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

  • DAME ENID LYONS  & HER REJECTED PORTRAIT
    DAME ENID LYONS & HER REJECTED PORTRAIT
    Tasmania’s Dame Enid Lyons and  Western Australia’s Dorothy Tangney were the first two women to be elected to Australia’s federal parliament. In 1943 Tangney won a seat in the Senate and  that same year Dame Enid was elected to the House of Representatives. It was decided by...
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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 BURNIE POST OFFICE ROBBERY
    THE BURNIE POST OFFICE ROBBERY
    Extensions to the Post Office in Burnie  (North West Tasmania) were completed in 1901.  Civic pride was reflected in the following section of a  detailed  newspaper article on the merits of  the building. I love the mention of Tasmanian blackwood and Huon pine;     Six months...
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  • Norman Lindsay & the Joseph Conrad
    Norman Lindsay & the Joseph Conrad
    On the train to Sydney recently I was reading Norman Lindsay’s autobiography My Mask.     One of the photos in the book was of Lindsay and his son Ray aboard the three masted sailing ship the Joseph Conrad, when it visited Sydney Harbour in December 1935....
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  • AMBERGRIS - AN EXTRAORDINARY TALE
    AMBERGRIS – AN EXTRAORDINARY TALE
    Ambergris is one of those rare, mystical materials that have captured the imagination of people for centuries. But what exactly is it? Well, it’s a waxy substance occasionally (very occasionally) found in the intestines of sperm whales, or washed up on beaches after being excreted by them. ...
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  • BOWERY- BRUNCH WITH THE BIRDS
    BOWERY- BRUNCH WITH THE BIRDS
    The quirky business card from Bowery in Katoomba gives a clue to what you will find inside the old  St Andrews church building,,,other than the great food I mean.  By the way, that’s Mr Lorikeet, dressed to impress.   Bird related items  form part of the restaurant’s...
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