Monday, January 4, 2021

The Stanthorpe Heritage Museum has fifteen buildings and more than 20,000 items

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School Residence (1894): The North Maryands schoolhouse features displays of a schoolroom, kitchenalia, religious vestments. banking office and photographic equipment.

Ardmore House (1920): This was one of five summer holiday homes built in Stanthorpe during the 1920s. It houses hospital, ambulance, dental, bathroom, bedroom, music, toy, domestic and textile collections plus the local Italian history.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Visiting Tibooburra in Outback NSW


There is something impossibly romantic about Tibooburra; there it is in the far north-western corner (Corner Country) of New South Wales. Tibooburra is 335 km north of Broken Hill, 1504 km north-west of Sydney, 900 km from Adelaide. It seems so isolated and yet it is full of friendliness and activity.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

South Australian History: Who was William Finke and John 'Goog' Denton?


A number of significant and stunningly beautiful outback landforms have been named after William Finke. But just who was this enigmatic German and what was his connection to early South Australian exploration?  Colin Judkins delves into some dusty drawers.

Born in Germany around 1814, he arrived in South Australia aboard the vessel “Tom O’Shanter” in 1836 (part of that state's so-called first fleet). The only name that resembled his on the ships' books was Johann Wilhelm Finke, so it appears he anglicised his name on arrival.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Venice: A City Rising From the Sea

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Reminding us of the birth of Venus. 

Venice... a town founded on a love of freedom, growing gradually in the silence of her lagoon, thanks to the determination and wisdom of its citizens. 

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Lonely Planet celebrates decades of award-winning travel photography


And reveals the stories behind the images in “The Perfect Shot”

Discover the determination and persistence required to take the perfect travel photograph.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

24 hours in Gerringong: The perfect weekend getaway from Sydney


If you’re looking for a quick weekend escape from Sydney and surrounds, a night or two in the beautiful beachside town of Gerringong will leave you feeling relaxed, reset and back at one with nature. Just a two-hour drive south from the city CBD along the winding coastal roads, the golden sands, deep blue rolling surf and undulating green pastures will transport you away from the hustle and bustle, offering a mental break from daily life. 

Monday, December 7, 2020

Goodbye to classic old picture theatres

The often sad demise of the world's picture theatres brings a tear to the eye of many, myself included.

During the 1970s and '80s, my mother worked for a small cinema and drive-in company which later was subsumed into the Greater Union group. I remember with great fondness spending school holidays rummaging through the piles of old movie posters which were used as wrapping paper. I know!

I later had a job as an assistant projectionist at one of the Starline Drive-Ins at Adelaide's Hectorville. The site is now housing, as is so often the case.

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