Australian history

Back to the Barcoo: Stonehenge and Jundah

As part of a recent road trip to Queensland’s northwest and central west, my husband Tony and I returned to Brisbane via the Barcoo Shire, stopping at Stonehenge, Jundah and Windorah. For Tony, our visit to Stonehenge was much anticipated, as his previous and memorable stopover at Stonehenge, as part of his schools ministry, was […] Read more…

Back to the Barcoo: Stonehenge and Jundah via @jsalecich

How did people wash and iron in the 1950s?

How do you wash and iron? Do you find these tasks tiresome? Spare a thought for your mother or grandmother in the 1950s. Washing and ironing prior to the 1950s were time-consuming, labour-intensive chores for most Australian households. These tasks were almost always performed by women. Typically they set aside a couple of days each […] Read more…

How did people wash and iron in the 1950s? via @jsalecich

Crusted Savoury Beef: A Pot Pie

At the end of this post, you’ll find my recipe for Crusted Savoury Beef. I rediscovered the recipe for this delicious beef mince pie when I was scouring through my collection of recipe books. The recipe is not new. It dates from the early 1980s. Given that rolled oats is one of its main ingredients […] Read more…

Crusted Savoury Beef: A Pot Pie via @jsalecich

1943, Wau, New Guinea: An Amazing Escape

My father rarely spoke about his wartime experiences. Growing up, I knew very little about what my father actually did during his 5½ years of military service during World War II. I was aware that he served first in Darwin, then overseas in the Middle East and New Guinea (present-day Papua New Guinea), but I […] Read more…

1943, Wau, New Guinea: An Amazing Escape via @jsalecich