The Fabulous Fig Trees of Sydney

The Fabulous Fig Trees of Sydney

WHO GIVES A FIG?  I DO! I love Sydney; for the harbour, the museums and theatres, but particularly for it’s amazing old fig trees. Could there be a more iconic image of the city than in the photo below?  Sydney sandstone and fig roots inextricably  entwined. That

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ELIZABETH MACQUARIE AND DR JOHNSON

ELIZABETH MACQUARIE AND DR JOHNSON

                                           A WEDDING GIFT   On November 3 1807, 29 year old Elizabeth Henrietta Campbell married 46 year old Lieutenant Colonel Lachlan Macquarie at Holsworthy, in the English county of Devon. Their wedding marked the end of a long separation. Macquarie had just returned from military service in

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EDITOR DES GOES TO THE EASTER SHOW

EDITOR DES GOES TO THE EASTER SHOW

THE BIGGEST SHOW IN TOWN Last week we  went to the Royal Easter Show in Sydney.  It’s a huge fair, and  farmers and gardeners take their produce along and win prizes. Well some of them win. I wanted to enter  some of my vegetables, but Pauline Conolly  (she’s my guardian)

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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 last year 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 survive we will

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It’s In the Bag; Sydney’s Best New Building?

  I remember watching  as  work  proceeded on the wonderfully  eccentric University of Technology building in Sydney.   The Aussie ‘brickies’   had never coped with anything quite like it. Creating folds and curves  from bricks is extremely difficult.  One  fellow joked that instead of laying a few

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THE BEST LITTLE BAKERY IN TOWN

THE BEST LITTLE BAKERY IN TOWN

BAKERY BELOW! My husband Rob  and I live in the Blue Mountains, but spend a lot of time in Sydney.  We usually stay in the same hotel apartments on the lower north shore. Conveniently, they are  located  above  a  small shopping centre. Every morning Rob pops down

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SYDNEY’S LOST BIRDS

SYDNEY'S LOST BIRDS

When the First Fleet arrived in Sydney in 1788 the bird life was incredibly rich and varied.  Before long  the artist John Lewin  was producing watercolours of  the colony’s unique species, such as the beautiful lyre bird pictured at left. The old Tank Stream  (which now runs

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THE TROUBLED LIFE OF CHARLES MACQUARIE

THE TROUBLED LIFE OF CHARLES MACQUARIE

In July 1818 Governor Lachlan Macquarie made an inspection tour of the Paterson River in the Lower Hunter region of New South Wales.  On July 30 his diary records, ‘We then proceeded to view the rest of the Farms on both sides of the River—finding the soil

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MRS MACQUARIE & DR JOHNSON

A WEDDING On November 3 1807, Elizabeth Henrietta Campbell married Lieutenant Colonel Lachlan Macquarie at Holsworthy in Devon. The ceremony was conducted by the Reverend Owen Lewis Meyrick. Elizabeth had been caring for the minister’s grand-daughters, while impatiently  waiting for Macquarie to return from army service in

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A Mother’s Love Expressed in Reading Aloud.

A Mother's Love Expressed in Reading Aloud.

Fifty five  years ago I was a wide eyed, sharp eared kid growing up on Tasmania’s North West Coast.  One weekend my mother and  I visited her brother’s family in a nearby town.  Over afternoon tea my aunt  described an incident that had taken place a few

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