• 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

  • OBSTACLE COURSE OLYMPIAN
    OBSTACLE COURSE OLYMPIAN
    Frederick Claude Vivian  Lane was born in Manly on February 2 1880. He nearly drowned in Sydney Harbour when he was four years old, after falling off a punt. His  older brother saved him, but Fred  thought it might be wise to learn to swim (or perhaps […]...
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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 DAY IN BARCELONA!
    BLACK DAY IN BARCELONA!
    This guest post, was written by Lorraine Bendall, a very special lady from Melbourne.  Her story is so honest, and completely free of self-pity.  I confess  it  made me cry when I first read it.  Nevertheless,  it displays great spirit  and courage. What happened to Lorraine is […]...
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Latest Blog Posts

  • 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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  • BARBED  WIRE AND BINDER TWINE
    BARBED WIRE AND BINDER TWINE
    WIRE IN THE BLOOD Growing up on a small farm in Tasmania, I often felt that the whole place was held together with barbed wire and binder twine. Most of our fences were made of  wire and wooden ‘droppers’. My sister and I quite enjoyed collecting snagged  […]...
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  • EDITOR DES - HIS VERY OWN GARDEN
    EDITOR DES – HIS VERY OWN GARDEN
    THE BIRTH OF A GARDEN Well  people who know me may remember I  once had ideas of becoming a barista, to supplement my meagre editor’s wages. This didn’t work out so well, because I couldn’t get the crema quite right. Anyway, after my guardian Pauline  Conolly  accidentally […]...
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