THE INTRIGUING VOYAGE OF THE STORES SHIP DROMEDARY IN 1821

THE INTRIGUING  VOYAGE OF  THE STORES SHIP DROMEDARY IN 1821

While in England some time ago  I was shown an ancient  piece of scrimshaw in a private collection. My interest was  aroused  because  the  whale’s tooth  was  carved with an image (artist unknown) of a  three-masted sailing ship. On one side was  the tantalizing   inscription; STORES SHIP

Read more

A Sheepish Tale From the Thames

  One of the difficulties in writing All Along the River; Tales From the Thames was making  really hard decisions about what should go in! So much history…..so much intrigue and scandal. Naturally  I was tempted to include far too  much about my beloved Harleyford Estate, where

Read more

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 as a merchant, and in trading in gold after the big strike at Ophir. He also  owned vast tracts of land in Victoria

Read more

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;

Read more

RING THE BELLS!

RING THE  BELLS!

  There is such a strong association between Christmas and bells. Images of them  adorn our trees and  greeting cards, and the faithful are summoned to church by them on Christmas morning. I wasn’t sure whether to post this as history or humour, but the humour  is

Read more

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

Read more

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

Read more

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;

Read more

Woolly Birds and Hembegs – Two Strayan Dictionaries

Woolly Birds and Hembegs - Two Strayan Dictionaries

 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

Read more

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. 

Read more