Blue Mountains – latest article

  • EVERGLADES HOUSE - AN ART DECO GEM
    EVERGLADES HOUSE – AN ART DECO GEM
    On a recent (very rare) sunny day here in the Blue Mountains, my partner Rob and I visited the recently restored Everglades House at Leura. I had read  a feature about it  in the January 2024 National Trust magazine. Even though we live nearby at Blackheath, it...
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History – latest article

  • SIRIUS COVE SOVEREIGNS PART II - HERMAN THIEL
    SIRIUS COVE SOVEREIGNS PART II – HERMAN THIEL
    In 1913, above Sirius Cove on Sydney Harbour, a new zoo was under construction….Taronga Park Zoo. One of the many labourers was Herman Thiel.  Thiel was German born, but had been in Australia since 1877, when he was only a child. The details of his life were...
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Humour – latest article

  • VITA-WEAT - NOW WITHOUT  'WORMS'
    VITA-WEAT – NOW WITHOUT ‘WORMS’
    Vita-Weat biscuits were introduced  in Australia in 1932, by the UK company Peek Frean’s.  For many years the factory was located in the Sydney suburb of Ashfield. The factory moved into its striking, art-deco building in 1937.  A clock tower (shown in the above photo) was a...
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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. 😛 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

  • THE SIRIUS COVE SOVEREIGNS
    THE SIRIUS COVE SOVEREIGNS
      Sirius Cove is a delightful spot on Sydney’s Lower North Shore at Mosman, directly below Taronga Park Zoo. In 1929 a scout group from the inner-city suburb of Leichardt was taken on an outing to Mosman. While the boys were attending some entertainment at a radio...
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  • AN ANT LARVAE 'AFTERNOON TEA'
    AN ANT LARVAE ‘AFTERNOON TEA’
    Ant larvae for afternoon tea doesn’t sound particularly appealing, well unless you have feathers or fur. 😎 Over the last few years I have been  cutting up an old stump to dry out and make winter tinder. I live in chilly Blackheath in the NSW Blue Mountains,...
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  • PAUL LOUBET - THE TRAGIC FINALE
    PAUL LOUBET – THE TRAGIC FINALE
      The continuing story of  Paul Rene  Loubet. Dr Loubet accepted a position at the Melbourne Hospital in May 1917. Subsequently  he was required to present himself at Melbourne University,  to be examined for the degree of M.D. As part of the process he presented the Registrar...
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  • THEY FOUND A CAVE
    THEY FOUND A CAVE
    The well known  children’s novel They Found a Cave was written  by Tasmanian author  Nan Chauncy, and  published in 1948. Some years ago my partner and I visited the writer’s longtime home, Chauncy Vale, near the small town of Bagdad.  The adventure story was inspired by a...
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