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THE FLEMING CASE; THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION

THE FLEMING CASE; THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION

FOLLOWING ON FROM THE TRIAL OF TOM FLEMING Following the acquittal of Tom Fleming over the death by poisoning of his wife Betty, his mistress Norma Lokkerbol became the target of  public outrage.  On September 9, 1951 The Sunday Mail (Brisbane) published the following piece after speaking

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A DEADLY DRIVE HOME – THE FLEMING CASE PART II

A DEADLY DRIVE HOME -  THE FLEMING CASE PART II

FOR THE FIRST EPISODE OF THIS STORY CLICK HERE. On June 28 1951 Tom and Betty Fleming made a car trip from their NSW cattle stud, Mt. Parry station, to Quirindi, for business and shopping.                   It was a

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AN OUTCAST AND A USURPER; THE FLEMING CASE

AN OUTCAST AND A USURPER; THE FLEMING CASE

MAN SHOT IN HEAD Daily Telegraph – July 24, 1948.  A Dutch engineer who has been two months in Australia was found critically wounded with a bullet hole in his head at Livingstone Park, Marrickville, last night. Police took possession of a revolver, which was found lying

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THE TRIAL OF TOM FLEMING

THE TRIAL OF TOM FLEMING

AN INQUEST AND A TRIAL On August 1 1951, a coronial inquiry began into the mysterious  death of 39 year old Betty Fleming, wife of well known NSW grazier, Tom Fleming. On June 28 1951, Mrs Fleming died in the car  while her husband  Tom was driving

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CANBERRA: CENTRE OF AUSTRALIA’S COLLECTIVE MEMORY

CANBERRA: CENTRE OF AUSTRALIA'S COLLECTIVE MEMORY

This piece was originally published in  The Australian newspaper it has been substantially  updated since then.  CANBERRA – THE PLANNED CAPITAL Many Australians  are   ambivalent  about  the planned city of Canberra. Its monolithic buildings stand a little too far apart in their park like surroundings, and can

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TICK TOCK – SYDNEY’S POST OFFICE CLOCK

TICK TOCK - SYDNEY'S POST OFFICE CLOCK

When the James Barnet designed  Sydney G.P.O clock Tower was constructed in the 1890s there was a drawn-out dispute over the type of bells to be installed. Should the choice be traditional, heavy bells, or would a lighter, tubular variety be safer? Traditional won, but some still

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TASMANIA’S OWN ROAD RUNNERS

TASMANIA'S OWN ROAD RUNNERS

Tasmanian native hens were part of my 1950s rural childhood, but I must admit I gave them little thought.  This may be because they would  simply shoot across my vision like the  cartoon character  Roadrunner. They  are flightless, but can motor along  at up to 50 kilometres

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John Brush, the Sydney Saddler

John Brush, the Sydney Saddler

My interest in John Brush saddles began when Brendan Morris found a rare survivor on his farm in New South Wales. He posted some photos in  The Australian Social History Facebook Group. John Brush established a saddlery and harness store in Sydney in 1840. It was during

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LAURIE’S COPY BOOK

LAURIE'S COPY BOOK

Sorting through documents while compiling our family history I found a section of one of my Uncle Laurie’s school copy books. It had been kept as a treasured memento by his mother after his death in WWII.  Each page was dated; from May 3 1932 through to

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ELLIS CORK A.I.F…”Exciting times are looming.”

ELLIS CORK A.I.F..."Exciting times are looming."

Ellis Cork was born in Bomaderry, NSW. He enlisted in the 31st Battalion of the A.I.F  in December 1915, when he was 18 years old. In camp awaiting embarkation for active service, Ellis wrote to his young cousin, Grace. He expressed his excitement about signing up, but 

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