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CONSERVATION HUT AT WENTWORTH FALLS; BLUE MOUNTAINS

CONSERVATION HUT AT WENTWORTH FALLS; BLUE MOUNTAINS

One of the most beautiful villages in the Blue Mountains  of New South Wales is Wentworth Falls.  It’s hard for a proud  Blackheathen to admit this…but  it’s true.  My favourite destination is Conservation Hut, originally built as a resting place for bush walkers, and a meeting room

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A CHRISTMAS PLAY IN A PUB

A CHRISTMAS PLAY IN A PUB

I never could resist a nativity play. They are usually performed by sweet little schoolchildren, so an adult version was something of a novelty for me. Titled, The Shepherds’ Play , it was held in the dining room of The New Ivanhoe Hotel last night. All seats

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MISS MILLY’S BLACKHEATH NATURE WALK

MISS MILLY'S BLACKHEATH  NATURE WALK

My young friend Miss Milly has not always been comfortable around nature. Here she is hiding behind Editor Des when our Kookaburra called Taffy came to visit. She thought he might fly off with her to Govett’s Leap. Or pull her hair. Her idea of nature is

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A FRAUGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH BUSES!

A FRAUGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH BUSES!

From 1953 until 1968, the Tasmanian government ran the Green Coach Line service to country towns. Now due to the curse of travel sickness I have dreadful childhood memories of being a passenger on those wretched buses. The Tasman Limited train was completely different, quite exciting really.

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ROSES ALL THE WAY TO A BLUE MOUNTAINS VILLAGE

ROSES ALL THE  WAY TO A BLUE MOUNTAINS VILLAGE

Writers need to get out and about sometimes, otherwise our solitary profession would drive us to distraction. Plus, for a gardener like me there are too many distractions at home….such as roses! I have a ten minute walk to my village of Blackheath, and in a place

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RHODO FESTIVAL LEMONADE STALL -MARK II

RHODO FESTIVAL LEMONADE STALL -MARK II

It was a delight to see young ‘Blackheathens’ Luke and Fergus back at their lemonade stall in Soldiers’ Memorial Park this year during the Blackheath Rhododendron Festival. Apparently they made a decent profit in 2018, but I’m tipping an even better result this time around because they

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1948 – RIMFIRE WINS THE MELBOURNE CUP!

1948 - RIMFIRE WINS THE MELBOURNE CUP!

My father was not really a betting man, so I was surprised to come across mention of a racehorse called Rimfire in his farm diary for 1948; Rimfire was a six year chestnut, with unimpressive form ……. and sore legs after a recent (unsuccessful) outing. His usual

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BLACKHEATH RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL 2019

BLACKHEATH RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL 2019

Everyone wants to be at the Rhododendron Festival. It has been our day on display for such a long time. This gorgeous local was trying to escape through a picket fence in Park Avenue. I was looking forward to seeing my friend Larraine Home in the parade

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EDITOR DES AND THE CHEEKY ROBOT LIBRARIAN

EDITOR DES AND THE  CHEEKY ROBOT LIBRARIAN

Hello, Editor Des here. Well Pauline went to a champagne preview of a dedicated children’s section at the New South Wales State Library recently. This week she asked me if I wanted to go and see it. Well of course, woman! I should have been invited to

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THE NEWTOWN BANK BUST

THE NEWTOWN BANK BUST

On Sunday,  October 6 1929, the Commercial Bank of Australia in Enmore Road, Newtown was broken into and the contents of the safe stolen. The manager was away at the time, and the theft was reported by the caretaker, Bruce Bell. Mr Bell was required to sleep

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