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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WALTZING MATILDA DOWN THE RIVER THAMES

WALTZING MATILDA DOWN THE RIVER THAMES

AUSSIE  HISTORY ALONG THE  THAMES For Australians exploring the River Thames there are  places of particular interest.  When my partner Rob and I walked the Path we found lots of Aussie associations. On the upper reaches of the  river  is the village of Buscot, and the National Trust owned  Buscot

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MRS MACQUARIE AND THE MYSTERY OF ST JOHN’S TWIN SPIRES

MRS MACQUARIE AND THE MYSTERY OF ST JOHN'S TWIN  SPIRES

APOLOGIES IN ADVANCE, THIS STORY IS A BIT COMPLICATED! 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 (1786-1873). In 1895 Watts’ daughter, Mrs Margaret Elizabeth Bagot wrote; ‘Mrs Macquarie

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THE FLYING PIEMAN OF SYDNEY

THE FLYING PIEMAN OF SYDNEY

UPDATE – THURSDAY, MARCH 9 2023; THE PIEMAN’S GRAND JETE! Just imagine the Flying Pieman (William Francis King) as the ‘star’ of a ballet. This almost came to be. In 1942 artist Roderick Shaw prepared 21 watercolours for a proposed ballet to be called; ”The Flying Pieman

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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 one of the early governors of colonial New South Wales, serving from 1810 until 1821. His burial site is located on the Scottish Isle of Mull, near Salen, the estate village established by Macquarie in 1808. Surrounded

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The Strange Story of Commissioner Bigge’s Will

The Strange Story of Commissioner Bigge's Will

JOHN BIGGE; REGIME CHANGER Commissioner John Thomas Bigge (1780-1843) arrived in New South Wales in September 1819. He  had been appointed to conduct a wide ranging inquiry into governor Lachlan Macquarie’s administration. Bigge was highly critical of the Governor’s championship of ex-convicts, and his ‘wastefully expensive’ building

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A BABY BOOMER REFLECTS ON KINDERGARTEN

A BABY BOOMER REFLECTS ON KINDERGARTEN

OFF TO SCHOOL! The photo below was among my mother’s ‘treasures’ for many years. It was taken by the Tasmanian Advocate nearly 60 years ago. The children are from the Ulverstone Central State School’s kindergarten class of 1956. I am the chirpy looking kid  standing up on

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