Frederick Farrand Trollope, aged almost three, in his Sunday best and holding a toy sabre. Photographed in Grafton on the 29th of December, 1878.
On the Clarence River, in the north of New South Wales, Australia, Grafton received city status in 1885.
Christmas Morning (1885) by British painter Charles William Mansel Lewis
Canadian Christmas stamp of 1898, less than three years before the end of Queen Victoria‘s long reign. At this point Canada was still part of the British Empire.
‘We hold a vaster Empire than has been’.
Today is the 175th anniversary of the first publication of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The book was written in only six weeks, and had sold out by Christmas Eve.
The cover of The Illustrated London News from the 26th of November, 1864.
The main story is about the reelection of US President Abraham Lincoln. Less than half a year later the President was assassinated.
H.M.S. Electra, struck by a “whirlwind” on the passage from Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, New South Wales on the 20th of November 1856.
Yesterday we visited Downhill (or what’s left of it!), which is in County Londonderry in Northern Ireland.
Built by the bizarre English aristocrat Frederick, 4th Earl of Bristol and Lord Bishop of Derry – yes, he was both – the house is now a ruin, but the Mussenden Temple perched on the cliff at the edge of the estate survives. It is said he kept his mistress there.