Goulburn Jewish Cemetery

I have to say that  it came as a bit of a surprise to me that Goulburn had a relatively high proportion of Jews amongst its population from the 1840s to the 1870s. The Census of 1841 recorded 22 Jews living in the town. The Census of 1846 recorded 54 Jews in Goulburn with another 59 in the adjoining Argyle County. At this time Goulburn had the third largest Jewish population in Australia, after Sydney and Melbourne. Continue reading “Goulburn Jewish Cemetery”

The Old City Synagogue


Adelaide is often, with good reason, referred to as the City of Churches. While the vast majority of its many churches are of one Christian denomination or another there are synagogues, mosques, temples and other places of worship, representative of the religious mix of people in the city. Continue reading “The Old City Synagogue”

Take a Walk in the Moscow District


One of my fondest memories of Riga is the half day or so we spent wandering around the Moscow District (Maskavas forštate), also (or rather officially) called Latgale, and in so doing discovering one of the lesser-explored parts of Riga. The Moscow District, Riga’s first suburb outside the walled Old City, dates back to the 14th century though nothing of the medieval period remains to be seen to-day. Continue reading “Take a Walk in the Moscow District”