STELLA MARKS’ PORTRAIT OF EDITH CAVELL

STELLA MARKS'  PORTRAIT OF EDITH CAVELL

First, a little background. In 1931, art collector George Garnett presented prominent Hobart surgeon Dr. Victor Ratten with a gift, in thanks for saving the life of his young daughter. Appropriately, the gift was a large oil painting of the British nurse Edith Cavell. Nurse Cavell was

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THE LOST PORTRAIT OF EDITH CAVELL

THE LOST PORTRAIT OF EDITH CAVELL

IN APPRECIATION….. In 1931, Dr Victor Ratten performed life-saving surgery on 14 year old Myra Garnett at the Royal Hobart Hospital. Some weeks later the girl’s grateful father presented Dr Ratten with a generous and most appropriate gift. George Garnett was a British born art connoisseur and

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A MIRACULOUS BONE GRAFT?

A MIRACULOUS BONE GRAFT?

Stephen W. O’Flaherty was a worker in a sawmill at Derby, a small community in the north-east of Tasmania. In the early 1900s he suffered a significant injury when a lever at the mill rebounded, breaking his arm in two places. It was said that he had

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NIGHTMARE NECKS!

NIGHTMARE NECKS!

When I was attending the Ulverstone  primary school in Tasmania in the mid 1950s, a  responsible monitor (rarely me!) would dole out tiny white goitre tablets. I don’t think  we kids  gave this a second thought as we gulped them down with our school milk. It was

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Captain Blakney – a hero of WWI

HAPPY TO SERVE Cyril Blakney  enlisted as soon as war was declared in 1914.  He was a compositor from Hobart, and also an accomplished  musician and amateur actor. Such a fine looking young man. After the Gallipoli campaign Cyril  served on the Western Front.   On June 10 1917 he

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Dr Ratten – Made in Chicago

Dr Ratten - Made in Chicago

TO CHICAGO – A MEDICAL MISSION On September 3 1906, a wealthy young dentist from Brisbane boarded  the passenger  ship Aorangi. He disembarked in Vancouver,  then entered the United States and  made his way to Chicago by train. His name was Victor Richard Ratten. Soon after he arrived

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ALLY SLOPER AND THE RACING SCANDAL

ALLY SLOPER AND THE RACING SCANDAL

A CONTINUATION OF;  THE SLOPER  AND THE STEEPLECHASE NEW OWNER FOR  THE SLOPER                               By 1911, three years on from his near win at Flemington’s  Grand National Steeplechase,  the Tasmanian jumper Ally Sloper

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THE COURAGE OF SAPPER McRAE

THE COURAGE OF SAPPER McRAE

On April 26 1915, the day after the dawn landing at Gallipoli, Sapper Duncan McRae (2nd Field Co. of Engineers) was shot in the shoulder by a Turkish sniper. He was evacuated to Egypt and from there to a military  hospital in England.   Unfortunately it was

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TWO BRISBANE BEAUTIES; EVIE DOYLE AND BLANCHE GREAVES

TWO BRISBANE BEAUTIES; EVIE DOYLE AND BLANCHE GREAVES

On April 2  1905,   the Brisbane Courier  published an article on two young women. The girls were close  friends, with a lot in common.  They were both  daughters of  Brisbane publicans, both  from Irish Catholic families, and both convent educated. They  also shared a love of

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The Next Big Thing!

 A WORK IN PROGRESS – GHOSTS OF GALLIPOLI A fellow author   invited me to share some information about my current work-in-progress in an author ‘interview’ called The Next Big Thing!  You may expect me to talk about The Water Doctor’s Daughters, or All Along the River; Tales

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