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Shakepeare said: “Tis the sport to have the engineer hoist with his own petard.” And indeed, there is some satisfaction in seeing the petard that hoisted the Juukan Gorge also sending some of Rio Tinto’s top brass flying out of the executive wing. The three chief miners had already lost their bonuses in the usual […]


We continue to lose our past

So Reconciliation Week has come and gone – and also gone is 46,000 years worth of priceless history pulverised by Rio Tinto in the Juukan Gorge.  An unfortunate error, apparently – the merciless miner didn’t really know what it was doing, and although some of the indigenous locals asked it to desist, it had already […]



Almost six months have now elapsed and the residents of the Wingham and indeed the broader MidCoast community, particularly those who have family in cemeteries throughout the LGA, are still no wiser as to how such a desecration of their cemetery, with over 60 headstones callously “laid down” could have occurred and indeed who was […]

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The 900 year journey to press freedom and the right

Let’s face it: the natural state of government is secrecy. It is also the most cost effective, lacks red tape and is capable of immediate results.  What’s not to love about secrecy? Indeed, even the great society, founded to have a government ‘Of the People, By the People, For the People’, and despite the First […]

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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 says remembering March 5, 1968 when the helicopter he was in filming a scene for […]

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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 important and prominent monument to the men and women who served in the wars. My […]


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 attack on Australian soil. On the morning of the attack excitement was mounting among the […]

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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 cities by saving iconic heritage areas like The Rocks in Sydney. The BLF refused to […]


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 you get, the more the past impinges on the mind, and scenes you had forgotten […]


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 a greater degree of mobility. There are opportunities to move, to explore new avenues and […]