• 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

  • Autumn in Blackheath NSW
    AUTUMN WALK – BLACKHEATH PART TWO
                      FOR THE FIRST PART OF MY ROUND TRIP TO BLACKEATH VILLAGE CLICK HERE. On the way home from the village I look across at the mural on the wall of the Antiques Centre. It was designed by the...
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History – latest article

  • Tin of arsenic
    Arsenic at Emmaville
    The  Ottery arsenic mine, near Emmaville  in  northern New South Wales,  closed as a commercial venture in the 1930s.   Arsenic was  once used heavily in rural  Australia  as sheep and cattle dip, weed killer and for curing animal skins.  It was said that stock drinking from...
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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

  • Old cottage at Blackheath NSW
    AUTUMN WALK TO BLACKHEATH VILLAGE
      AUTUMN LEAVES AND HISTORY No matter what time of year, the walk up to my local  Blue Mountains village of Blackheath is a delight. I always have my little  point and shoot camera in my pocket.  Without fail there is something worth snapping, and it’s an...
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  • THE SUNDAY DRIVE
    THE SUNDAY DRIVE
      My husband Rob arrived home in Blackheath  with  a new car recently and I was slightly taken aback when he said;  ‘We could go for a Sunday drive tomorrow if you like.’  I hadn’t heard the expression since my distant childhood. I grew up in rural...
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  • RAGDOLL ORPHANAGE; A WRITER'S JOURNEY.
    RAGDOLL ORPHANAGE; A WRITER’S JOURNEY.
      AN AUTHOR IS BORN I connected with Suzanne when she responded to an article I wrote about two of my cousins, who were placed in an orphanage after WWI. The story, Young Casualties of War, was very sad.  In contrast, Suzanne  wrote  an article for a...
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  • A WORLD WAR II SECRET AND ITS CONSEQUENCES
    A WORLD WAR II SECRET AND ITS CONSEQUENCES
    Recently I posted the story of the Glenbrook railway tunnel during WWII.  The disused tunnel was  secretly used as an RAAF  storage depot, for chemicals such as mustard gas and phosogene.  The decision to stockpile  the chemicals was due to  fear of a Japanese invasion.  Japan had ...
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