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PINCHED PEGS; A COCKY AND A BOWERBIRD

PINCHED PEGS; A COCKY AND A BOWERBIRD

Recently, Marney Daniel posted on the Blue Mountains Community FB site that a sulphur crested cockatoo had stolen a bag of pegs from her clothes line. She was from further ‘down the hill’ at Glenbrook. Marney apologized if the pegs were littering someone’s backyard, and asked everyone

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A NEW COURTING SEAT FOR THE INDEFATIGABLE WONGAS

A NEW COURTING SEAT FOR THE INDEFATIGABLE  WONGAS

Warwick and Wendy Wonga from Blackheath have been using a rustic wooden ‘courting seat’ in my garden for quite a few years. These Australian native pigeons are monogamous, and mate for life. Unfortunately, their seat has begun to show signs of wear and tear. Well, they do

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BIG DAY OUT FOR A LITTLE WONGA CALLED JUNE

BIG DAY OUT FOR A LITTLE  WONGA  CALLED JUNE

June the Wonga chick was hatched completely out of season, here in Blackheath in the Blue Mountains. It hasn’t been easy for the dear little one, with rain, sleet and heavy frosts to contend with. I call June ‘her‘ even though I don’t really know if that’s

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THE RATHER RISQUE FEATHER FOLIES!

THE RATHER RISQUE FEATHER FOLIES!

Roll up and grab your popcorn everyone. Free entry to a unique theatrical experience. After weeks of rehearsal, Warwick and Wendy Wonga of Blackheath in the Blue Mountains are proud to present to you……A ROMANTIC REVUE. Applause please. The name of this truly spectacular production is; ON

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BERTIE BATTYE AND BUSHRANGER BEN HALL

BERTIE BATTYE AND BUSHRANGER  BEN HALL

From the 1863 New South Wales Police Gazette. Bushranger Ben Hall strikes again; This tiny snippet was the only mention of the robbery at that time, and no-one was ever charged. In those days, travelling the country’s rural roads was a dangerous business and outlaws led the

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OIL & WATER…. WHALING OUT OF HOBART

OIL & WATER.... WHALING OUT OF  HOBART

The following extract on whaling is from The Mercury, July 1929, re-posted from The New York Post. Please don’t take offence at its tone my fellow Taswegians; The whaling industry is to be restored to Hobart, capital of Tasmania, the little island lying south of Australia. This

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THE WATTLE CAFE—A WINTER RETREAT

THE WATTLE CAFE---A WINTER RETREAT

The Wattle Cafe, on the Great Western Highway at Blackheath, has been around since the 1940s. My Blackheath born friend Larraine tells me they used to serve hot milkshakes, which had to be drunk quickly, before the straw melted. It is such a warm sanctuary on a

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WHY DID AIMEE EDOLS (NEE BATTYE) LIE AND CHEAT?

WHY DID AIMEE EDOLS (NEE BATTYE) LIE AND CHEAT?

After publishing my website stories about the crimes of Sydney society matron Aimee Edols (nee Battye), a reader called Sue left the following message; Well, of course I had to find out. During her court appearance in August 1931 the tabloid Truth newspaper reported on Mrs Edols

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THE WINTER WONGA CHICK

THE WINTER WONGA CHICK

April 30 2020 – How extraordinary, today we spotted our resident Wonga couple snuggling up together whenever they weren’t foraging or feeding their most recent chick, Spirit. The Australian native pigeons mate for life and we thought they were just ‘bonding’, but no….there was a lot more

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A CORDIAL INTRODUCTION TO ULVERSTONE

A CORDIAL INTRODUCTION TO ULVERSTONE

When the Melbourne Centennial Exhibition opened in 1888, produce from the small community of Ulverstone, Tasmania was represented by leather and skins from Mr T. L. Button, ploughs of polished iron and varnished blackwood from Mr L. Titmouse and…..cordials and aerated waters from Mr R. R. Hunter.

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