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S.S. TALUNE AND A DEADLY CARGO OF FLU VIRUS

S.S. TALUNE AND A DEADLY CARGO OF FLU VIRUS

With the  toll from the Corona virus rising we have been reminded 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 Pacific island where the toll was absolutely

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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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THE MYSTERIOUS FIRES AT WEST WYALONG

THE MYSTERIOUS FIRES  AT WEST WYALONG

 BUILT ON GOLD Gold was discovered at Wyalong in 1893 and within a few years it was pronounced  the most productive goldfield in the colony of New South Wales.  Three miles away, West Wyalong was unplanned, growing up along a winding  bullock track.  It became the main

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THE EXPLORERS’ TREE

THE EXPLORERS' TREE

In 1813 the three men pictured above set out to cross  the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, keeping to the ridges, rather than the deep, forested valleys. Accompanied by five servants, they were the first European settlers  to succeed. I think we would all agree that

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BALM TO THE SOUL IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS & BEYOND

BALM TO THE SOUL IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS & BEYOND

I have been revising  a piece I wrote about pioneering women and their appreciation of Australia’s native flora.  Not surprisingly, the Blue Mountains featured heavily. Once the first road was constructed from Sydney through to Bathurst in 1815,  intrepid settlers followed. Then the iron ranges echoed To

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