Posts Tagged Queen Victoria

EMPIRE DAY – LOLLIES AND CRACKERS!

EMPIRE DAY - LOLLIES AND CRACKERS!

I am an  Aussie who voted for a republic, but despite this  I have a nostalgic  affection for  Empire Day. It was  celebrated during my  1950’s  Tasmanian  childhood on May 24th, Queen Victoria’s birthday. A bag of boiled lollies  was distributed to each of us after we

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REFLECTIONS ON A VISIT TO NICE

REFLECTIONS ON  A VISIT TO NICE

THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE TRAVEL SECTION OF THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN My partner and I are driving through Nice when  a group of local youths begin jeering at a cavalcade of stereo blasting Ferraris. With complete disregard for following  traffic, all three drivers  screech

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WALTZING MATILDA DOWN THE THAMES

WALTZING MATILDA DOWN THE THAMES

AUSSIE  HISTORY ALONG THE  THAMES For Australians exploring the  Thames Path there are  places of particular interest.  On the upper reaches of the  river  is the village of Buscot, and the National Trust owned  Buscot Park. The house was built in the 1770’s by Edward Loveden Townsend. In 1859,

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REDISCOVERING HISTORIC SYDNEY

I spend most my life buried away in the Blue Mountains…and I don’t even eat gum leaves!  Anyway, Pauline took me on a little tour of Sydney recently.  She wrote a story about it, but I had to cross out  lots of rubbish that she wanted to

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Queen Victoria – A statue and a scandal!

Queen Victoria - A statue and a scandal!

UPDATED AND EXTENDED AUGUST 2017 A  ROYAL REPLICA Early last century John Norton, firebrand editor of Sydney’s Truth newspaper, described Queen Victoria rather unkindly as; ‘..the podgy figured, sulky faced little German woman whose ugly statue at the top of King Street sagaciously keeps one eye on

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A QUANDRY FOR QUEEN VICTORIA

A QUANDRY FOR  QUEEN VICTORIA

In my non-fiction  book, The Water Doctor’s Daughters,  Queen Victoria is a central figure. Early in  1842,  Victoria employed a well educated young Frenchwoman as one of her wardrobe mistresses.  Célestine Doudet  was  born in Rouen  on June  15 1817,  to a  highly regarded French army officer 

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