THE KINGSFORD SMITH BROOCH

THE KINGSFORD SMITH BROOCH

Among the treasures from the Trevor Kennedy collection, purchased recently by the Australian National Museum, is a unique brooch. It was made-to-order in Amsterdam for pioneer aviator Charles Kingsford Smith, as a gift for his bride to be, Mary Powell. The couple had become engaged on Mary’s

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NORMAN LINDSAY AND THE WEIRD LADY

NORMAN LINDSAY AND THE WEIRD LADY

Someone asked me recently why people often speak of artist and author Norman Lindsay (1879 – 1969) as having lived at Springwood in the Blue Mountains, when the property is actually in the neighbouring village of Faulconbridge. One reason is that Norman himself always wrote his address

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THE SWANSEA R.A.A.F DISASTER

THE SWANSEA R.A.A.F DISASTER

Swansea is a small town on the east coast of Tasmania. This story begins in triumph, but ends in heartbreak. My thanks to friend and fellow history buff Margaret Schmidt for bringing it to my attention. In December 1933, 17 year old Swansea resident Mabel Cotton completed

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SCHOOL REBELLION AT GOULBURN

SCHOOL REBELLION AT GOULBURN

Goulburn, in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, is hardly the type of place one associates with anarchy. However, on Friday, July 13 (yes, Black Friday) 1962, the Catholic Church flexed its muscles against the State Government. Bishop John Cullinane ordered the closing of six Catholic

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WRENS & ROBINS AT THE WOOD STACK

WRENS & ROBINS AT THE WOOD STACK

My favourite spot during this Covid lockdown winter has been our ‘sun trap’ wood stack at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains. Here I happily saw and split logs and enjoy the company of birds. Friends tell me I should get my husband Rob to do the work,

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