Sydney Opera House at night

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Comments (198)

Ian Stehbens on December 22, 2008

Christmas greetings from Sydney, sadass, and may you have a very fulfilling New Year.


EVA_L on January 27, 2009

I congratulate you with the the Australia Day, dear friend!

I wish you peace and to save the kindness in your hearts!


Ian Stehbens on January 27, 2009

Dear Eva,

Thank you for your thoughtfulness and encouragement.

221 years ago today, 27th January 1788, two of Margaret's ancestors went ashore from the convict transport ships that had brought them to Australia as convicts. The boats, "Scarborough" and "Alexander" and 9 other vessels anchored, or tied up to trees in the bay that today is between this Opera House and the Harbour Bridge!

And so began "modern Australia" which has fused indigenous Australian descendants and immigrant Australians together as one nation. These boatloads of convicts and accompanying marines, and soldiers and their descendants not only displaced traditional owners from their fishing, hunting and cultivated lands but also engaged in hostile conflicts. The different histories and world views have been and in some matters still are hard to reconcile, yet in my lifetime I have seen much progress in this matter, and some remarkably grace-filled responses and initiatives that excite me.

Beside me here, there hangs a highly significant artwork by Mrs Kathleen Wallace, an indigenous Australian artist from Arente lands near Alice Springs in the central deserts of Australia. Her artwork is called "Reconciliation Australia 2000".

One of Margaret's significant claims to fame is that she is descended from two First Fleet convicts, Robert Forrester and Phillip Devine, as well as 8 other convicts that were transported to Sydney from England and Ireland in the 1787-1820 period of our early settlement history.

So on Australia Day there is always pride as well as sober reflection that is expressed and necessary.

Warm greetings,


EVA_L on January 27, 2009

This is really an amazing story, my friend! I admire families which so carefully kept their history, the memory of ancestors. This makes the current generation more powerful!


Ian Stehbens on January 29, 2009

Thank you for your appreciative response, Eva. How well do you know your own family history, and genealogy? I would be most interested, I assure you. More interested than in the Dnepr, even though this river threads a nation together, because family history weaves a nation.


EVA_L on January 29, 2009

You're right, Yan! The history of your family this is the true history of your nation. Both my parents family history are very interesting. Unfortunately, I know the history only of four generations. After the 1917 revolution, many documents missing, many have been destroyed, sometimes to know about your ancestors were just dangerous!

Best wishes, Eva

P.S. 46969 - great and merited result. I'll show this image and your new pictures to my parents this weekend. They sent you greetings!

EVA_L on January 30, 2009

447051! 82 views for 17 hours! Wonderful!


Ian Stehbens on January 30, 2009

Dear Eva,

I can only presume that some organisation somewhere has this photo on their website and every time someone enters their website it records a hit. I imagine that somewhere in France or Greece or London there is a travel organisation that arranges trips to Sydney or accommodation here. It consistently receives around 80 hits every day, and sometimes the count is over 100 per day.

I was amazed when it scored 10 000 hits, but it just keeps on going, day after day.

Thanks for enjoying its popularity with me. But what we have to achieve now is that you get to see this, one night, in person! Wouldn't that be the best hit of all?


Ian Stehbens on January 30, 2009

OWS I have found this photo on the frontpage of Hostelin which will account for some of its daily hits.

EVA_L on February 4, 2009

Thanks for the link, dear Yan! This is an excellent opportunity to see beautiful photos of famous and exciting places which became and my favorites thanks to our communication.

I already wrote above that I know history of 4 generations of my family. What would you like to know about my ancestors, dear Yan?


Ian Stehbens on February 5, 2009

Dear Eva,

I would love to learn more about Ukrainian history throughthe story of your ancestors, even if only for the last 4 generations. Your part of the world has expereinced rapid change during the last 200 years, and it has been quite tumultuous with the history of wars, political and religious change. The current relations even between your two national leaders is very noteworthy, and as are the different relationship with your neighbours. I am sure I could sit for hours and listen to your ancestral stories, which would reveal so much about your culture, values, and ideas.

If you were willing and preferred to converse through personal email, I would be delighted to share that with you. But you might start simply by telling me of the geographical places where each of your ancestors lived from generation to generation. Then learning of their occupations would also reveal some of the historical change that has occured. But, this is a very popular photo so it is a very public place.

My warmest regards,


gsli on February 15, 2009


Ian Stehbens on February 15, 2009

Thanks for your comment, gsli. It certainly is a remarkable building.

谢谢。 這是一個非常有吸引力的大廈。 我希望您也許參觀悉尼,一天。


Nicolò Boggio on February 16, 2009

Realy Beautiful.! Great Shot.! Greatings from Italy Skyhunter January Contest

Ian Stehbens on February 16, 2009

Your visit and comments are very much appreciated, Skyhunter. Warm greetings on a summer morning in Sydney,


Andrina Brennan on February 18, 2009

Ian, I was wanting to use your image of the opera house for our conference proceedings cover, as it s such a great photo, I'm wondering if I could have your permission?

Thanks, Andrina

Ian Stehbens on February 18, 2009

Dear Andrina,

I appreciate your recognition of the photo. But, please first provide me with some details of the conference and what organization it is that is running the conference so that I may consider giving permission.


Andrina Brennan on February 22, 2009

Dear Ian,

The conference is being run in Sydney by Macquarie University/ACM, and here is the link to it:

it is a computing conference presenting research papers.


Ian Stehbens on February 22, 2009

Andrina Brennan, ACM Organising Committee.

Dear Andrina,

Thanks for the request, and information on your conference. I am very happy, in fact honoured, to grant permission for use of this image in your conference promotion. I will email you the required acknowledgement and conditions for its reproduction.

Best wishes for a successful conference,


Ian Stehbens on February 23, 2009


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