Posts Tagged Tasmania

THE DEATH OF RAILTON BORN ETHEL GRIGGS AT OMEO

THE DEATH OF RAILTON BORN ETHEL GRIGGS AT OMEO

In the early 1900s,  life for Albert and Annie White  of rural Railton in northern Tasmania revolved around their local Methodist church. Their children  regularly sang and recited at church functions.   The eldest  daughter, Ethel, became a teacher, posted to various small country schools in the area.    She was much […]

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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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MR McGINTY’S GOLD

MR McGINTY'S GOLD

EUREKA—GOLD GOLD GOLD! In  1883, James McGinty and his  two  prospecting partners  found what is still the  largest gold nugget ever found in Tasmania.  It was discovered at Rocky River, near Corinna on the  wild west coast. It weighed 243ozs and was valued at £6,000. Below is an  image  of the […]

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Dolly Pegs by the Derwent

Dolly Pegs by the Derwent

A SMALL PIECE OF WOOD Apparently wooden ‘dolly pegs’ were originally  hand made by Gypsies in the UK, who sold them door to door.  Sometimes they were carved from hedgerow wood, sometimes they were just a couple of sticks  bound together with strips of tin. In Tasmania  […]

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EMPIRE DAY – LOLLIES AND CRACKERS!

EMPIRE DAY - LOLLIES AND CRACKERS!

I am an  Aussie who voted for a republic, but despite this  I have a nostalgic  affection for  Empire Day. It was  celebrated during my  1950’s  Tasmanian  childhood on May 24th, Queen Victoria’s birthday. A bag of boiled lollies  was distributed to each of us after we […]

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EXTRAORDINARY SNAKE TALES

EXTRAORDINARY SNAKE TALES

WARNING – THERE ARE PICTURES OF SNAKES IN THIS ARTICLE.   ALSO,  I MUST POINT OUT THAT SNAKES ARE VERY INOFFENSIVE.  THEY NORMALLY ONLY BITE WHEN CORNERED, OR WHEN SOMEONE IS TRYING TO KILL THEM. THEY ARE NOW PROTECTED IN AUSTRALIA, AS THEY CERTAINLY SHOULD BE. A BLIGHTED CHILDHOOD Being […]

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TIGER OF THE TASMANIAN KIND

TIGER OF THE TASMANIAN KIND

For many months in 1908 the Tasmanian coastal towns  of Penguin and Ulverstone were in a state of   alarm over repeated sightings of the carnivorous  marsupial, the  Tasmanian tiger.  This was an unusual situation. Tigers had already been hunted to near extinction, with a bounty on their heads.  It […]

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ALLY SLOPER AND THE RACING SCANDAL

ALLY SLOPER AND THE RACING SCANDAL

A CONTINUATION OF;  THE SLOPER  AND THE STEEPLECHASE NEW OWNER FOR  THE SLOPER                               By 1911, three years on from his near win at Flemington’s  Grand National Steeplechase,  the Tasmanian jumper Ally Sloper […]

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The Sloper and the Steeplechase

The  Sloper and the Steeplechase

FROM A STUMP JUMPER TO THE STEEPLECHASE Ally Sloper was  a big boned  chestnut  gelding with three white fetlocks. He  had been named after a British cartoon character; a likeable but  lazy schemer who sloped down alleys to avoid the debt collector. Although his name and his […]

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THE COURAGE OF SAPPER McRAE

THE COURAGE OF SAPPER McRAE

  On April 26 1915, the day after the dawn landing at Gallipoli, Sapper Duncan McRae (2nd Field Co. of Engineers) was shot in the shoulder by a Turkish sniper. He was evacuated to Egypt and from there to a military  hospital in England.   Unfortunately it […]

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