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Blacksmiths

I have blacksmiths in my family tree dating back to c1600 when John Dunwell either took over or set up the smithy in the small village of Kirk Deighton in Yorkshire. Opposite the smithy stood the ‘Bay Horse Inn’ and the village green. The hotel stands to...

Cowra

Two kilometres out of Cowra, NSW, a POW Camp was built to hold incoming prisoners of war: Japanese soldiers captured in Borneo and New Guinea, Italians captured in North Africa, Indonesians who were activists against the Dutch, not actually prisoners of war, but...

Click Go The Shears

The Australian wool industry began in 1797 with the introduction of Merino sheep to the colony of New South Wales, and within 50 years wool was Australia’s main export. For the continuing 100 years, wool exports were crucial to Australia’s economic prosperity, giving...

The Dunera Boys

The New South Wales outback town of Hay became a hive of activity during the Second World War when the government of the day commissioned a prisoner of war camp to be built there. The criteria for a POW camp needed to be followed:- 1. It had to be built on an area...

We Wuz Ten Pound Poms

In 1964 we emigrated from London to Brisbane as ten pound Poms. My husband George and I had travelled and worked in Germany for about nine months during 1963 and when we got back to London we couldn’t seem to settle, as the travelling bug was with us. We both had good...