• The Water Doctor’s Daughters

    The intriguing story of wealthy 19th century water-cure physician, Dr James Loftus Marsden and his children, who grew up knowing Charles Darwin and Alfred Tennyson. Two girls died in suspicious circumstances resulting in sensational trials. Available via Amazon and major Bookstores.

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  • All Along the River: Tales from the Thames

    An engaging and humorous armchair read & companion volume to more practical guide books. Both quirky and fun, it is packed with information about literary associations, local recipes, folklore and a good many murders and mysteries! Available via Amazon and major Bookstores.

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History – latest article

  • TWO BRISBANE BEAUTIES; EVIE DOYLE AND BLANCHE GREAVES
    TWO BRISBANE BEAUTIES; EVIE DOYLE AND BLANCHE GREAVES
    On April 2  1905,   the Brisbane Courier  published an article on two young women. The girls were close  friends, with a lot in common.  They were both  daughters of  Brisbane publicans, both  from Irish Catholic families, and both convent educated. They  also shared a love of […]...
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Humour – latest article

  • LOOKING FOR PAULINE CONOLLY
    LOOKING FOR PAULINE CONOLLY
    Hello, Editor Des here. I have been in Sydney doing some historical research. However, my trip turned into a real life drama So here’s what happened. I went into the city  on the bus with my guardian, Pauline Conolly. It was a bit rainy, so  when we […]...
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Travel – latest article

  • BLACK TAXIS AND TEA AT HARRODS
    BLACK TAXIS AND TEA AT HARRODS
    THIS IS THE SECOND INSTALLMENT OF A TWO PART STORY. A rather dramatic first trip overseas led to the writing  of  BAD DAY  IN BARCELONA.    In her original  guest post,  Lorraine Bendall  told  of  how she fell victim to  a pickpocket.  The incident had serious repercussions.  […]...
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Latest Blog Posts

  • THE YELLOW ROBINS
    THE YELLOW ROBINS
      Australia’s  Eastern Yellow Robins are as trusting as  the  English redbreasts, although they are not related.  They  will hop about your feet if you are digging and perch on your spade (or wood splitter)   as soon as you  lay it down. They have the endearing […]...
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  • TASMANIA--AN ADVENTURE
    TASMANIA–AN ADVENTURE
    Well  last week I went on a  holiday to Tasmania in search of two special little girls called Ellie and Ash.  My elderly guardians Pauline  and Rob are their great auntie and uncle.   I reckon this might make me their adoptive fourth cousin thrice removed. OK,  so […]...
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  • GOLD! I COULD HAVE BEEN RICH.
    GOLD! I COULD HAVE BEEN RICH.
    GOLD IN THE BLOOD? Many years ago one of my elderly Larcombe aunts sent me a yellowed newspaper cutting of a famous gold find. She was aware of my interest in family history, and I suspect she hoped I might find  a family connection! Well, sadly I […]...
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  • DEMENTIA; DREADFUL ANY DAY OF THE WEEK
    DEMENTIA; DREADFUL ANY DAY OF THE WEEK
    CIRCA 1945   APRIL 2015 This calendar had become a lifeline in my mother-in-law Jean’s  life.  She carefully crossed off the days  and used it as her personal diary. At ninety,  death had stolen most of her friends, and dementia was now  stealing her mind.  As her […]...
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