Tribute to Condensed Milk

Tribute to Condensed Milk

Condensed milk has been around for generations. I do love the following  snippet, published in an Australian newspaper in 1901; When condensed milk was first introduced thirty years ago  the idea was scoffed at. The inventor carried the entire daily  supply for New York in a ten-quart pail, delivering

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AIMEE EDOLS PAYS THE PRICE

AIMEE EDOLS PAYS THE PRICE

CONTINUING THE STORY OF SYDNEY SOCIALITE AIMÉE EDOLS . CLICK HERE FOR  PART ONE   In 1932, bankrupt Sydney socialite  Aimée Edols evaded police for nearly  six months.  She had turned for help  to an old  friend, Amy Styles, from nearby Vaucluse. Mrs Styles was a widow, whose husband  had drowned

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MRS EDOLS; SYDNEY’S MISSING SOCIETY MATRON

MRS EDOLS; SYDNEY'S MISSING SOCIETY MATRON

THE GOOD LIFE FOR MRS EDOLS The reception for the couple was held at the prestigious Australia Hotel . In 1930, 47 year old Aimee Edols was living  in  Sydney’s  fashionable  Eastern Suburbs.  Her husband  Ernest was a retired grazier, whose family had once owned  Burrawang, an extensive property at

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BLACKHEATH BOBBY!

BLACKHEATH BOBBY!

DID BLACKHEATH  REALLY NEED A BOBBY? During the summer of 1892 the cash box was stolen from the general store in  the Blue Mountains village of Blackheath. There was an immediate  call to appoint a policeman. Not everyone was in favour of this step, as the  following

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SCANDAL IN BLACKHEATH’S WENTWORTH STREET

SCANDAL IN  BLACKHEATH'S WENTWORTH STREET

Wentworth Street in the Blue Mountains village of Blackheath  is filled  with tourists  during April and May, when  the deciduous trees put on a spectacular display of  autumn colour. I live just around the corner and it’s always a pleasure to walk along the street on my way

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Social history and Sydney’s Easter Show.

Social history and Sydney's Easter Show.

 TIMES ARE A’ CHANGING AT THE SHOW As I wandered   around Sydney’s Royal Easter Show on my last visit I was struck by how accurately this iconic event reflects changes in our society.  The cookery section is a classic case in point.  If we want it to

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THE ‘MARCIA’ BICYCLE SIDECAR

THE 'MARCIA' BICYCLE SIDECAR

INTRODUCTION  –   I have always been impressed by my friend Marcia’s energy and love of the outdoors.  I have known her for quite  a few years, but  it was only recently that she mentioned this delightful aspect  of  her family history. It certainly  shed some light on

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SOCIAL HISTORY AND THE SATIN BOWERBIRD

SOCIAL HISTORY AND THE SATIN BOWERBIRD

Perhaps the most entertaining and interesting  bird in my garden is the  Australian Satin Bowerbird. The difference in appearance  between females and juveniles and the adult male is hard to believe.  Initially the birds are olive green, with cream and brown  scalloped chests,  bronze wings and tail.

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TROUBLE AT THE WOOLLEN MILL

TROUBLE AT THE WOOLLEN MILL

This piece was first published in the Sydney Morning Herald. Following in the footsteps of Gracie Fields…my brief career as a mill worker. In a radio survey that set out to find Australia’s worst job, removing chicken innards on a production line won hands down….or rather hands

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Antique Pillboxes and Other Miniature Containers

Antique Pillboxes and Other Miniature Containers

AN OBSESSION IS BORN- MANY PILLBOXES FOLLOWED! On holiday in Tasmania some years ago, I purchased a sweet little pillbox in an antique store at Evandale. It was gilt, with  a beautiful lid of  purple, machined enamel. It cost me $40. Soon afterwards I bought an 18th

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