Whether harvest or drought, birth or death, gain or loss, war or peace, the church was expected to always be there and find some meaning in it all. And now churches are quietly vanishing from the landscape,
Who were Joe and Mary and the special places where they are remembered?
In 1959 a movie was made called The Siege of Pinchgut. Much of the filming took place on a small, island fort in the middle of Sydney Harbour The movie begins as we follow an ambulance from North Sydney to the Harbour Bridge.
John Place was transported to Australia as a convict. He escaped soon after his arrival and almost perished in the bushland of the Blue Mountains. Like many he mistakenly believed there was a route to China west of the Mountains. After a second unsuccessful escape he went on to join the rebellion at Vinegar Hill and was subsequently hanged..
In early 2007 I went for a walk with my brother to some childhood haunts which I knew intimately when we lived in North Sydney. We started from Milson's Point railway station, late in the autumn morning.
A recent trip through central Victoria reminded me of the dangerous and frightening threat posed by floods closer to home.
This itinerant, home teacher travelled by train or coach, and when these forms of transport were unavailable, he walked the distance, despite its length. Thomas James' motivation was very simple. He sought out all those who were deprived of sight like himself, aiming to teach them how to read and write
Australia has a rich heritage and this is reflected in its folklore, its oral and social history as well as its music and song, both traditional and contemporary. Simply Australia was started with this in mind.
Simply Australia has been online now since October 2001. We have been through a number of improvements in design and our readership has steadily grown.
In March 2006 we had a major shift in presentation, changing from a static magazine style site to what you see here. We wanted to make the site more interractive, giving our readers the opportunity to comment on individual items on the site and to contribute, through the comments, their own thoughts and ideas on each subject.
February 2009 saw another change - the removal of the old Vault which housed all our archived issues (numbers 1-11). The articles, songs, poems and reviews are progressively being sorted into themes and being added to the new menu above.We expect this will be a great bonus for the many educational groups that visit the site.
We hope the new look is easy to navigate. We think it is! Everything on the site can be accessed from the above menu and the column on the right shows the latest additions.
The SEARCH engine is at the bottom of each page. Newly added works may take a short while to be included in the engine.
Finally, as we said in our very first issue - we are very excited at the potential of this "new" online venture. We hope you will drop by frequently and we would appreciate your comments and suggestions. It would be great if you could tell your friends about Simply Australia too.
NO PLACE FOR JOHN PLACE
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ECHOES OF THE PAST
Kelly Shaw tells of a day of discovery to a sacred Wiradjuri place where handprints line the cave like an echo from the past.