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WILLIAM WIMMERA

WILLIAM WIMMERA

WILLIAM WIMMERA, CHILD  OF  THE  WOTJOBALUK   The ruins of Ebenezer Aboriginal Mission are located near the tiny, West Wimmera  settlement of Antwerp, 22 kilometres north of Dimboola, in western Victoria.  Strangely enough, the history of the mission is entwined with  that of  a young Aboriginal boy,

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EVE’S PARADISE: WOMEN IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH

EVE'S PARADISE: WOMEN IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH

A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH UPDATED OCTOBER 2017   The spectre of climate change and periods of prolonged drought have created  an upsurge of interest in the growing of  Australian native plants. However, we have been  slow to embrace them. I suspect  this would

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SIFTED AND STIRRED – COOKBOOK NOSTALGIA

SIFTED AND STIRRED - COOKBOOK NOSTALGIA

MEMORIES FROM  AUSTRALIAN RECIPE BOOKS One autumn I gathered cherry laurel berries from around my Blue Mountains  village of Blackheath with the intention of making jam. The laurel is a classified as weed here, so I was also  reducing the chance of bower birds and king parrots

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BATTLEFIELD BLOOMS

BATTLEFIELD BLOOMS

FLORAL MEMENTOES OF GALLIPOLI The Gallipoli Rose (Cistus salvifolius) was the Australian War Memorial’s first commemorative plant. It grew on the  bloody battlefields of  Gallipoli. The sight of the flowers  lifted the spirits of the Anzacs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps), who  brought home the seeds. 

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Queen Victoria – A statue and a scandal!

Queen Victoria - A statue and a scandal!

UPDATED AND EXTENDED AUGUST 2017 A  ROYAL REPLICA Early last century John Norton, firebrand editor of Sydney’s Truth newspaper, described Queen Victoria rather unkindly as; ‘..the podgy figured, sulky faced little German woman whose ugly statue at the top of King Street sagaciously keeps one eye on

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THE INTRIGUING VOYAGE OF THE STORES SHIP DROMEDARY IN 1821

THE INTRIGUING  VOYAGE OF  THE STORES SHIP DROMEDARY IN 1821

While in England some time ago  I was shown an ancient  piece of scrimshaw in a private collection. My interest was  aroused  because  the  whale’s tooth  was  carved with an image (artist unknown) of a  three-masted sailing ship. On one side was  the tantalizing   inscription; STORES SHIP

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A Sheepish Tale From the Thames

  One of the difficulties in writing All Along the River; Tales From the Thames was making  really hard decisions about what should go in! So much history…..so much intrigue and scandal. Naturally  I was tempted to include far too  much about my beloved Harleyford Estate, where

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THE DAY BRADMAN HIT A TON FOR BLACKHEATH!

THE DAY BRADMAN HIT A TON FOR BLACKHEATH!

Hello….Editor Des here. Well it’s all sport, sport, sport in our household at the moment, so I thought I would write a piece about a famous cricketer!  By the way, the local coach once told me that I had a great future as twelfth man for Blackheath

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The Bride of Buscot Park

The Bride of Buscot Park

Florence Campbell was born in Woolloomooloo, Sydney on September 5th 1845, the eldest daughter  of Ann and Robert  Campbell.  Her father made his fortune trading in gold. He also  owned vast tracts of land in Victoria and New South Wales.  In 1859 the family set sail for 

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EXETER CATHEDRAL’S CURIOSITIES

  Hello, this is Editor Des back from the West Country of Olde England.  I’ve chosen this little piece because I liked the story Pauline told me about the nursery rhyme and the 15th century cathedral clock at Exeter. I’m sure you know you how it goes;

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