This book is the thirty year history of the famous icebreaker, the Aurora Australis. It was the first and only icebreaker of its kind to be made in Australia. It has a really exciting story, starting with the idea and going all the way to the end of its life. ...

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When I found this book I almost cheered. It’s a different book to what I thought it would be and I’m still trying to decide if that’s a good thing or not. It has some of my family stories in it and I kind of got the impression it would ...

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This is a very abridged version of the Burke and Wills exploration story. Their goal was to go north from Melbourne to explore the country and find the Gulf of Carpentaria a distance of about 3,250 km. This was in 1860 when the middle of the country was still to be explored. Sometimes ...

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My Brother Jack by George Johnston I’ve been looking at a lot of iconic books today, this is just one of them. It’s the story of one Melbourne family’s travails through both World War I and World War II through the eyes of David Meredith. Written in 1964, photo I’ve put ...

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Rabbi Jacob Danglow by John S Levi Jacob Danglow was a long-serving Rabbi of St Kilda Hebrew Congregation. Tall, athletic and handsome many people found it hard to believe he was a rabbi. He was an inspirational man , ‘the Rolls Royce rabbi’ to his friends and ‘Anglo Danglow’ to his enemies. ...

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Mount Nebo is the place of legend, Moses stood looking over Israel knowing he’d never get there. I know the story of the exodus from Egypt and I never quite understood why it took 40 years. Yes, they had a lot of people with them with the need to stop while babies were born or ...

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Today’s article is my first real article about my Israel trip. As with the rest of them it will be full of photos and I’ll try to explain them through my excitement. An archaelogical dig for a day! I can’t tell you how excited I was to actually get to a ...

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Yesterday we visited The Astor Theatre in Windsor for what is likely to be the last time. We saw Lawrence of Arabia and while it was a fabulous movie, with stunning scenery and great acting it’s not what’s really important to me today. The Astor was first opened in April ...

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When I was young I read a series of books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, reading a whole series back then wasn’t quite as easy for me as it is now. I had to either borrow from the library, track them down at a second hand book shop or hope someone ...

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My dearest Sophie, I can not thank you enough for taking in my David and being so good to him. If you had not shown him my photo and talked about when we were arrested he would never have found me. It has been many years since David and I ...

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  Google shows you how possible it is to take an idea and then make it into a meteoric rise to a very successful company. Larry Page and Sergey Brin took Page’s idea of downloading the entire web onto his computer turned it on its head and within a few ...

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