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This is my favourite bench to date. It has the elements of benchiness which appeal to me. Chunky.  A little askew. Companionable. It looks to me to be a bench which has loved and lost. A Worn Bench in its own way.

I am here on the eBENCH early today. That’s due to my having a rare commitment in the straight world. i.e. a doctor’s appointment. I am not designed for commitments. I am not designed for doctors’ appointments. I am designed for freelance living. I have pretty much reached a stage of my life where I am able to live like that most of the time. Now and then – something comes along and the straight world and me collide.

First thing I do is sit down here and figure out whether I really want to do any business at all with that world and the answer is that I don’t.

Think I shall go visit the Baby and Her Mother instead. Drive up the South Arm Road along the River and sit in the sun. Sounds a more healing prospect to me.


south of wollongong 009

2010. I have rarely been South of Sydney in the last 20 years or more. Last year we took time to do the South Coast. “DO IT”. I was not looking for benches back then. I was just looking. Now I drag the figurative photos  out of the figurative shoebox searching for BENCH pictures to add to my collection.

So here is Minnamurra. I hadn’t been there since the 1960s when we used to go to Minnamurra Falls en famille. I loved the rainforests and the mystery of the walk up to the Falls. This time, we went to the village of Minnamurra. Didn’t see much there but I have nevertheless added the pic and noted the traditional bench. Beside the letterbox. Outside the shop. There is a chance its at a bus stop although I can’t see any real indication of a bus stop. It might just be the ‘sit down and have an ice cream’ type bench. Once again, as I see over and over, there is noone on the Bench. Empty benches.


Since I have been looking in the TROVE, I have come across BENCHES in the Old Newspapers etc so I shall bring a few of them to you this morning.

The first one is a bench stop. I don’t quite know what a bench stop is but :

bench stop The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld 1866-1939), Saturday 10 March 1923,


BENCH STOP. (1923, March 10). The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld.)


bench vice The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA 1889-1931), Tuesday 15 April 1930

Bench Vices. (1930, April 15). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889-1931)

MILKING BENCH The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. 1866-1939), Saturday 26 January 1907

The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866-1939), Saturday 26 January 1907

BENCH AND TABLE The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. 1866-1939), Saturday 23 December 1922

COMBINATION TABLE AND BENCH. (1922, December 23). The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld

BENCH STOOLS The Australian Women's Weekly (1932-1982), Wednesday 10 November 1976

BENCH STOOLS The Australian Women's Weekly (1932-1982), Wednesday 10 November 1976

Handy bench stools to build. (1976, November 10). The Australian Women’s Weekly