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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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Guy Menzies; A Life Lived At Fast Forward – Part One

Guy Menzies;   A Life Lived At Fast Forward - Part One

GUY MENZIES – BOY RACER Guy Menzies was  born in  the Sydney suburb of Drummoyne in 1909, the son of   a well known doctor. He was a handful for his parents from the word go. Sometimes he would pinch stationery from his father’s surgery and write  sick notes to […]

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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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TWO WILLIAM BLIGHS OF BLACKHEATH

TWO WILLIAM BLIGHS OF BLACKHEATH

ONE BLIGH OF THE BOUNTY, TWO OF BLACKHEATH In 1910, Governor Bligh’s grandson, William Russell  Wilson Bligh (1827-1914), bought a house  called Whiteleaf Cross, in Tourmaline Street, Blackheath (now Park Avenue). By then William  was an elderly man. He had arrived in Sydney  in  1837 aged ten, under the […]

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AIMEE EDOLS PAYS THE PRICE

AIMEE EDOLS PAYS THE PRICE

CONTINUING THE STORY OF SYDNEY SOCIALITE AIMÉE EDOLS . CLICK HERE FOR  PART ONE                                   In 1932, bankrupt Sydney socialite  Aimée Edols evaded police for nearly  six months.  She had turned for help  to an […]

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THE CASE OF AIMEE EDOLS; MISSING SOCIETY MATRON

THE CASE OF AIMEE EDOLS; MISSING SOCIETY MATRON

THE GOOD LIFE!   In 1930, 47 year old Aimée Edols was living  in  Sydney’s  fashionable  Eastern Suburbs.  Her husband  Ernest was a retired grazier, whose family had once owned  Burrawang, an extensive property at Forbes , in the Central West of New South Wales. Burrawang  was famous for having […]

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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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The Perfect Poisoner

The Perfect Poisoner

    THE MYSTERIOUS DOWNFALL  OF PROFESSOR CHAPMAN It is 1918 and Sydney University’s  Professor of  Pharmacology  Henry Chapman has  set up  a unique test for his senior  students.  Their task is  to identify the deadly poison present in a  mixture he has prepared. He is amused and delighted when  even  the most […]

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