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Horatia Nelson; ‘Who Was My Mother?’

Horatia Nelson; 'Who Was My Mother?'

When Horatia Nelson Ward died at Pinner near London in March 1881, a brief notice in the local paper recorded her as ‘Widow of the late Rev. Philip Ward, Vicar of Tenterden, Kent, in her 81st year.’ However, an article in the Times several days later referred

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MR S. BOWERBIRD OF BLACKHEATH

MR S. BOWERBIRD OF BLACKHEATH

Introducing Mr Satin bowerbird outside his Blue Mountains  home. His address is No. 1 Memorial Park. Blackheath 2785. This is a very well located, private property only a two minute walk to the village (twenty seconds in full flight). Swimming pool complex nearby and someone to cut

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BONDI OR THE BUSH? ALL ABOARD THE BLUE MTS. TRAINS

BONDI OR THE BUSH? ALL ABOARD THE BLUE MTS. TRAINS

COMMUTER COMPLAINTS We Blue Mountains residents have long complained about our trains, The following was taken  from The Daily Telegraph in May 1928; The trains of New South Wales are notoriously dirty and slow, and a great deal of the inefficiency and neglect of the Railway Commissioners

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AMBUSH AT BARTON PARK – WHAT MOTIVATED A MURDERER?

AMBUSH AT BARTON PARK - WHAT MOTIVATED  A MURDERER?

It is likely that the person who shot two people at Wallerawang, New South Wales in 1948 is still alive. I have referred to him  here as Bennie Harvey. It’s not his real name, but  one his friends used at the time of the murders. The shotgun

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Wattlebirds

Wattlebirds

Some people say there’s not much to love about  red wattlebirds. And yes, they are aggressive little blighters, with a rasping call. But the bird is actually  quite striking, with a striated chest  and pale yellow ‘undercarriage’. Then there are  those little  ‘wattles’  below the eyes that

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ALTITUDE CAFE; FULL OF AUSSIE ICONS

ALTITUDE CAFE; FULL OF AUSSIE ICONS

I was a bit disappointed when Blackheath’s Altitude Café moved last year, even if it was only next door. It had lost some of its ambience I thought. However, when I called in some time later everything had changed. One whole wall was devoted to a series

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KINDERGARTEN OF THE AIR

KINDERGARTEN OF THE AIR

In the latter years of  WWII  it was feared that Australia might be bombed, and because of this all  kindergartens were closed.  In their place a wonderful institution was born….Kindergarten of the Air. The programme was  launched on the ABC in  1943  by Lady Zara Gowrie, wife

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JUST A FEW BARS – THE GOULBURN GAOL ORCHESTRA

JUST A FEW BARS - THE  GOULBURN GAOL ORCHESTRA

In September  1948, within the space of a few days, two seventeen year old youths committed murder in New South Wales.  Stranger still, they had been good friends before their otherwise unrelated crimes. They had played ice hockey together, and were both snappy dressers who enjoyed  the

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‘SALE OF THE CENTURY’ AT BARTON PARK, WALLERAWANG

'SALE OF THE CENTURY' AT  BARTON PARK, WALLERAWANG

On September  26 1948,  wealthy pastoralist James Lyon Walker Barton (aged 54)  and his unmarried sister  Lue Loveday Barton (45) were shot dead at their  grand home, Barton Park, at Wallerawang (New South Wales).  They were buried in the Barton Park private cemetery. The couple’s  killer  was

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CONALD PAGETT AND THE BEX POWDER CASE

CONALD PAGETT AND THE BEX POWDER  CASE

THE CONCLUSION OF THE VERA WATT  POISONING CASE. FOR THE FIRST PART, CLICK HERE. When the Coronial Inquest into the death by poisoning of Mrs Vera Watt ended in January 1942. her ex-lover Conald Pagett was committed for trial and remanded in Long Bay Gaol. However, on 

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