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Caves – The Inside Story of Tasmania

Caves - The Inside Story of Tasmania

 A TOUR OF TASMANIA VIA ITS MAGICAL CAVES After an absence of many years, my partner Rob and I returned to Tasmania, where we both grew up. While we were staying on the North West Coast we went to see Gunns Plains caves. My first visit was

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UNDERGROUND TRAIN OF THOUGHT

UNDERGROUND TRAIN OF THOUGHT

 A LEAP OF SHAME I once asked a British backpacker; ‘What strikes you as the biggest difference between London and Sydney? As it was summer I half expected him to say; ‘The amount of visible female flesh in Sydney’ . However, he surprised me with; ‘Your city 

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Convict John Mortlock – The story of a disputed will

Convict John Mortlock - The story of a disputed will

 My interest in John Mortlock was aroused when I discovered that his journey as a convict paralleled that of my own relatives, the Shadbolts. WHERE THERE’S A WILL……   John Frederick Mortlock was born in Cambridge on August 8, 1809.  His father, Frederick Cheetham Mortlock,  had been

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WILLIAM CONOLLY, FLOUR MILLER

WILLIAM CONOLLY,  FLOUR MILLER

                Hello from Editor Des. Well do you know what?  We went to  the city of Goulburn last week.  My guardian Rob Conolly’s  ancestor William Conolly used to live there when it was just a little town.  This is him;

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TWO BRAVE WWI NURSES FROM TASMANIA

TWO BRAVE WWI NURSES FROM TASMANIA

 GOODBYE HOBART TOWN On October 20 1914,  the 12th Battalion AIF embarked  from Hobart on the troopship Geelong.  They were accompanied by two Australian army  nurses;  Sister Alice  Gordon King ( left in  the picture below)  and Sister Janet Ella  Radcliff (right). Alice was twenty eight years

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SS WARATAH: AUSTRALIA’S ‘TITANIC’

SS WARATAH: AUSTRALIA'S  'TITANIC'

The Mystery of the S.S. Waratah     On July 28 1909 the SS Waratah was sighted by a passing ship off the east coast of South Africa, enroute to London from Sydney. She was carrying 211 passengers and crew, many of them Australian. The ship was

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Hospital Ship Kyarra

Hospital Ship Kyarra

          The SS Kyarra was built in Dumbarton,  Scotland,  for the Australasian United Steam Navigation Company.  She was launched in 1903 as a luxurious passenger liner.  Following the outbreak of WWI in 1914 the ship was requisitioned for use as a hospital ship.

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MRS MACQUARIE & DR JOHNSON

A WEDDING On November 3 1807, Elizabeth Henrietta Campbell married Lieutenant Colonel Lachlan Macquarie at Holsworthy in Devon. The ceremony was conducted by the Reverend Owen Lewis Meyrick. Elizabeth had been caring for the minister’s grand-daughters, while impatiently  waiting for Macquarie to return from army service in

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Hooray for Harrogate 2014!

Hooray for Harrogate 2014!

Harrogate  means a whole lot of things, but especially Bettys Bakery and Agatha Christie. My friends call me Miss Marple , so it’s no surprise that I went to Harrogate recently  on a pilgrimage to the Old Swan Hotel.  Agatha Christie sought refuge here during a  personal

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SLEEPING WITH A STRANGER!

SLEEPING WITH A STRANGER!

For many years my partner Rob and I travelled around the UK  staying  in Bed & Breakfasts.   Some were absolutely  charming, with equally charming hosts. Others were….well pretty awful  (read ‘Unravelling With My Aunt’  on this website and you will get the picture). But as  we both

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