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THE OLD CHERRY TREES OF BLACKHEATH

THE OLD CHERRY TREES OF BLACKHEATH

From the Lithgow Mercury on October 12 1953; In 1953, the women residents of Park Avenue in the Blue Mountains village of Blackheath decided their street needed a little beautification.  Let’s face it, the very  word ‘avenue’ suggests a  tree lined promenade.  Perhaps they also felt a

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DEPRESSION ERA DINING

DEPRESSION ERA DINING

One feature of  cooking during the Great Depression, especially in rural areas, was home made kitchen ware.  I especially like the flour sifter; Kerosene was widely used in Australia for heating and lighting, and the  empty  tins provided the raw material for all manner of makeshift household

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THE GREAT VEGEMITE COMP!

THE GREAT VEGEMITE COMP!

  Vegemite was developed  by Australian businessman Fred Walker, in opposition to the UK’s Marmite. It was first sold in 1924.  I was amused to discover that  he briefly marketed it as Parwill  (as in Pa will, Ma might.) In October 1926  an advertisement in Sydney’s  Sunday

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THE SILVEREYES OF OLD SYDNEY

THE SILVEREYES OF OLD SYDNEY

THE SWEET SILVEREYES   It’s hard to believe that many of these tiny birds migrate annually from Tasmania to as far north as southern Queensland. What an epic journey for them.  Back in the mid 19thC a wild  storm swept a flock to New Zealand, where they

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ESKBANK HOUSE – THE BARTON PARK EXHIBITS

ESKBANK HOUSE - THE BARTON PARK EXHIBITS

I visited Eskbank House Museum in Lithgow recently. The oldest part of the colonial Georgian  house  was built circa 1842, from local sandstone. The original owner was Mr Thomas Brown, who established the Eskbank Colliery.   There is a lot of early Lithgow history on display, but 

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BITTER PILLS; THE MURDER OF VERA WATT

In the 1940s and 50s   A.P.C pills and  powders were one of the most popular ‘over the counter ‘ drugs in Australia. They were sold under the brand names of Vincent’s or Bex. The  highly successful advertising slogan for Bex was ‘ Stressed? All you need

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BOWERBIRDS FACE BIG CHANGES!

BOWERBIRDS FACE BIG CHANGES!

  I have a great fascination for  social history, and for our native, satin bowerbirds.  Yes, there is a strong link between the two.  When the adult blue/black  male bowerbirds  or the green juvenile ‘apprentices’ build their bowers they decorate them with anything blue they can find.

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BEX WAS NOT ALWAYS BEST!

BEX WAS NOT ALWAYS BEST!

Bex and similar over- the-counter  drugs were at the height of their popularity  in  Australia during the 1950s and 60s.  Claimed as a cure for all manner of complaints, they became  a ‘pick-me-up’  for bored, frustrated housewives  before  the Women’s Liberation movement  and the contraceptive pill changed

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UP A GUM TREE; THE MOUNT RIVERVIEW LOOK-OUT

UP A GUM TREE; THE MOUNT RIVERVIEW LOOK-OUT

The Cummins family were pioneers of Blaxland, in the lower Blue Mountains of NSW.  Bernard Cummins bought land nearby and called his property Mount Riverview. Its far-reaching views across the Nepean and Hawkesbury rivers to Sydney  gave him an idea. He constructed a wooden stairway to the

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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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