I didn’t have time to drop by a favourite local spot this week. I have an interview with one of the shop owners scheduled for next Saturday. I’ll leave the content a surprise! Are you intrigued? You should be. All good things are worth waiting for…
At least that’s what I keep telling myself. How hard is it to meet a nice man these days?! I’m grateful for the advancement of technology, but at the same time I wonder if it has made it difficult for some of us to experience the magic of the old fashioned courtship. ✨
Begone the days of letter writing and dance cards. At this very moment, I’m listening to a young man on a public train 🚂 outline his motivations to attend SEXPO. What a charmer!
I’ll admit I watch a lot of old world romance films — that’s clear from my earlier blogs. But surely there must be someone out there like me, who appreciates the same things that our grandparents did?
I think a letter/phone call means so much more than an instant text message/email. Anything that requires additional time or effort is undoubtedly more beautiful. After all, time is the most precious gift that you can give another person because you can’t get it back.
To all the singles out there don’t lower your standards! Something magical will happen when you least expect it.
One thing that many people don’t know about me is that one of my first paid jobs was in an antique shop. Not one as beautiful as our Dust here in Darlinghurst, but nonetheless a room full of trinkets, treasures and curiosities from yesteryear.
Dust is located at shop 28/381 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst. Before you step inside this old brick corner shop, please stop to appreciate the two magnificent window displays! They’re a work of art in themselves. The owner Stephane has been putting them together for 19 years. I have captured some of my favourite displays including relics from South East Asia, vintage hats, vases and lamps.
After a busy day at work, I like to stand outside the Dust displays at night-time. The shop’s subtle lighting heightens the beauty of each individual piece and creates a certain mystique which is intriguing. I can’t help but wonder where these items have come from and, if they were able to speak, imagine the stories they could tell — each piece a witness in time as the years have gone by.
On my work desk sits a little trinket I found in Dust — a Murano glass paperweight that reminds me of the beautiful suburb I call home and the country that stole my heart. Dust has something for everyone. As Broadsheet Sydney said:
“Dust is the kind of place that makes that one off genie-in-the-lamp type discovery seem all the more likely.”
If you don’t have time to drop by during the week like me, Dust is always open on the weekend from 11am onwards.
As Horace and Maximus wisely said: “We are but dust and shadow.” This little shop brings back to life the objects from different eras and makes you crave a story from your grandparents.
Make sure to check out Dust. I bet you love it as much as I do! That’s all folks.
The Darlinghurst Courthouse was completed in 1880. According to Sydney Intelligence on 18 March 1842, the Courthouse was: “decidedly the most elaborate architectural erection in the Australian colonies.” This is confirmed by the fact that it is the only old colonial Grecian public building left in Australia. Forget Sicily and the Valley of the Temples! Our gangs and bushrangers give the Mafia a run for their money. 💰
The walls of the Darlinghurst Courthouse have witnessed the trials and tribulations of many crooks, wranglers and the like. One of considerable interest to me is Frank Gardiner. His rugged looks would make any gal want to be arrested! Here he is most wanted and on trial at the Darlinghurst Courthouse:
Frank enjoyed stealing multiple horses and cattle in his spare time, escaping gaol, and digging for gold and/or robbing gold escorts.
Whilst minding his own business (bushranging) in the Sunshine State from 1863-1864, Frank was apprehended in controversial circumstances by New South Wales police operating outside of their jurisdiction. He was sentenced to 32 years of hard labour. However, his two dearly beloved sisters ensured his early release (after 10 years) through their perseverance with appeals to the Court. Girl power! 💥
Frank’s early release was conditional upon him leaving the country. In late 1874 Frank left the land down under for a new life in sunny California.
He was one of the lucky ones.
Seventy-six prisoners were sentenced to the gallows.
If you are interested in a tour of the Darlinghurst Gaol please see the National Art School website hyperlink below:
They say the way I misprounounce suburb names in the indictments is a gift. Sometimes, people can detect a lilt in my voice, which makes them wonder which part of Australia I come from. But no one can hear the hilarious remarks coming from the bench, “you can tell my associate is not from the south of Sydney!”
The Oxford dictionary defines associate as “a partner or companion in business or at work.” However, I’m not like Mike Ross from Suits, sorry to disappoint you. Instead, I sit behind a small bench in front of a Judge in a courtroom witnessing the daily theatrics and poor acoustics of the criminal justice system. In this position, I am virtually transparent. But, when you feel invisible, there is no end to the trouble you can get into. There is a reason that my nickname comes from the…
(to be continued)
Drop by next weekend to read my historical blog on the Darlinghurst Courthouse.
I don’t have Wi-Fi, but if I did, I know I wouldn’t use it to browse Netflix. Why would I… when I have the last, best video store just down the road from me? I could spend hours in the aisles of Film Club.
Film Club is located at shop 136A Darlinghurst Road. It has been serving the Darlo community since November 2011. It is, without a doubt, Sydney’s premier film rental library, with over 20,000 titles on DVD and Blu-Ray. Film Club also sells a range of limited edition screen printed film posters, DVDs, books and assorted snacks (Cadbury Clinkers!).
On your first visit to Film Club, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed. There is so much to look at! In my opinion, the best sections are:
TV series: where you will find the latest season of “Broad City”.
Action: every Clint Eastwood, Liam Neeson and Denzel Washington movie that your heart desires.
I think you can tell a lot about a person by their favourite film. That’s why if someone tells me that they haven’t heard of Casablanca or Humphrey Bogart, I see that as a little red flag. However, if you haven’t had the chance to watch the classics then don’t worry, Film Club has you covered all the way back to the roaring 1920s. Broadsheet Sydney believes Film Club is:
“Perhaps the whole country’s most comprehensive classics collection.”
I second this. It’s a cinephile’s paradise! And speaking of film buffs, Ben (the owner) and Ian have the most impressive memories and film knowledge. I dare you to name your favourite movie! I bet you (a clinker) that they will find it within two minutes. Alternatively, if you are not a chatterbox like me you can always consult their recommendation wall, which is constantly updated.
With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy? — Oscar Wilde
Insert “Darlinghurst” into the google engine and it will provide the following response:
“Inner-city Darlinghurst is a funky, high-energy area with cafes, sleek multicultural restaurants and intimate cocktail bars.”
Do you think this quote does Darlinghurst justice? The short answer is no. I believe our Darlo encapsulates Oscar Wilde’s thoughts and more. Where else could you find an old courthouse, National Art School, record store and Film Club all within one kilometre of each other?! This inner-city suburb is an eclectic community that many of us call home.
Darlo has been my home for almost two years now, and before that I lived in its sister suburb: Paddington. I believe dear Darlinghurst should be the subject of an official diary. So, as the self-proclaimed “girl” of the suburb I have decided to share with you my weekly experiences and thoughts.
If there is anything you would like me to cover in my diary entries please let me know.
xoxo darlo girl
Street art at the old car wash between Darlinghurst & Victoria Roads.