Week 27 – Family Businesses – The Federal Hotel

Federal Hotel c1898 (postcard sold at auction $496)

130 years ago, on the 4th July 1887, the Federal Hotel in Fremantle was opened to the public and this weekend some of the Herbert cousins are getting together to celebrate the occasion.

Our great-grandfather on my mother’s paternal side, James Albert Herbert 1841-1893, had the hotel constructed. The story below has been put together by my cousin Raymond John Herbert (John) and with his permission has been added to my blog. The Federal Hotel was known as Rosie O’Grady’s for twenty years until 2016 and under new ownership it’s name has been restored.

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Week 26 – Hobbies & Crafts

Sewing, knitting, crochet are some of the crafts that I learnt as a child. Nanna Herbert taught me how to knit and crochet when I was 8 or 10 then at about the age of  12,  I learnt how to sew on mum’s treadle sewing machine. It was a long time before she allowed me to have a go on her electric machine.

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Week 25 – Sports Awards

Last week’s post on the Cripps family football sporting heroes, sent my blog stats skyrocketing. I’m glad the server held up with all the hits it got! It had me thinking about the sports that I’ve been involved in and it wasn’t until I started putting this blog together, that I realised how many different types of sport I have played. Continue reading

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Week 24 – Sporting Heroes

The Cripps’ have done well over the years for their sporting ability, especially Australian Rules football. Recently I was asked if I had a list of the descendants from Charles Thomas Cripps in a family tree, so I put together a tree with the help of my cousin Joanne Parker and came up with quite an impressive list of players for both the WAFL (West Australian Football League) and the AFL (Australian Football League). Continue reading

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Week 23 – A Quirky Family Story of the Lost Ring

This is just a little a little story that I remember about my grandmother, Annie Herbert née Caddy. Nanna, as we used to call her, often visited us on the farm at Mumby, Northampton for Christmas, although there were other times throughout the year.

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Week 22 – Food

We’ve talked about shops and shopping, which covered where to buy food from, but this week it’s about the food we eat. This is going to take a bit of memory digging to remember what we used to eat as kids, but as with all my blogs, once I start writing, the memories come flooding back.

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