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Princess Alexandra in Alexandra no less

The little town of Alexandra in Victoria was not always called Alexandra. Originally it was called Red Gate, but some time after gold was found in the 1860’s it was renamed after Alexandra of Denmark, the wife of Bertie (later … Continue reading

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The Mohyu lockup

Yesterday was J’s birthday, and still in celebratory mode we decided that as today was a nice bright cold day, we’d drive over to Mansfield, stopping off at Harry Power’s lookout for a bit of a walk. Well, when we … Continue reading

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Unravelling the death of Robert Burns Clow

If you’ve been following this blog avidly, or indeed languidly, you’ll be aware that we spent most of May in Malaysia, and in fact we spent almost all of our time there in Kuching in Sarawak and in Sabah Sarawak … Continue reading

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British reaction to the Russo Japanese war of 1905

Quite some time ago now I became mildly fascinated by the Russo Japanese war of 1905 and how it all fitted into the various debacles in Korea resulting in the Korean war, not to mention the ongoing Russo Japanese fencing match … Continue reading

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Reduction …

Like many children growing up in countries that still used the old British Pounds, Shillings and Pence (£sd) my early years in school was blighted by the dread exercise of reduction. Basically, take a sum of money, break it down … Continue reading

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Sometimes a rusty washer is just that …

I went for a walk a couple of days ago and I found an object – ok, an old rusty washer – on the footpath beside some old mine tailings, possibly brought to the surface by the recent rain. I … Continue reading

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Hoyle’s Pacific Vegetable Wonder

State Library of Victoria – original at http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/54972 Last week, while I was working on the Dow’s Pharmacy Documentation Project we had a query from a lady researching her family history as to whether we had any bottles of Hoyle’s … Continue reading

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