Enterprizing replica-ship at Warrnambool

Watching the replica tall-ship Enterprize tack its way today out of Warrnambool’s Lady Bay  is a stark reminder of  the dangerous conditions  Europeans experienced voyaging aboard small-ton vessels bound for Victoria’s coast. There seemed a fair swell up though the Enterprize left Lady Bay in what is relatively calm conditions for this stretch of the coast, … More Enterprizing replica-ship at Warrnambool

‘Camperdown Cruise’ Rockabilly Weekend Delight

Over the last four days Camperdown in Victoria’s south-west has been packed with visitors streaming in for some retro-fun, proving its Camperdown Cruise Rockabilly Weekend a draw-card festival event. Think 50’s pin-up girls, burlesque and rock ‘n roll shaking off winters’ blue in an colourful October-fest! Its a perfect and somewhat rollicking introduction to summer in … More ‘Camperdown Cruise’ Rockabilly Weekend Delight

They were only boys: WW1 Private Thomas Chettle 3rd Rfts 14th Battalion

A ‘Dead Man’s Penny’ is just one of the few mementos John Thomas Chettle’s family have as a keepsake of their Australian soldier who fought in the Gallipoli Campaign during World War 1. Like some 8,709 other Australian soldiers Private Chettle never made it home.       Melbourne realtor Mark Wood said his grandmother … More They were only boys: WW1 Private Thomas Chettle 3rd Rfts 14th Battalion

Nominal Roll – 14th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements AIF (WW1)

By creating a transcription list of the 3rd reinforcements 14th Battalion I’d hoped to create a tool to identify a mystery war photo but instead found myself with more than I bargained for. Click Here for the Roll Transcript I thought the original nominal roll from Australia’s War Memorial website could lead me to descendants of … More Nominal Roll – 14th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements AIF (WW1)

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

Carol Altmann’s iconic Warrnambool…’This is home’

A new publication launched last night aims to honour iconic Warrnambool figures and landmarks before they are lost to the passage of time. ‘Warrnambool…this is home’ is resident author and editor Carol Altmann’s tribute to familiar faces and places central to Warrnambool’s identity. “Iconic figures and landmarks are so much more than just buildings and structures,’ Carol … More Carol Altmann’s iconic Warrnambool…’This is home’