Amy Sherwin; the Tasmanian Nightingale

Amy Sherwin; the Tasmanian Nightingale

An update.😊 In 1978 the ABC made a film about Amy Sherwin. If you scroll down to the comments, you will see a message from Dianne Smith, who has kindly provided contact details for those who expressed an interest in seeing this some time ago. Dianne’s young

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RONALD ALLEN; MISSING AT POZIERES

RONALD ALLEN; MISSING AT POZIERES

In August 1915 a function was held in the small, rural village of North Motton, in North West Tasmania.  Local people were saying goodbye to seven young men from the district who were leaving to fight in WWI. After the speeches one fellow stepped forward; ‘Mr A.L.

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IODINE DEFICIENCY = NIGHTMARE NECKS!

IODINE DEFICIENCY = NIGHTMARE NECKS!

Broadcaster Simon Marnie got into a bit of strife when advocating ’boutique’ salts on ABC morning radio. His rather cavalier dismissal of thyroid issues due to un-iodised salt resulted in dozens of protesting texts and a call from a health expert. When I was attending the Ulverstone 

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TROUBLES AT THE TARANNA TIMBER MILL

TROUBLES AT THE  TARANNA TIMBER MILL

In the early 20th century the main timber mill at Taranna, on Tasmania’s Tasman Peninsular, was owned by  Messrs. Jones and Hay Pty. Ltd.   Like most businesses, it was going  through hard times during the Great Depression.  The workforce had been  severely reduced, and the remaining

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TASMANIAN FOOTBALL FOLKLORE

TASMANIAN FOOTBALL FOLKLORE

 AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL RULES I grew up in the small Tasmanian town of Ulverstone, where Australian Rules Football was the sport we were passionate about.  Ulverstone’s colours  have always been  black and red, hence their name, The Robins. In the 1960’s football was untainted by the corporate sector and

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THE DEATH OF RAILTON BORN ETHEL GRIGGS AT OMEO

THE DEATH OF RAILTON BORN ETHEL GRIGGS AT OMEO

In the early 1900s,  life for Albert and Annie White  of rural Railton in northern Tasmania revolved around their local Methodist church. Their children  regularly sang and recited at church functions.   The eldest  daughter, Ethel, became a teacher, posted to various small country schools in the area.    She was much

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THE WELL; A FAMILY TIME CAPSULE

THE WELL; A FAMILY TIME CAPSULE

The summer of 1957  in north west Tasmania was unusually dry.  My father was forced to harness up  our draught horses Bell and Nugget  and use a sled to transport water to our  farmhouse from a back paddock  dam. He used 44 gallon drums covered with wet chaff bags for

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MR McGINTY’S GOLD

MR McGINTY'S GOLD

  In  1883, James McGinty and his  two  prospecting partners  found what is still the  largest gold nugget ever found in Tasmania.  It was discovered at Rocky River, near Corinna on the  wild west coast. It weighed 243ozs and was valued at £6,000. Below is an  image  of the nugget  on

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Dolly Pegs

Dolly Pegs

A SMALL PIECE OF WOOD Apparently wooden ‘dolly pegs’ were originally  hand made by Gypsies in the UK, who sold them door to door.  Sometimes they were carved from hedgerow wood, sometimes they were just a couple of sticks  bound together with strips of tin. In Tasmania 

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