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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A MUSEUM PIECE

We visited the Redlands Museum and I was amused to see many items that we had in our home when I was growing up or even later. I was scared to stand still for too long in case people though that I was a museum piece too.
 It was interesting reading about the history of the Redlands City. This young German girl migrated to Australia by herself with the trunk of belongings, when she was only 16 years old.

 A typical dining room in posh houses in the early 1900's

 The iron bedstead with a mosquito net.

 A kitchen table from the 1950's

A sad part of our history was when native people from the South Sea Islands were taken by force to work on the sugar cane plantations in Australia. They were called Kanakas.

 This is an old train that comes from the Gulf Country nowhere near Redlands. I am going on the famous train in June when I go on a tour of the Savannah Country near the Gulf of Carpentaria in the north of Oz. I think the train is a little bit more modern but not much.


22 comments:

  1. LOL on standing still.... i love visiting the past because it stirs my memories. that dinette set is like my mothers, but the pink was white on the table and the chairs were gray... nearly everyone in my childhood had one of those

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  2. Hello, Diane! Come on, you are not that old. The kitchen table looks familiar. I like the bed and train car. Great post and images. Thanks for sharing your visit. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your week ahead!

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  3. Ha ha! I could fit in the 1950s kitchen quite well myself. Imagine being a young girl of 16 and emigrating. By yourself. Many did, I guess. I hadn't realized slave labor was used in Australia. I will have to read more about that.

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  4. Amazing how much of that is so familiar, a real age give away! Love the train, enjoy your trip in June. We are off for our first visit to the USA in June :-) T'other Diane

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  5. Well Bill (T.O.H.) will be in his element on the Gulf Lander.
    No quite Swiss, but certainly a change.
    Have fun - and looking forward to your/his reports.
    Colin

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  6. I would love to travel on the Savannah train one day, also that kitchen table and chairs took me right back to my Aunty Joyce's house she had a table just like that in her very small kitchen

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  7. I don't think you have to worry about being mistaken for a museum piece! The kitchen table looks very much like the one in our home when I was growing up. This looks like a fascinating museum.

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  8. Fabulous looking museum, Diane! It is quite 'scary' how things from our childhood and early adulthood, are considered to be from the olden days now :-/ lol

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  9. That sounds like a good trip up the Gulf - we thought we might might go over that way for a short visit, but who knows.
    Those pieces are interesting and I remember visiting the old houses as in Historic ones and finding things that my grandparents used to use.
    Very interesting post Diane.

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  10. the living room looks great. I would like to have it at my home

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  11. Love these retro reminders Diane, how about the 1950's kitchen, too cool :)

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  12. I know what you mean about feeling like you might belong in an exhibit; hard to believe the 1950s is already ancient. We had a table just like that when I was growing up (probably everybody did); Bill and I inherited it for our first apartment!

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  13. Great photos Diane, this looks like a really interesting place. I have heard stories of young people like this young girl with nothing more the clothes on their back. Brave people!

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  14. Wow some of the things in my childhood home could have been museum pieces as well. We also have a formica table and chair set in our kitchen. Not sure what happened to it, but it did not end up in any museum. Sounds like you have another fun trip coming up, Diane.

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  15. It's strange to be of the age that we're considered antiques! That furniture is familiar to me. We had a similar kitchen set when I was growing up in the 50's.

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  16. Hi There, First of all, let me say how much I LOVE your header. Looks like a painting...

    Isn't it fun to visit museums? I always recognize 'stuff' from my past when I visit museums... Like you said, sometimes I feel like a museum piece myself. ha

    That dining room table and chairs reminds me of the one we had in our kitchen when I was a child..... Such memories.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  17. We also had a kitchen table like this when I was growing up! It sound slike you are planning a nice trip--enjoy!

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  18. I remember the 1950/60s style tables. Can't imagine migrating to another country alone at 16.

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  19. I admire that girl ! To immigrate alone at that age and at that time, she must have had quite a character ! My father's parents had a dining room like this but even bigger with lots of antiques. I also remember these kitchen tables ! Yes, now we belong to the vintage "items" and are worthwhile to be seen in a museum !

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  20. PS: I'm trying to figure out why your live traffic feed thinks I live in District Heights Maryland! I've never been there (that I know of). Funny watching that come up as I wrote my comment (twice).

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  21. It is a funny experience to see your childhood furnishings in museums or antique stores. That kitchen table may have come from my very own house. How funny to see!

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