Zoe Gullick with roses in Gullick family garden, Killara, NSW, c.1909
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Format: autochrome glass plate
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Text: "Well drillers World"
"Well drillers World", Sydney, NSW
I like the concept!
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They've been working on the railway
They've been working on the railway, a train-free day in the wilds of the Sydney suburbs (looking towards Killara station)
Fascinating to see the range of machinery and the precision with which the day is organised (site meetings held just outside our house).
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Motor bike unique, seen on the street
Motor bike unique, seen on the street
I really admire uniquely built items such as this motor bike: one of a kind.
Remembering the first time I really looked hard under the bonnet of my car... and realised it was a completely foreign language.
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Rising sun motif, 1900s house, Sydney, NSW
Rising sun motif on a Federation or turn-of-the-century (early 1900s) build house in Killara, Sydney, NSW
How a motif can come to signify a period, in this case the hopeful "rising sun" of the early days of Federation.
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Impervious up close, Pacific Highway verge, Lindfield/ Killara
Impervious, close up of this Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, foraging on the verge of the busy Pacific Highway (aka the 'Pacific goat-track' as my husband calls it, which gives you some idea of how straight it is NOT), suburban Sydney (Lindfield/ Killara).
Or you could say: eats roots and stays.
bridge Sydney Harbor
The rear of our old home in Bobbin Head Rd Turramurra with hue at -100
The rear of Bobbin Head Rd
first attemps at copying the 620 B&W negs from the Brownie Box Camera shots.
these are in the first pages of the Blue Album and are from the first roll of film I ever exposed!
I tweaked the colour balance on Thumbs+ realised they had sky behind so had a blue tinge, The camera was on Aperture priority and auto picked a slow speed, Camera on the Manfroto.
Link.. To some research ..
Introduction | Gordon | Killara | Ku-ring-gai | Lindfield | Pymble | Roseville | St Ives | Turramurra | Wahroonga | Warrawee
What is Ku-ring-gai? The name is that of one of the area’s aboriginal tribes, the variously spelt Gurringai. In 1894, the tribal name was adapted for the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. In 1906 it was also taken by the first local government authority for the area, the Ku-ring-gai Shire Council.
The municipality of Ku-ring-gai is a predominantly residential area of 8500 hectares (85 square kilometres), stretching from Roseville, 108 metres above sea level and 10 km north of Sydney harbour to Wahroonga, 210 metres above sea level and 20 km from the harbour. It is surrounded by three major national parks and is home to some 107,000 people. The average annual rainfall is 1118 mm. There are many tree-lined streets fronting substantial homes. Many of the older homes are architect-designed and surrounded by attractive gardens.
Ku-ring-gai has the reputation of being conservative, with a relatively homogeneous and stable population. Of recent years that character has been modified slightly. At the 1996 census, 30% of Ku-ring-gai’s population were born overseas. In 2006 this figure was 36.5%. In 2006, English was the only language spoken at home in 80% of households, indicating that 20% spoke another language exclusively or in addition to English. There is much greater cultural and culinary diversity than twenty years ago. Ku-ring-gai remains essentially a conservative area, where traditional values are respected. It is a pleasant part of Sydney in which to live.
What has made Ku-ring-gai so distinctive? Many observers point to its architectural heritage. Real estate agents highlight its ‘gentlemen’s residences’, its larger than average suburban allotments, its building covenants, its social composition. Others note its many fine gardens, its retention of native eucalypts, its surrounding bushland reserves. With its restricted commercial development and its want of any industrial area, it has been described as Sydney’s most successful attempt to create a ‘peculiarly Australian Suburban Arcady’. (Robert Moore, Helen Proudfoot and others, Municipality of Ku-ring-gai, Heritage Study, 1987)
None of these factors, however, adequately explains what gives Ku-ring-gai its special character. To do so, we need to look at its history and to observe particularly what happened in the decades of Australian federation, between 1890 and the first World War.
Throughout the 19th century the settlements north of Sydney Harbour remained isolated rural communities, whose inhabitants were largely self-sufficient, earning their livelihood from timber-getting, fruit growing, and market gardening. In this they were little different from other rural communities within the range of the Sydney markets, such as Dural, Windsor or Picton or the Illawarra region.
Some development took place in Ku-ring-gai towards the end of the 19th century particularly in the northern part because transport from Sydney was improved by the opening of the railway to Newcastle. Wahroonga and its near areas were viewed favourably by wealthy people anxious to escape Sydney’s pollution. This was followed in 1890 by the new railway from Hornsby to St Leonards then, in 1893, to Milsons Point. The population grew but remained relatively sparse until the Harbour Bridge opened in 1932. Even then, it took WWII to produce a major increase in population by which time the character of Ku-ring-gai had been fashioned.
From Focus on Ku-ring-gai, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Inc.
1458 1/Air Mechanic R.A Crook, No. 8 (Training) Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, UK, Xmas 1917
This is my Australian grandfather Robert Alan Crook (or just Alan as he was known), who for the most part grew up in the historic gold mining town of Castlemaine Victoria. This was where his father, Robert Henry Crook, had taken an early retirement from the Wesleyan Methodist Ministry due to illness. There on the northern outskirts of town the family established a poultry farm, which they called "Chester".
The following is mostly derived from Alan's memoir, which was dictated in 1965 shortly before he passed away and then transcribed by a third party sometime later. As a consequence it contains some gaps and typing errors and only goes as far as the immediate post WWI period, but fortunately my 80 year old father provided some clarification and detail. Also some additional detail was sourced from the book Rostrum in Australia 1930-1965, by Freeman Alan Milston.
Alan's paternal grandfather, Thomas Crook, had like many others originally immigrated to Australia back in 1856 because of the gold rush - leaving his home in Bristol, England as it turned out forever. Whilst mining for gold in the Dunolly area of Victoria, Thomas decided to invest his finds in a mixed hardware and grocery store and it was here, in 1860, he was joined by his wife Priscilla (nee Derrick), also originally from Bristol. Incidentally, Alan's memoir mentions Priscilla's uncle, Thomas Derrick, as the inventor of the derrick lifting device, which he developed in Bristol around 1800. However, he was not a "hangman" as Wikipedia and various printed dictionaries have long stated, rather in the census of the time his profession was "Blacksmith". His design also had nothing to do with “ lifting bodies” and “gallows” as the dictionaries state, instead it was for lifting and moving goods as derricks do to this day.
As for Thomas and Priscilla Crook, after running their shop for a time in Dunolly, they then decided to move the business SW to the village of Moonambell. Here, whilst Thomas was away for a spell gold prospecting in New Zealand, Priscilla had the misfortune of being held up by bushrangers, one of whom held a shotgun to her head while the others ransacked the shop. It was in Moonambell in 1861 that Robert Henry was born (Alan's father).
Robert Henry grew up to become a Wesleyan Methodist Reverend and was based in a number of towns in Victoria, including Euroa, Camperdown, Pyramid Hills, Queenscliff, Benalla, Sale, Shepparton, Kyneton and also Mt Bischoff in Tasmania. A lot of the time he would be on the road on horseback traveling to outlying settlements in all sorts of weather. It was in Camperdown where he met and married Alan’s mother, Laura Sleeman, a school teacher whose father, John Sleeman, owned a bakery and store to the north in Buninyong. While based at Pyramid Hill Robert Henry returned from one particularly arduous journey in bad weather, contracting Tuberculosis in the process - a condition he would struggle with for the rest of his life.
My grandfather Alan was born in Benalla in November 1897, the second child of two sons and three daughters to Robert and Laura (the others being Harry, Myrtle, Ida and Queenie). Alan was also incidentally delivered into this world by a Dr John Nicholson, who happened to be the same doctor who attended the wounded Ned Kelly at Glenrowan station back in 1880. Now it’s not clear whether Dr Nicholson had also tended one of the wounded and notorious QLD Aboriginal police "black trackers" who fought the Kelly Gang. It is clear, however, all those brave Aboriginal trackers (who Kelly feared the most) were defrauded by the bigoted and arguably corrupted Colonial system of that era, for none of the Aboriginal police received any of the reward money rightfully owed to them for their important role in the destruction of Ned Kelly's gang. To this day in fact, restitution is yet to be granted to their descendants.
In Benalla too in March 1898, Alan’s older brother Harry suddenly took ill and passed away mysteriously, just 2 years of age. The story goes the unidentified doctor in attendance at the time couldn't provide proper treatment, nor an accurate diagnosis for the cause of death, because the doctor himself was in such a seedy state, after having been dragged away from a local inn.
Notably, in my grandfather's memoir he describes through the eyes of a boy his first memory of seeing an Aborigine in 1903, when he was 5, which was at the school he first attended in the township of Sale. He thought at first the boy's skin was dark because he hadn't washed. He also mentions that many Aborigines lived a segregated life along the banks of the Thompson River near Sale, how they didn't seem to have any work and how sometimes he recalled seeing some begging on the streets of the town. He also however recalls many many more white swagmen (drifters) begging in Sale, or offering menial labour in return for assistance from his father's parsonage - a few of whom reneged by deliberately secretly breaking axes they'd been given to chop fire wood for the church. Alan also describes the many local Chinese settlers in Sale, who busily worked market gardens, whom his father held English classes for and who helped around the church.
What Alan recalled of his early years in Sale today stands as a testament of the great divide between Europeans and Aborigines and the injustice inherent in the colonial system and the Federation which followed. Indeed it wasn't until after my grandfather gave this account in the mid-1960s that Aborigines were allowed to live within white communities. Victoria anyway is perhaps one of the best examples of the worst in Australia, as far as Aboriginal experience of colonialism goes. The peoples Alan described, by the way, were probably those deemed not "full blood" and forced away from Aboriginal reserves like Coranderrk and Lake Tyers by the Colonial Government 's so-called Aboriginal Protection Board". This was a means by which the survivors of Australia's rarely discussed but often bloody Frontier Wars were divided in order to marginalise them into oblivion. Aboriginal people who have long lived a rich existence and in comparative harmony with the land for many, many thousands of years.
Jumping ahead to June 1908 in Castlemaine, the family lost another child, the youngest Queenie, aged 5, in this case due to Typhoid fever. Then in June 1914, the former Reverend Robert Henry was also laid to rest alongside Queenie, high on a hill in Castlemaine, having finally succumbed to the Tuberculosis that had forced him to prematurely retire (he was just 52, survived by his wife Laura who lived until 1944).
Not long thereafter the remaining family sold the farm and moved into town to a house described as being on a very large block on a hill on Farnsworth St (possibly no. 31) . This was a more practical arrangement as Alan had by then found work at the close by Thompson & Co. engineering works, a well-established firm which had contracts with the Victorian Railways, amongst other things. There he was first exposed to the field of electrical engineering, working under an experienced English electrician maintaining such equipment as the firm's Siemens motors used in the locomotive machine shop.
Alan also studied in the evenings at Castlemaine Technical College to catch up on his education, which he'd had to forgo for a time on account of his father's rapidly deteriorating health and the demands of their farm. Alan by then was also in the North Castlemaine Company of the Senior Cadets and recalls their winning the local competitions held at Bendigo in 1913, then losing them badly in Melbourne the following year.
In 1915 Alan and the rest of the surviving family moved to Melbourne, where he took up an apprenticeship with the Victorian Railways. Unfortunately it was not to be in the electrical engineering field which he’d hoped for, but soon after compulsory service in the Citizens Forces found him gaining valuable experience with its company of electrical engineers based in Queenscliff, Port Phillip Heads and Point Nepean, maintaining such equipment as generators and searchlights.
The First World War was of course by then well and truly raging, thus on the 23 October 1916 after 11 months service in the electrical engineering company, Alan was able to successfully volunteer for the Australian Flying Corps as a trainee mechanic, aged 18 and 11 months. From July 1917 he served exclusively in the UK. After undergoing a familiarisation course on rotary engines, he was assigned to No.8 (Training) Squadron, AFC upon its creation in October 1917. There he worked on the British built Sopwith Pup, Sopwith Camel and later the Sopwith Snipe until mid-1919.
Amongst his experiences in the UK with No.8 Squadron he had this to say in his memoir:
"At Leighterton...the aerodrome consisted of what we would call a big paddock, the fences having been taken down and with no pretense at runways, asphalt, or concrete. We had many accidents, some of them fatal and at the time about as many men were killed in training as were killed in action."
In July 1919 Alan was back in Australia and was demobbed from the AFC. However, he soon got the itch again and took a boat to the USA with a friend he'd met in the service. There they traveled extensively and he also found work as a draftsman in an engineering firm in Chicago. His friend eventually decided to settle in sunny California, while my grandfather headed back to the UK to work and study engineering in Manchester with Metropolitan Vickers.
When he eventually returned again to Australia in 1926 (via several countries) he worked again for Metropolitan Vickers initially in Melbourne, then very soon after took a transfer to Sydney. There he met and married Muriel Waterhouse (formerly of Norfolk Island, granddaughter of Jabez Bunting Waterhouse ) and they settled down to start a family in Killara, Sydney. In 1933 Muriel and Alan had their one and only child, my father. In Sydney they also eventually established an electrical engineering firm, Acelec, in 1936, which included a factory in St Leonards producing a variety of electrical components and assemblies.
In 1930 Alan helped establish Rostrum Australia, a non-political, non-sectarian public speaking club first established in the UK, of which he had been a member in 1925 during his period of study in Manchester. Notably the Rostrum clubs Alan helped set up in Australia were men only, whereas in the UK both men and women could join. Why there was this difference in Australia is apparently due to Alan's insistence, but it wasn't until the 1970s several years after Alan passed away that the membership rules changed (NB: Jean Ellis helped establish a women-only public speaking club in Australia in 1937, called the Penguin Club).
Whether or not Alan's rigorous stance on limiting Rostrum membership was influenced by his upbringing, membership of the Freemasons, or social mores of Australia in that era is not clear. His involvement as a Freemason is however noteworthy in its exclusively male membership policy - a movement for which he attained the title of Past Master of his northern Sydney Masonic Lodge. It has only been in relatively recent times that a limited number of Masonic Lodges have actually relaxed their restriction on female membership.
According to my father the biggest contract of the Acelec firm Alan and Muriel owned involved the rolling out of electricity power lines and infrastructure from Sydney down the east coast as far as Eden, which is close to the NSW-Victorian border - a project that began just before WWII and continued through the war years. This job took Alan out on the road frequently and it was while working at Central Tilba that Alan met a local Aboriginal named Gundy Davis and a young relative Wallie, who lived on a government-managed Aboriginal mission at Wallaga Lake. My father recalls being brought down there by Alan a few times during the war, as a young boy and being taken out to Mystery Bay on fishing trips and sight seeing in a row boat with Gundy and Wallie. He recalls also Gundy telling him stories about the old traditional way of life Aborigines had by the sea. Later Alan helped my young father to correspond with Gundy, swapping photos of their fish catches (Gundy aka Edward (Ted) Davis passed away in 1954, aged 63). These events my 80 year old father still vividly remembers and credits for helping to instil in him an early passion for the sea, fishing and above all a respect for Aboriginal people - completely contrary to the way white Australian society back then was slanted (this being in effect at the time of Australia's apartheid era).
According to my father also, shortly after WWII in 1947 Alan was rolled from management of his own company in a boardroom coup, while he was away on a study tour of the USA into modern manufacturing methods. The individual behind it was a former comrade of his from No.8 Squadron, whom Alan had specially recruited to help oversee the company's affairs. After that the company was eventually broken up and sold off.
That setback didn't seem to hold Alan back however, as soon after he set up an electrical and mechanical engineering consultancy business. In the 1950s He also became Chairman of the Electrical Branch of the Sydney Division of the Institution of Engineers, member of the Federal Council of the Institution, as well as member of their Finance Committee. He also served on the Switchgear Committee of the Australian Standards Association, President of the Electrical Manufacturers' Association of NSW and Member of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers.
Apart from all those hats, he also took on responsibilities as a Justice of the Peace, a Ranger appointed under the Flowers Protection Act and a Vice President of the Killara Music Club. He also was responsible for the formation of the Amateur Apiarists' Association of NSW (ie domestic bee keeping) and a member of the Methodist Church Trust, where he was also Honorary Engineer of the Church.
In 1963 however, Alan suffered probably his biggest blow of all with the unexpected loss off his wife Muriel to toxic shock following a breast cancer operation. Not long after this he suffered a stroke, which compelled him to retire. However, he managed to eventually recover enough to embark on another journey, this time all around Australia, taking many dozens of Kodak colour slides as the basis of an illustrated Rostrum talk, which he titled 'See Australia First' (essentially the perspective of Alan as an experienced world traveler encouraging people to not do what he did, but to look first around their own backyard, before they go overseas). This talk was to tour several states, commencing in April 1965 in regional Queensland. Shortly after in June 1965 he was awarded a MBE, largely due to his involvement in establishing Rostrum in Australia. Barely three weeks later however, my grandfather was left totally incapacitated by the effects of a second stroke, although he was at least able to relay a message of gratitude, via my mother, for the recognition and wishing that his wife Muriel could have been alive to enjoy the honour too. Alan passed away barely two months later on 9 August 1965 age 67 - which was just a few weeks before I was born.
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with Mikes hand...it seemed a good idea at the time while he was trying to work out the inscription 🙂
Andrew SINCLAIR MDRN
Colonial Secretary of New Zealand
excerpt from Daily Southern Cross - 19 April 1861"
"The first collector of NZ specimens of natural history in botany, conchology and entomology. He sent home such a variety of plants, shells and insects as to induce Dr Grey of the British Museum to commence the first scientifically arranged catalogue which may be found appended to Dieffenbach's work on New Zealand."
Mary Alexander SINCLAIR
wife of Rev. David BRUCE
who died at Broughly Fell
5 Dec 1870 aged 50
"Mary hath chosen that good path
this shall not be taken from her"
Andrew Sinclair was born at Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, on 13 April 1794, the son of John Sinclair, a weaver, and his wife, Agnes Renfrew. He never married. From 1814 to 1818 Sinclair studied medicine and surgery at the University of Glasgow, at L'Hôpital de la Charité in Paris, and at the University of Edinburgh where he qualified as a licentiate in 1818. In 1822 he joined the Royal Navy as an assistant surgeon, and for 10 years, from 1823, served on the Owen Glendower at the Cape of Good Hope and in the Mediterranean. During this period he collected botanical and zoological specimens which he sent to the British Museum.
After taking further lectures in medicine, Sinclair joined the Sulphur in 1835 as surgeon, and accompanied Captain William Beechey on his survey expedition to the Pacific coasts of North and South America. Until he was invalided home in 1839, he continued to pursue his interest in botany, sending specimens from California, Mexico, Central America and Brazil to the British Museum and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. These collections established his reputation as a foremost collector. After recovering his health he began a brief period as a surgeon on convict ships to Australia. On one voyage in 1841 he visited the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, arriving on the Favorite on 24 October. There he joined the missionary William Colenso, and Joseph Dalton Hooker, assistant surgeon on James Clark Ross's Antarctic expedition which was in New Zealand at the time, on several local botanical expeditions. He subsequently presented to the British Museum a collection of shells and animals which included the shellfish pipi, crabs, spiders, dragonflies, cicadas, butterflies, corals and sponges. He returned to Scotland the following year.
In September 1843 Sinclair arrived in Tasmania as surgeon superintendent on the convict ship Asiatic. After signing off he intended to return to England. However, in Sydney he met Robert FitzRoy, the governor elect of New Zealand. The two struck an immediate rapport, and FitzRoy offered Sinclair a free passage to Auckland. They arrived there on 23 December 1843. On 6 January 1844, after much persuasion from FitzRoy, Sinclair reluctantly accepted the appointment of colonial secretary, and was also made a member of the Legislative Council on 8 January.
From 1844 until the establishment of responsible government in April 1856 Sinclair served as colonial secretary under Governors Robert FitzRoy and George Grey, Acting Governor Robert Wynyard, and Governor Thomas Gore Browne. He had wide discretionary powers, but showed no particular ability in dealing with the continuing struggle between the governors and settlers which dominated politics in early Auckland. He established a reputation for being 'honest, upright, scrupulous and laborious', however, and is also credited with choosing and training subordinates who became the nucleus of an efficient public service.
In Auckland Sinclair also devoted himself to business transactions and a variety of cultural pursuits. He was widely regarded as a shrewd businessman, to whom many, including FitzRoy and Grey, entrusted their investments. He was fond of literature, music and art, and through his travels and thirst for knowledge commanded a rich repertoire of stories which he loved to relate. A staunch Presbyterian, he was a founder of St Andrew's Church, Auckland, in 1847, and was also a founder of the Auckland Museum in 1852.
Although his political career was unremarkable, Sinclair is best remembered for his contribution to natural history. During his term of office as colonial secretary he spent much of his spare time collecting botanical specimens for Kew. After his retirement he visited Scotland and Europe, where he discussed a wide range of scientific matters with Charles Darwin, Thomas Huxley and Richard Owen. On 20 January 1857 he was elected a fellow of the Linnean Society of London. He returned to New Zealand in late 1858 to collect material for J. D. Hooker's Handbook of the New Zealand flora (1864--67). On 20 February 1861 Sinclair joined Julius Haast on what was to be his last, and fateful, expedition - Haast's geological survey of the headwaters of the Rangitata River, Canterbury. On 26 March 1861 Sinclair was drowned while crossing the Rangitata. He was buried at Mesopotamia station nearby.
J. D. Hooker had dedicated his Flora Novae-Zelandiae (1853) to Andrew Sinclair and to two other prominent collectors, William Colenso and David Lyall. Sixteen New Zealand plants were named in Sinclair's honour, including an orchid, sedges, herbs, shrubs and trees, notably the puka ( Meryta sinclairii ). Sinclair's efforts during the Beechey expedition were commemorated by W. J. Hooker and G. A. W. Arnott in the plant genus Sinclairia (Asteraceae), while his association with Haast is remembered in the mountain daisy Haastia sinclairii. Haast in turn honoured his friend and field companion by naming Mt Sinclair, near Mesopotamia, and the Sinclair River. Had he not died tragically, Sinclair might well have extended his collecting to rank equal with that of Colenso. On his death J. D. Hooker wrote: 'His loss has been a very great one, whether as a botanist or as an enthusiastic and liberal patron of science.' 
Born at Cramond, near Edinburgh, Scotland, on 20 June 1824, David Bruce was the son of a carpenter, also named David Bruce, and his wife, Margaret Robertson. The family moved to Perthshire, where David attended parish schools and Mr Davidson's Classical Academy in Perth. In 1847 he graduated MA from the University of Edinburgh, and then studied theology at New College, Edinburgh. Licensed by the Free Church of Scotland Presbytery of Edinburgh in 1851, he became an assistant minister in Aberdeen in 1852. He was offered posts in Boston and Montreal, but chose to accept an appointment to Auckland, New Zealand, and was ordained on 4 January 1853 by the Presbytery of Aberdeen.
David Bruce arrived in Auckland on 10 June 1853 on the Simlah and set about healing divisions in his congregation at the church in Waterloo Quadrant, and reducing its substantial debt, as well as founding new charges and establishing Presbyterian government. He was a founder of the Presbytery of Auckland in 1856, and played a key role in the formation of the northern Presbyterian Church of New Zealand in 1862. Bruce became convener of its Home Mission Committee, a position he was to hold for 20 years.
On 18 October 1859 in Auckland David Bruce had married Mary Alexander Sinclair. They were to have four daughters and three sons. He was released from his parish, now called St Andrew's, in 1863, to travel throughout New Zealand and report on the establishment of new congregations. He raised money through his correspondence with the churches in Scotland and Ireland and recruited many able ministers, as well as educating local candidates and working for higher education. (He later served on the senate of the University of New Zealand and the Auckland University College council.) In 1866 Bruce was moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand, also serving on key committees and helping to set up procedures to deal with church property and finance.
Bruce had great physical stamina and covered astonishing distances in his church extension work, but by 1870 he was near exhaustion and took leave in Britain. Mary Bruce died there in 1870. Bruce wrote and spoke extensively in Scotland and recruited 12 more ministers for New Zealand, returning to Auckland in 1872. He was clerk of assembly until 1882 and was the assembly's full-time general agent from 1877 to 1881. The assembly's financial difficulties led to his resignation and a struggle to claim the arrears owed him. Although in title he remained senior minister of St Andrew's until 1892, he had effectively retired from the parish in 1877. He had no active duties in the parish and after 1881 devoted most of his energies to journalism in Auckland and Wellington, writing leaders for the New Zealand Herald and editing the New Zealand Times. He was also involved with the New Zealand Observer. He had long been a prolific writer, who had helped to found the New Zealand Presbyterian Magazine (forerunner of the Outlook ) in 1872 and took a keen interest in political and ethical issues. Bruce was an untiring worker for the union of the two Presbyterian churches in New Zealand. He took a liberal position on temperance and family law reform and was an enthusiastic supporter of international Presbyterian co-operation.
In 1889 Bruce went to New South Wales. He received a DD from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, in 1891, and was inducted into the parish of North St Leonards, Sydney in 1893. He continued to be active in church administration, education and extension. In 1897 he was moderator of the New South Wales General Assembly and from 1903 to 1905 moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Australia, and remains the only person to have held such office on both sides of the Tasman. He died at Killara, New South Wales, on 15 December 1911. 
Molloy, Brian P. J. 'Sinclair, Andrew 1794 - 1861'. Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, updated 22 June 2007
Also a photograph on DNZB site
Breward, Ian. 'Bruce, David 1824 - 1911'. Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, updated 22 June 2007
Also a photograph on DNZB site
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i walked by this firebird every day on my way to the train station in killara and it took all the moral strength in me not to commit GTA....soooooo sweet......
bridge Sydney Harbor
MacQuarie Park & Lindfield 1951 - Sydney airphoto
Historic aerial photograph of the Sydney suburbs of MacQuarie Park at bottom left, Killara at top right and Lindfield at right. Aerial photos of Sydney taken in 1951,
from 9" x 9" survey prints. [Orig.size: 4990 x 5400 pixels]. The upper reaches of the Lane Cove River are seen, and Lane Cove Road stretches from the bottom of the map and crosses the river.
Google maps view today:
My Honda 'Spacy 250'
Taken around 1989,
Killara, Sydney, Australia
East Killara & East Lindfield 1951 - Sydney aerial photo
Historic aerial photo, taken in 1951, of the Sydney suburbs of East Killara at centre left and East Lindfield at bottom right. A tributary of Middle Harbour is seen at centre right.
Google Maps: www.google.com.au/maps/place/East+Killara+NSW/@-33.760037...
[Image: 6755 x 7165 px].
At Killara, Sydney.
Stone wall, suburban Sydney, Australia
Stone wall, maybe in Killara (my poor record keeping), Sydney suburbs for sure.
A wonderful example of what a skilled artisan can do with stone, I love the matched patchwork feel, and the gray and metallic yellows & browns of the colour scheme too.
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