Blue Mountains

THE SHOOTING OF DONALD BUNYAN

THE SHOOTING OF DONALD BUNYAN

On  the afternoon of August 18 1937, Mrs Dorothy Bunyan  of Lithgow attended a  funeral. It was a particularly  sad occasion; the child of Mr Brown,  of one of the  local  school teachers, had died. She hurried  home  because her nine year old son Donald was due home from primary school. 

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TRAIN ROBBERY ON THE BLUE MOUNTAINS LINE

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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MAIL COACH DRAMAS IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

MAIL COACH  DRAMAS IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

CROSSING THE MOUNTAINS  BY COACH AND HORSES In the 1850’s  the journey across the Blue Mountains of New South Wales  was truly daunting.    On Sunday, November 27 1853, Thomas Simons was driving the Bathurst mail coach from Sydney when he came to the top of Mount Victoria. Ahead was

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LIVING IN A BIRD HIDE

LIVING IN A BIRD HIDE

  FEATHERING MY NEST Living in what very much resembles  a bird hide would not be to everyone’s taste, but it suits me.   My mini home is surrounded by trees and shrubs…predominantly  Australian natives, but certainly not exclusively. Is is actually a studio apartment, built above a double garage.

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STRANGE STORIES FROM THE LITHGOW GUN FACTORY

STRANGE STORIES FROM THE LITHGOW GUN FACTORY

On February 4  1908,  Australian military officials approved a site at  the coal mining town of Lithgow in New South Wales  for a small arms factory.  The fact that coal could be delivered to the site very cheaply  was an important factor in the choice. With the

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David Joel; a Blue Mountains Mystery

A CONTINUATION OF THE EMILY JOEL STORY.   David Joel is believed to have been born in London. He worked for many years at Adams Hotel in Sydney’s Pitt Street, as a waiter and hall porter.  He was a gregarious,  well liked character; a natty dresser  with

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The Strange Case of Mr and Mrs Joel in the Blue Mountains

The Strange Case of Mr and Mrs  Joel in the Blue Mountains

A CHANGE OF AIR FOR MRS JOEL On April 15 1918,  Mr David  Joel and his wife Emily  left Sydney by train  for the Blue Mountains village of Wentworth Falls, about  95km (60 miles) west of the city.  Forty seven year old  Emily was prone to mental

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BOXER TOMMY BURNS AT THE HYDRO MAJESTIC HOTEL

BOXER TOMMY BURNS AT THE HYDRO MAJESTIC HOTEL

BURNS V JACKSON: AN HISTORIC SPORTING EVENT In 1908 the world heavyweight boxing champion  Tommy Burns was about to fight  the black  American  giant, Jack  Johnson.  It was to be the Canadian born champion’s 13th defense of his title.  The location  for the bout was the  Sydney Stadium  in

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ASK A BLACKHEATH BOBBY!

ASK A  BLACKHEATH BOBBY!

DID BLACKHEATH  REALLY NEED A BOBBY? During the summer of 1892 the cash box was stolen from the general store in  the Blue Mountains village of Blackheath. There was an immediate  call to appoint a policeman. Not everyone was in favour of this step, as the  following

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SCANDAL AT BLACKHEATH

SCANDAL AT BLACKHEATH

Wentworth Street in the Blue Mountains village of Blackheath  is filled  with tourists  during April and May, when  the deciduous trees put on a spectacular display of  autumn colour. I live just around the corner and it’s always a pleasure to walk along the street on my way

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