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LIFE’S UPS AND DOWNS FOR A LITTLE KING PARROT

LIFE'S UPS AND DOWNS FOR A LITTLE KING PARROT

Driving into our Blue Mountains property after visiting Sydney recently we almost ran over a juvenile king parrot. I had to hop out of the car and shoo him off the driveway. He was too busy with an acorn he’d found to think about the dangers of

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A WILL TO FIND JUSTICE

A WILL TO FIND JUSTICE

Mrs Margaret Roche was a hard working, shrewd business woman. She rose from the lowly position of barmaid to become the owner of considerable property. Included were two hotels in Queensland; the Telegraph Hotel at Charleville and the property she lived in, the Claren Hotel, in the

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A WORLD OF WHEELBARROWS

A WORLD OF WHEELBARROWS

Where would we gardeners be without our wheelbarrows? I have early memories of being carted out in one by my older siblings. They have always provided fun for kids. I was interested to  discover that the development of the wheelbarrow began in China around AD200.  Chuko Liang,

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DEATH ON YORK STREET – 1946

DEATH ON YORK STREET - 1946

The victim, Jeanette Wicks. In 1935,  Jeanette Wicks divorced her husband  of seven years on the grounds of desertion.  She  subsequently supported herself  by operating a tiny kiosk, located at the entrance to a four storey building at 97 York Street, central Sydney.  Tobacco products and lottery tickets

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The Bravo Inquest at Balham.

The Bravo Inquest at Balham.

THE THREE MAIN PLAYERS IN A VICTORIAN SCANDAL; ONE OF THE MOST INFAMOUS ADDRESSES IN VICTORIAN ENGLAND. In 1870, Dr James Gully, the eminent ‘water-cure’ physician  from Great Malvern (Worcestershire) fell in love with  a  patient young enough to be his daughter.   She  was the beautiful  Florence

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FIRE’S ON! TRAGEDY IN THE GLENBROOK TUNNEL

FIRE'S ON! TRAGEDY IN THE GLENBROOK TUNNEL

There are plans to re-open the old tunnel to visitors. Construction of the now disused Glenbrook railway tunnel began in 1891. It was opened the following year. Artist Arthur Streeton, then just 24,  had been living at Glenbrook for several months in 1891. His time was spent 

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FRENCH FLAVOUR POPS UP AT THE VICTORY CAFE

FRENCH FLAVOUR  POPS UP  AT THE VICTORY CAFE

Recently my partner Rob and I enjoyed a pop-up, French themed meal at the Victory Theatre Café in Blackheath. We were joined by lots of eager locals. Many of us are sad that chef David doesn’t open regularly for dinner and hope he might change his mind!

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TYRANNY OF THE TRAVEL DIARY

 KEEP YOUR TRAVEL PLANS TO YOURSELF! When my next door neighbour began to plan a once-in-a-lifetime  world trip she asked if I had any advice. ‘Yes,’ I said firmly; ‘Don’t tell a soul you are going. Leave notes for friends and relatives to be posted once your

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WHAT BECAME OF ALICE BROENIMANN, BLACKHEATH’S FAMOUS WAITRESS?

WHAT BECAME OF ALICE BROENIMANN, BLACKHEATH'S  FAMOUS WAITRESS?

In October 1949, talented young acrobat Alice Broenimann fled her Swiss Stars troupe, who were performing at the Tivoli theatre in Sydney. She had  fallen out  with the group’s manager, Eugene Lambart. The vivacious 18 year old  hired a taxi and travelled to Blackheath, in the Blue

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THE ACROBAT WHO TOOK REFUGE IN BLACKHEATH

THE ACROBAT WHO TOOK REFUGE IN BLACKHEATH

Following WWII,  Swiss trapese artist Eugene Lambart and his wife Fritzi formed an act with a young Norwegian strongman, Arne Selfors.  They looked about for an acrobat to complete their new show and came across two young sisters in Berne. The girls’  father, Mr Broenimann  was a

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