TRAGEDY AT A TASMANIAN TIN MINE

TRAGEDY AT A TASMANIAN TIN MINE

My great-uncle James (Jim) Allen was a miner. At 32 he enlisted in WWI, then returned home to work in the rich Brisies tin mine at Derby, in north-eastern Tasmania. I have vague memories of my grandmother talking about relatives at Derby when I was a child,

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A WILL TO FIND JUSTICE

A WILL TO FIND JUSTICE

Mrs Margaret Roche was a hard working, shrewd business woman. She rose from the lowly position of barmaid to become the owner of considerable property. Included were two hotels in Queensland; the Telegraph Hotel at Charleville and the property she lived in, the Claren Hotel, in the

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DEATH ON YORK STREET – 1946

DEATH ON YORK STREET - 1946

The victim, Jeanette Wicks. In 1935,  Jeanette Wicks divorced her husband  of seven years on the grounds of desertion.  She  subsequently supported herself  by operating a tiny kiosk, located at the entrance to a four storey building at 97 York Street, central Sydney.  Tobacco products and lottery tickets

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The Bravo Inquest at Balham.

The Bravo Inquest at Balham.

THE THREE MAIN PLAYERS IN A VICTORIAN SCANDAL; ONE OF THE MOST INFAMOUS ADDRESSES IN VICTORIAN ENGLAND. In 1870, Dr James Gully, the eminent ‘water-cure’ physician  from Great Malvern (Worcestershire) fell in love with  a  patient young enough to be his daughter.   She  was the beautiful  Florence

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FIRE’S ON! TRAGEDY IN THE GLENBROOK TUNNEL

FIRE'S ON! TRAGEDY IN THE GLENBROOK TUNNEL

There are plans to re-open the old tunnel to visitors. Construction of the now disused Glenbrook railway tunnel began in 1891. It was opened the following year. Artist Arthur Streeton, then just 24,  had been living at Glenbrook for several months in 1891. His time was spent 

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DEATH AT SEA; ‘I ONLY GAVE HIM PLUMS AND BISCUITS!’

DEATH AT SEA; 'I ONLY GAVE HIM PLUMS AND BISCUITS!'

On February 16 1901,  the S.S. Talune was moored at the wharf in the New Zealand city of Wellington.  It was ready to leave for Sydney.  A young woman who had crossed with the vessel from Lyttleton, in the South Island, approached  chief steward  James Fletcher with

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S.S. TALUNE AND A DEADLY CARGO OF VIRUS

S.S. TALUNE AND A DEADLY CARGO OF VIRUS

With the Coronavirus spreading, I have been thinking of the flu epidemic that began sweeping the world in the final weeks of WWI.  Good grief, as if there hadn’t been enough suffering. There was one South Pacific island where the toll was absolutely devastating, and which could

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SYDNEY’S STEAM TRAMS

SYDNEY'S  STEAM TRAMS

 STEAM POWERED PEOPLE MOVERS FOR SYDNEY We learn that the Works Department is making arrangements for the construction of a temporary tramway from the Redfern terminus to Hunter-Street, to be used by visitors to the International Exhibition. They expect to be able to get the motors from

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AN AUSTRALIAN ABOARD THE TITANIC

AN AUSTRALIAN ABOARD THE TITANIC

Evelyn Marsden (picture above) was always a spirited type.  Growing  up in rural  South Australia at  Hoyleton she became an accomplished horsewoman.  She spent holidays on a farm at Murray Bridge, and it was here she was taught to row on the Murray River, even fighting her

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THE KATOOMBA ART UNION AND THE ‘BABY’ ROLLS

THE KATOOMBA ART UNION AND THE 'BABY' ROLLS

A THOUSAND POUNDS FOR A SHILLING! In 1920, an art union lottery was established in the Blue Mountain’s town of Katoomba, conceived and administered by Mr Edgar Booth. The object was to raise money for the improvement of the local showground. First prize was originally a  £1,000

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