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CHRISTMAS LILIES

CHRISTMAS LILIES

Below is a photo taken in 1933, during the Great Depression. It is a Christmas lily farm at Pennant Hills, in New South wales. The farm produced 100,000 cut flowers for the  Australian florist trade that year.     It seems that Christmas lilies are no longer

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The Love of Lavender

The Love of Lavender

I’ve always loved lavender. When I was a child  in Tasmania we used to buy quaint cardboard dolls with muslin aprons full of dried English lavender. My mother didn’t grow it as far as I remember, but the island state  is home to the  remarkable Bridestowe  farm.

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A MAGICAL FAMILY ‘FARAWAY’ TREE

A  MAGICAL FAMILY  'FARAWAY' TREE

 THE LUCERNE TREE One of my favourite  childhood books  was The Magic Faraway tree, by Enid Blyton. It actually belonged to my sister. Who could not be enchanted by The Saucepan Man, Mr  Moonface, Mrs Washalot et al.                   The

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CHRISTMAS IN BLACKHEATH

CHRISTMAS IN BLACKHEATH

CHRISTMAS IS NIGH       As Christmas approaches I love looking back at seasonal celebrations in my  Blue Mountains village of Blackheath. The following is from The Lithgow Mercury in 1909; There was very little stir here during Christmas, and everything passed off quietly. On Boxing

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THE LITHGOW PRAM PUSHERS

THE LITHGOW PRAM PUSHERS

Dave McSorley was a  local barber in Lithgow. He was also a heavy-weight boxer, and consummate showman. He once wagered that he could clean shave  1,000 men without a break. In the end he ran out of  bristling chins, but still managed 420 shaves in 54½ hours,

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The Story Of the Editor Des Rose.

The Story Of the Editor Des Rose.

                    My guardian Pauline Conolly grew a special rose called Hot Chocolate. ‘Come and smell it Des’ she said. So I did, just to make her happy. I took a deep breath of the perfume and then…wham!! A 

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MASTERS OF DISGUISE – THE FROGMOUTHS

MASTERS OF DISGUISE - THE FROGMOUTHS

FROGMOUTHS HIDE IN PLAIN SIGHT Can any bird or animal camoflague  itself as successfully as the Australian  Tawny Frogmouth? They are truly astonishing. The only way I can find them in my garden  is to look for  splashes of their droppings below mature eucalypts . None of

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THE KATOOMBA POET…….EVERY WORD A PEARL!

THE KATOOMBA POET.......EVERY WORD A PEARL!

In 1928 the  Sydney publishers Angus and Robertson received an enquiry letter and sample poem from a Mr F. C. Meyers of Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. To say they were not impressed is something of an under-statement.   Now you might imagine

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SORROW, STRIFE AND STEEL IN THE HEART

SORROW, STRIFE  AND STEEL IN THE HEART

BLAST FURNACE SPELLS START OF THE STEEL INDUSTRY On May 13 1907, the Lithgow Blast Furnace , built by William Sandford Ltd., was officially opened by the Premier of New South Wales, Sir Joseph Carruthers. It was essentially the birth of Australia’s steel industry, and a day

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RHODODENDRONS FOR REMEMBRANCE

RHODODENDRONS FOR REMEMBRANCE

During World War One, seventy seven  men from  the Blue Mountains community  of Blackheath   volunteered to serve.  Their names are engraved on the local war memorial. Six were killed in action; H. CULLEN, R. MURRAY, J. SKEEN, D. SPRAGUE, J. STEENSON, & R. THOMPSON.    

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