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One to add to your weekend reading list: the latest Now&Then is out now and it's a bumper issue > http://ow.ly/eDIA309iWbP

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#TBT - Everything old is new again! Laying down tram tracks at Martin Place, Sydney - November 1953 - Digital ID: 17420_a014_a0140001110
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#OnThisDay 22 February 1792 the first land grant is recorded as being granted to James Ruse. Ruse arrived on the First Fleet on the Scarborough with a seven year sentence nearly expired. He was the first ex-convict to seek a grant of land and he successfully farmed the 30 acres at Parramatta before relocating to the Hawkesbury.
Related: Land Grants Guide, 1788-1856 > https://www.records.nsw.gov.au/archives/collections-and-research/guides-and-indexes/land-grants-guide-1788-1856

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#OnThisDay 20 February 1794 the first grant of land was given to a woman, Ellenor Frazer. She was granted 20 acres in the district of Concord by Francis Grose with the rent set at one shilling per year commencing after 10 years.
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* Land Grants Guide, 1788-1858 > http://ow.ly/Xcf8308HOMS
* Browse parish maps in the Surveyors' Sketch Books > http://ow.ly/R2Hw308HOOj
[Map: Cumberland County Concord - shewing the boundaries of the Parramatta and Sydney Districts, 1845 NRS13886[X758]_a110_000050]
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#OnThisDay 19 February 1942 Darwin was attacked. At 9.58am Japanese bombers began to arrive over Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia in the first of two attacks. This first attack lasted approximately 40 minutes and bombs were dropped on the Allied warships and merchant vessels in Darwin Harbour, the RAAF Base and civilian airfield outside of town, along with the Army Barracks and oil store. The second attack at about midday again concentrated the bombing on the RAAF Base. It is estimated that approximately 683 bombs were dropped on Darwin over the two attacks. Between 250-320 people were killed and another 300-400 were wounded.
See more about the bombing of Darwin on our War and Australia page > http://ow.ly/SZcy308HOi8

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#OnThisDay 18 February 1793 the first school in the Colony opened. The school was held in the newly finished church on the corner of Hunter and Castlereagh Streets during the weekdays. The Reverend Richard Johnson and his wife, Mary, taught between 150-200 children > https://www.records.nsw.gov.au/archives/magazine/18-feb-1793-first-school-colony-opened
Pic: Lance Playground - Sydney Harbour Trust kindergarten in High Street, Millers Point, 1923. Digital ID 9856_2017_2017000270
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Painters on the #SydneyHarbourBridge, 4 Feb 1932
Digital ID: 12685_a007_a00704_8733000183r
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#OnThisDay 17 February 1948 Dr Grace Boelke (nee Robinson) died in Manly, NSW. Grace and Iza Coghlan were the first two women medical students to graduate from Sydney University in 1893. She began a working career as a doctor for the Benevolent Asylum on Pitt Street, Sydney.
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* ADB entry for Grace Fairley Boelke (1870–1948) > http://ow.ly/aCUx308HKvb
* Our Medical Practitioners Guide > http://ow.ly/Doxz308HKwT
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