THE SWATARA & THE TASMANIAN DEVIL

THE SWATARA & THE TASMANIAN DEVIL

In 1875 a Tasmanian devil left Hobart aboard the American ship Swatara, bound for San Francisco Bay. I was fascinated, and very moved by the background story. In the 19th century the USS Swatara was involved in transporting scientific parties to the South Pacific, to observe the

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JOE VIAL – THE VIOLINIST LOST TO WAR

JOE VIAL - THE VIOLINIST LOST TO WAR

Joe Vial was a child prodigy, amazing audiences with his violin performances from a very young age. He was often featured in the local newspaper; ‘Last but not least was the youthful Joe Vial, who executed a number of violin solos with a perfection of tone and

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A Cuckoo Dove comes to visit.

A Cuckoo Dove comes to visit.

A visitor appeared at our studio door in the Blue Mountains recently; a delightful, brown cuckoo dove. We know him quite well. During heavy rain, he likes to shelter here in the garage. Hearing him outside the Studio door was a bit unexpected though. My partner Rob

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Isabella Pye -a mother’s love.

Isabella Pye -a mother's love.

Isabella Pye was the sole fatality when Sydney’s Her Majesty’s Theatre burned down on March 23 1902. Her family had recently moved to Paddington from Parramatta. Known affectionately as Bella, the 27 year old widow was working as a live-in domestic at Gaffney’s Bakery, located at 102

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