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That quest to find my ancestors

Thought I’d write a poem About my family tree – That quest to find my ancestors, To trace their link to me. They came from England mostly, To this alien, distant shore. They were seeking new beginnings For they wanted something more. They left behind the English...

Christmas from Hell

Cyclone Tracy devastated Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia on the night of Christmas Eve 1974. On the day of the cyclone, most residents of Darwin believed that the cyclone would not cause any damage to the city as Cyclone Selma had been predicted to hit...

Gold, Glorious Gold!

On 22nd May 1851 the New South Wales government officially announced that payable gold had been discovered in an area near Bathurst to the west of Sydney. This would be the catalyst for a dramatic and long-lasting effect on the economic, social, political and cultural...

Gold Fever

As a child I often heard stories about how my grandmother’s family had been pioneers in one of the first gold-rush towns in New South Wales (NSW). Four years ago, when I decided to search for my ancestral roots, this family was my starting point. My journey of...