This week Sepia Saturday has given us an image of a harbour, with its docks busy with ships. And so I go to a Sydney dockside, back in the 1960s when the big liners were a way of travelling from country to country and not just for holiday cruises, ships like the Oronsay travelling from Sydney to England in about 3 weeks. It was also a time when brass bands would play dockside as the liner was leaving. In this photo from the 1960s it is the Randwick District Town Band which had formed in 1961. Hilda Tansey. now in her sixties, is near the lower right hand corner, long after she was Bandmaster of the Sydney Ladies Brass Band. Each departure was a big occasion
Today we don’t see aeroplanes departing for overseas being farewelled in such style.
The following quote is taken out of its original context which dealt with more creative activities, http://tinyurl.com/q2pp332
`There’s something to be said for following those little voices in your head that say, “Do it.”
`Because if you don’t, that moment gets lost to history.
But I feel it applies equally well to my posts in Sepia Saturday (and to yours too). In time there is always a reader or two who has a definite connection to what i am writing. When I link photos, facts and occasionally speculations there is always the possibility that if I don’t some little thing will be lost to history for all time . I’m not referring to momentous events but to the changing way of life over the years..
This week I started converting a box of slides from the 1960s into .jpg format for the computer. So when browsing today I was delighted to find that the Daily Mail online has an article on slides from the 1960s which have been recovered.
There you will find a delightful snapshot of Britain in the 1960s. Most of my slides seem a bit ordinary in comparison but some might be of interest in the future. For example, does anyone at children’s birthday parties nowadays play games like these, as in 1961.
Walking the plank blindfold
Feeding each other blindfold
Which brings me to what Sepia Saturday is all about, as they state on their blog.
Sepia Saturday provides bloggers with an opportunity to share their history through the medium of photographs. Historical photographs of any age or kind (they don’t have to be sepia) become the launchpad for explorations of family history, local history and social history in fact or fiction, poetry or prose, words or further images.
I like that expression launch pad. It is exactly what we do, begin with a photo and then launch ourselves off in varying directions Fantastic. Thank you Sepia Saturday.
More harbours, ports, docks, coastlines at this week’s Sepia Saturday.