A Whirlpool of Profligacy

Fear not dear reader! This is not another post about riots and debauchery in the good town of Wangaratta. In fact, this story lauds the gentility and culture of early 1870s Wangaratta. The opening hours of the town’s Athenaeum was the subject of a letter to the...

Ivan Keith Jackel – an introduction

The 18th August 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of my grandfather Ivan Keith Jackel. I haven’t prepared anything nearly good enough to honour his impact on my life, so instead of attempting a biography or memorial, I am simply calling this an...

Who Was … Eliza Armstrong?

In history there are many souls assigned to oblivion, due mainly to circumstances at their death, and a lack of connecting information with their living past. One such person is Eliza Armstrong. Eliza was a partner to George Clark (1818-1854) who was a brother of my...

Wangaratta Fire Brigade’s First Home

I have long been searching for the first home of the Wangaratta Fire Brigade. There was much fanfare over the opening of the purpose-built building in Ford Street in January 1896 (see my post here), but no clues were given as to where the brigade was located before...

An Early Post Office

When Alexander Cameron MacDonald passed away in 1917, local newspapers heralded him as Wangaratta’s first Postmaster. This was not true, as at least two other men acted in the capacity of Postmaster before MacDonald arrived in the infant town and he was never...

Hickey’s Garage

The lovely image below is of Hickey’s Garage in Murphy Street and was taken in 1923. The photo was taken from a negative donated to Museum Victoria in 1988 by M. B. Porter as part of The Biggest Family Album in Australia project to preserve the images that...

Radio 3WR

Wangaratta can lay claim to Australia’s first country broadcasting station, going to air five months before Toowoomba’s 4GR. Stationer and Wangaratta Sports Depot owner Leslie John Leo Hellier commenced radio 3WR in February 1925 in a shed in his backyard...

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