Paint doesn't come any more natural, practical or traditional than distemper, a water based mixture of whiting and glue. Here's a handy step-by-step guide to making and applying this beautiful paint yourself.
How did a Dharug word for an Australian native plant come to be associated with a Chinese camellia in the greenhouses of Georgian England? Vaucluse House’s ‘waratah’ camellia tells the story of an age of botanical discovery and exchange.
It’s amazing the characters you come across when researching the NSW Police Forensic Archive. While looking further into the story of Neville McQuade, who cropped up in a North Sydney Police Station mug shot from 1942, I came across an intriguing reference to George Pavlos Kiouzelis, the ‘youth of zoot-suit fame.’
Shredding hail and torrential rains decimated the kitchen garden on Vaucluse Estate in late April 2015. While most of the larger trees and fenceline hedges were spared destruction, all but the hardiest plants were smashed to pieces with the main heirloom vegetable beds almost wiped clean.
The Macarthur children of Elizabeth Farm had fields, gardens and muddy riverbanks to explore. They had a large farm house to run around with cool verandahs, eery cellars and curious nooks and crannies.
The private collection of photographer Alan Spearman Evans reveals an exceptional photographic record of an average middle-class couple celebrating their life in suburban Sydney in the early to mid 20th century