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

In 2011 I had a revelation. It was Saturday 29 January. 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 of the […] 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…

Ben and Elsie

I met Ben when he was 92 years old. I never met Elsie. My husband Tony met Ben and his wife Elsie four years earlier, when Ben was 88 and Elsie 97. It was soon after Tony was appointed by St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Rockhampton as Assistant to the Minister. Ben and Elsie were no […] Read more…

Kentish cake and slice of history

The Kentish cake was one of my mother’s specialties. I remember her baking Kentish cake often when I was a child (I wrote about this in Pasta Bake). As well as my mother’s Kentish cake recipe, this story includes a “slice of history”: food and home cooking in Australia in the 1930s and 1940s. It’s a […] Read more…

My mother, a young woman

This story is a tribute to my late mother, Evelyn. It is about my mother as a young woman, during the 1930s and 1940s, in the years before I was born. It reveals a lively, courageous and competent young woman. It is a personal story, but one that I hope inspires, challenges and touches your […] Read more…