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MR WALL’S WHALE

MR WALL'S WHALE

Irish born Mr  William Sheridan Wall served as Curator of the Australian Museum in Sydney during  the 1840s and 50s.  He personally collected and preserved many native birds, but his greatest legacy to the institution was a creature from the deep. On December 5 1849 the schooner Thistle

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THE KEY TO BREAKING THE BANK

THE KEY TO BREAKING THE BANK

Towards the end of  1912 a new Bank of New South Wales branch was nearing completion in Sydney’s Surry Hills. About six weeks before opening day the strong room was constructed and the heavy iron door fitted. It had been  designed with excellent security features. Two keys

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THE LAMINGTON

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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MR McGINTY’S GOLD

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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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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A WOMBAT IS WISE IN A WONDERFUL WAY

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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Dolly Pegs by the Derwent

Dolly Pegs by the Derwent

A SMALL PIECE OF WOOD Apparently wooden ‘dolly pegs’ were originally  hand made by Gypsies in the UK, who sold them door to door.  Sometimes they were carved from hedgerow wood, sometimes they were just a couple of sticks  bound together with strips of tin. In Tasmania 

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Blowin’ in the wind; the Hills Hoist.

Blowin' in the wind; the Hills Hoist.

HUNG OUT TO DRY! Baby boomers like me may have memories of old ‘prop’ clothes lines. They had been around for generations,  although there was an attempt to improve on them as early as  1889. An Australian invented a device for carrying a double line, which could be elevated

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Winter Magic with Editor Des

Winter Magic with Editor Des

Hello, this is Editor Des from the Blue Mountains. Well I went to the Winter Magic Festival in Katoomba. Pauline didn’t want to take me because it gets a bit crowded, but I had a special assignment with the Blue Mountains Council, so she had to.  Haha.

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WE LOVE WENTWORTH STREET, BLACKHEATH!

My partner Rob and I are the most unlikely ‘activists’ imaginable, but suddenly we have become Wentworth Street Warriors.  We may not live  in the street, but as local residents  we appreciate its beauty all year long. UPDATE – we  have just been alerted by a local consulting arborist

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