• The Water Doctor’s Daughters

    The intriguing story of wealthy 19th century water-cure physician, Dr James Loftus Marsden and his children, who grew up knowing Charles Darwin and Alfred Tennyson. Two girls died in suspicious circumstances resulting in sensational trials. Available via Amazon and major Bookstores.

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  • All Along the River: Tales from the Thames

    An engaging and humorous armchair read & companion volume to more practical guide books. Both quirky and fun, it is packed with information about literary associations, local recipes, folklore and a good many murders and mysteries! Available via Amazon and major Bookstores.

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Blue Mountains – latest article

  • Playground at Glenbrook NSW
    Glenbrook; Gateway To the Blue Mountains
    Recently I conducted a little social history  survey on how the various towns and villages of the Blue Mountains are perceived.  Do they have a distinct character?  Well certainly most of them do. Most surprising of all to me was that Glenbrook is considered by many to...
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History – latest article

  • Mies Franklin's Waratah Cup
    Miles Franklin’s Waratah Cup
    MILES FRANKLIN AND HER BRILLIANT IDEA   Many literary figures of the day visited  Miles Franklin (1879-1954) at her home in the Sydney suburb of Carlton.  The author of the beloved book My Brilliant Career, referred to the house as, ‘My old humpy.’  A delightful custom  developed...
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Humour – latest article

  • Cover of Oz Magazine
    Just P. and O. at the Tom Bass Sculpture
                        The sculptor Tom Bass (1916-2010)  was born in Lithgow.  Richard Neville (1941-2016) spent much of his  later life in the Blue Mountains village of  Blackheath. Both men were associated with a work of art regarded as one...
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Travel – latest article

  • Pauline Conolly at Cook in the Nullabor
    INDIAN PACIFIC….THE PUSH TO PERTH
    CONTINUED FROM…….WESTWARD HO!                     Chatting to fellow passengers and gazing at the passing landscape  takes up a good deal of time aboard the Indian Pacific.   I always thought the scenery  across the Nullarbor would be a bit...
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Latest Blog Posts

  • Graffiti, toilet cubicle, Central Station Sydney
    CAN BE GRAFFITI BE CONDONED?
    My partner Rob  would say that graffiti is just not on…period!  This is due to his battle over the electricity sub-station near our property.  He has been painting out tags and trying to screen it with bottle brush for years. Only now  is he beginning  to win ...
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  • Vaucluse Estate Sydney
    HOW WILLIAM WENTWORTH BOILED DOWN A PROBLEM
    William Charles Wentworth;  Australian politician, explorer, author, barrister, statesman and landowner.   A man of many parts. At the height (maybe that should be depth ) of the 1840’s economic depression in New South Wales, sheep were selling at just 9d each and cattle for only a...
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  • Aborigine befriended by Governor Macquarie
    INTO THE LIGHT – THE NEW MITCHELL LIBRARY GALLERIES
                                          New exhibition galleries are due to open  at Sydney’s Mitchell Library in October 2018. Here is a little of what is underway; As part of our transformation of...
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  • Australia's First Bank Robbery 1828
    AUSTRALIA’S FIRST BANK ROBBERY
    The Bank of Australia was  established in 1826,  in competition with the Bank of New South Wales.   It was located in the Joseph Underwood buildings, in lower George Street.     On Sunday, September 15 1828 a cashier was horrified to discover  a gaping hole in...
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