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THE MYSTERY OF THE NAKED LADY

THE MYSTERY OF THE  NAKED LADY

The  New Ivanhoe Hotel stands on the Great Western Highway at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales.  It has changed very little over the years. There are still signs of its art-deco interior, albeit a bit faded. A NEW ATTRACTION AT THE IVANHOE In

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SYDNEY A-Z – A LIGHT HEARTED SOCIAL HISTORY

SYDNEY A-Z - A LIGHT HEARTED SOCIAL HISTORY

A LIGHT-HEARTED ‘JOURNEY’ AROUND SYDNEY SUBURBS We should never forget that almost all the  names  given  to Sydney and its environs by Europeans were preceded by those used  by Australia’s  first people. Here is a list of  Aboriginal place names  complied by the Australian Museum. Cadi was

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THE SS WARATAH AND THE CURSE OF THE EMPIRE HOTEL

THE SS WARATAH AND THE CURSE OF THE EMPIRE HOTEL

The SS Waratah disappeared without trace  enroute to London from Australia in July 1909.  The full story can be read HERE. SCROLL TO BOTTOM FOR RECENTLY ADDED INFORMATION. Among the 211 passengers and crew  on board were six members of the  Bowden family, travelling third class.  

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THE SHOW AND TELL EGG

THE SHOW AND TELL EGG

During the Christmas holidays in 1992, three primary school children  in Western Australia came across a giant, fossilized egg in the sand dunes  at Cervantes Beach.  Jamie Andrich  aged nine and his cousins Kelly (9)  and Michelle Rew (7)  had no idea of the importance of their

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HONEYSUCKLE HAVEN

HONEYSUCKLE HAVEN

  Lonicera nidita is a type of honeysuckle used in topiary and hedging. It’s often known as box honeysuckle. Tiny birds such as blue wrens love to hop about in it…… and  on it, searching for bugs. It will cope with frequent, light clipping and becomes dense

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THE QUEEN VISITS THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

THE QUEEN VISITS THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

‘I did but see her passing by…’   Prime Minister of Australia R.M. Menzies. (1963) Early in February 1954, a group of WWI diggers travelled down to Sydney to see the young Queen Elizabeth. She was  on her first  tour of Australia, following the coronation.  Describing the  occasion

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SPIDERS ARE NOT SO SCARY.

SPIDERS ARE NOT SO SCARY.

I can’t say that I like spiders, but I have become quite fascinated with the ones I see in my garden here in the Blue Mountains.  Of course most of them I don’t actually see….only their intricate webs. People on an Australian spider ID site  told me the

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THE MYSTERY OF THE WISHING TREE

THE MYSTERY OF THE WISHING TREE

In Sydney’s Botanic Gardens there is a very special Norfolk Island pine known as The Wishing Tree.   It is a replacement of the original, which was planted in the early days of the colony. A sign explains its history, and its association with Governor  Lachlan Macquarie’s

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BANKSIA SERRATA; WEIRD AND WONDERFUL!

BANKSIA SERRATA; WEIRD AND WONDERFUL!

Specimens  of  of the Australian native Banksia serrata  were  collected by Sir Joseph Banks in  1770 and later named for him. They are funny, gnarled trees that look ancient long before their time (rather like weather beaten Australian gardeners). Serrata refers to the  tough, saw edged  leaves;   Their

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MOUNTAIN DEVIL!

MOUNTAIN DEVIL!

A favourite shrub in my woodland  garden is the spikey  Australian native shrub  Lambertia Formosa.  It was once known  as  the honey flower, but today is more usually called Mountain Devil. It is related to the proteas. The shrubs grow to about 2 metres. They are great

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