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THE WELL; A FAMILY TIME CAPSULE

THE WELL; A FAMILY TIME CAPSULE

The summer of 1957  in north west Tasmania was unusually dry.  My father was forced to harness up  our draught horses Bell and Nugget  and use a sled to transport water to our  farmhouse from a back paddock  dam. He used 44 gallon drums covered with wet chaff bags for

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Tribute to Condensed Milk

Tribute to Condensed Milk

Condensed milk has been around for generations. I do love the following  snippet, published in an Australian newspaper in 1901; When condensed milk was first introduced thirty years ago  the idea was scoffed at. The inventor carried the entire daily  supply for New York in a ten-quart pail, delivering

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A RIGHT ROYAL FISHING MISADVENTURE!

A RIGHT ROYAL FISHING MISADVENTURE!

GONE  FISHING MATE Hello everyone, Editor Des here. You wouldn’t think that fishing could lead to big  trouble would you? But  believe me it can! Well I was riding around the garden  one day when I thought I spotted a fish in a big water bowl.  I

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LIVING IN A BLUE MOUNTAINS BIRD HIDE

LIVING IN A  BLUE MOUNTAINS 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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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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