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THE MISSING MACQUARIE RELICS

THE MISSING  MACQUARIE RELICS

                Browsing through  images of paintings relating to early Sydney at the city’s  Mitchell Library, I came across   a striking   portrait of an Aborigine. His  eyes seemed to reflect all the pride and sorrow of his people.  He was

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LUNA PARK – FROM GLENELG BEACH TO SYDNEY HARBOUR

LUNA PARK - FROM GLENELG BEACH TO SYDNEY HARBOUR

Some years ago my partner Rob and I spent an enjoyable day at  Sydney’s harbourside  Luna Park.  It was only enjoyable  because I refused to venture  onto any ride  liable to make me sick. An unfortunate previous  experience on the Rotor Ride had  made me  wary. For the

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BITTER LEGACY – THE DISPUTE OVER THE MACQUARIE ESTATE.

BITTER LEGACY - THE DISPUTE OVER THE MACQUARIE ESTATE.

THE STRANGE STORY OF THE MACQUARIE MAUSOLEUM Lachlan Macquarie was arguably the most influential and enlightened governor of colonial New South Wales. His burial site is located on the Scottish Isle of Mull, near Salen, the estate village established by Macquarie in 1808. Surrounded by a stone

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The Strange Story of Commissioner Bigge’s Will

The Strange Story of Commissioner Bigge's Will

JOHN BIGGE; REGIME CHANGER Commissioner John Thomas Bigge (1780-1843) arrived in New South Wales in September 1819. He  had been appointed to conduct a wide ranging inquiry into governor Lachlan Macquarie’s administration. Bigge was highly critical of the Governor’s championship of ex-convicts, and his ‘wastefully expensive’ building

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DEAR MISS ALL – CHILDHOOD ANGST

DEAR MISS ALL - CHILDHOOD ANGST

DAYDREAMS I was raised on a small dairy farm  near Ulverstone, on the north west coast of Tasmania. Many would consider this an idyllic childhood, and in retrospect   it was.  However, owing to a steady diet of American comic books I eventually longed to be anywhere else

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BARISTA EDITOR DES, THE NEW COFFEE KING

BARISTA EDITOR DES, THE NEW COFFEE KING

You know what? Lately my editing hasn’t been going so well, because I missed a few errors in one of my employer Pauline Conolly’s articles. In my defense, she does make a lot of typos. The pay isn’t much good either. Hardly enough to keep a person

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A BABY BOOMER REFLECTS ON KINDERGARTEN

A BABY BOOMER REFLECTS ON KINDERGARTEN

OFF TO SCHOOL! The photo below was among my mother’s ‘treasures’ for many years. It was taken by the Tasmanian Advocate nearly 60 years ago. The children are from the Ulverstone Central State School’s kindergarten class of 1956. I am the chirpy looking kid  standing up on

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‘BEAN’ THERE; DONE THAT!

'BEAN' THERE; DONE THAT!

My father planted  his first commercial crop of beans  on our farm near Ulverstone on the north-west coast of Tasmania, in 1958.  Initially we grew  just a couple of acres,  without the benefit of irrigation.  We picked the crop four or five times over, struggling to fill 

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BOTTOMS UP! HA HA!

BOTTOMS UP! HA HA!

Hello, well bottoms are very  funny, aren’t they?     Q.  WHAT HAS A BOTTOM AT THE TOP?  A.  MY LEGS!   That’s a joke I made up by myself.   I spend a lot of time with my bottom in the air. It’s so the blood can run 

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EDITOR DES…SPORTS STAR

EDITOR DES...SPORTS STAR

When I was very small I went to the Sydney Olympics and since then I have been a sportsman extraordinaire!  Mind you,  I do face  certain  physical ‘challenges’. I find it helps if I limber up with a bit of yoga before breakfast. After that I eat

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