Port Arthur Ghost Tour October 2018

So back in October, we went to Port Arthur and did the Paranormal Experience and the regular Ghost Tour. These photos are from the Ghost Tour. It’s much like every ghost tour. A group of people follow the guide to each point, where they stand and listen while the guide tells a story, then onto…

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Hansom cabs, introduction, commonness and photos, or not

The Gold Museum in Ballarat has a Hansom cab (image to the left). Unfortunately, the lighting is a bit strange in there so I couldn’t take lots of detailed photos. (Oh, if anyone does have one they can take lots of detailed photos of )like I do here) it’d be really good to be able…

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A Visit to the Majestic Theatre

This was the Majestic Theatre, opened 2 June 1917 to show films. The other two theatres constructed at the same time were intended for live theatre, although the National (1915) had both and I think the Princess (1911) ended up being mostly film, and films were also shown at the Academy of Music (later Plaza…

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Nano First Pages

For the benefit of my wonderful Tassie Wrimos . Just to show that first drafts are allowed to be clunky and dull. This is the first page of the first novel I wrote for Nano (in 2002), typos, missing words and all. After that, is the first page  from last year (2017). Leila stopped in…

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Nanowrimo preparation, my version

Nanowrimo preparation, my version Preparing for Nanowrimo is a balance. On one hand, you want everything in place so you can just sit down and write. On the other hand, you don’t want to be bored with your story or characters. If you’re committing to spending weeks doing something, you need to be enthusiastic about…

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The Elm Trees of City Park

The best time to go looking for deciduous trees is, of course, in winter when they have no leaves and all look the same. So maybe not but it IS the best time to take photos of their lovely branch shapes. To identify the trees, I have two maps from the Launceston City Park Conservation…

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Wreck of the Waterloo

Looking for something else, I came across this: Registers of Convicts’ Deaths (CON 63-1-1, B 2) That led to this… POSTSCRIPT – We stop the press to announce the melancholy intelligence of the loss of the Waterloo, on Sunday, the 28th August, at Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope. By this fearful event 189 human…

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Australian Publishers open to unsolicited submissions

Allen & Unwin Adult fiction & nonfiction, illustrated, memoirs, children/YA fiction & narrative non-fiction Don’t want poetry, category romance, adult fantasy, science fiction, short stories, scripts or picture book texts Email only. (Friday Pitch is open every day, despite name.) Submissions guidelines. Hachette Australia Don’t want science fiction/fantasy, children’s books, illustrated books, cookbooks, poetry, self-help,…

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Postcard Behinds

“The Address To Be Written on this Side.” A quick way to date older postcards is to look at the back and see if there’s a postmark. But while you’re there, check if the back is divided. Originally, postcards had to have the address on one side and the picture (and message on the other)….

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