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The Strange Story of Commissioner Bigge’s Will

The Strange Story of Commissioner Bigge's Will

THIS ARTICLE WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE LITERARY MAGAZINE, QUADRANT. IT HAS SINCE BEEN REVISED AND EXTENDED. JOHN BIGGE; REGIME CHANGER Commissioner John Thomas Bigge (1780-1843) arrived in New South Wales in September 1819. He  had been appointed to conduct a wide ranging inquiry into governor Lachlan […]

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DEAR MISS ALL – CHILDHOOD ANGST

DEAR MISS ALL - CHILDHOOD ANGST

DAYDREAMS I was raised on a small dairy farm  near Ulverstone, on the north west coast of Tasmania. Many would consider this an idyllic childhood, and in retrospect   it was.  However, owing to a steady diet of American comic books I longed to be anywhere else but […]

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BARISTA EDITOR DES, THE NEW COFFEE KING

BARISTA EDITOR DES, THE NEW COFFEE KING

  You know what? Lately my editing hasn’t been going so well, because I missed a few errors in one of Pauline’s articles. I had to award the red tomato  trophy to myself, which wasn’t exactly  pleasant! The pay isn’t much good either. Hardly enough to keep […]

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A BABY BOOMER REFLECTS ON KINDERGARTEN

A BABY BOOMER REFLECTS ON KINDERGARTEN

OFF TO SCHOOL! The photo below was among my mother’s ‘treasures’ for many years. It was taken by the Tasmanian Advocate nearly 60 years ago. The children are from the Ulverstone Central State School’s kindergarten class of 1956. I am the chirpy looking kid  standing up on […]

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‘BEAN’ THERE; DONE THAT!

'BEAN' THERE; DONE THAT!

My father planted  his first commercial crop of beans  on our farm near Ulverstone on the north-west coast of Tasmania, in 1958.  Initially we grew  just a couple of acres,  without the benefit of irrigation.  We picked the crop four or five times over, struggling to fill  […]

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BOTTOMS UP! HA HA!

BOTTOMS UP! HA HA!

Hello, well bottoms are very  funny, aren’t they?     Q.  WHAT HAS A BOTTOM AT THE TOP?  A.  MY LEGS!   That’s a joke I made up by myself.   I spend a lot of time with my bottom in the air. It’s so the blood can run  […]

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EDITOR DES…SPORTS STAR

EDITOR DES...SPORTS STAR

When I was very small I went to the Sydney Olympics and since then I have been a sportsman extraordinaire!  Mind you,  I do face  certain  physical ‘challenges’. I find it helps if I limber up with a bit of yoga before breakfast. After that I eat […]

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THE TAILORING OF THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE!

THE TAILORING OF THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE!

 A DECIDEDLY FISHY STORY! My partner Rob and I once owned a little half cabin cruiser called Sixpence.We used to fish for snapper off Sydney Heads, but heavy swells often forced us to retire to  calmer waters within the harbour.   Early one Sunday morning we dropped […]

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HIGH SCHOOL DAYS – AN EX-RADICAL REFLECTS

HIGH SCHOOL  DAYS - AN EX-RADICAL REFLECTS

THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE TASMANIAN ADVOCATE.  THE GHOST OF ULVERSTONE HIGH     Some years ago I drove past my old  high school and realized I had subconsciously avoided writing a single word about my years there.  It’s not that I was particularly unhappy […]

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RABBIT PIE

RABBIT PIE

Introduced to Australia with the First Fleet, rabbits began to breed in plague proportions, especially in Tasmania. As early as 1827 the Colonial Times and Tasmanian Advertiser reported: ‘…the common rabbit is becoming so numerous throughout the colony, that they are running about on some large estates […]

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