DEATH IN THE YARRA

DEATH IN THE YARRA

I’ve always been interested in family history. Sometimes a snippet received from a relative leads  to an intriguing and in this case, very sad story. My maternal grandmother Nora was an Upston, from the rural district of Reedy Marsh, in  north-west Tasmania.   The family emigrated from Attleborough,

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THE LARCOMBE CHAIRS

THE LARCOMBE CHAIRS

My great grandfather William Larcombe arrived in Launceston, Tasmania  in December  1856 aboard the ship Alice Walton. William was then aged 25. He was accompanied by his 20 year old  wife Sarah (nee Parker) and their two small children; Leah and Thomas. The family were  from Devon,

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Dolly Pegs

Dolly Pegs

A SMALL PIECE OF WOOD Apparently wooden ‘dolly pegs’ were originally  hand made by Gypsies in the UK, who sold them door to door.  Sometimes they were carved from hedgerow wood, sometimes they were just a couple of sticks  bound together with strips of tin. In Tasmania 

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BUSH AND BACKYARD CRICKET

BUSH AND BACKYARD CRICKET

Christmas in Australia🎄🎅🎁🤶 means……CRICKET! 🏏🏏 Our games were probably more Big Bash than Test Matches.  DEMON BOWLING OR DREADFUL BATTING? I recently came across the newspaper report of an 1893 cricket match between the rural communities of Exton and Reedy Marsh, in northern Tasmania. EXTON V REEDY

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HORROR STORIES AT MY MOTHER’S KNEE.

HORROR STORIES AT MY MOTHER'S KNEE.

Let me say at the outset that my darling mother was the most gentle, kind hearted person you could hope to meet.  However, she did have a penchant for filling our heads with the most terrifying information imaginable. We kids were both fascinated and appalled. Her stories

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UNDERGROUND MUTTON AND FLYING SHEEP

UNDERGROUND MUTTON AND FLYING SHEEP

THOUGHTS ON THE BUNNY… Rabbits had begun to breed in plague proportions in Tasmania as early as 1827. The Colonial Times and Tasmanian Advertiser reported: ‘…the common rabbit is becoming so numerous throughout the colony, that they are running about on some large estates by the thousands.

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REEDY MARSH – A CHRISTMAS STORY

REEDY MARSH -  A CHRISTMAS STORY

Christmas is a time for reflection and family memories of times gone by. My maternal grandparents James and Nora Larcombe raised a large family on a sheep farm at Reedy Marsh, seven miles from the small town of Deloraine in northern Tasmania. The pair married  in the 

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