Monthly Archives: May 2016

I got this hat

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At 11am on Wednesday, 25 May people around Australia will be reading I got this hat by Jol and Kate Temple, illustrated by Jon Foye, as part of National Simultaneous Storytime 2016.

To coincide with the event, Concord Library has a display of hats on loan from the City of Canada Bay Museum. It includes a range of ladies’ hats from the 1950s and 1960s, a Concord Citizens’ Band cap and military hats. Pride of place goes to the NSW Fire Brigade’s brass helmet. The photograph shows Volunteer Fireman Walter S. Pettit of the Rhodes Fire Brigade, about 1930, looking resplendent in one of these magnificent helmets.

The prominent top comb provided extra strength to the helmet as well as added protection against falling objects. The comb is decorated with a stylised dragon which is a reference to the dragon being, in some mythologies at least, a guardian spirit.

The brass helmets were, incidentally, made locally by Rider & Bell Pty Ltd at Cavell Street, Rhodes.

Come along and join in the fun at the library on 25 May 2016.

Spectacle Island

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Spectacle Island is probably Sydney Harbour’s least known island – mainly because general public access to it has been prohibited continuously since the 1860s.

Local resident and former Navy employee Robert Curran will speak on the island’s 150-year history as a colonial gunpowder magazine, Royal Navy ordnance depot and Royal Australian Navy armament depot at Five Dock Library on Thursday, 19 May 2016 at 7pm.

Robert’s talk will highlight some of the interesting characters associated with Spectacle Island, including James Gorman, winner of one of the first Victoria Crosses to be awarded in the Crimean war, Mr Henry Capper, naval entrepreneur and ‘Nuggett’, the Spectacle Island dog.