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

For more than a decade in the 1920s and 1930s, a deadly disease menaced residents of Rannes and other small communities of the Banana Shire in central Queensland. My mother’s family, who lived on a property near Rannes (about 105 kilometres, or 65 miles, southwest of Rockhampton), was among those affected. This deadly disease was […] Read more…

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

Hear the children cry: Bogantungan and the 1960 Medway Creek rail accident

I was a child living in Rockhampton in 1960 when the Midlander crashed into Medway Creek near Bogantungan, killing seven people and injuring many more. The Midlander was an air-conditioned passenger train that operated in Queensland on the central western line between Rockhampton and Winton from 1954 to 1993. Bogantungan is located 367 kilometres west […] Read more…

Hear the children cry: Bogantungan and the 1960 Medway Creek rail accident

The Many Lives of Winton’s North Gregory Hotel

Last October, during a visit to western Queensland, my husband and I stayed for three nights at Winton’s North Gregory Hotel. We were surprised to learn that this magnificent building, located in Elderslie Street, the main street of Winton, is the fourth North Gregory Hotel to grace this site.   What happened to its namesakes? […] Read more…

The Many Lives of Winton’s North Gregory Hotel

Queensland’s Governor Blackall: A Funeral Like None Other

The year 1871 began on a sorrowful note. Holiday festivities came to an abrupt end when it became known on Monday 2 January that His Excellency, Colonel Blackall, Governor of Queensland, had died. With this news a universal gloom settled on the entire population of the fledgling colony. Colonel Samuel Wensley Blackall had been in […] Read more…

Queensland’s Governor Blackall: A Funeral Like None Other

An unexpected visit: Rockhampton Mater Hospital and Kenmore House

In late August, I had the pleasure of an unexpected visit to the Rockhampton Mater Hospital’s historic Kenmore House. During this visit, unlike the last time I was there (May 2017), the building was open. I was free to go inside, savour the grandeur, and take photographs (most of which I share in this post). […] Read more…

An unexpected visit: Rockhampton Mater Hospital and Kenmore House

Prickly pear and its nemesis: A plain grey-brown moth

The feature photograph, taken in 1973, shows my grandmother, uncle and a visitor inspecting a prickly pear tree on my grandmother’s property at Rannes, 100 kilometres southwest of Rockhampton, Central Queensland. This huge pear tree is an ominous reminder of the “green plague” that took over large tracts of agricultural and pastoral land in central […] Read more…

Prickly pear and its nemesis: A plain grey-brown moth

Remembering The Sunlander: Gayndah Railway Complex

In December last year, my husband and I visited the Gayndah Railway Complex where we were surprised to discover four M Class Series carriages of the former Sunlander. Do you remember The Sunlander? It was a long distance air-conditioned passenger train operated by Queensland Rail (QR) on the North Coast line between Brisbane and Cairns. […] Read more…

Remembering The Sunlander: Gayndah Railway Complex

The Bogantungan Rail Disaster: Have you heard the children cry?

On 26 February last year I wrote an article about the history of Bogantungan and the 1960 Medway Creek (Bogantungan) rail disaster and posted it on my “Love in a little black diary” Facebook page. The response was overwhelming! Since that date, the post has reached 70,383 people, had 18,831 engagements, received 423 comments and […] Read more…

The Bogantungan Rail Disaster: Have you heard the children cry?
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