Queensland

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 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

For love of bread: The Isisford Bakery

A funny thing happened when my husband Tony and I visited Isisford last year and Tony spied a bakery in the main street of this tiny remote Queensland town. Isisford is located in the Longreach Region of central western Queensland. It’s 117 km south of Longreach via the Isisford Ilfracombe Road, 123 km west of […] Read more…

For love of bread: The Isisford Bakery via @jsalecich

Lucas, Dida, Cricket and The Ludi Cup

Lucas and Dida (that’s Granddad in Croatian dialect) love cricket. Dida introduced Lucas to the rudiments of the game about 6 years ago. At every opportunity, they play cricket together. For more than a year now, cricket’s become the subject of an elaborate charade, enacted by just two persons: Lucas and Dida. If you don’t […] Read more…

Lucas, Dida, Cricket and The Ludi Cup via @jsalecich

Christmas in Outback Queensland

Have you ever wondered how people in outback Queensland prepare for Christmas? How do they decorate their streets, buildings and homes, and with what? Where can they do their Christmas shopping? How and where do they worship? What is special about Christmastime in outback Queensland? Two weeks ago, in early December, my husband Tony and […] Read more…

Christmas in Outback Queensland via @jsalecich

The old treadle sewing machine

This story is about a sewing machine. An old treadle sewing machine. In fact, a sewing machine that’s nearly 120 years old! My story’s also about sewing, dressmaking and other 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…

The old treadle sewing machine via @jsalecich