THE MYSTERIOUS PROFESSOR BONNER

THE MYSTERIOUS  PROFESSOR BONNER

Professor Bonner was a self-styled hypnotist, touring the eastern states of Australia in the early part of the 20th century. On January 30 1906, the professor was in Ballarat, performing with Bostock and Wombwell’s Circus. As part of his headline act, a pocket knife was secreted in

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THE TASMANIAN AXEMEN LOST AT SEA

THE TASMANIAN AXEMEN LOST AT SEA

Writing in 1926, a journalist  (The Daily News, Perth) reflected on  the sport of wood chopping in the years before WWI. He appeared to have been pretty impressed by competitors from the island state. In Tasmania, in the underhand events, the axemen invariably were barefooted, and they

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SS WARATAH: AUSTRALIA’S ‘TITANIC’

SS WARATAH: AUSTRALIA'S  'TITANIC'

The Mystery of the S.S. Waratah   On July 27 1909 the SS Waratah was sighted by a passing ship off the east coast of South Africa, enroute to London from Sydney. She was carrying 211 passengers and crew, many of them Australian. The ship was never

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