London – Bloomsbury 11

Jerome K Jerome is another late 19th century/early 20th century writer who is remembered with a plaque in Bloomsbury. Jerome, the author of “Three Men in a Boat”, lived briefly at 32 Tavistock Place.
Jerome was a friend of J.M. Barrie (see previous post) and a member of Barrie’s amateur cricket team along with other writers such as Rudyard Kipling and H. G. Wells.

Jerome K Jerome Plaque

London – Bloomsbury 10

Today is the birthday of J.M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan. While in London, we passed by one of the first places where he lived when he came from Scotland in 1885. A blue plaque marks the spot where Barrie lived in lodgings, on the corner of Grenville and Bernard streets, in a building which no longer exists. In Peter Pan, this house became the Darlings home where Peter flew in to meet Wendy.

JM Barrie House Site

Subiaco – Mueller Park

As one of Perth’s oldest suburbs, Subiaco has lots of historical connections, including a park named after an eminent 19th century botanist. Ferdinand von Mueller came to Australia from Germany in 1847. He held the position of government botanist in the state of Victoria and travelled widely collecting botanical specimens.
He was a prolific writer, publishing many scientific papers and important books such as “Eucalyptographia: A Descriptive Atlas of the Eucalypts of Australia and the Adjoining Islands”.
Mueller Park has some large gum trees (eucalypts) and also avenues of Norfolk Island pines and very old Peppermint trees.

Mueller Park Subiaco

Victoria Park – Hayley Welsh

We visited the exhibition “Torn” by Hayley Welsh a few weeks ago and mentioned it here. This week, Hayley went back to her street art roots and painted some of her imaginary animals at various locations along a stretch of Albany Highway in Victoria Park. This outdoor exhibition, titled “The Things We Can Find” did not have a book reading animal but there was one with what looks like a rolled up newspaper.

Hayley Welsh Victoria Park

Subiaco – Western Australian Medical Museum

We recently visited Harvey House in the grounds of King Edward Memorial Hospital in Subiaco. This very interesting museum covers the history of medicine in WA from colonial times. In 1916, Harvey House became Perth’s first public hospital for women, so the first room in the museum shows a typical end of 18th century bedroom birth scene with a midwife who probably had little training. In same room is a labour ward from the period when the hospital first opened.

Among the interesting publications on display in the museum is this one titled “Our Babies” which looks like May Gibbs may have done the illustrations for the front cover.

Harvey House Baby Booklet

Fremantle – Second Hand Books

The Second Hand Books store in the High St in Fremantle is worth stopping by just to admire the window display. A few weeks ago there was a terrific display of books by Virginia Woolf and other Bloomsbury group authors such as Lytton Strachey.
This week, perhaps because it is school holidays, there is an amazing collection of folktales from around the world.

Second Hand Books Fremantle

St Albans – Francis Bacon

The Bacon family had a country estate on the outskirts of St Albans, Hertfordshire. The Tudor era house there, built by the father of Francis Bacon and known as Gorhambury, is now a ruin. But there is a monument to Francis Bacon (see previous post) in the nearby church of St Michael.

St Michael’s is an interesting church, with a history going back to Anglo-Saxon times, as well as having a 12th century Norman window and 13th century Early English lancet windows.

Francis Bacon St Albans