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Pumbkin scones made using my mother's recipe
My mother’s pumpkin scones recipe

SEPTEMBER 26, 2022 I FOOD

My father’s 1952 letter: A rich family history resource

AUGUST 19, 2022 I FAMILY HISTORY

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My mother’s latter years: Living with dementia

MARCH 27, 2021 I FAMILY HISTORY

Visit outback Queensland: A virtual tour of Windorah

JUNE 20, 2020 I PLACES

Zimtsterne (“Cinnamon Stars”)

DECEMBER 11, 2016 I FOOD

Hear the children cry: Bogantungan and the Medway Creek rail accident

FEBRUARY 26, 2020 I LIFE

Betty Anderson: 100 years of gratitute and loving service

SEPTEMBER 7, 2020 I PEOPLE

A deadly disease: Rannes, Queensland, in the 1920s and 1930s

MARCH 26, 2020 I FAMILY HISTORY

WHAT READERS SAY

Dear Judith – what a gift you have you bring it all to life. I must confess I haven’t read all your writings but felt compelled to read this one, this very night. Thank you. I was absolutely delighted to see my precious mother’s name mentioned, Patricia Sales as she was, as having come off her horse on the way to school at age 9. She married our darling Dad and became Harold Muller’s wife in 1941. You and your husband Tony knew my Dad and I remember how very fond he was of you both. God Bless you dear Judy.

SHIRLEY BANKS
On My mother’s schooldays: Rannes, the 3Rs and much more, November 25, 2021

Loved your description of those years of your life and the role played by your mother. I was born in Rocky in 1946 and my childhood and my memories mirror very much what you have described. We, however, had a gas range, the “Early Kooka” and mum’s culinary “bible” was one written by Amy Schauer. … Mum was a wonderful cook and I have very fond memories of her culinary offerings. … Your prose evoked many fond memories; thank you.

JOHN ROBINS
On My mother’s 1949 spiced meatloaf: Home cooking in post-war Australia, May 28, 2020

Hello Judith. Another beautifully written story of memories, great research, delightful photos, the uncovering joyful times and sad times. I do hope you consider publishing a collection of these writings, even if just for family and depositing at the history centre at the Rockhampton Library. (I have a great contact for doing typesetting, cover design etc, and printing on demand.) You’ve already done most of the work.

SHIRLEY ELDRIDGE
On Donald William Beaumont: A grandparent I thought I knew, January 19, 2021

Congratulations Judy another well written and researched story. Really enjoy your blogs especially having grown up in country Qld. I have always loved walking through cemeteries and reading the inscriptions on the graves. So much history can be gleaned from them. Your story certainly brings life back to those old pioneers. Thank you for each story. I find much enjoyment in reading them.

BETTY JONES
On Secrets from the Banana Cemetery, April 2, 2019

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