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Dr Ratten – Made in Chicago

Dr Ratten - Made in Chicago

TO CHICAGO – A MEDICAL MISSION On September 3 1906, a wealthy young dentist from Brisbane boarded  the passenger  ship Aorangi. He disembarked in Vancouver,  then entered the United States and  made his way to Chicago by train. His name was Victor Richard Ratten. Soon after he arrived

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YARRA BEND ASYLUM CEMETERY

THE ASYLUM As the name suggests, Yarra Bend was established  in a curve of the river outside  Melbourne. Completed  in1848. It was  Victoria’s first, purpose built  mental asylum.   There was an initial intake of ten patients;   THE CEMETERY Burials at the asylum in the 1870s

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WHAT BECAME OF PRIVATE QUAMBY AT ANZAC COVE?

LOST MATES  HAUNT AN ANZAC My great-uncle,  Anzac veteran Arthur Singleton, was admitted to a Tasmanian mental asylum in 1926.  He constantly spoke of being tormented by the voices of his dead mates on Gallipolli.  Arthur  had gone on  to fight  at Lone Pine and in France, 

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The Mystery of the Lone Pine Medal

The Mystery of the Lone Pine Medal

Private Arthur Singleton (Service No. 301) was one  of the first young Australians to volunteer in WWI.  He was a farmer’s son, from South Road, Ulverstone.  Aged 20, he joined the Tasmanian 12th Battalion, sailing off  to Egypt aboard the troopship Geelong on October 20 1914. Arthur

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THE RIDDLE OF MR RIDLEY’S MURDER

THE RIDDLE OF MR RIDLEY'S MURDER

A CONTINUATION OF THE STORY, THE STRANGE LIFE OF EDWARD RIDLEY – PART ONE. In May 1933, police were called to  a crime scene at a damp hovel  below what had once been  Ridley and Sons  Department Store complex, on the Lower East Side of New York.  The Ridley family had disposed

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THE STRANGE LIFE OF EDWARD RIDLEY – PART ONE

THE STRANGE LIFE OF EDWARD RIDLEY - PART ONE

Edward Ridley Snr emigrated to New York  City from Nottinghamshire in the early 1840’s.   From humble beginnings as a hawker of ribbons and other small items he eventually built a vast emporium at Grand and Allen Streets, on the Lower East Side. It was one of the city’s

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TIGER OF THE TASMANIAN KIND

TIGER OF THE TASMANIAN KIND

For many months in 1908 the Tasmanian coastal towns  of Penguin and Ulverstone were in a state of   alarm over repeated sightings of the carnivorous  marsupial, the  Tasmanian tiger.  This was an unusual situation. Tigers had already been hunted to near extinction, with a bounty on their heads.  It

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ALLY SLOPER AND THE RACING SCANDAL

ALLY SLOPER AND THE RACING SCANDAL

A CONTINUATION OF;  THE SLOPER  AND THE STEEPLECHASE NEW OWNER FOR  THE SLOPER                               By 1911, three years on from his near win at Flemington’s  Grand National Steeplechase,  the Tasmanian jumper Ally Sloper

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The Water Doctor’s Daughters Literary Walk; St Leonards.

THE MARSDEN SISTERS MOVE SOUTH This is an extension of The Water Doctor’s Daughters’ original literary walk  around the town of  Great Malvern, Worcestershire. In 1876 Dr James Marsden separated from his second wife Mary to pursue an affair with  Sabina  Welch, a servant girl from Malvern.   Emily, the

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The Sloper and the Steeplechase

The  Sloper and the Steeplechase

FROM A STUMP JUMPER TO THE STEEPLECHASE Ally Sloper was  a big boned  chestnut  gelding with three white fetlocks. He  had been named after a British cartoon character; a likeable but  lazy schemer who sloped down alleys to avoid the debt collector. Although his name and his

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