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GNOME MATTER WHERE I ROAM!

GNOME MATTER WHERE I ROAM!

One day  Editor Des and I were walking the famous Thames Path near London (as one does) when we stumbled upon the tiniest gnome in the universe. He was standing on a pile of golden sovereigns at Putney.   I’m afraid Editor Des  quickly scoffed the coins,

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Toffee and Taffy, a Kookaburra love story.

Toffee and Taffy, a  Kookaburra love story.

A CONTINUING KOOKABURRA CONNECTION                       In June or July every  year a pair of kookaburras arrive in my garden at Blackheath, in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. The rest of the time  I only see

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THE FREEMAN TRIPLETS

THE FREEMAN TRIPLETS

THIS IS  THE CONCLUSION TO THE STORY TROUBLES AT THE TARANNA TIMBER MILL. In  1929, like so many other parts of the world, Tasmania was in the grip of the Great Depression.  John and Loyce ‘Grace’ Freeman from the rural community of Taranna, on  Tasman Peninsula, were

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TROUBLES AT THE TARANNA TIMBER MILL

TROUBLES AT THE  TARANNA TIMBER MILL

  In the early 20th century the main timber mill at Taranna, on Tasmania’s Tasman Peninsular, was owned by  Messrs. Jones and Hay Pty. Ltd.   Like most businesses, it was going  through hard times during the Great Depression.  The workforce had been  severely reduced, and the

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WINDOWS ON BLACKHEATH

WINDOWS ON BLACKHEATH

As the original cottages of Blackheath slowly disappear we lose something special….beautiful old windows with  coloured glass panes or leadlights. Some are  very simple; an inexpensive way of adding a little elegance to a humble home.  Light is  the operative word of course. When  the rays of

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Stitches In Difficult Times

Stitches In  Difficult Times

Susan Stephens from Lapstone  in the Blue  Mountains  treasures a  hand knitted  jumper brought home from WWI by her grandfather, Hedley Stephens.  Fighting in France in May 1916,  Corporal Stephens went ‘over the top’ with a senior officer to check on their men.  The  pair were severely

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THE MYSTERY PAINTING OWNED BY LACHLAN MACQUARIE.

THE MYSTERY PAINTING OWNED BY LACHLAN MACQUARIE.

Sydney’s Mitchell Library is in the process of doubling the size of its exhibition gallery space.  In a new initiative, 300 works of art have been selected for permanent display. Some have rarely been seen by the general public. As a member of the Library Circle I feel

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THE REDEMPTION OF ROBERT COOMBES

THE REDEMPTION OF ROBERT COOMBES

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN CONVICTED BY THE CIVIL POWER? Men enlisting in World War I were required to answer a series of personal questions. At the time, military authorities had no idea what lay behind  recruit Robert Coombe’s answer to No. 6, regarding apprenticeships;  ‘Mr Pike, Crowthorne,

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SAMMY THE BLACKHEATH RAILWAY SPARROW

SAMMY THE  BLACKHEATH RAILWAY SPARROW

REFUGEE SPARROW FROM THE CITY Some time ago a sparrow living in Sydney’s Botanic Gardens was assaulted by a giant white ibis.  A dispute had broken out over crumbs at the café and the little fellow came off second best .  He went into hiding, but that

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The Farmer’s Fairground Organ

The Farmer's Fairground Organ

CLEVER HANDS CELEBRATING THE PAST When Stanley Wennock died last year aged 83, he left a special legacy. The  retired  farmer from Canberra had been able to turn his hand to almost anything. Farmers have to be multi-skilled and Stan certainly was!  Over a period of three

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