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FINDHORN – A PLACE OF PEACE FOR HAZEL HAWKE.

FINDHORN - A PLACE OF PEACE FOR HAZEL HAWKE.

I have been reading about the wonderful Hazel Hawke recently; her often turbulent life with husband Bob and subsequently her battle with Alzheimer’s. For those not familiar with Australian politics, Bob Hawke became Prime Minister of Australia in 1983, and was in office until 1991. Did you

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HARRY ATKINS & A FAMILY HISTORY PUZZLE

HARRY ATKINS & A FAMILY HISTORY PUZZLE

My husband Rob’s maternal grandparents, Harry and Malinda (Linda) Atkins, are a bit of a mystery to me. They have been in my thoughts a lot recently, as we inherited some lovely old pieces from them. The items were in storage for a long time while we

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THE KERO TIN

THE KERO TIN

The kero (kerosene) tin has been part of Australian social history from the mid 19th century, when kerosene lamps lit up the country. The empty fuel containers proved even more useful than the lamps themselves. This old photo, circa 1900, shows a Chinese miner outside his hut.

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TIN-KETTLING

TIN-KETTLING

Tin-kettling was an old rural custom in Tasmania, as indeed it was around the whole of Australia. It was a kind of initiation for newlyweds; their welcome into the community as a married couple. In the early days it was carried out by the ‘young bloods’ of

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QUIZ TIME WITH BARRY AND JOHN

QUIZ TIME WITH BARRY AND JOHN

Here are two men, one from the left of Australian politics, one from the right. Appropriately Labor’s Barry Jones (1932 -) is shown below at left. Conservative, long serving Prime Minister John Howard (1939 -) is on the right. This odd couple are linked by their engaging

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SYMMONS PLAINS

SYMMONS PLAINS

A look back at Symmons Plains….and a bit about Baskerville. What a surprise to discover that back in the 1970s my partner Rob had a brief stint as a Tasmanian motor racing journo. It has given us both a chuckle, as this otherwise very clever fellow has

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Allan McCulloch; Australian Museum Curator

Allan McCulloch; Australian Museum Curator

Allan Riverstone McCulloch (1885-1925) scientist. museum curator, illustrator, journalist, and so much more. McCulloch’s legacy has been largely unacknowledged, but he is the subject of a recent biography by Brendan Atkins. I absolutely loved the book, although it may not appeal to everyone. McCulloch was born in

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THE ATKINS WWII TRAY

THE ATKINS WWII TRAY

I have been ‘decluttering’ as we move into our new house. One item that nearly went into the skip was an old, glass covered wooden tray. Apart from accumulated dust and dirt it had one seemingly unsolvable problem, The gold braid trim under the glass had broken.

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SKINK FAMILY’S HOUSE & GARDEN

SKINK FAMILY'S HOUSE & GARDEN

  A sweet, Eastern Water Skink family have lived inside an old stone wall in our Blue Mountains garden for years. When we were building a new house on the site we had to dismantle part of the wall. My lovely partner Rob decided it was only

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RALPH CLARIDGE…FOR THE EMPIRE

RALPH CLARIDGE...FOR THE EMPIRE

Portrait of Lieut. Claridge by George Coates.

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