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ESKBANK HOUSE – THE BARTON PARK EXHIBITS

ESKBANK HOUSE - THE BARTON PARK EXHIBITS

I visited Eskbank House Museum in Lithgow recently. The oldest part of the colonial Georgian  house  was built circa 1842, from local sandstone. The original owner was Mr Thomas Brown, who established the Eskbank Colliery.   There is a lot of early Lithgow history on display, but 

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TO SINGLETON – UP THE PUTTY ROAD

TO SINGLETON - UP THE PUTTY ROAD

What a privilege  it is to be  part of  New South Wales History Week.  It’s an opportunity  to speak on subjects close to my heart, and this year a chance to see a part of the state I have never visited before; Singleton in the Upper Hunter.

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HARLEY COHEN; GALLIPOLI STROLLER

HARLEY COHEN;  GALLIPOLI STROLLER

  Sydney born Harley Cohen was one of the first to enlist in WWI. His  service number in the 4th Battalion  was a very low 37.  He was a slight figure,  only 5′ 3″ tall  and weighing in at a shade over 8 stone. He was university

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MONEY IN MUM’S PURSE – CHILD ENDOWMENT

MONEY IN MUM'S PURSE  - CHILD ENDOWMENT

GODFATHER OF A MILLION CHILDREN These days Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt is best remembered for the mysterious circumstances of his death by drowning in 1967, at  Victoria’s Portsea. However, in Robert Menzies’ government during WWII  he served as   Minister for Labour,  and was  responsible for

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DOMED, BUT DOOMED; SYDNEY’S GARDEN PALACE DISASTER

DOMED, BUT DOOMED; SYDNEY'S GARDEN PALACE DISASTER

One historical event I really wish I could have attended is London’s  Great Exhibition of 1851.  Those  inventive, enthusiastic Victorians  put on a display that dazzled the world. It was housed  in a building so innovative it scarcely seemed real; the remarkable Crystal Palace. Of course eventually

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Horatia Nelson; ‘Who Was My Mother?’

Horatia Nelson; 'Who Was My Mother?'

When Horatia Nelson Ward died at Pinner near London in March 1881, a brief notice in the local paper recorded her as ‘Widow of the late Rev. Philip Ward, Vicar of Tenterden, Kent, in her 81st year.’ However, an article in the Times several days later referred

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AMBUSH AT BARTON PARK – WHAT MOTIVATED A MURDERER?

AMBUSH AT BARTON PARK - WHAT MOTIVATED  A MURDERER?

It is likely that the person who shot two people at Wallerawang, New South Wales in 1948 is still alive. I have referred to him  here as Bennie Harvey. It’s not his real name, but  one his friends used at the time of the murders. The shotgun

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KINDERGARTEN OF THE AIR

KINDERGARTEN OF THE AIR

In the latter years of  WWII  it was feared that Australia might be bombed, and because of this all  kindergartens were closed.  In their place a wonderful institution was born….Kindergarten of the Air. The programme was  launched on the ABC in  1943  by Lady Zara Gowrie, wife

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JUST A FEW BARS – THE GOULBURN GAOL ORCHESTRA

JUST A FEW BARS - THE  GOULBURN GAOL ORCHESTRA

In September  1948, within the space of a few days, two seventeen year old youths committed murder in New South Wales.  Stranger still, they had been good friends before their otherwise unrelated crimes. They had played ice hockey together, and were both snappy dressers who enjoyed  the

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SALE OF THE CENTURY AT BARTON PARK, WALLERAWANG

SALE OF THE CENTURY AT  BARTON PARK, WALLERAWANG

On September  26 1948,  wealthy pastoralist James Lyon Walker Barton (aged 54)  and his unmarried sister  Lue Loveday Barton (45) were shot dead at their  grand home, Barton Park, at Wallerawang (New South Wales).  The killer  was a 17 year old farm worker; a petty criminal from

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