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THE TWO WIVES OF HECTOR MACQUARIE – PART ONE

THE TWO WIVES OF HECTOR MACQUARIE - PART ONE

Hector Macquarie was born on Scotland’s Isle of Mull in 1794.  He was the illegitimate son  of Charles Macquarie, Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s younger brother. Governor Macquarie took his nephew under his wing, famously dubbing him Hero Hector…which  was to become  an ironic nickname. The young man  grew

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PUT ON YOUR EASTER BONNET

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE,  FROM EDITOR DES Well, I read somewhere that lots of people eat fish on Good Friday, so I asked my guardian Pauline to make me a rod. I thought I knew where a rainbow trout might be lurking.  It was a bit hot  when

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AN HISTORIC PAINTING RETURNS HOME

AN HISTORIC PAINTING RETURNS HOME

 A MISSION   For some time I have been attempting to trace four unidentified sketches by Elizabeth Macquarie.  Elizabeth was the wife of Lachlan Macquarie, an early  and highly respected Governor of New South Wales.  As a resident of the Blue Mountains, I would like to believe

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EDITOR DES – BEAR OF UNBOUNDED TALENT

EDITOR DES - BEAR OF UNBOUNDED TALENT

INTRODUCING EDITOR DES OF BLACKHEATH Thanks for agreeing to this interview Editor Des.  I must say,  you are the personification of sartorial elegance today. A. Thank you. I bought this suit in a posh shop at Henley-on-Thames. Well that’s in England. It does look quite expensive.  Now

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CROSS CREEK; BIRTHPLACE OF ‘THE YEARLING’

CROSS CREEK; BIRTHPLACE OF 'THE YEARLING'

PILGRIMAGE TO CROSS CREEK ‘I do not know how anyone can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to.’ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings In 1928, as America was sliding into the Great Depression,  Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and her husband Charles bought (sight unseen)  an old orange

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KING ALFRED AND A WHIFF OF BURNT CAKES.

KING ALFRED AND A WHIFF OF BURNT CAKES.

King Alfred’s legendary burning of the cakes was the subject of my first history lesson, delivered by my mother as she popped a tray of rock cakes in the oven. Her notion of where the incident took place was vague; ‘In the woods  somewhere’, she said…handing me

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Serendipity; A Literary Pilgrimage In New York

Serendipity;  A Literary Pilgrimage In New York

  When  a Sydney radio station announced the  death of actress Anne Bancroft in 2005  there was an immediate response  from callers. They spoke of her  enduring marriage to comedian Mel Brooks and of her wonderful  theatre and movie performances. However, no one mentioned the film for

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JOHN RUTHERFORD AND THE PUZZLE OF THE DROMEDARY SCRIMSHAW

JOHN RUTHERFORD AND THE PUZZLE OF THE  DROMEDARY SCRIMSHAW

In 1809 Lachlan Macquarie sailed for New South Wales aboard the stores ship Dromedary, to begin his term as Governor of the colony.  In 1821 the Dromedary sailed from  Sydney  to England  carrying Commissioner John Bigge.  Ironically, Bigge was carrying his famously  adverse report on  Macquarie’s administration.

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THE TRAGIC LIFE OF CHARLES MACQUARIE

THE TRAGIC LIFE OF CHARLES MACQUARIE

  In July 1818 Governor Lachlan Macquarie made an inspection tour of the Paterson River in the Lower Hunter region of New South Wales.  On July 30 his diary records, ‘We then proceeded to view the rest of the Farms on both sides of the River—finding the

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THE TRUTH ABOUT ISABELLA BEETON

THE TRUTH ABOUT ISABELLA BEETON

 Misconception! ‘A stout Victorian matron in black bombazine, her huge upper arms developed by years of beating outrageous quantities of eggs into churn-loads of butter’.  This description fits a widely held view of Mrs Beeton, author of the culinary bible Household Management, but it could not be

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