Forgotten Australians

From the 1920s to the 1980s, an estimated 500,000 children experienced institutional care. These children are referred to today as Forgotten Australians. They are the inspiration for the novel I’m writing. About 7,000 of these children were child migrants from Britain, Ireland, and Malta. About 50,000 of them were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. They… Read More Forgotten Australians

See & Do

Worldwide Photo Walk 2014

Last year, Theo and I went on the Worldwide Photo Walk. We loved it and decided to do it again this year. Scott Kelby’s Annual Worldwide Photo Walk takes place in cities around the world. Photographers from all walks of life and skill level gather to explore, shoot, and just hang out. Our local organiser was Robert Groom.… Read More Worldwide Photo Walk 2014

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Forest Glade Gardens

This weekend, my partner Theo and I visited Forest Glade Gardens in Mount Macedon. It was a bitter, overcast day, but fiery autumn colours in the trees made up for it. Forest Glade Gardens boasts four themes: an English section, a Japanese section, a woodland area, and a fern gully. Stroll along the rambling paths, past statues… Read More Forest Glade Gardens

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The London Tavern, Beechworth

We’ve just returned from spending a few days in the London Tavern, an old tavern and hotel in Beechworth. Beechworth is a picturesque historical town located north-east Victoria. It’s famous for its gold rush boom during the mid-1850s. In its golden heydey, Beechworth was wealthy, powerful, and influential. It boasted a range of industries and had colourful characters… Read More The London Tavern, Beechworth

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Weekend at Mornington Peninsula beaches

We spent last weekend in the Mornington Peninsula. Located south of Melbourne, it takes about 90 minutes to drive there, depending on the traffic. The Shire of Mornington Peninsula is made up of about 40 small towns and suburbs. Although it has a population of about 145k people, it’s a popular tourist destination. Not only does… Read More Weekend at Mornington Peninsula beaches

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Worldwide Photo Walk 2013, Kyneton

Last weekend, my partner Theo and I went on the Worldwide Photo Walk in Kyneton. The Worldwide Photo Walk is a social photography event in which photographers all over the world gather to walk around, shoot photos, and hang out. I don’t fancy myself a photographer. My point-and-shoot camera sticks out in the sea of fancy cameras,… Read More Worldwide Photo Walk 2013, Kyneton

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The Sacred Heart Cathedral

A few weekends ago, my partner Theo and I took to the country as we sometimes do on a Sunday afternoon. We stopped in provincial city of Bendigo and visited the lovely Sacred Heart Cathedral. I’m a Pagan with a soft spot for Roman Catholic history, art, and architecture.  The Sacred Heart Cathedral may not be as… Read More The Sacred Heart Cathedral

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Healesville Sanctuary

Of all the wildlife parks I’ve visited so far, Healesville Sanctuary is my favourite. At Bundoora Park, you can see kangaroos and emus, but you can’t get close to them. The Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary has the best kangaroo experience, but it’s in Tasmania. The Melbourne Aquarium is terrific for seeing marine animals and the Werribee Open… Read More Healesville Sanctuary

Expat Life

The Great Ocean Road

Travelling the Great Ocean Road is an absolute must if you’re in Victoria. The Great Ocean Road is 243 kilometres (151 mi) stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia. It begins in Torquay and finishes at Allansford near Warrnambool. Built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932, it winds through varying terrain along the coast providing… Read More The Great Ocean Road

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Puffing Billy Railway

The Puffing Billy is a heritage railway in the Dandenong Ranges. Running 15.6 miles, the railway line opened in 1900 to serve the local farming and timber community. It stopped running in 1953 after a landslide blocked a portion of the line and closed formally in 1954.  A group of people saw something special in… Read More Puffing Billy Railway