BOXING DAY AT ULVERSTONE BEACH

BOXING DAY AT ULVERSTONE BEACH

OH I DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEA! I grew up  near Ulverstone, a seaside town on the north west coast of Tasmania. Boxing Day was traditionally beach day. During the nineteen fifties we were still without a car, and  travelled the four miles (8km) from

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DEATH AT CHRISTMAS; THE POISONING OF ROSA MARSDEN

DEATH AT CHRISTMAS; THE POISONING  OF ROSA MARSDEN

        CHRISTMAS 1877.  At  St-Leonards-on-Sea,  in the English county of Sussex, a Christmas market was being held in the ‘old town’.  The shops and churches were decorated with laurel, holly and ivy. Nevertheless, perhaps due to the unseasonable mild  weather, the jollity of the

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MURDER OR MALADY? INTRIGUE BY THE THAMES.

MURDER OR MALADY? INTRIGUE BY THE THAMES.

DEATH BY  THE RIVER THAMES Walkers along the Thames Path  should take a break at the village of Cumnor, otherwise reached by car via the A420 from Oxford. In the 14th century the monks of Abingdon Abbey built Cumnor Hall, scene of a mysterious death in the

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THE ULVERSTONE SHOW

THE ULVERSTONE SHOW

OH, THE ULVERSTONE SHOW! For a Tasmanian  farm kid in the 1950’s and early 60’s, there was nothing to equal the excitement of the first Saturday in November…. ULVERSTONE SHOW DAY! Glimpsed from  Mr Bowden’s  old school bus, the tents and caravans of the sideshow operators  seemed 

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CRICKET’S STICKY WICKET

CRICKET'S STICKY WICKET

LET THE BATTLE BEGIN! ‘The ground…was suffering from the effects of recent rain, and once more the Australians found themselves on a sticky wicket. Bells Life in London. July 1882 Cricket has a rich and colourful history, to which  modern  era players still contribute. Many cricket ‘tragics’ will

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MRS MACQUARIE AND THE MYSTERY OF ST JOHN’S SPIRES

MRS MACQUARIE AND THE MYSTERY OF ST JOHN'S SPIRES

When St John’s church at Parramatta  (New South Wales)  was being remodelled circa 1817, Elizabeth Macquarie offered some advice to the project’s architect, Lieutenant John Watts. In 1895 Watt’s daughter, Mrs M.E. Bagot wrote, ‘….Mrs Macquarie produced a water-colour sketch of the Reculvers, a ruined church on

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SYDNEY’S FLYING PIEMAN

SYDNEY'S FLYING PIEMAN

In the early days of the colony,  pies were  hawked around the streets of Sydney. They were  sold from portable charcoal braziers to the call of  ‘Hot pies!  Hot pies ….pork, beef, steak and kidney!’ . One of those early pie sellers has entered the realms of

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THE MISSING MACQUARIE RELICS

THE MISSING  MACQUARIE RELICS

                Browsing through  images of paintings relating to early Sydney at the city’s  Mitchell Library, I came across   a striking   portrait of an Aborigine. His  eyes seemed to reflect all the pride and sorrow of his people.  He was

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LUNA PARK – FROM GLENELG BEACH TO SYDNEY HARBOUR

LUNA PARK - FROM GLENELG BEACH TO SYDNEY HARBOUR

Some years ago my partner Rob and I spent an enjoyable day at  Sydney’s harbourside  Luna Park.  It was only enjoyable  because I refused to venture  onto any ride  liable to make me sick. An unfortunate previous  experience on the Rotor Ride had  made me  wary. For the

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BITTER LEGACY – THE DISPUTE OVER THE MACQUARIE ESTATE.

BITTER LEGACY - THE DISPUTE OVER THE MACQUARIE ESTATE.

THE STRANGE STORY OF THE MACQUARIE MAUSOLEUM Lachlan Macquarie was arguably the most influential and enlightened governor of colonial New South Wales. His burial site is located on the Scottish Isle of Mull, near Salen, the estate village established by Macquarie in 1808. Surrounded by a stone

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