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Mr Stuart’s Track

November 13th, 2006

I have just finished reading John Bailey’s recent biography of the explorer John McDouall Stuart, Mr Stuart’s Track. It is a fascinating read about the man some, including Bailey himself, consider Australia’s greatest explorer. Throughout the book, Bailey skilfully recreates various hypothetical situations, based on recorded fact but laced with intuitive reasoning, to flesh out Stuart and some of his contemporaries. It makes very interesting reading and provides much food for thought.?

You can read more in an article I wrote about it.

Boyd’s Tower at Twofold Bay – podcast

October 5th, 2006

Here’s the very first podcast from what I am calling Open Your Eyes to Australia. It tells a little of the history of Boyd’s Tower at Twofold Bay on the far south coast of New South Wales. Listen to the tower’s story through the lives of two people associated with it – Ben Boyd, its builder, and Peter Lia, a young whaler who lost his life chasing a whale.

I was there in mid September and thought the ambience inside the tower sounded so interesting that I had to try it. You will hear me testing the acoustics with my minidisc. I also took lots of images, and a few appear below.

The featured song is Boyd’s Tower. You can learn more about the podcast and subscribe to it here.

Tathra 2006

September 25th, 2006

I have recently returned from a week down at Tathra on the far south coast of New South Wales.

Our elder daughter Susannah lives in Melbourne and we decided to find a place roughly half way, for us all to meet and have a holiday together. So Kellyanne, our younger daughter, Susannah and the girls’ respective men, Tim and Rohan, the special little lady – our granddaughter Miss Eloise Durrant, Valda and yours truly spent the week building sand castles and exploring the surrounding area.

We had a wonderful time. [ … more]