Miss Illawarra Quest 1942

  IS your grandma or mother among these six 1942 beauties? The Miss Illawarra Quest was held during the war years and received a record number of entries in 1942. The winner of the quest, organised by the charity group, 10,000 Brigade, was decided by a popular vote. It cost a penny to vote, with…

When the circus came to town

THE original Wirth brothers, Philip Johannes (1834-1880) and Peter, were musicians from Bavaria, who arrived in Port Phillip, Melbourne in 1855. For several years, the brothers and their families travelled the gold fields and backblocks as itinerant musicians, sometimes in the employment of a circus. In the early 1880s the family of Johannes established what…