Chivalry and the bush.

The question of chivalry or more correctly the demise of it got me thinking on my last trip to Sydney. I wonder what King Arthur would make of our world where he alive today. Looking down from the lofty parapets of Camelot, would he weep or take note of those who continue to uphold the [...]

By | March 11th, 2018|General, Opinion, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The grazier who was put in charge of the Australian Imperial Force.

“Such a man, could scarcely fail to be a hero to his men” - The grazier who became a Major General. Bull Ryrie was tough, an outgoing man of the Monaro who could ride like the wind as well as being a crack shot. Born into a grazing family, after attending the King’s School at Parramatta [...]

By | March 7th, 2018|Australian History, Patriotism|1 Comment

Three Rivers Station

In the mid north rangelands of Western Australia, at the headwater of the Gascoyne River is a station that dates back to 1884. Australian pastoralist Frederick Wittenoom was among the first Europeans to explore the pastoral opportunities in and around the Gascoyne River area, acquiring Three Rivers with B.J Carlyon. He stocked the holding with [...]

By | March 5th, 2018|Australian pastoral history, Blog|1 Comment

Coffee-break Quick Pick: My Brother Jack

My Brother Jack. If ever there was a portrait of the changing and fragile relationships in family and particularly between brother’s then this work stands out as one of the best. Set in the suburbs of Melbourne between the two wars George Johnston’s 1964 novel shines a light on the interwar years, introducing us to [...]

By | February 27th, 2018|Book review|0 Comments

The National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame

The National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving the place of women in history. It’s fitting that it’s located in Alice Springs in Central Australia, an area that was home to very few women over one hundred years ago. Those that did forge a home out of the bush on isolated properties [...]

By | February 21st, 2018|Australian History, Australian pastoral history|0 Comments

The Book Thieves – what else the Nazi’s stole

Coffee-break Quick Pick: You have to give it to the Nazi's. Not content with stealing every piece of art they could find - think the Monuments Men movie, they turned their attention to the libraries and bookshops of Europe, not burning as many books as we once thought. The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of [...]

By | February 21st, 2018|Book review|0 Comments

‘The Banjo’ & Waltzing Matilda

‘There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around                                                                                 That the colt from [...]

The 76th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin.

Today marks the anniversary of the largest single attack ever mounted by a foreign power on Australia – the Bombing of Darwin. On 19 February 1942, 242 Japanese aircraft, in two separate raids, attacked the town, the ships in Darwin's harbour and the town's two airfields. The Japanese hoped to prevent the Allies from stopping their invasion of Timor and [...]

By | February 16th, 2018|Australian History|0 Comments

The finest shed in Australia.

The history of the wool industry in Australia is a story of resilience and passion, rebellion and power. One company that positioned itself as a heavyweight in the Merino industry early on was F.S Falkiner and Sons. Established in the 1880s, the business went on to build an empire of sheep stations some of which [...]

A Town Called Stuart

Alice Springs the city wasn’t always known by this rather optimistic name. The settlement came about after John McDouall Stuart led an expedition through Central Australia in 1861-62, to the west of what would eventually become Alice Springs. Stuart was the savvy explorer that established a route from the south of the continent to the north [...]

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