Friday, December 13, 2019


Edwin Stockqueler (1829-1900) - Public DomaiAn Australian Gold Diggings, oil on canvas


Bushfires See Sydney Beaches Turn Black | 10 daily

ABC News: 'Not good enough': Koala habitat cleared to make way for housing against government policy

ABC News: Power grab: Authorities look to control household solar systems to stabilise the grid

Snapshot Gallery: Window shopping – Hurstville Museum & Gallery Thanks to Leonie Bedford

Tony Lenthall delves into local history: A century on from fatal shark attack | Guardian News

The death of a dream: saying goodbye to a painstakingly curated CD collection | Guardian News

Australian War Memorial (eMemorial) incl. Event calendar   

Cairns Family History incl.   Drop-In DNA Clinic.  Disaster Planning for Family Historians

State Library of Queensland incl.   Spoken. Guided tours on 18 Jan., summer tips from eight-year-old library buff, Eliot

I Love Bello Shire incl.  Bellingen Artisan Market A Decade On  Level 4 Water Restrictions now

Just look at Queensland    and  Taste Your Way across the State   plus more

Find My Past

Anglo-Celtic Connections

Family Search Blog

Atlas Obscura


George Devon Doo        

The Gentle Author

A Couple Of Pints With Tony Hall

Humouring the Goddess

A Quiet Evening in the Gallery

Mrs. Daffodil Digresses

An Undine with a Soul: 1892

Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

Dreams and Adventures at Cosy Cottage

The History Interpreter

Treasure Chest of Memories


Popular Irish center closes after 50 years 

Pogues' Christmas classic was almost the "Fairytale of County Clare"

The best Irish covers of Leonard Cohen's classic "Hallelujah"

These Irish stars have nabbed Golden Globe nominations

WATCH: Niall Horan explains the '12 Pubs of Christmas' to Jimmy Fallon 

Caroline Kennedy christens new aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy

Remembering James Hoban, the Irishman who designed the White House 

Storm Atiyah delivers massive wind gusts, power outages to Ireland 

Shock as Dublin City Council removes coats donated to the homeless from Ha’penny Bridge 

On this day: 250 Irish convicts survived a shipwreck in Australia, in 1791 

Expect the unexpected at Dublin's Guinness Storehouse 

Irish couple shares heartwarming story in Christmas ad 

The Irish love affair with Italy and why it endures 

Might these be the most perfect Christmas decoration for Irish whiskey lovers? 

Home from America - three Irish families reunited for Christmas  

Irish Canadians continue fight for recognition at Montreal light rail station 

Christmas cookie recipes to treat Santa to this Christmas Eve 


Theresa Smith

#BookBingo – Round 25

Book Review: Pushing Her Luck by B R Maycock

Cry of the Firebird by T.M. Clark

Book Review: Remembering Bob by Sue Pieters-Hawke

Better Reading

Featured Read: The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

Khaki Town by Judy Nunn  

The Diamond Hunter by Fiona McIntosh

Against All Odds by Craig Challen and Richard Harris

Book of the Week: The Strangers We Know by Pip Drysdale

Face It by Debbie Harry

Inside Out by Demi Moore

Podcast: Tricia Stringer Talks About Being The Model Wife… and Much More

Podcast: Andrew Daddo Talks About Being a Kid and Writing For Kids

Allen & Unwin  

The Last Resort Marissa Stapley     Read an excerpt

Josephine's Garden  Stephanie Parkyn  Read an excerpt

The Clergyman's Wife    Molly Greely  Read an excerpt

Return to Stringybark Creek    Karly Lane  Read an excerpt

A Tall History of Sugar  CURDELLA FORBES  Read more

Oligarchy  Scarlett Thomas  Read more

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

blue dragon, Japan’s scandalous woodblock tabloids, Kilmainham Gaol, Ireland’s genealogy records, champagne out of pint pots, pardoned racoon, St. John’s Cem. Parramatta, Scottish BDMs, St. Andrew’s Day, great variety of blogs and reviews, inspiring monk lived in cave, Little Mermaid subversive?, ANZAC hero in pauper’s grave, Family History Down Under… and of course, so much more…  Feel free to share…

Irish Graves

With thanks to Kym Hyson

With thanks to Cherie Livotto

Headlines of Old

Trove Tuesday 10 Dec 2019, TAKING A CHANCE...Absconded Convicts... Jan. 1848..numerous names,
great descriptions, incredible detail, Sydney Cove, Norfolk island, Convicts from England, Ireland (many counties listed), and various settlements in Australia…

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