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HARLEY COHEN; GALLIPOLI STROLLER

HARLEY COHEN;  GALLIPOLI STROLLER

  Sydney born Harley Cohen was one of the first to enlist in WWI. His  service number in the 4th Battalion  was a very low 37.  He was a slight figure,  only 5′ 3″ tall  and weighing in at a shade over 8 stone. He was university

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EDITOR DES; BIRD WATCHER

EDITOR DES; BIRD WATCHER

BLUE MOUNTAINS TWITCHER   Introducing myself…Editor Des.  After a bit of training I’m  now a master bird watcher in the beautiful Blue Mountains.  I was originally banned  from this pursuit by my guardian Pauline Conolly, because I kept chattering and scaring  Mr  Satin Bowerbird.  For heaven’s sake,

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MONEY IN MUM’S PURSE – CHILD ENDOWMENT

MONEY IN MUM'S PURSE  - CHILD ENDOWMENT

GODFATHER OF A MILLION CHILDREN These days Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt is best remembered for the mysterious circumstances of his death by drowning in 1967, at  Victoria’s Portsea. However, in Robert Menzies’ government during WWII  he served as   Minister for Labour,  and was  responsible for

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MUSEUMS THAT MESS WITH THE MIND!!

MUSEUMS THAT MESS WITH THE MIND!!

Hello, Editor Des here.   Well I like visiting medical museums.  In fact,  I quite fancy myself as a doctor. Last year I  performed  a little operation  on my neighbor  Fred, after he  carelessly lost a second  leg. It was reasonably successful.   These  museums  can be

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DOMED, BUT DOOMED; SYDNEY’S GARDEN PALACE DISASTER

DOMED, BUT DOOMED; SYDNEY'S GARDEN PALACE DISASTER

One historical event I really wish I could have attended is London’s  Great Exhibition of 1851.  Those  inventive, enthusiastic Victorians  put on a display that dazzled the world. It was housed  in a building so innovative it scarcely seemed real; the remarkable Crystal Palace. Of course eventually

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A MISTY WALK IN BLACKHEATH

A MISTY WALK IN BLACKHEATH

I rather like misty days, they remind  me of cool flannels being placed on fevered brows. Our property adjoins the Blue Mountains’  National Park and sometimes bushwalkers  become disoriented, blundering  into my garden. I point them in the direction of Govett’s Leap, with a gentle warning to

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Horatia Nelson; ‘Who Was My Mother?’

Horatia Nelson; 'Who Was My Mother?'

When Horatia Nelson Ward died at Pinner near London in March 1881, a brief notice in the local paper recorded her as ‘Widow of the late Rev. Philip Ward, Vicar of Tenterden, Kent, in her 81st year.’ However, an article in the Times several days later referred

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MR S. BOWERBIRD OF BLACKHEATH

MR S. BOWERBIRD OF BLACKHEATH

Introducing Mr Satin bowerbird outside his Blue Mountains  home at; No. 1 Memorial Park BLACKHEATH  2785 This is a very well located, private property only a two minute walk to the village (twenty seconds in full flight). Swimming pool complex nearby and someone to cut the grass. 

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BONDI OR THE BUSH? ALL ABOARD THE BLUE MTS. TRAINS

BONDI OR THE BUSH? ALL ABOARD THE BLUE MTS. TRAINS

COMMUTER COMPLAINTS We Blue Mountains residents have long complained about our trains, The following was taken  from The Daily Telegraph in May 1928; The trains of New South Wales are notoriously dirty and slow, and a great deal of the inefficiency and neglect of the Railway Commissioners

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AMBUSH AT BARTON PARK – WHAT MOTIVATED A MURDERER?

AMBUSH AT BARTON PARK - WHAT MOTIVATED  A MURDERER?

It is likely that the person who shot two people at Wallerawang, New South Wales in 1948 is still alive. I have referred to him  here as Bennie Harvey. It’s not his real name, but  one his friends used at the time of the murders. The shotgun

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