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TRAIN ROBBERY ON THE BLUE MOUNTAINS LINE

TRAIN ROBBERY ON THE BLUE MOUNTAINS LINE

Shortly before midnight on Tuesday, April 8 1930,   what has been described as one of the most daring robberies in the history of Australia took place.    The  heist  was conceived by Roy Wilkinson, a 24 year old  railway porter. Wilkinson had been  serving as  escort on the mail train from Sydney to

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THE LARCOMBE CHAIRS

THE LARCOMBE CHAIRS

My great grandfather William Larcombe arrived in Launceston, Tasmania  in December  1856 aboard the ship Alice Walton. William was then aged 25. He was accompanied by his 2o year old  wife Sarah (nee Parker) and their two small children; Leah and Thomas. The family were  from Devon,

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MAIL COACH DRAMAS IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

MAIL COACH  DRAMAS IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

CROSSING THE MOUNTAINS  BY COACH AND HORSES In the 1850’s  the journey across the Blue Mountains of New South Wales  was truly daunting.    On Sunday, November 27 1853, Thomas Simons was driving the Bathurst mail coach from Sydney when he came to the top of Mount Victoria. Ahead was

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TRIBUTE TO THE MATCHBOX

TRIBUTE TO THE MATCHBOX

I must begin with the most charming letter imaginable; written by the British author Sylvia Townsend Warner to her dear friend Alyse Gregory, in response to the gift of a sweet, wooden match box.     THE  AUSSIE MATCHBOX The familiar Redheads matches were first made in Australia

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MRS GRIGGS’ DEATH AT OMEO – CHERCHE LA FEMME!

MRS GRIGGS' DEATH AT OMEO  - CHERCHE LA FEMME!

 FOR  PART ONE OF THIS STORY, CLICK HERE. When the  Methodist minister’s young wife died unexpectedly at Omeo on January 3rd 1928, shock was quickly followed by disquiet. Locals reflected  on  (and gossiped about)  the Rev. Griggs’ ‘friendship’ with  Lotti Condon, the  pretty young daughter of  a wealthy grazier.

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THE DEATH OF RAILTON BORN ETHEL GRIGGS AT OMEO

THE DEATH OF RAILTON BORN ETHEL GRIGGS AT OMEO

In the early 1900s,  life for Albert and Annie White  of rural Railton in northern Tasmania revolved around their local Methodist church. Their children  regularly sang and recited at church functions.   The eldest  daughter, Ethel, became a teacher, posted to various small country schools in the area.    She was much

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THE WELL; A FAMILY TIME CAPSULE

THE WELL; A FAMILY TIME CAPSULE

The summer of 1957  in north west Tasmania was unusually dry.  My father was forced to harness up  our draught horses Bell and Nugget  and use a sled to transport water to our  farmhouse from a back paddock  dam. He used 44 gallon drums covered with wet chaff bags for

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Tribute to Condensed Milk

Tribute to Condensed Milk

Condensed milk has been around for generations. I do love the following  snippet, published in an Australian newspaper in 1901; When condensed milk was first introduced thirty years ago  the idea was scoffed at. The inventor carried the entire daily  supply for New York in a ten-quart pail, delivering

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A RIGHT ROYAL FISHING MISADVENTURE!

A RIGHT ROYAL FISHING MISADVENTURE!

GONE  FISHING MATE Hello everyone, Editor Des here. You wouldn’t think that fishing could lead to big  trouble would you? But  believe me it can! Well I was riding around the garden  one day when I thought I spotted a fish in a big water bowl.  I

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LIVING IN A BLUE MOUNTAINS BIRD HIDE

LIVING IN A  BLUE MOUNTAINS BIRD HIDE

  FEATHERING MY NEST Living in what very much resembles  a bird hide would not be to everyone’s taste, but it suits me.   My mini home is surrounded by trees and shrubs…predominantly  Australian natives, but certainly not exclusively. Is is actually a studio apartment, built above a double garage.

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