Australia – New Zealand Cricket Test to Remember

The carefully-folded flyer among old Pa’s war effects advertising a 1943 Anzac cricket match just didn’t make sense. Old Pa was a prisoner-of-war then, and surely not in a position to be attending an international cricket match? The flyer promotes an international cricket match, to be played on August 14th and 15th, 1943 though it … More Australia – New Zealand Cricket Test to Remember

The changing face of Killarney coast in Victoria’s south-west

by Jenny Williams Fawcett.    29th August 2014. With the onset of the annual spring tides Killarney’s coast has taken its usual battering, but again this year there is evidence of irregular tidal wave surges along this part of the coast that sweep up and over the summit of dunes in ways not usually seen. These waves gather … More The changing face of Killarney coast in Victoria’s south-west

Messages from the Sea – WW1 bottle-post notes

Hastily-written notes by Australian soldiers, departing for the first World War began washing up on Australia’s coast soon after the first troopships departed. The soldier’s messages to family and friends were cast overboard in sealed bottles, tossed to the ocean in the hope the communications would make it to shore. “The practice of placing messages … More Messages from the Sea – WW1 bottle-post notes

AIF Private #511 – John Joseph Hannaford Williams

Private #511, D Company, 12th Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division ALL AUSTRALIAN BRIGADE Just two years after being rescued from a horrendous fire in the Mt Lyall mine in Tasmania, my grandfather’s brother John Joseph Hannaford Williams was among the first to sign-up to serve in the World War 1. John was a Ballarat boy, … More AIF Private #511 – John Joseph Hannaford Williams