THE LODGE AT CANBERRA IN THE EARLY DAYS

THE LODGE AT CANBERRA  IN THE EARLY DAYS

The Lodge in Canberra was originally built as a temporary residence for Australian Prime Ministers. It was not huge, but comfortable enough, with five reception rooms, a billiard room, and three bathrooms. The house was set in attractive gardens, with a tennis court and pavilion. ‘Silvertail’, Toorak

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ST VINCENT’S ART UNION FRAUD

ST VINCENT'S ART UNION FRAUD

St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne was founded in 1893 by The Sisters of Charity’s Mother Mary Berchmans Daly. She is referred to in this piece as the Mother Rectress. In 1905 the Mother Rectress decided to hold an art union, to raise funds for furnishing wards at

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MAHKOOLMA – A WASHOUT AS AUSTRALIA’S CAPITAL

MAHKOOLMA - A WASHOUT AS AUSTRALIA'S CAPITAL

Mahkoolma, near Barren Jack (now known as Burrinjack Dam) is in New South Wales. You won’t find it on maps though, as the name is no longer used. However, it could have found fame if the heavens hadn’t opened one August day. It was one of numerous

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PLAGUE SCARE AT PARRAMATTA

PLAGUE SCARE AT PARRAMATTA

It’s hard to imagine Sydney having an epidemic of bubonic plague, but that’s what happened in 1900. The infection arrived on a visiting ship in January, and spread in overcrowded, unsanitary slums. THE PLAGUE – PARRAMATTA’S PRECAUTIONS I hadn’t realized there was a vaccine against plague, but

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BURGLARY – A BIRD’S EYE VIEW!

BURGLARY - A BIRD'S EYE VIEW!

In the spring of 1932, well known Toowoomba dentist Mr T. A. Margetts returned from a day at the surgery to find his pet parrot in a distressed state. The bird had been in the house while a burglary was taking place and its squawks of alarm

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