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PRAVISSIMA – WHAT A WATTLE!

PRAVISSIMA - WHAT A WATTLE!

The bush was grey A week today Olive green and brown and grey;  But now the spring has come this way, With blossoms for the wattle. By Veronica Mason. One of my favourite  trees is Acacia pravissima, also known as The Oven’s wattle.   It can withstand the

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ESKBANK HOUSE – THE BARTON PARK EXHIBITS

ESKBANK HOUSE - THE BARTON PARK EXHIBITS

I visited Eskbank House Museum in Lithgow recently. The oldest part of the colonial Georgian  house  was built circa 1842, from local sandstone. The original owner was Mr Thomas Brown, who established the Eskbank Colliery.   There is a lot of early Lithgow history on display, but 

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TO SINGLETON – UP THE PUTTY ROAD

TO SINGLETON - UP THE PUTTY ROAD

What a privilege  it is to be  part of  New South Wales History Week.  It’s an opportunity  to speak on subjects close to my heart, and this year a chance to see a part of the state I have never visited before; Singleton in the Upper Hunter.

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THE VICTORY ANTIQUES CENTRE

THE VICTORY ANTIQUES CENTRE

THE VICTORY….HEART OF ‘OLD’ BLACKHEATH The Victory Theatre opened in 1921 as The Arcadia.   Locals even enjoyed an early form of 3D.       It is now a vast antiques centre.  The bear (Editor Des) is not for sale, though sometimes I am sorely tempted

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HARLEY COHEN; GALLIPOLI STROLLER

HARLEY COHEN;  GALLIPOLI STROLLER

  Sydney born Harley Cohen was one of the first to enlist in WWI. His  service number in the 4th Battalion  was a very low 37.  He was a slight figure,  only 5′ 3″ tall  and weighing in at a shade over 8 stone. He was university

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EDITOR DES; BIRD WATCHER

EDITOR DES; BIRD WATCHER

BLUE MOUNTAINS TWITCHER   Introducing myself…Editor Des.  After a bit of training I’m  now a master bird watcher in the beautiful Blue Mountains.  I was originally banned  from this pursuit by my guardian Pauline Conolly, because I kept chattering and scaring  Mr  Satin Bowerbird.  For heaven’s sake,

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MONEY IN MUM’S PURSE – CHILD ENDOWMENT

MONEY IN MUM'S PURSE  - CHILD ENDOWMENT

GODFATHER OF A MILLION CHILDREN These days Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt is best remembered for the mysterious circumstances of his death by drowning in 1967, at  Victoria’s Portsea. However, in Robert Menzies’ government during WWII  he served as   Minister for Labour,  and was  responsible for

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MUSEUMS THAT MESS WITH THE MIND!!

MUSEUMS THAT MESS WITH THE MIND!!

Hello, Editor Des here.   Well I like visiting medical museums.  In fact,  I quite fancy myself as a doctor. Last year I  performed  a little operation  on my neighbor  Fred, after he  carelessly lost a second  leg. It was reasonably successful.   These  museums  can be

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DOMED, BUT DOOMED; SYDNEY’S GARDEN PALACE DISASTER

DOMED, BUT DOOMED; SYDNEY'S GARDEN PALACE DISASTER

One historical event I really wish I could have attended is London’s  Great Exhibition of 1851.  Those  inventive, enthusiastic Victorians  put on a display that dazzled the world. It was housed  in a building so innovative it scarcely seemed real; the remarkable Crystal Palace. Of course eventually

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A MISTY WALK IN BLACKHEATH

A MISTY WALK IN BLACKHEATH

I rather like misty days, they remind  me of cool flannels being placed on fevered brows. Our property adjoins the Blue Mountains’  National Park and sometimes bushwalkers  become disoriented, blundering  into my garden. I point them in the direction of Govett’s Leap, with a gentle warning to

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