Rockhampton

The sewing machine

This story is about a sewing machine. A very old sewing machine. In fact, a sewing machine more than 100 years old. My story is also about sewing, dressmaking, and sewing machines I have used and owned over the years. I learnt to sew from an early age. I must have been very young when […] Read more…

Postcards of early Longreach

This story is about Longreach in its early days and one of its pioneer families. It is inspired by six illustrated postcards of Longreach I found in my late mother Evelyn’s collection of photographs and memorabilia. The postcards reveal key features of this small Central Western Queensland town in the late 1800s and early 1900s […] Read more…

A precious death

Six years ago I had a revelation. It was Saturday 29 January 2011. I knew I would be preoccupied the next day, so I decided to do Sunday’s Bible reading on Saturday evening. The set passage was Psalm 116. As I read the psalm, the following words jumped out at me: “Precious in the sight […] Read more…

Mons: Whose house is that?

Recently, I posted on Facebook a photograph of my great-grandparents’ house on their property Mons, Rannes, in Central Queensland. To my surprise, the photograph generated a huge response, especially when I posted it on Vintage Queensland and Central Queensland Old Pictures and Yarns Facebook pages.   As a result, I decided to tell this story […] Read more…

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