The Origins of Mother’s Day in Australia

Silverwater Correctional Complex is a sprawling structure on Wangal lands by the Parramatta River in Newington, 16km west of Sydney’s CBD. In this place, Australia first commemorated Mother’s Day. What has a prison got to do with Mother’s Day?  Silverwater Prison now occupies the former Newington State Hospital and Asylum site. In the early 1920s,Continue reading “The Origins of Mother’s Day in Australia”

‘A Most Undesirable Woman’ – Zoom Talk (7pm, 6 May 2021 AEST)

Margaret O’Connor, Long Bay State Reformatory for Women, 12/11/1923. ‘Gaol Inmates/Prisoners Photos Index 1870-1930’. Photo No. 608. Series NRS249 [3/6007], page 110. In 2016, I found an article filled with extraordinary amounts of hyperbole about my great-great grandmother, second-generation Irish-Australian, Margaret O’Connor. The article detailed her involvement as a witness for the prosecution in theContinue reading “‘A Most Undesirable Woman’ – Zoom Talk (7pm, 6 May 2021 AEST)”


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