Saturday, July 22, 2017

#NFHM Blogging Challenge Week 1 - Poor Man's Orange

It's week 1 of the National Family History Month Blogging Challenge.  

Take what you will from the title of Ruth Park's novel Poor Man's Orange published in 1949. 

The novel was set in Surry Hills, Sydney about a Catholic Irish Family.  

Perhaps there were Irish Catholics in your family. 

Perhaps your ancestors lived in Surry Hills or Sydney.  

Have you got a tale of making do? Or a tale of working class ancestors?

The book caused quite a stir when it came out as you can see from the Letters to the Sydney Morning Herald in July 1949 - nearly 70 years ago.


Courtesy of the National Library of Australia, Trove
 Letters
READERS' OPINIONS OF NOVEL (1949, July 9). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved July 22, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18121842
Join in our challenge.  We welcome bloggers from near and far.  August is National Family History Month in Australia but you don't have to be Australian to join in.  However, we would prefer your post to be about Family History ! And don't worry if the meme/theme doesn't grab you.  Please blog about anything you want.  The idea is to....JUST BLOG!  


12 comments:

Ann ODyne said...

oh look there's no-slouch-herself Dame Mary Gilmore lauding Miss Park.
The address of Kings Cross is where she lived until she died age 97.
She is on our $10 note and began her married life on a farm on a road I can see if I look out my window.
The Irish battlers of Surry Hills back then, would be amazed to see it now, all gentrified.

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Alex Daw said...

Thank you Anuj - That is lovely news indeed. You are very kind.

diane b said...

Yes wouldn't the old timers be surprised to see Surry hills now.

Alex Daw said...

Ann - I know. Wasn't that fun to see her name pop up?

Alex Daw said...

Diane - yes indeed. A different place entirely.

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

Oops, sorry...two links.

Alex Daw said...

Never mind Pauleen. Hopefully you'll get twice as many page counts too :)

Anne Young said...

A tenuous link to the topic and recycling an old post - poor Eliza was killed in Orange, NSW.

Infolass said...

Thanks Alexandra, have written a blog post and hopefully can keep them coming.

Liz

Alex Daw said...

Thank you infolass....that is very kind. :)

Alex Daw said...

Dear Anne - Hoorah! Another contribution. Thank you.