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‘PARK-GATE’ – MEMORIAL PARK, BLACKHEATH

'PARK-GATE'  -  MEMORIAL PARK, BLACKHEATH

  The  Park Avenue entrance gates to  Blackheath’s Memorial Park were funded by public subscription.  They were officially opened on May 18 1938, by  Minister for Works and Local Government Mr Eric  Spooner. The  project  commemorated the reign of King George V (1910-1936). 300 people turned up

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‘WAR’ AT WYALONG, AND A CART LOAD OF COCK’S EGGS

'WAR' AT WYALONG, AND A CART LOAD OF COCK'S EGGS

                Gold was discovered in the central west of New South Wales in 1893, at Wyalong.  It was feared the diggings might pollute the water supply; a dam known as White Tank.  Accordingly, the official  town was laid out about

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THE MYSTERIOUS FIRES AT WEST WYALONG

THE MYSTERIOUS FIRES  AT WEST WYALONG

 BUILT ON GOLD Gold was discovered at Wyalong in 1893 and within a few years it was pronounced  the most productive goldfield in the colony of New South Wales.  Three miles away, West Wyalong was unplanned, growing up along a winding  bullock track.  It became the main

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THE EXPLORERS’ TREE

THE EXPLORERS' TREE

In 1813 the three men pictured above set out to cross  the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, keeping to the ridges, rather than the deep, forested valleys. Accompanied by five servants, they were the first European settlers  to succeed. I think we would all agree that

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BALM TO THE SOUL IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

BALM TO THE SOUL IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

I have been revising  a piece I wrote about pioneering women and their appreciation of Australia’s native flora.  Not surprisingly, the Blue Mountains featured heavily. Once the first road was constructed from Sydney through to Bathurst in 1815,  intrepid settlers followed. Then the iron ranges echoed To

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DOCTOR STEWART PART II- LOVE AND WAR

DOCTOR STEWART PART II- LOVE AND WAR

A BRIEF RECAP.  In 1912, highly respected Dr John Stewart  shocked everyone by deserting his wife and family in Perth, W.A.  He bought a practice in  Bangalow, N.S.W.  and for two and a half years lived there  quietly  with his mistress, Muriel Meallin.  Muriel was known to

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Dr and ‘Mrs’ Stewart of Bangalow; Love Changes Everything!

Dr and 'Mrs' Stewart of Bangalow; Love Changes Everything!

On May 30 1912, The Northern Star newspaper announced that Dr Bracken of Bangalow had sold his practice to Scottish born Dr J.M.Y Stewart, late of Sydney and Melbourne.  Dr and Mrs Stewart moved into the departing Dr Bracken’s old home. The couple settled in and were

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A RIVETING STORY OF THE SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE

A RIVETING STORY OF THE SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE

How many nuts and  bolts are there in the Sydney Harbour Bridge?  Well, oddly enough, only a handful. Rivets were used instead, some 6,000,000 of them. The majority of the steel  for the bridge’s girders came from  Britain, but the government contract stated that all rivets were

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LATE SUMMER WALK IN BLACKHEATH

LATE SUMMER WALK  IN BLACKHEATH

Mid February, and in my  Blackheath garden the banksia serratas are in bloom. They are loved by all the honeyeaters, but especially Wattlebirds and Eastern Spinebills. Bees are visiting the native lilly-pilly flowers on the bush outside Slurps café, in Wentworth Street. I know there must be

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GOODBYE TO A GUM TREE

GOODBYE TO A GUM TREE

Sometimes a much loved tree just has to go. Our old  double trunk gum was much too close to the house. It was a definite fire-hazard, and also there were signs of white-ant activity. The tragedy was that many of our birds were fond of it too.

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