• 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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Blue Mountains – latest article

  • Location map of the Mudgee Train Robbery
    TRAIN ROBBERY ON THE BLUE MOUNTAINS LINE
    Shortly before midnight on Tuesday, April 8 1930,   what has been described as one of the most daring robberies in the history of Australia took place.    The  heist  was conceived by Roy Wilkinson, a 24 year old  railway porter. Wilkinson had been  serving as  escort on the mail train from Sydney to […]...
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History – latest article

  • THE LARCOMBE CHAIRS
    THE LARCOMBE CHAIRS
    My great grandfather William Larcombe arrived in Launceston, Tasmania  in December  1856 aboard the ship Alice Walton. William was then aged 25. He was accompanied by his 2o year old  wife Sarah (nee Parker) and their two small children; Leah and Thomas. The family were  from Devon, […]...
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Humour – latest article

  • Federal Matches box during WWII
    TRIBUTE TO THE MATCHBOX
    I must begin with the most charming letter imaginable; written by the British author Sylvia Townsend Warner to her dear friend Alyse Gregory, in response to the gift of a sweet, wooden match box.     THE  AUSSIE MATCHBOX The familiar Redheads matches were first made in Australia […]...
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Travel – latest article

  • Early autumn in Wentworth Street, Blackheath
    Autumn in Blackheath
    LEAF PEEPING IN AUTUMN I love my little  village of Blackheath. I do joke and call it Bleakheath, but only with affection.  It’s in the  upper Blue Mountains of New South Wales, so the seasons are well defined.  Spring is gorgeous and  snow  can occasionally transform it in […]...
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Latest Blog Posts

  • The best lamington in the world
    THE LAMINGTON
     MORE THAN JUST A CHOCOLATE CAKE, MATE!                     If there is one culinary icon in Australia that ‘out-icons’ the pavlova it is  surely  the lamington.    We all know that the wretched Kiwis claim the pavlova (which is a lot of […]...
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  • James McGinty, Tasmanian gold prospector.
    MR McGINTY’S GOLD
    EUREKA—GOLD GOLD GOLD! In  1883, James McGinty and his  two  prospecting partners  found what is still the  largest gold nugget ever found in Tasmania.  It was discovered at Rocky River, near Corinna on the  wild west coast. It weighed 243ozs and was valued at £6,000. Below is an  image  of the […]...
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  • Portrait of airman Guy Menzies
    GUY MENZIES; A LARRIKIN HERO
    FOLLOWING ON FROM GUY MENZIES; A LIFE LIVED AT FAST FORWARD. Guy Menzies, the dashing young airman who made the first solo crossing from Australia to New Zealand in 1931 had plans for even greater feats; perhaps a flight from England to Australia, which he estimated could […]...
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  • Wombat face
    A WOMBAT IS WISE IN A WONDERFUL WAY
      And what does he know?  Well, how to dig, for one thing. He digs his own substantial home;  quite enterprising for such a…..chubby fellow. The wombat lives In a funny old hole, That goes in and in and in., The wombat looks Like a funny old mole, […]...
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