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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 BLACKHEATH BIRD HIDE

LIVING IN A  BLACKHEATH BIRD HIDE

A little paradise in the Mountains. 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,

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STRANGE STORIES FROM THE LITHGOW SMALL ARMS FACTORY

STRANGE STORIES FROM THE LITHGOW SMALL ARMS FACTORY

On February 4  1908,  Australian military officials approved a site at  the coal mining town of Lithgow in New South Wales  for a small arms factory.  The fact that coal could be delivered to the site very cheaply  was an important factor in the choice. With the

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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 a wall

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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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