• 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

  • WHAT BECAME OF PRIVATE QUAMBY?
    WHAT BECAME OF PRIVATE QUAMBY?
    LOST MATES When Anzac veteran Arthur Singleton was admitted to a Tasmanian mental asylum in 1926 he spoke of being tormented by the voices of his dead mates on Gallipolli.  He went on to fight in France,  but it was memories of the carnage   following  the dawn […]...
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Humour – latest article

  • Social history and Sydney's Easter Show.
    Social history and Sydney’s Easter Show.
     TIMES ARE A’ CHANGING AT THE SHOW As I wandered   around Sydney’s Royal Easter Show this year I was struck by how accurately this iconic event reflects changes in our society.  The cookery section is a classic case in point.  If we want it to survive we will […]...
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Travel – latest article

  • Autumn in 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

  • EDITOR DES GOES TO THE EASTER SHOW
    EDITOR DES GOES TO THE EASTER SHOW
    THE BIGGEST SHOW IN TOWN Last week we  went to the Royal Easter Show in Sydney.  It’s a huge fair, and  farmers and gardeners take their produce along and win prizes. Well some of them win. I wanted to enter  some of my vegetables, but Pauline Conolly  (she’s my guardian) […]...
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  • Editor Des and the Halloween Pumpkin.
    Editor Des and the Halloween Pumpkin.
      Hello, here is a rather sad story about my Halloween pumpkin. I forget when I planted the seeds, and also what kind they were. And maybe I was a bit late getting them in. Our bees seemed to have left when the lavender and thyme and all […]...
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  • Autumn in 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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  • BLUEY; THE ARMY COOK WITH A DEVIL OF A JOB
    BLUEY; THE ARMY COOK WITH A DEVIL OF A JOB
    When the troopship Geelong left Hobart on October 20 1914, it carried the  Tasmanian contingent of the 12th Battalion  to Egypt, and  thence to  Gallipoli and France. There was a unique  mascot on board, a Tasmanian devil.  I’m not sure whether the practice  was  officially sanctioned, but […]...
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