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THE DAY BRADMAN HIT A TON FOR BLACKHEATH!

THE DAY BRADMAN HIT A TON FOR BLACKHEATH!

Hello….Editor Des here. Well it’s all sport, sport, sport in our household at the moment, so I thought I would write a piece about a famous cricketer!  By the way, the local coach once told me that I had a great future as twelfth man for Blackheath

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The Bride of Buscot Park

The Bride of Buscot Park

Florence Campbell was born in Woolloomooloo, Sydney on September 5th 1845, the eldest daughter  of Ann and Robert  Campbell.  Her father made his fortune trading in gold. He also  owned vast tracts of land in Victoria and New South Wales.  In 1859 the family set sail for 

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EXETER CATHEDRAL’S CURIOSITIES

  Hello, this is Editor Des back from the West Country of Olde England.  I’ve chosen this little piece because I liked the story Pauline told me about the nursery rhyme and the 15th century cathedral clock at Exeter. I’m sure you know you how it goes;

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HELL’S BELLS

I wasn’t sure whether to post this as history or humour, but the humour  is a bit dark so have decided on the former! Many of us associate the sound of bells with the city of London, perhaps because we grew up chanting the old rhyme Oranges

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Editor Des ‘meets’ Dr Johnson

  A DAY WITH DR JOHNSON by EDITOR DES Oh dear… where to start?! Well, Pauline and Doctor Bob took me to London the other day to enhance my editorial knowledge and  skills. We walked along the river  from the Tower to Fleet Street, where all the

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THE TASMANIAN SHADBOLTS

THE  TASMANIAN SHADBOLTS

LINDEN SHADBOLT – the child who stayed behind The following  is a  continuation of my  convict ancestors’ story  The Exoneration of Solomon Shadbolt. The first piece was prompted by what I saw as an unfair representation of  my three times great-grandfather, in the late   Maurice Shadbolts’s memoir

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The Exoneration of Solomon Shadbolt….Convict

The Exoneration of Solomon Shadbolt....Convict

A STORY ABOUT MY G-G-G-GRANDFATHER When  Australian author Kate Grenville was researching  her convict ancestor for the novel  Secret River, she admitted to feeling slightly anxious about the nature of his crime. Theft was one thing, but what if he had  been transported for something really serious;

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Woolly Birds and Hembegs – The Australian Dictionary

Woolly Birds and Hembegs - The Australian Dictionary

 A DICTIONARY IS BORN IN STRAYA In 1812 the convict James Hardy Vaux  (pictured )  produced  what is credited as  being  the first Australian dictionary: A New and Comprehensive Vocabulary of the Flash Language.  It  was essentially a  compilation of slang used by the ‘flash’ criminal element

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Dr Tardieu – advocate for abused children

Dr Tardieu - advocate for abused children

This brief article  is a tribute to a very special  Frenchman;  Dr Auguste Ambroise Tardieu,  who was born in Paris in 1818.     Dr Tardieu headed the team of  French doctors who performed a post-mortem on the disinterred body of English schoolgirl Marian Marsden in 1854. 

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The Malvern water-cure springs

The Malvern water-cure springs

My friends, authors and historians  Cora Weaver and Bruce  Osborne ,  recently published a  well researched, richly illustrated  book called Celebrated Springs of the Malvern Hills. Here is small extract; These pure springs  inspired the water-cure clinics at Malvern, lining the pockets of physicians such as  Dr

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