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CAN BE GRAFFITI BE CONDONED?

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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HOW WILLIAM WENTWORTH BOILED DOWN A PROBLEM

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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INTO THE LIGHT – THE NEW MITCHELL LIBRARY GALLERIES

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

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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CAN KATOOMBA’S PARAGON CAFE BE PRESERVED?

CAN KATOOMBA'S PARAGON CAFE  BE PRESERVED?

In 1916 The Paragon Café  was established  at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales  by Greek immigrant Theo Simos and his family.  It became an enormous success, and far more than a café.  The art-deco interior still features  a  banquet room, and a ballroom

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IT’S A POLAR LIFE FOR ME!

IT'S A POLAR LIFE FOR ME!

In this modern age of hype and glitter where the salacious exploits of reality stars dominate our media and conversation, it’s sometimes challenging to recognize a real heroine when you see one. But society beauty turned rugged polar explorer Louise Arner Boyd (1887-1972) was the real deal.

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ADVICE CAN BE A BITTER PILL

ADVICE CAN BE A BITTER PILL

Writers of all genres have to endure patronizing remarks. If I had a dollar for every  person who has told me they would love to write if  only they had more time, I could throw away my (admittedly modest)  royalty cheques. The inference is that they are

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DANGER AT FORT X

DANGER  AT FORT X

Hello, I am very lucky to be alive and able to tell this story. The full details have never been revealed before. You are reading what is known in my profession as  A SCOOP! Well down in the corner of our garden  in the Blue Mountains there

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MRS EDNA WOOD – A LIFE STORY

MRS EDNA WOOD - A LIFE STORY

Mrs Edna Wood came into our lives several years ago, after an acacia tree was felled.  Right from the outset she had a penchant for hats, especially with extravagant floral trimmings.  We live in the beautiful Blue Mountains, where rhododendrons and camellias provided her with an unlimited

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OH THE NOSTALGIA! – FIFTIES HEAVEN AT KATOOMBA

OH THE NOSTALGIA! - FIFTIES HEAVEN AT KATOOMBA

WELL HELLO AUNTY JACK! The Blue Mountains town of Katoomba has always been a bit retro, so what better place to open a 1950’s  themed restaurant/café?   Aunty Jacks in Katoomba Street is sheer bliss for Baby Boomers  like me, who grew up playing the juke box

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