Category Archives: History


Boris Janjic (partner to our editor Di Morrissey) is a member of a very exclusive club – he climbed down Ayers Rock (Uluru) but never up the majestic sacred site. ‘Actually I was half carried down in a daze,’ he

Following our story on Stan Roberts “A Hidden Hero In The Family”

David Miller sent us the following piece about the Sandakan Death March.  To the modern tourist, Sabah’s Mt. Kinabalu is a majestic mountain with a most unusual summit. Its’ features are even more striking when viewed through the frame of


Every family has its secrets . . . But it’s been a shock when no-one in the family ever knew that the quiet retired local butcher, Stan Roberts, (related to our editor) was a war hero. The first we knew

A Memorial for the whole of New South Wales

Bernadette Foley takes a special tour of a special memorial  In recognition of Anzac Day this month, let me tell you of a walk I took recently through the striking new additions to the Anzac Memorial, New South Wales’ most

Picnic train atrocity in Broken Hill

New Year’s Day, 1915 A Tuncurry resident unearths some family history! January 1, 2019 marked the 104th anniversary of a fatal attack on a picnic train at Broken Hill, in outback NSW, which was the scene of the first terrorist

Where are the Jack Mundeys of today?

Jack Mundey became a national figure in the early 1970s when as Secretary of the NSW Branch of the Builders’ Labourers Federation (BLF), he led the union’s famous ‘green bans’. This extraordinary conservation campaign redefined the development of Australia’s major

The Good Old Days of Early Television

Our first female Gold Logie Winner reminisces      by Hazel Phillips OAM ‘Write me something nostalgic,’ suggested the Editor on the phone. ‘Nostalgic!’ I replied to my friend Di (Morrissey), at my age, what else is there?’ Funny that. The older

Fashion Is as Fashion Does!

  “Clothing has long been the means by which people have been assessed. What you wear immediately places the wearer in a social class or environment. This is as true today as it was in 1860. However, there is today