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My uncle, abandoned to the Death Railway by Britain

By JUDITH WHITE My Uncle Dick was a Manchester electrician and lifelong trade unionist who survived the Thai-Burma railway in World War Two, but never afterwards joined a military parade or wrapped himself in the Union Jack. His prisoner-of-war diary, previously unpublished, forms part of [...]

October 13th, 2021|0 Comments

Children of Coal – my mother’s story

Joan Sutton 1916-2012 By JUDITH WHITE 28 August 2021 My mother Joan was 22 years old and full of hope when this photograph was taken in 1938. She had just graduated with honours from Oxford – an outstanding achievement for the daughter of a Yorkshire [...]

August 27th, 2021|0 Comments

Why I wrote ‘Children of Coal’

A story of family, survival and the pain inflicted by empire Children of Coal: A Migrant's Story by Judith White, 273pp, ISBN 9781649698391 Here is my memoir of growing up in the North of England when it still ran on coal, and of the remarkable people [...]

August 9th, 2021|0 Comments

Powerhouse Museum still in danger

The Powerhouse Museum remains under threat from the cultural vandalism of the NSW Government. Six weeks ago the museum’s supporters were celebrating Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s backflip decision to retain the museum at Ultimo. But the backflip has turned into a 360-degree somersault. Staff are under [...]

August 22nd, 2020|13 Comments

How the Powerhouse was saved

In an extraordinary about-turn, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced that she will retain the Powerhouse Museum at Ultimo and build a new museum at Parramatta. The fight to save the southern hemisphere’s finest museum of applied arts and sciences and its priceless 500,000-object collection [...]

July 8th, 2020|6 Comments

NSW Government takes a wrecking ball to heritage

By JUDITH WHITE The heritage core of the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, Sydney, is no longer open to the public. On 30 June the NSW Government will close it for good and begin tearing the institution apart. The threatened area of the award-winning building includes [...]

June 11th, 2020|35 Comments

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