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PETER PAN …….BETTER THAN PHARLAP?

PETER PAN .......BETTER THAN PHARLAP?

The 1932 Melbourne Cup was truly an occasion to remember. It was won in extraordinary circumstances by a three year old stallion called Peter Pan. The horse was drop-dead gorgeous. His light chestnut body contrasted with a blonde mane and tail. He was owned by Mr Rodney

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EDITOR DES AND THE BOWERBIRD…..MISTAKES AND MISUNDERSTANDINGS

EDITOR DES AND THE BOWERBIRD.....MISTAKES AND MISUNDERSTANDINGS

Editor Des has been bird watching with me for the last few months, and becoming quite the ‘twitcher’. Unfortunately he has a lot to learn, which recently led to a head injury…. and a severe knock to his confidence. It should be remembered that a male satin

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A PIE CART PRANK

A PIE CART PRANK

South Australian Victor Richardson was a talented all-round sportsman. He excelled at tennis, golf baseball and Australian Rules Football. He captained Australia in cricket and played in the infamous ‘Bodyline’ cricket series alongside Don Bradman. With this in mind, perhaps we can forgive him for a bit

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TRAGEDY AT A TASMANIAN TIN MINE

TRAGEDY AT A TASMANIAN TIN MINE

My great-uncle James (Jim) Allen was a miner. At 32 he enlisted in WWI, then returned home to work in the rich Brisies tin mine at Derby, in north-eastern Tasmania. I have vague memories of my grandmother talking about relatives at Derby when I was a child,

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OH NO….SNOW!

OH NO....SNOW!

It’s weird when you wake up at the crack of dawn and open the front door to find the whole landscape has changed. Trousers might have been a sensible idea, Editor Des. What one earth! While we were sleeping the snow was quietly falling. We don’t often

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LIFE’S UPS AND DOWNS FOR A LITTLE KING PARROT

LIFE'S UPS AND DOWNS FOR A LITTLE KING PARROT

Driving into our Blue Mountains property after visiting Sydney recently we almost ran over a juvenile king parrot. I had to hop out of the car and shoo him off the driveway. He was too busy with an acorn he’d found to think about the dangers of

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A WILL TO FIND JUSTICE

A WILL TO FIND JUSTICE

Mrs Margaret Roche was a hard working, shrewd business woman. She rose from the lowly position of barmaid to become the owner of considerable property. Included were two hotels in Queensland; the Telegraph Hotel at Charleville and the property she lived in, the Claren Hotel, in the

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A WORLD OF WHEELBARROWS

A WORLD OF WHEELBARROWS

Where would we gardeners be without our wheelbarrows? I have early memories of being carted out in one by my older siblings. They have always provided fun for kids. I was interested to  discover that the development of the wheelbarrow began in China around AD200.  Chuko Liang,

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DEATH ON YORK STREET – 1946

DEATH ON YORK STREET - 1946

The victim, Jeanette Wicks. In 1935,  Jeanette Wicks divorced her husband  of seven years on the grounds of desertion.  She  subsequently supported herself  by operating a tiny kiosk, located at the entrance to a four storey building at 97 York Street, central Sydney.  Tobacco products and lottery tickets

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The Bravo Inquest at Balham.

The Bravo Inquest at Balham.

THE THREE MAIN PLAYERS IN A VICTORIAN SCANDAL; ONE OF THE MOST INFAMOUS ADDRESSES IN VICTORIAN ENGLAND. In 1870, Dr James Gully, the eminent ‘water-cure’ physician  from Great Malvern (Worcestershire) fell in love with  a  patient young enough to be his daughter.   She  was the beautiful  Florence

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