About Judith Davidson

Judith Davidson is a local historian, uncovering the stories of the Yass Shire.

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Frederick Young, the Queanbeyan man who built Canberra
A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into building our national capital. Architect Sir Walter Burley Griffin is well known, as is King O’Malley, the Home Affairs Minister who laid the Foundation Stone for Canberra in 1913. But who remembers Frederick Young? People living in Young Street, Queanbeyan, may wonder how it got its name. Worshippers at St John’s...
Voices from Murrumbateman’s first primary school still echo across the district
What would the children who attended the original Murrumbateman school make of the modern, shiny new school to be complete by 2023 next door to their old schoolhouse? Like the current generation, the parents of the Murrumbateman community in 1869 had to lobby hard to get their school. It began as a two-room, timber slab walled building with a bark...
Old photos help piece together the story of a Murrumbateman long gone
Ten folders of photographs and negatives donated to the Yass and District Historical Society archives have helped reveal details of generosity, hard work and a Murrumbateman long gone. According to an attached note, Roy and Heather Taylor were the kind donors of the photographs and negatives. These photos were from the days of cameras and rolls of film which had to...