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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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Just P. and O. at the Tom Bass Sculpture

Just P. and O. at the Tom Bass Sculpture

                    The sculptor Tom Bass (1916-2010)  was born in Lithgow.  Richard Neville (1941-2016) spent much of his  later life in the Blue Mountains village of  Blackheath. Both men were associated with a work of art regarded as one

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IN THE SHADOW OF WAR – THE EMPIRE GAMES OF 1938

IN THE SHADOW OF WAR - THE EMPIRE GAMES OF 1938

In  February 1938, 15 countries from what was then known as The British Empire, assembled in Sydney for what would be the last Empire Games until well after  the Second World War.  It was a huge occasion, especially as the event coincided with Sydney’s 150th anniversary. After

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HOW WILLIAM WENTWORTH BOILED DOWN A PROBLEM

HOW WILLIAM WENTWORTH BOILED DOWN A PROBLEM

William Charles Wentworth;  Australian politician, explorer, author, barrister, statesman and landowner.   A man of many parts. At the height (maybe that should be depth ) of the 1840’s economic depression in New South Wales, sheep were selling at just 9d each and cattle for only a

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SYDNEY SUBURBS; AN ABRIDGED A-Z

SYDNEY SUBURBS; AN ABRIDGED A-Z

A LIGHT-HEARTED ‘JOURNEY’ AROUND SYDNEY SUBURBS     We should never forget that almost all the  names  given  to Sydney and its environs by Europeans were preceded by those used  by Australia’s  first people. Here is a list of  Aboriginal place names  complied by the Australian Museum.

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CAN KATOOMBA’S PARAGON CAFE BE PRESERVED?

CAN KATOOMBA'S PARAGON CAFE  BE PRESERVED?

In 1916 The Paragon Café  was established  at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales  by Greek immigrant Theo Simos and his family.  It became an enormous success, and far more than a café.  The art-deco interior still features  a  banquet room, and a ballroom

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THE MYSTERY OF THE WISHING TREE

THE MYSTERY OF THE WISHING TREE

In Sydney’s Botanic Gardens there is a very special Norfolk Island pine known as The Wishing Tree.   It is a replacement of the original, which was planted in the early days of the colony. A sign explains its history, and its association with Governor  Lachlan Macquarie’s

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SIXPENCE TO VISIT THE SICK

SIXPENCE TO VISIT THE SICK

Several  years ago I had to spend a few weeks in a major Sydney hospital. I didn’t actually feel sick, and since I was editing a book I took along my  notebooks and computer. There was no restriction  at all on visitors. In fact, my husband Rob

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A MAGICAL FAMILY ‘FARAWAY’ TREE

A  MAGICAL FAMILY  'FARAWAY' TREE

 THE LUCERNE TREE One of my favourite  childhood books  was The Magic Faraway tree, by Enid Blyton. It actually belonged to my sister. Who could not be enchanted by The Saucepan Man, Mr  Moonface, Mrs Washalot et al.                   The

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CHRISTMAS IN BLACKHEATH

CHRISTMAS IN BLACKHEATH

CHRISTMAS IS NIGH       As Christmas approaches I love looking back at seasonal celebrations in my  Blue Mountains village of Blackheath. The following is from The Lithgow Mercury in 1909; There was very little stir here during Christmas, and everything passed off quietly. On Boxing

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