographers of the Wagga Evening News, a short-lived newspaper started up by Frank Packer in 1954.  The photographers included Wal Blake, Phil Merchant, Keith Barlow, Murray Attiwell, and Wagga’s own Michael Pym.

Rules, schmules! July 1955 Photographer: Michael Pym [Wagga Evening News, RW1574/258]

Rules, schmules!
July 1955
Photographer: Michael Pym
[Wagga Evening News collection, RW1574/258]

Someone's got to do the work! July 1955 Photographer: Michael Pym [Wagga Evening News collection, RW1574/258]

Someone’s got to do the work!
July 1955
Photographer: Michael Pym
[Wagga Evening News collection, RW1574/258]

On such a wet spring day, what's a dog to do but just sit and wait for rescue! 1 September 1955 Photographer: Phil Merchant [Wagga Evening News collection, RW1574/259]

On such a wet spring day, what’s a dog to do but just sit and wait for rescue!
1 September 1955
Photographer: Phil Merchant
[Wagga Evening News collection, RW1574/259]

Even dogs can go to Mardi Gras! 28 December 1954 [Wagga Evening News Collection, RW1574/253]

Even dogs can go to Mardi Gras!
28 December 1954
[Wagga Evening News collection, RW1574/253]

This little fellow looks particularly sad at the sight of all the rubbish on the river bank. 1 January 1955 [Wagga Evening News Collection, RW1574/257]

This little fellow looks particularly sad at the sight of all the rubbish on the river bank.
1 January 1955
[Wagga Evening News collection, RW1574/257]

A boy and his pony at a local Pony Club Gymkhana. 21 May 1955 Photographer: Murray Attiwell [Wagga Evening News Collection, RW1574/257]

A boy and his pony at a local Pony Club Gymkhana.
21 May 1955
Photographer: Murray Attiwell
[Wagga Evening News collection, RW1574/257]

A cocker spaniel visiting Moran and Cato's. 10 August 1955  Photographer: Michael Pym [Wagga Evening News, RW1574/258]

Moran and Cato – a good place to find afternoon snacks.
10 August 1955
Photographer: Michael Pym
[Wagga Evening News collection, RW1574/258]

A German Shepherd and their owner outside a Wagga butcher's shop - plus one teasing butcher! 19 July 1955  Photographer: Michael Pym [Wagga Evening News, RW1574/258]

A German Shepherd and their owner outside a Wagga butcher’s shop – plus one very teasing butcher!
19 July 1955
Photographer: Michael Pym
[Wagga Evening News collection, RW1574/258]

Billy Graham and his cocker spaniel looking very interested in something... 1 August 1955 Photographer: Phil Merchant [Wagga Evening News collection, RW1574/258]

Billy Graham and his dog looking very interested in something…
1 August 1955
Photographer: Phil Merchant
[Wagga Evening News collection, RW1574/258]

Summer Scholars 2013-2014

Last week, our 2013-2014 Summer Research Scholars presented their final reports at a combined event with State Records NSW.

Hannah Hogg, a CSU Bachelor of Arts Honours student of Literature, investigated the contradictions and complexities in the life and poetry of Dame Mary Gilmore. Gilmore’s treasured connections to the Riverina are well documented and CSU Regional Archives holds a small collection of letters from Gilmore to George Blakemore, the first Principal of the Wagga Wagga Teachers’ College [CSURA, RW114] written between 1953 and 1958.

  • To read Hannah’s report, Mary Gilmore: harmony in contradiction and the preservation of Australian history, please visit our Summer Scholarships webpage.

Liam Lander, our other scholarship recipient, is currently a Bachelor of Arts Honours student of History.  His research over the summer was concerned with the position the Country Labor Party has held within the Riverina, especially over the last twenty years and why they have been unable to threaten the domination of the Coalition in local electorates.

We would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of the Charles Sturt University Faculty of Arts and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in supporting these scholarships.

The application period for the Summer Research Scholarships 2014-2015 is now open.  Please visit our Summer Scholarships webpage for more information on the three scholarships on offer this year.