TASMANIA’S HAWTHORN HEDGING

TASMANIA'S HAWTHORN HEDGING

When I was growing up on a farm in north-west Tasmania our fences were mainly barbed wire, supported by blackberries. I loved seeing the English style hawthorn hedges when we ventured further south, especially driving through sheep country in the Midlands. Here is an account of hawthorn

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CHRISTMAS IN OLDE BLACKHEATH

CHRISTMAS IN OLDE BLACKHEATH

The Blue Mountains town of Blackheath has always attracted visitors during the festive season. The following report appeared in the Lithgow Mercury, dated January 6 1899; BLACKHEATH – According to reports from different towns the railway traffic to the Mountains this Christmas and New Year has largely

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FURNER’S HOTEL – AN ULVERSTONE LANDMARK

FURNER'S HOTEL - AN ULVERSTONE LANDMARK

In 1903 there was a public vote to determine whether Mr F.H. Furner’s new hotel in the seaside Tasmanian town of Ulverstone should be granted a liquor licence. Surprise, surprise….the ayes were in the majority. The old Queen had died the previous year, but the design was

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WHERE IS WINIFRED?

WHERE IS WINIFRED?

Winifred Julia Singleton (Winnie) was born near Ulverstone, Tasmania on November 29 1918,  the first child of Arthur and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Singleton. Arthur Singleton was my great uncle. There is only one known photo of Winnie. It was taken in 1924, when she and her little sister

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The Lunch Basket

The Lunch Basket

Anyone growing up in rural Tasmania in the old days would be aware of the lunch basket, often taken out to the paddock by small children. And if a piece of cake or a biscuit disappeared on the way….well who could blame them? My farmer’s wife mother

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THE MCG’S REVERSIBLE GRANDSTAND

THE MCG'S REVERSIBLE GRANDSTAND

I have to thank fellow history buff Simon Storey for making me aware of a wonderful piece of sporting history. The picture below is of a model (not to scale) held in the Melbourne Cricket Ground’s Museum. It was Simon’s job to make an appraisal of the

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A LANCASTER BOMBER ON CHRISTMAS EVE…..

A LANCASTER BOMBER ON CHRISTMAS EVE.....

The crew of Lancaster Bomber PB 255 was made up of six RAAF personnel and an RAF Flight Engineer. The oldest on board was only twenty five, Mid Upper Gunner Cyril Deed, who had enlisted in Hobart early in 1941. He had left a girl behind, Philma

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LACHLAN MACQUARIE JNR & A MORAL COMPASS?

LACHLAN MACQUARIE JNR & A MORAL COMPASS?

I was intrigued to come across a reference to one of my articles on the internet recently. It was included in the description of a rare and beautiful item offered for sale by Hordern House Rare books, located in Sydney’s Surry Hills. This tiny object was of

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THE MYSTERIOUS PROFESSOR BONNER

THE MYSTERIOUS  PROFESSOR BONNER

Professor Bonner was a self-styled hypnotist, touring the eastern states of Australia in the early part of the 20th century. On January 30 1906, the professor was in Ballarat, performing with Bostock and Wombwell’s Circus. As part of his headline act, a pocket knife was secreted in

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WILLIAM SINGLETON – BONE SETTER AND TEA BREWER

WILLIAM SINGLETON - BONE SETTER AND  TEA BREWER

William Singleton was my great-great grandfather. He was transported to Tasmania for life in 1828, aboard the ship Manilus. As with most convicts, his crime was the theft, in this case cheese, bread and bacon. Oh dear, a seventeen year old brickie’s lad gets very hungry. During

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