The Hallett Deaths at Katoomba; a Very Quiet Exit.

The Hallett Deaths at Katoomba; a Very Quiet Exit.

Mrs Eva  Hallett arrived in the Blue Mountains town of Katoomba by rail in the autumn of 1916, accompanied by her 16 year old daughter Violet. For a few days the pair stayed in a well known boarding house. However, Mrs Hallett then visited a local estate

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WARTIME SECRETS IN GLENBROOK AND MARRANGAROO

WARTIME SECRETS IN GLENBROOK AND MARRANGAROO
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Glenbrook; Gateway To the Blue Mountains

Glenbrook; Gateway To the Blue Mountains

Recently I conducted a little social history  survey on how the various towns and villages of the Blue Mountains are perceived.  Do they have a distinct character?  Well certainly most of them do. Most surprising of all to me was that Glenbrook is considered by many to

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CAN BE GRAFFITI BE CONDONED?

CAN BE GRAFFITI BE CONDONED?

My partner Rob  would say that graffiti is just not on…period!  This is due to his battle over the electricity sub-station near our property at Blackheath.  He has been painting out tags and trying to screen it with bottle brush for years. Only now  is he beginning 

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THE MYSTERY OF THE NAKED LADY

THE MYSTERY OF THE  NAKED LADY

The  New Ivanhoe Hotel stands on the Great Western Highway at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales.  It has changed very little over the years. There are still signs of its art-deco interior, albeit a bit faded. A NEW ATTRACTION AT THE IVANHOE In

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HONEYSUCKLE (LONICERA) HAVEN

HONEYSUCKLE (LONICERA) HAVEN

Lonicera nidita is a type of honeysuckle used in topiary and hedging. It’s often known as box honeysuckle. Tiny birds such as blue wrens love to hop about in it…… and  on it, searching for bugs. It will cope with frequent, light clipping and becomes dense and

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THE QUEEN VISITS THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

THE QUEEN VISITS THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

In a now famous reference to Queen Elizabeth; ‘I did but see her passing by, and yet I’ll love her until I die.’   Prime Minister of Australia R.M. Menzies. (1963) Early in February 1954, a group of WWI diggers travelled down to Sydney to see the young

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SPIDERS ARE NOT SO SCARY.

SPIDERS ARE NOT SO SCARY.

I can’t say that I like spiders, but I have become quite fascinated with the ones I see in my garden here in the Blue Mountains.  Of course most of them I don’t actually see….only their intricate webs. People on an Australian spider ID site  told me the

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MRS EDNA WOOD – A LIFE STORY

MRS EDNA WOOD - A LIFE STORY

Mrs Edna Wood came into our lives several years ago, after an acacia tree was felled.  Right from the outset she had a penchant for hats, especially with extravagant floral trimmings.  We live in the beautiful Blue Mountains, where rhododendrons and camellias provided her with an unlimited

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BANKSIA SERRATA; WEIRD AND WONDERFUL!

BANKSIA SERRATA; WEIRD AND WONDERFUL!

Specimens  of  of the Australian native Banksia serrata  were  collected by Sir Joseph Banks in  1770 and later named for him. They are funny, gnarled trees that look ancient long before their time (rather like weather beaten Australian gardeners). Serrata refers to the  tough, saw edged  leaves; Their knobbled

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