THE GREAT KATOOMBA ROCK FALL

THE GREAT KATOOMBA ROCK FALL

As 1930 drew to a close,  coal miner Arthur Mellor made a disconcerting discovery at Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains of NSW. In the ground behind the great cliff known as Dogface Rock he came across a deep fissure measuring eight feet across.  When a surveyor was

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NELLIE BISHOP – THE RELUCTANT PIONEER

NELLIE BISHOP - THE RELUCTANT PIONEER

Queensland was the first Australian State to initiate  women  serving on juries. The relevant bill was passed in 1924, although those interested  had to formally indicate their desire to participate and  were not actively encouraged to do so. However, in 1942 an appeal went out in Brisbane

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Madame Sherwin; the Tasmanian Nightingale

Madame Sherwin; the Tasmanian Nightingale

Frances Amy Sherwin  (1855-1935) was one of five children, born and raised  in Tasmania’s Huon Valley. Even as a child she had a lovely voice, and dreamed of becoming a famous singer. This seemed highly unlikely, as the family struggled to make a living on a remote

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ECHOES OF A MURDER TRIAL – THE HIGGS BOYS

ECHOES OF A MURDER TRIAL - THE HIGGS BOYS

Old Sins Cast Long Shadows…… Fourth and final part of the Blue Mountains murder story. In 1927 Sydney born William Higgs (26) and his brother Hubert (30) stood trial over the  murder of a wealthy grazier, Ronald Leslie, found in his abandoned car at Blaxland in the Blue

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BRUCE HIGGS – THE UNTOLD STORY

BRUCE HIGGS - THE UNTOLD STORY

This is the third episode in  the Higgs brothers saga. Each part has to stand alone, so apologies for repeating some information. If you want to read the original story click on the following link. Murder in the Blue Mountains. Bruce Doubleday Higgs was a Sydney underworld

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William Guy Higgs – Spoiled Larrikin or Callous Criminal?

William Guy Higgs -  Spoiled Larrikin or Callous Criminal?

On September 9 1922, twenty one year old  William Guy Higgs married Helena Potter in a society wedding at Hunters Hill. The couple honeymooned in the beautiful Blue mountains. The  groom was the fourth born of seven sons, and chose his older brother Hubert as best man.

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MURDER IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

MURDER IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

Forty eight year old Ronald Lachlan Leslie was a wealthy, retired  grazier living in the Sydney suburb of Manly.  He was a happily married family man with two young children. On Wednesday,  October 12 1927  he set out  to drive  to  the central western town of Forbes,

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MISSING AT POZIERES

MISSING AT POZIERES

In August 1915 a function was held in the small, rural village of North Motton, in North West Tasmania.  Local people were saying goodbye to seven young men from the district who were leaving to fight in WWI. After the speeches one fellow stepped forward; ‘Mr A.L.

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UP A GUM TREE; THE MOUNT RIVERVIEW LOOK-OUT

UP A GUM TREE; THE MOUNT RIVERVIEW LOOK-OUT

The Cummins family were pioneers of Blaxland, in the lower Blue Mountains of NSW.  Bernard Cummins bought land nearby and called his property Mount Riverview. Its far-reaching views across the Nepean and Hawkesbury rivers to Sydney  gave him an idea. He constructed a wooden stairway to the

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NIGHTMARE NECKS!

NIGHTMARE NECKS!

When I was attending the Ulverstone  primary school in Tasmania in the mid 1950s, a  responsible monitor (rarely me!) would dole out tiny white goitre tablets. I don’t think  we kids  gave this a second thought as we gulped them down with our school milk. It was

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