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ROBBINS ISLAND – A BAD BREAK FOR JACK BADGER

One Tuesday morning early in August 1894, Tasmanian Jack Badger decided to sail his cutter May Queen from Stanley to Hummock Island in Bass Strait. The reason for his trip was never reported, but it almost cost him his life. Three weeks later he told his dramatic

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THE BUTTERFLY HEIST – PART TWO

THE BUTTERFLY HEIST - PART TWO

  CONTINUED FROM  COLIN WYATT’S BUTTERFLY HEIST English butterfly fancier Colin Wyatt had travelled all over Australia during the WWII, while serving with the R.A.A.F. It had allowed him to increase his already remarkable collection. However, there were gaps that he passionately wanted to fill, especially specimens

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COLIN WYATT’S GREAT BUTTERFLY HEIST

COLIN WYATT'S  GREAT BUTTERFLY HEIST

  The incredible story of Colin Wyatt – artist, author, adventurer, skier, musician, entomologist…THIEF Colin William Wyatt was born in 1909, son of British mountaineer and botanist James Fforde Wyatt. He was a graduate of Cambridge University. and later studied at the Slade School of Art. Two

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THE CHERRY PLUM…AND JUNKET!

Let me introduce The Cherry Plum  (Prunus cerasifera). Tasmania might have been known as the Apple Isle, but I swear there were as many cherry plum trees as apple trees when I was growing up in the 1950s.. The fruit is only the size of a tombowler

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NORTH MOTTON V ULVERSTONE 1925 🏉

NORTH MOTTON V ULVERSTONE 1925 🏉

In 1925, the North Motton football team (which had topped the ladder), met the Ulverstone Juniors in the Leven Association’s Premiership. North Motton was captained by J. Hearps and Ulverstone by W. McMahon.  There have been some controversial footy finals in Tasmania over the years, and this

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DOUGLAS JARDINE INSULTS THE APPLE ISLE!

DOUGLAS JARDINE INSULTS THE APPLE ISLE!

  Douglas Jardine is surely the greatest villain in  cricket’s  age old  battle for The Ashes between Australia and England. Tensions were high after the first test in Sydney early in December, but with Christmas coming the cartoonist Alex Gurney had some fun; The tourists  arrived in

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SUNDAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY

SUNDAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY

All dressed up for the Methodist Sunday School Anniversary in Ulverstone, circa 1959. From left; myself, my brother Laurie and my sister Robyn. Look at that shine on my brother’s shoes. My mother made the dresses on her treadle Singer sewing machine. This was such a credit

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CRICKET….A STICKY WICKET

CRICKET....A STICKY WICKET

Miss Joan Stump of Blackheath has tickets to the third Ashes test at Headingly. She decided to use her hat to smuggle in an item of self protection, but her friend the yellow robin was horrified. ‘OMG, Joan, you will never get that blade past gate inspection.’

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REEDY MARSH; LOVE AND LOSS

REEDY MARSH; LOVE AND LOSS

In 1900, Australian troops were serving in the Boer war. At a tiny school at Reedy Marsh in northern Tasmania, pupils were raising money for The Children’s Patriotic Fund. Nora May Upston was my maternal grandmother. Charles Arthur Upston was my great uncle, and Minnie my great

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THE WIDOW WONGA

THE WIDOW WONGA

Widow Wonga is a bird very close to my heart….and is loved just as much by my husband Rob. She and her partner have been living and rearing chicks in our Blackheath garden over a very long period, sometimes producing several sets of twins a year. I

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