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LES MURRAY; COWSHEDS AND CONCRETE

LES MURRAY; COWSHEDS AND CONCRETE

As a Baby Boomer I grew up with little exposure to Australian literature.  It was all English boarding school stories,  Enid Blyton and Charles Dickens. My early knowledge of poets was limited to those represented in a primary school textbook, Poems for Pleasure; Blake, Longfellow, Wordsworth, Coleridge

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NIGHTMARE NECKS!

NIGHTMARE NECKS!

When I was attending the Ulverstone  primary school in Tasmania in the mid 1950s, a  responsible monitor (rarely me!) would dole out tiny white goitre tablets. I don’t think  we kids  gave this a second thought as we gulped them down with our school milk. It was

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WORLD WAR I; THE AFTERMATH

WORLD WAR I; THE AFTERMATH

On February 19 1922  my great uncle, returned WWI veteran  Arthur  Singleton, was arrested. According to a  later report by the Ulverstone police  he was in a disturbed  mental state. Like many men, he had never recovered from his war service.  As one of the first  Australians

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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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FOOTBALL FOLKLORE

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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EMPIRE DAY – LOLLIES AND CRACKERS!

EMPIRE DAY - LOLLIES AND CRACKERS!

I am an  Aussie who voted for a republic, but despite this  I have a nostalgic  affection for  Empire Day. It was  celebrated during my  1950’s  Tasmanian  childhood on May 24th, Queen Victoria’s birthday. A bag of boiled lollies  was distributed to each of us after we

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The Mystery of the Lone Pine Medal

The Mystery of the Lone Pine Medal

Private Arthur Singleton (Service No. 301) was one  of the first young Australians to volunteer in WWI.  He was a farmer’s son, from South Road, Ulverstone.  Aged 20, he joined the Tasmanian 12th Battalion, sailing off  to Egypt aboard the troopship Geelong on October 20 1914. Arthur

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ALICE BY NAME, RED QUEEN BY NATURE!

THE MATRIARCH My paternal grandmother, Alice Maud Singleton, was  born  at Sassafras, in northern Tasmania  on June 20  1884. She was a Victorian through and through.  Just add pride, vanity and  her  strict Methodist faith  and there we have  dear old Grandma. Alice by name, Red Queen

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TOURIST OF TASTE

TOURIST OF TASTE

THE WORST TOURIST IS  A TINY ONE During the off-season, invading armies of visitors withdraw from the museums and  galleries of Europe to be replaced by assault  squads of  schoolchildren. I find them more alarming than bag snatchers.  They knock people over and make a great deal

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BOXING DAY AT ULVERSTONE BEACH

BOXING DAY AT ULVERSTONE BEACH

OH I DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEA! I grew up  near Ulverstone, a seaside town on the north west coast of Tasmania. Boxing Day was traditionally beach day. During the nineteen fifties we were still without a car, and  travelled the four miles (8km) from

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