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WANDERING AROUND
THE HAWKESBURY



The Hawkesbury River townships of Windsor and Wilberforce on Sydney's fringes have retained many oftheir historic buildings. ... MORE

 

 

A HIDDEN HAWKESBURY MEMORIAL


SACKVILLE MISSION MEMORIAL

When a memorial has been erected in a more remote location, clear directions and information about its significance, seem essential. Unfortunately for a memorial that stands on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, at Lower Portland in NSW, such is not the case ... MORE

 

 

SYRIAN MARY: A Remarkable Woman


Syrian Mary was the name given to a hawker who lived in the New South Wales township of Mudgee. She walked the lonely roads and tracks of the district approximately between the years 1890 and 1910 .. MORE

 

Visitng two interesting churches on a short tour of the Central West of NSW
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Revisiting our article and song for the 50th anniversary of the death of Mr Eternity, Arthur Stace.
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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,
'their future … denied'.
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IN MEMORY OF JOE AND MARY

John Place

Who were Joe and Mary and the special places where they are remembered?
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Welcome

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.


Good reading, happy listening and enjoy, from the team at Simply Australia

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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.
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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..
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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.
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TILLY ASTON KNEW

TILLY ASTON KNEW

Often the best people, who are able to understand and inspire those with a disability, are people who also have a similar disability.

 

MANSFIELD MOMENTS


Jim Low visits Mansfield to see how the town remembers the bushranger Ned Kelly and the Kelly Gang. He reflects on how we represent 'our heroes and villains' who are scattered about in our history.

Uncovering the story
of a ruin on the Blue Mountains eastern escarpment.

THE GAME IS GETTING LIVELY!

Ben Hall


The first in a series of facinating articles by Jason Roweth based around traditional songs, tune, poetry and yarns. This one has three pieces on the life and death of Ben Hall.

REV JOHN MCGARVIE and
THE EXILE OF ERIN


Lycet engraving

Rev John McGarvie was the author of the song Exile of Erin, a convict lament set in Emu Plains. He was also the first Presbyterian Minister of the Ebenezer Church at Portland Head, the oldest church in Australia.

 


THE BLIND TRAVELLER

Holman

The remarkable story of James Holman

 

MISS CAREY'S
LITTLE PARK

Miss Carey ParkA significant childhood memory for Jim Low was a little park created by Miss Gladys Carey in North Sydney. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the naming of this park.

THIS ARTICLE tells Gladys Carey's story and reveals that this wasn't the first park she created from wasteland.

A LAND OF FLOODING RAIN

Nepean River

A recent trip through central Victoria reminded me of the dangerous and frightening threat posed by floods closer to home.
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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
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Listen to the featured song

THE WATTLE SONG
©Jim Low

 

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POET'S CORNER



a Denis Kevans poem
Ah, White Man,
Have You Any Sacred Sites?

performed by
JASON ROWETH

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WORTH A VISIT

Across the Blue Mountains

This site is a collection of history, articles, poems and music related to the Mountains and surrounding areas.
Lots of FREE ideas
for kids and teachers.


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to Australia

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Eugowra Rock
OLD THYLACINE
In September 1936, the last of the known Tasmanian Tigers (also known as thylacines) died in captivity in a zoo in Hobart.



ECHOES OF THE PAST

Harry and a hand

Kelly Shaw tells of a day of discovery to a sacred Wiradjuri place where handprints line the cave like an echo from the past.


Of all the explorers, surveyors and road builders who discovered, mapped and made accessible the Blue Mountains wilderness, Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth are perhaps the central figures in our regional sense of historical place. John Low examines the memorials that successive generations have dedicated to their memory to see how, over time, they have contributed to “a local geography of the past”


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