Rockhampton

Mons: Whose house is that?

Recently, I posted on Facebook a photograph of my great-grandparents’ house on their property Mons, Rannes, 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 of […] Read more…

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Ben and Elsie: A love story

I met Ben when he was 92 years old. I never had the pleasure of meeting 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 […] Read more…

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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…

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My mother, a young woman

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

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The Neuendorf Connection

Earlier this year I resolved to find and reconnect with Alwyn and Fay Neuendorf. This is how I went about it. On 16 March 2016, I posted the following message and photograph on my Love in a little black diary Facebook page: “My dear followers, especially those of you who live in PNG. Do you […] Read more…

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Auntie Dulcie and the Bung-in Cake

People we love and who have had a big influence in our lives: How do we honour them? What is the connection between Auntie Dulcie and the Bung-in Cake? Dulcie was a special aunt. She and her husband tried but were unable to have children; I think I was to her the daughter she hoped for […] Read more…

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Tony’s mango chutney

My husband Tony does not cook.  He says he doesn’t want to cook.  Tony is happy to let me prepare all our meals; he cleans and washes up afterwards. It’s a good arrangement. It keeps us both happy. However, it is not strictly correct to say that Tony doesn’t cook. There is one thing he loves to cook: […] Read more…

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A loving gift, potent words

Have you ever struggled to choose a suitable farewell gift for a friend or friends moving away? How do you decide? Do you choose something you think they would like, or find useful, or is it something to remind them of you? One farewell gift my husband and I received many years ago turned out […] Read more…

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Judy Same: A Lasting Friendship

Most of us value friendship. True friendship, that is. Throughout life, most of us will have only a few really close friends, especially “forever” friends. Do you agree? What makes a friendship last? Is it true that “Threads of friendship never break”? After you’ve read my story about “Judy Same”, I invite you to share […] Read more…

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A surprise encounter

Do you believe in coincidences? Some people say that out-of-the-ordinary unplanned events happen just by chance. Others say they are due to fate (whatever they mean by that). I have heard it said that they are “God-incidences”. What do you think?   In 1946, William Proposch (my father) had a surprise encounter. It was so […] Read more…

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Henry’s World War I postcards to Flora

When I was a little girl, my grandmother gave me a precious keepsake, an old postcard. It has a fabric insert, organza embroidered with the words “To my Sister”, richly embellished with dark pink roses and greenery. I have always cherished it, mainly because it is so beautiful. It was years later that I realised […] Read more…

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Nana in Melbourne: Joy and a joy-giver

Joy came into my life when I was three. She was so pretty – fine features, blue eyes, clear olive complexion and long dark brown hair. She was dressed beautifully, in her white voile dress with hand-embroidered bodice and Peter Pan collar edged with lace, pleated skirt, pink taffeta petticoat and matching bonnet. Her outfit […] Read more…

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