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DEATH AT SEA; ‘I ONLY GAVE HIM PLUMS AND BISCUITS!’

DEATH AT SEA; 'I ONLY GAVE HIM PLUMS AND BISCUITS!'

On February 16 1901,  the S.S. Talune was moored at the wharf in the New Zealand city of Wellington.  It was ready to leave for Sydney.  A young woman who had crossed with the vessel from Lyttleton, in the South Island, approached  chief steward  James Fletcher with

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MAD ABOUT MAGPIES – IN A GOOD WAY!

MAD ABOUT MAGPIES - IN A GOOD WAY!

My inspiration for this story on the Aussie magpie was an amazing piece of free-form machine embroidery by Lynda Worthington. For someone like me who struggles to take up a hem, it was mind-blowing. There is enormous affection for magpies in Australia. They are so engaging and

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MOTHER NATURE’S QUILTS AND CARPETS

MOTHER NATURE'S QUILTS AND  CARPETS

AXMINSTERS OF THE EARTH OK, eyes down, gardeners and nature lovers! I know there are wonderful carpets of blossom in spring,  but autumn is definitely the  main period for appreciating Mother Nature’s work. It’s one of the main reasons I moved from Sydney to the Blue Mountains

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S.S. TALUNE AND A DEADLY CARGO

S.S. TALUNE AND A DEADLY CARGO

I have just booked in to have my annual flu shot. With ANZAC day approaching, I have been thinking of the flu epidemic that began sweeping the world in the final weeks of WWI.  Good grief, as if there hadn’t been enough suffering. There was one South

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AUTUMN BIRDS OF BLACKHEATH

AUTUMN BIRDS OF BLACKHEATH

Autumn is a busy time for the birds in our Blackheath garden.  So many seeds to snack on, so many fallen leaves to scrabble about in.  And I swear there are those who  just  know they look good against a blaze of colour. The cheeky rascal below

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SYDNEY’S STEAM TRAMS

SYDNEY'S  STEAM TRAMS

 STEAM POWERED PEOPLE MOVERS FOR SYDNEY We learn that the Works Department is making arrangements for the construction of a temporary tramway from the Redfern terminus to Hunter-Street, to be used by visitors to the International Exhibition. They expect to be able to get the motors from

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AN AUSTRALIAN ABOARD THE TITANIC

AN AUSTRALIAN ABOARD THE TITANIC

Evelyn Marsden (picture above) was always a spirited type.  Growing  up in rural  South Australia at  Hoyleton she became an accomplished horsewoman.  She spent holidays on a farm at Murray Bridge, and it was here she was taught to row on the Murray River, even fighting her

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THE KATOOMBA ART UNION AND THE ‘BABY’ ROLLS

THE KATOOMBA ART UNION AND THE 'BABY' ROLLS

A THOUSAND POUNDS FOR A SHILLING! In 1920, an art union lottery was established in the Blue Mountain’s town of Katoomba, conceived and administered by Mr Edgar Booth. The object was to raise money for the improvement of the local showground. First prize was originally a  £1,000

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‘PARK-GATE’ – MEMORIAL PARK, BLACKHEATH

'PARK-GATE'  -  MEMORIAL PARK, BLACKHEATH

  The  Park Avenue entrance gates to  Blackheath’s Memorial Park were funded by public subscription.  They were officially opened on May 18 1938, by  Minister for Works and Local Government Mr Eric  Spooner. The  project  commemorated the reign of King George V (1910-1936). 300 people turned up

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‘WAR’ AT WYALONG, AND A CART LOAD OF COCK’S EGGS

'WAR' AT WYALONG, AND A CART LOAD OF COCK'S EGGS

                Gold was discovered in the central west of New South Wales in 1893, at Wyalong.  It was feared the diggings might pollute the water supply; a dam known as White Tank.  Accordingly, the official  town was laid out about

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