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SUZANNE – THE BEAUTY CONTESTANT WHO BECAME A LADY

SUZANNE - THE BEAUTY CONTESTANT WHO BECAME A LADY

Suzanne (originally Susannah) Evans was one of five children. She was born in 1893 in the gold mining town of Walhalla, Victoria to John and Alice Evans. Her mother died when she was only eight years old. In 1914 the Evans family moved to Melbourne and the

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SAO – OFTEN BUTTERED, NEVER BETTERED

SAO - OFTEN BUTTERED, NEVER BETTERED

Sao biscuits are almost as iconic as Anzacs, although  they were far too delicate to send to our troops in the first and second world wars.  However, in 1933 an  anonymous poet did conjure a military connection dating back to a far earlier conflict. Apparently it was

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MUSHROOMS OF THE FIELDS

MUSHROOMS OF THE FIELDS

Picking blackberries and collecting field mushrooms…oh the  simple pleasures of a 1950s Tasmanian childhood. There were a couple of  uncultivated paddocks on our farm that produced basketfuls of mushrooms every autumn.  We used to eat them fried on toast for breakfast. Plain old white bread in those

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ROYAL HOBART REGATTA

ROYAL HOBART REGATTA

NOTE – This is not intended a full history of the Hobart Regatta , merely some stories and facts that intrigued me. My interest in the subject was piqued when I was cleaning some of my partner Rob’s old sailing trophies.  One was from the 1964 Hobart

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The Eucalyptus Rope.

The Eucalyptus Rope.

Gardens are places of wonder, especially one like mine that borders the Australian bush. Here in the NSW Blue Mountains  a  eucalyptus tree was the source of great fun recently, but also a sad tale of pride coming before a fall.            

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Kevin Budden & his taipan; sacrificed for medical science.

Kevin Budden & his taipan; sacrificed for medical science.

Kevin Budden grew up in the Sydney suburb of Randwick. He was  fascinated by snakes, which he kept in a pit in his parents’ backyard. He had been bitten many times while catching and handling them, (five times in a single year)  but this did not deter

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Mary Harvey; Tasmania’s Grace Darling

Mary Harvey; Tasmania's Grace Darling

  Mary Ann Harvey, the main subject of this piece, spent her entire adult life in the tiny coastal settlement of Bicheno, on Tasmania’s beautiful east coast. She is mentioned in this brief description of the community published in 1903. BICHENO – Three private homes, a school,

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AIR RAID ACTION IN ULVERSTONE

When WWII began, the Tasmanian government did not consider that air raid shelters and measures such as blackouts would be necessary. However, when Japan  bombed Peal Harbour on December 7 1941 and subsequently attacked  Darwin, everything changed. ‘Surface shelters in Tasmania should soon be an accomplished fact…….The

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HILDA RIX NICHOLAS – ART AND WAR

HILDA RIX NICHOLAS - ART AND WAR

The Australian born artist Hilda Rix (1884-1961) was living and working in France when war broke out in 1914. She abandoned her studio at the Etaples  artists’ colony and fled to London with her widowed mother and her older sister Elsie. Many of her pictures were left 

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LEONARD SHADBOLT – COURAGE UNDER FIRE

LEONARD SHADBOLT - COURAGE UNDER FIRE

Leonard George Shadbolt (son of Frank and Ethel Shadbolt) grew up in a home called Corra Lynn, in  Helen Street, West Ulverstone. He enlisted in WWII on May 12 1941, initially serving in the Middle East, and subsequently in New Guinea. On October 10 1943 Leonard was

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