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 [...]

Quail’s Saddlery – a Cooma institution.

For more than eighty years Quail’s saddlery business made, supplied and repaired harnesses, saddles and all manner of leather goods in the Cooma region. What makes this business so fascinating is that it endured through the advent of the motorcar, aeroplane, trains, buses, two world wars and a depression, finally closing in 1972. The longevity [...]

By | February 4th, 2018|Australian pastoral history, COUNTRY LIFE|0 Comments

The problem with the moon.

It’s a super moon, blue moon, eclipse and a blood moon. If we were alive in ancient times we’d be getting ready for some odd activities. I’m sure Nostradamus would have a chapter on it somewhere…. Full moons were and still are associated with some strange and even insane behavior, including the old werewolf chestnut. [...]

By | January 31st, 2018|Australian pastoral history|0 Comments

Deeargee: Light & air in the 1870s

The New England area of New South Wales was opened up in the 1830s, when squatters moved their sheep northwards onto the tablelands. Having been displaced by the massive acreage granted to the Australian Agricultural Company graziers had no choice but to move further out, into uncharted territory. A remarkable area with bushland, steep gorges [...]

By | January 25th, 2018|Australian pastoral history|2 Comments

Where stories come from and why they matter to you.

Where does a story come from? Each of us has own own personal story. A series of moments made up of triumph and tragedy. If we look back at our lives we can link each step together and sometimes we can understand how we got to where we are today. Sure some of it is [...]

By | January 20th, 2018|A WRITERS LIFE, Opinion, Writing advice|5 Comments

The ‘Squatter Service’.

Charles Kerry of Kerry & Co was a photographer at the turn of the century – 1900s. His photographic company was very popular capturing images from NSW’s rural areas at a time when regional Australia was growing quickly. He was also quick to see the needs of inland dwellers creating his ‘Squatter Service’ where he [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

On the edge of the Nullarbor- Madura Station (Plains).

‘A hideous anomaly, a blot on the face of nature, the sort of place one gets into in bad dreams’. This is the description of the plains by English explorer Edward John Eyre, a man who was a definite authority on the Nullarbor after his successful crossing in 1841. This area is desolate, a vast [...]

By | January 10th, 2018|Australian pastoral history|0 Comments

A Scottish massacre

A Scottish massacre and a shearing shed in South Australia. How history weaves itself around the world. A 30-minute drive west of Mount Gambier in South Australia is the small rural town of Glencoe. A community that was built up from a sheep station, the town and the property were named after the rugged highland [...]

By | November 30th, 2017|Australian pastoral history, MOTHER NATURE|0 Comments

Those were the days…

My father was born in 1931. A time when things were saved and reused, repaired or modified and the word excess was rarely mentioned except perhaps when a person overate. Brown paper and string were kept for parcel wrapping, cereal boxes and wooden spoons were a child’s delight and a day trip to town included [...]

By | November 30th, 2017|Opinion|0 Comments
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