Another find at the local library biography section. I’d actually been avoiding this book having borrowed it before but returning it unread – I wasn’t keen on reading a book that looked like it would be extolling the virtues of squatters. I was very pleasantly surprised. The book is the story of Neil Black, a Scotsman who took up a number of sheep runs in … Continue reading Up Came a Squatter
I’ve been following stories of microplastics in the food chain. I’m still not clear on the damage from ingesting the particles … is it only damaging to marine life? What does it do to humans, birds, other wildlife? Is it too late to sort this out? https://apple.news/ACMepT9GGR-CwR8wKfNXWcQ Continue reading Our synthetic clothes are killing the oceans
For those interested in shearing memorabilia … Alex Cant, a farmer in Western Australia has set up a wool museum – a collection of wool presses and shearing gear. The collection is mainly sourced locally, but a large number of items from around Australia. The museum is on Alex’s property at at Kojonup, roughly 300 kilometres south of Perth. A recent article in the The … Continue reading WA Wool Museum
Sigh. Overconsumption is the heart of the problem, as the excellent article from The Conversation shows: Fast Fashion Lies: will they really change their ways in a fashion crisis? Zara says it will move to using only sustainable textiles. I have come to learn that the term ‘Sustainable textiles’ is an oxymoron. Textile production is, and always has been, incredibly labour And resource intensive. The … Continue reading Toxic fast fashion business model
I spotted this at my local library, and couldn’t put it down. The book was published in 2018 – well researched and footnoted. It’s clear the author wanted to tell Elizabeth’s story, but it couldn’t help but be about John MacArthur – of all their correspondence, Elizabeth kept all Johns letters, but he kept none of hers. His voice dominates. It also couldn’t help but … Continue reading Elizabeth MacArthur
So, what do you do with an old woollen mill? How do you honour the past, and the people who worked in these mills, ? How do you give these often huge complexes of buildings a new lease of life? I recently spent a few days in Victoria which took me to three former mills – three different takes on adapting the mills to new … Continue reading Milling around Castlemaine, Victoria
(Alert – a small bit of academic jargon, but just read through it 😉). My PhD supervisors tell me I need to find my tribe, where my work belongs. Where I belong. This week I attended the Australian History Association conference in Toowoomba. My paper was about belonging and globalisation. What happens to people’s sense of belonging in an industrial city like Ipswich, when it … Continue reading Who’s my mob?
It’s a long time since anyone has mountain climbed or skied a trail wearing tweed. Interesting story of the Australian invention of the puffer jacket for mountaineering. Turned out to be a turning point for wool and our reliance on it to keep us warm. https://apple.news/ArWiluehWRG2ewWKnTmKWrA Continue reading The beginning of the end for tweed outdoor gear
Information, not matter, as the building block of the universe. Continue reading New Informationism?
A friend of mine alerted me to the existence of this woollen mill in Brisbane (from a National Trust newsletter). The woollen mill hadn’t shown up in my research (ah, the limitations of search terms!). I had come across some news clippings a while ago about proposals for a woollen mill in Brisbane in 1946. I poked around a little at the time, but assumed … Continue reading Woollen Mill at Kedron – Bruce Pie Industries