Alexandra Alexandrovna Asovtseff: The Sights That Filled Her Head

Alexandra’s Pictures – written and sung by Jim Low. Read the lyrics
Self portrait (from a biography about her life and art by Anastasia Cox)

Alexandra Alexandrovna Asovtseff emigrated to Australia with her husband in August 1954, the year that the new Queen of England visited.  Although of Russian descent, for most of her life Alexandra had lived in China. After a short time at Bondi, she and her husband bought a house across the harbour at Neutral Bay. 

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4. Sydney Harbour Bridge – Happy Birthday

2008 marked the seventy fifth anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. In this episode Jim reminisces on some 50th anniversary celebrations and discusses Dr Frank Cash, who took thousands of photographs during the Bridge’s construction. He considers the changes to North Sydney resulting from the building of the Bridge and later the Warringah Expressway. North Sydney was the suburb where Jim lived as a child.

Two songs, one a birthday song, are included in this episode.