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SS WARATAH: AUSTRALIA’S ‘TITANIC’

SS WARATAH: AUSTRALIA'S  'TITANIC'

The Mystery of the S.S. Waratah   On July 28 1909 the SS Waratah was sighted by a passing ship off the east coast of South Africa, enroute to London from Sydney. She was carrying 211 passengers and crew, many of them Australian. The ship was never

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Hospital Ship Kyarra

Hospital Ship Kyarra

          The SS Kyarra was built in Dumbarton,  Scotland,  for the Australasian United Steam Navigation Company.  She was launched in 1903 as a luxurious passenger liner.  Following the outbreak of WWI the ship was requisitioned for use as a hospital ship. Preparations were

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MRS MACQUARIE & DR JOHNSON

A WEDDING On November 3 1807, Elizabeth Henrietta Campbell married Lieutenant Colonel Lachlan Macquarie at Holsworthy in Devon. The ceremony was conducted by the Reverend Owen Lewis Meyrick. Elizabeth had been caring for the minister’s grand-daughters, while impatiently  waiting for Macquarie to return from army service in

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WILLIAM WIMMERA

WILLIAM WIMMERA

WILLIAM WIMMERA, CHILD  OF  THE  WOTJOBALUK   The ruins of Ebenezer Aboriginal Mission are located near the tiny, West Wimmera  settlement of Antwerp, 22 kilometres north of Dimboola, in western Victoria.  Strangely enough, the history of the mission is entwined with  that of  a young Aboriginal boy,

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EVE’S PARADISE: WOMEN IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH

EVE'S PARADISE: WOMEN IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH

A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH UPDATED OCTOBER 2017   The spectre of climate change and periods of prolonged drought have created  an upsurge of interest in the growing of  Australian native plants. However, we have been  slow to embrace them. I suspect  this would

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SIFTED AND STIRRED – COOKBOOK NOSTALGIA

SIFTED AND STIRRED - COOKBOOK NOSTALGIA

MEMORIES FROM  AUSTRALIAN RECIPE BOOKS One autumn I gathered cherry laurel berries from around my Blue Mountains  village of Blackheath with the intention of making jam. The laurel is a classified as weed here, so I was also  reducing the chance of bower birds and king parrots

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BATTLEFIELD BLOOMS

BATTLEFIELD BLOOMS

FLORAL MEMENTOES OF GALLIPOLI The Gallipoli Rose (Cistus salvifolius) was the Australian War Memorial’s first commemorative plant. It grew on the  bloody battlefields of  Gallipoli. The sight of the flowers  lifted the spirits of the Anzacs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps), who  brought home the seeds. 

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Queen Victoria – A statue and a scandal!

Queen Victoria - A statue and a scandal!

UPDATED AND EXTENDED AUGUST 2017 A  ROYAL REPLICA Early last century John Norton, firebrand editor of Sydney’s Truth newspaper, described Queen Victoria rather unkindly as; ‘..the podgy figured, sulky faced little German woman whose ugly statue at the top of King Street sagaciously keeps one eye on

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THE INTRIGUING VOYAGE OF THE STORES SHIP DROMEDARY IN 1821

THE INTRIGUING  VOYAGE OF  THE STORES SHIP DROMEDARY IN 1821

While in England some time ago  I was shown an ancient  piece of scrimshaw in a private collection. My interest was  aroused  because  the  whale’s tooth  was  carved with an image (artist unknown) of a  three-masted sailing ship. On one side was  the tantalizing   inscription; STORES SHIP

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A Sheepish Tale From the Thames

  One of the difficulties in writing All Along the River; Tales From the Thames was making  really hard decisions about what should go in! So much history…..so much intrigue and scandal. Naturally  I was tempted to include far too  much about my beloved Harleyford Estate, where

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