Black , Nature’s Gold and Tassie History

Black was the order of the day for a visit to the charming , historical village of Ross in Tasmania’s
midlands. The visit was twofold , to catch up with our longtime friends , Tim and Wendy who moved there some years ago and also ( for John at least) to view an annual collectable car display.

Ross was an important stopover point between Launceston and Hobart in Colonial times , a town where the coaches changed horses . The town also has a role in our convict past , the Ross Female Factory , was operated here from 1848 to 1853. The site operated as a factory as well as a hiring depot, an overnight station for female convicts travelling between settlements, a maternity hospital and a nursery.Hundreds of female convicts passed through the Ross Female Factory during its years of operation , including some of my ancestors. These women were usually convicted of extremely petty crimes ( records show details such as stealing handkerchiefs or food items), their main crime was simply being poor.

On a brighter note , the late Autumn colours on the main street were just spectacular , a couple of the cars from the car display can be seen amongst the colour.

The convict built sandstone bridge was built in 1830 and is the third oldest bridge still in use in Australia today.

Today was one of those days when only black felt right for me, so as I often do when choosing black I opted for a mix of textures.My black leather coat is by Caroline Moore , made in New Zealand, old black pants with a satin stripe , a velvet scarf , black wool hat and black Preen sunnies. The only touch of colour was my mult- coloured fingers on my gloves, purchased last year in Lisbon.

 Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday .



  1. Tiina L
    May 22, 2017 / 7:55 am

    I love this look, it's very edgy. And the gloves are a piece of art!

    • Jill James
      May 23, 2017 / 4:51 am

      Thank you so much Tiina , glad you liked my choices , dictated by the weather on the day. I am as smitten with these gloves as the day I found them and they remind me of wonderful Lisbon.

  2. Radostin
    May 22, 2017 / 8:30 am

    Love the look, and the gloves are stunning. What a brilliant idea, on the part of the designer..

    • Jill James
      May 23, 2017 / 4:53 am

      Many thanks for your kind comments , the glove designer is rather clever.

  3. Patti
    May 22, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    Fascinating history (it's never been OK to be poor!) and a stunning outfit. Love the gloves. xoPatti

    • Jill James
      May 23, 2017 / 4:57 am

      Many thanks Patti for hosting Visible Monday.I am finding the history of our state quite fascinating , especially as my sister uncovers more family ties to the convict era.

  4. Anna Parkes
    May 22, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    I'm getting more enamoured with black too Jill and wonder if it's something to do with my age? Your mix of materials keep this black outfit out of the ordinary and the final hurrah has to be those fabulous gloves – what a clever touch!Anna

    • Jill James
      May 23, 2017 / 4:59 am

      I have always worn some black so for me age is not a factor.I will be keen to see you style black as I am so used to you in brights. Thanks so much Anna.

  5. Laurie Duncan
    May 23, 2017 / 2:47 am

    What a beautiful setting for a car show! A black outfit looks perfect against all the gold! 🙂

    • Jill James
      May 23, 2017 / 5:01 am

      So true Laurie, Ross , especially in its Autumn splendour is the perfect setting. Glad you liked my black and natures gold, thank you.

  6. Olga Rani
    May 25, 2017 / 3:01 am

    It's always interesting to know a bit of history. Beautiful autumn photos and as always, very stylish you.

    • Jill James
      May 27, 2017 / 6:07 am

      Glad you enjoyed sharing a bit of Tasmanian history and our Autumn colours.

  7. Natalia Lialina
    May 26, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    I love old bridges! Glad to travel with you. You make black interesting every single time, Jill, as no one else. I just love these gloves, and the oversized round glasses are fab!

    • Jill James
      May 27, 2017 / 6:10 am

      Thank you Natalia , as you know I love both history and architecture , we share this interest . As much as I love to venture into the world of colour I am always happy in black.

  8. Elizabeth g. Arthur
    June 3, 2017 / 4:32 am

    Thanks for sharing some of Tassie's history- very interesting reading about the Female Factory! Your black outfit is stylish, and looking just perfect on you amongst the autumn leaves, Jill. xx

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