Blue Mountains – latest article

  • THOMAS MORT & HIS  LITHGOW PICNIC
    THOMAS MORT & HIS LITHGOW PICNIC
    Thomas Sutcliffe Mort was an Australian pastoralist, and a pioneer of preserving food for export by freezing. In September 1875 he organized a picnic lunch for 300 influential people (all men of course 😎) at Lithgow, where he had established a vast meat works and chilling complex....
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History – latest article

  • ARCHIBALD THOMPSON & THE POTTS POINT PROWLER
    ARCHIBALD THOMPSON & THE POTTS POINT PROWLER
    After making his fortune through a wine and spirit business in Sydney’s Pitt Street, Archibald Thompson J.P. bought a harbourside mansion at Potts Point called Clopee. The home had been built by John Solomon in 1858. At the time of the events in this story, Archibald and...
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Humour – latest article

  • COMPUTER CHIPS 😎
    COMPUTER CHIPS 😎
    The screen on my Dell laptop computer suddenly froze a couple of weeks ago. I couldn’t even turn the damn thing off. Panic! Thankfully we have an extended service warranty, so my partner rang up and was patiently taken through the complicated steps to fix it. There...
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Travel – latest article

  • WOOLLOOMOOLOO.....FULL CIRCLE
    WOOLLOOMOOLOO…..FULL CIRCLE
    First up, a silly riddle about Woolloomooloo by C.J. Dennis; Yes, that’s eight o’s. πŸ˜› It’s a small jump to the puzzle of which Aussie icon rhymes with Woolloomooloo. WOOLLOOMOOLOO – affectionately dubbed ‘the Loo’. It once had a reputation as a rough and ready sort of...
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Latest Blog Posts

  • SPLASH THE PLATYPUS
    SPLASH THE PLATYPUS
    In a letter to the nature page of The Weekly Times in 1934, a little girl began by mentioning Splash, a most unusual pet. Dear Charles Barrett – I am writing to tell you about Splash the platypus which belongs to my uncle, Mr Robert Eadie of...
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  • WINSTON THE  PLATYPUS - A WWII CASUALTY πŸ˜₯
    WINSTON THE PLATYPUS – A WWII CASUALTY πŸ˜₯
    In the midst of WWII, British P.M. Winston Churchill, decided he would like to have – a live platypus! 😨 After Australia’s Prime Minister John Curtin gave his assent, naturalist David Fleay was given the task of preparing a young male and organizing its voyage to England...
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  • BOXHILL BANK BUST
    BOXHILL BANK BUST
    20 year old Henry Serpell was the accountant at the Boxhill branch of the E.S. & A. bank. Serpell slept on the premises, and on May 17 1904 he was woken by three men; one was holding a flashlight and another was aiming a revolver at his...
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  • SECRET BARS OF  SYDNEY'S CBD
    SECRET BARS OF SYDNEY’S CBD
    There are numerous secret bars in central Sydney. The wonderful Barber Shop Bar in York Street has elements of a hidden Chicago speakeasy and a Victorian gin palace.😍 To enter, patrons walk though a working barber shop, then sneak up the stairs to the bar. Hard to...
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