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GUNSHOT IN THE MITCHELL LIBRARY

GUNSHOT IN THE MITCHELL LIBRARY

  As a young woman, Miss Joyce Cocks became an attendant (and later a buyer) at Sydney’s historic  Mitchell Library. The Mitchell now forms part of the  vast Library of New South Wales complex.   In 1923 an armed man entered the building on Macquarie Street  and removed three  valuable paintings from

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Guy Menzies; A Life Lived At Fast Forward – Part One

Guy Menzies;   A Life Lived At Fast Forward - Part One

GUY MENZIES – BOY RACER Guy Menzies was  born in  the Sydney suburb of Drummoyne in 1909, the son of   a well known doctor. He was a handful for his parents from the word go. Sometimes he would pinch stationery from his father’s surgery and write  sick notes to

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The Strange Case of Mr and Mrs Joel in the Blue Mountains

The Strange Case of Mr and Mrs  Joel in the Blue Mountains

A CHANGE OF AIR FOR MRS JOEL On April 15 1918,  Mr David  Joel and his wife Emily  left Sydney by train  for the Blue Mountains village of Wentworth Falls, about  95km (60 miles) west of the city.  Forty seven year old.  Mr Joel was a  small

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JACK JOHNSON FIGHTS TOMMY BURNS IN SYDNEY

JACK JOHNSON  FIGHTS TOMMY BURNS IN SYDNEY

UPDATE – As someone who  reacted with horror when  Donald Trump became President of the United States, even I have to applaud  his posthumous pardon,  on May  25th 2018,  of  the African American boxer, Jack Johnson.  In 1913 Johnson had been found guilty by an all-white jury

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TWO WILLIAM BLIGHS OF BLACKHEATH

TWO WILLIAM BLIGHS OF BLACKHEATH

ONE BLIGH OF THE BOUNTY, TWO OF BLACKHEATH In 1910, Governor Bligh’s grandson, William Russell  Wilson Bligh (1827-1914), bought a house  called Whiteleaf Cross, in Tourmaline Street, Blackheath (now Park Avenue). By then William  was an elderly man. He had arrived in Sydney  in  1837 aged ten, under the

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AIMEE EDOLS PAYS THE PRICE

AIMEE EDOLS PAYS THE PRICE

CONTINUING THE STORY OF SYDNEY SOCIALITE AIMÉE EDOLS . CLICK HERE FOR  PART ONE                                   In 1932, bankrupt Sydney socialite  Aimée Edols evaded police for nearly  six months.  She had turned for help  to an

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AIMEE EDOLS; SYDNEY’S MISSING SOCIETY MATRON

AIMEE EDOLS; SYDNEY'S MISSING SOCIETY MATRON

THE GOOD LIFE! In 1930, 47 year old Aimée Edols was living  in  Sydney’s  fashionable  Eastern Suburbs.  Her husband  Ernest was a retired grazier, whose family had once owned  Burrawang, an extensive property at Forbes , in the Central West of New South Wales. Burrawang  was famous for having one

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MOUNTAIN HIGH LAW AND ORDER!

MOUNTAIN HIGH LAW AND ORDER!

DID BLACKHEATH  REALLY NEED A BOBBY? During the summer of 1892 the cash box was stolen from the general store in  the Blue Mountains village of Blackheath. There was an immediate  call to appoint a policeman. Not everyone was in favour of this step, as the  following

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The Perfect Poisoner

The Perfect Poisoner

    THE MYSTERIOUS DOWNFALL  OF PROFESSOR CHAPMAN It is 1918 and Sydney University’s  Professor of  Pharmacology  Henry Chapman has  set up  a unique test for his senior  students.  Their task is  to identify the deadly poison present in a  mixture he has prepared. He is amused and delighted when  even  the most

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EMPIRE DAY – LOLLIES AND CRACKERS!

EMPIRE DAY - LOLLIES AND CRACKERS!

I am an  Aussie who voted for a republic, but despite this  I have a nostalgic  affection for  Empire Day. It was  celebrated during my  1950’s Tasmanian  childhood on May 24th, Queen Victoria’s birthday. A bag of boiled lollies  was distributed to each of us after we

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