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Perth Diary For April 5th 2009 Is Now Online!


The 5th April installement of Perth Diary is now online at the Sunday Leader. Here is a teaser:

Perth Diary: Alleyways

This is Henry Street in Fremantle and the alleyway used to lead to the stables behind William Dalgety Moore’s warehouses.

On ships bound for Britain, the United States, Australia’s east coast, Java, Cape Town, Japan and India went merchandise from these buildings. On ships coming back came tins, sacks, crates and packets of spices, rice, alcohol, medicines, materials, tools and equipment. The goods went on the shelves of the storefronts on High Street after a short stint, piled high in the warehouses.

Then the matrons and maids would come into town — to High Street, in their gowns and boots, taking care to watch where they stepped. The more shrewd knew Moore was a wholesaler and would scour the newspapers for the adverts that promoted the warehouse sales of excess stock at wholesale prices. They would then flock to the warehouse on Henry Street.

You can read the full article here.

Now I have to go write next week’s one. If you have any suggestions/questions, drop a comment on this post. Cheers, Marisa

Marisa is a globetrotting freelance writer, journalist and editor with cat for hire (her, not the cat). She is currently based in Melbourne.

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