CURATOR KREFFT OUT THE DOOR!

CURATOR KREFFT OUT THE DOOR!

My partner and I were wandering through Sydney’s newly renovated Australian Museum recently, enjoying all the natural history treasures on display. I hardly gave the Victorian armchair pictured below a second glance until I overheard a staff member explaining it’s significance to another visitor. Oh my word,

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THE ODD HISTORY OF A GOLD NUGGET

THE ODD HISTORY OF A GOLD NUGGET

In 1887 there was great excitement over a huge gold nugget found at Maitland Bar near Mudgee. The prize was unearthed on June 22, as three miners were working their claim; Jonathan Thorpe, Isaac Holmes and Fred Leeder. After washing two tubs of material Holmes and Leeder

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O BAR AND DINING….HIGH ABOVE SYDNEY

O BAR AND DINING....HIGH ABOVE SYDNEY

Remember The Summit, that revolving restaurant towering above the city? It closed for renovations in 2012 and re-opened as O Bar & Dining. My partner Rob took me there recently for a significant birthday celebration. Due to the wretched Covid19 Rob and I hadn’t been to Sydney

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HOW TO DISAPPEAR IN SYDNEY

HOW TO DISAPPEAR IN SYDNEY

Hello Peeps, well I had a Covid escape to Sydney from Blackheath last week. Cities are very strange places, did you know that? You could disappear from one completely in the proverbial puff of smoke, or something even more peculiar! Well I was watching a man with

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EDITOR DES OF BLACKHEATH, KOALA CRUSADER.

EDITOR DES OF BLACKHEATH, KOALA CRUSADER.

Hello. Did you know that Australia’s dear little koala had a very bad time during the bush fires earlier this year? Well they can’t run very fast, so that was a problem. I was in Sydney the other day and people were protesting about it all. I

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A DREAM DINNER PARTY

A DREAM DINNER PARTY

Daydreaming in our pandemic iso-world is a national pastime. Here is an imagined dinner, hosted by myself and my partner Rob in our new house at Blackheath, in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. There are four courses (well sort of), and four dinner guests from

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LACHLAN MACQUARIE JNR & A MORAL COMPASS?

LACHLAN MACQUARIE JNR & A MORAL COMPASS?

I was intrigued to come across a reference to one of my articles on the internet recently. It was included in the description of a rare and beautiful item offered for sale by Hordern House Rare books, located in Sydney’s Surry Hills. This tiny object was of

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EDITOR DES LEAVES LOCK-DOWN

EDITOR DES LEAVES LOCK-DOWN

Hello, Desmond Conolly here. I’m off to old Sydney town at last! Yay, lock-down has been such a challenge! Mind you, right from the start I knew the trip would be difficult for someone with an independent spirit comme moi. And wow, was I right! At Medlow

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SYDNEY SOJOURN FOR EDITOR DES

SYDNEY SOJOURN FOR EDITOR DES

Hello Peeps My elderly guardians Pauline, and Dr Bob went on a little ‘rest and recuperation trip’ to Sydney this week, after the bushfires in our village of Blackheath. I believe it’s called a ‘sojourn’. I wasn’t allowed to stay home alone due to a previous incident,

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‘GONE TO GOWINGS’ ……BAR AND GRILL, SYDNEY

'GONE TO GOWINGS' ......BAR AND GRILL, SYDNEY

Remember the old Gowings Department store in Sydney? And their catchphrase, ‘GONE TO GOWINGS’ ? It was the place to go for rural chaps in town for the Easter Show. Sadly, the store closed a good while back, much to my disappointment. I loved the eccentricity of

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