A RED DRAGON IN THE GARDEN – PERSICARIA

A RED DRAGON IN THE GARDEN - PERSICARIA

Mind you, bees adore the tiny flowers. Some of the small, immature leaves at the bottom of the stems are quite beautiful. Providing shade and a little cover for birds around the birdbaths. It is very dangerous to let a dragon run amok in your garden, and

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WINNIE; A JOURNEY VIA FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

WINNIE; A JOURNEY VIA FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

While researching my Tasmanian family history I discovered that my great-uncle Arthur’s daughter Winifred (Winnie) Singleton died in 1937 at Victoria’s Sunbury Asylum, aged 19. I also came across a sad story that she had been admitted after attacking her mother with a knife. Winnie and her

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JOHN OSBORNE, TASMANIA’S ‘MR PINEAPPLE’

JOHN OSBORNE, TASMANIA'S  'MR PINEAPPLE'

In 1938 the Tasmanian newspaper The Mercury published the following, circa 1840s portrait of Mr John Osborne, one of the State’s pioneering horticulturalists. It’s impossible to make out from the reproduction, but he is holding….a pineapple! Osborne was born in Staffordshire England, on Christmas Day 1804. He

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