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Saturday, 28 July 2012

Uncle Tom's tale..

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For decorum's sake and so I will not be assassinated by my relatives, none of the following story is true: (It just seems to be.) When I was about nine, (I was born in 32) we went for a holiday down to Moruya to stay at Uncle Tom and Aunty Lizzie's place which was a small mixed dairy farm They were dad's aunt and uncle. Uncle Tom was grandma Lucy's brother. The family was just me, and Pat my brother four years younger, mum and dad. We went down in my dad's old green Essex truck. We boys were in the back with the luggage and mum and dad in the front seat. There were sides on the back but just boards to sit on and we had to hang on tight over the bumps and there were many on the 193 miles down there. It was windy in the back but we didn't mind because it was summer and the weather was dry and warm. I think we had our dog with us which was an Alsatian named Peter. He liked riding in the back and stuck his nose over the side, barking at any kind of dog in cars coming the other way. I remember we went down the steep Bald Hill at Stanwell Park where Lawrence Hargreaves experimented with box kites and one lifted him off the ground. There was a plaque there on the top of the ridge telling us about him and you could look out east right down the cliffs to the sea and see the breakers swirling against the rocks in the blue-green sea. Going down the pass was scary. Dad went into the lowest gear and kept his handbrake ready because it was so steep. Many vehicles, especially big trucks had careered out of control and some went over the cliffs. That was why at the bottom of each incline there was a run up the adjoining hill just as the road turned so that runaways could slow down as they went up again. Dad said that in about 19o2 when they first made this road (before that it had been a bullock track) the horsedrawn and bullock wagons had to have a big log attached to the axle so that the wagon dragged the log as a brake. Going down Bulli Pass you could see a beach near the bottom and this was Stanwell Park. Looking along the horizon and the coast you could see right down to Port Kembla and Wollongong about forty miles away. As an adult I have travelled the world a bit and seen some lovely views, but I think Stanwell Tops looking down is the best I have ever seen. In later years my brother Pat commissioned me to do a painting from the top and my effort was a dismal failure, though I remember I did have the South Coast Express train winding its way far below, going around bends on its way to Ulladulla about a hundred miles down south. I recall I wanted to stop at the beach and paddle around in the waves of the Pacific, but dad said “We’ve got to get to Kiama and we will have a picnic lunch at the beach there”. O.K., but I was hungry already.
The old car wound round the narrow coast road along the cliffs, sharp bends and past hundreds of little hamlets with small houses, which were where the mine workers lived. There were coal mines all along this area of coast. I never wanted to work down a coal mine when I grew up. I supposed I would be an electrician like dad, but I didn’t want to work with him because he was too bossy, and even Uncle Colin or Uncle Gator wouldn’t work for him anymore.
Trouble was he worked hard and expected others to do the same.
There were houses and buildings built right up to the edge of the high sheer cliffs dropping down to the wild ocean below. I remember some places like Coalcliff and maybe Coledale
. Somewhere along there I called out banging on the cab window that I wanted to do a pee. Pat, my brah wanted to go too.
There was no place to park but dad stopped on a straight stretch of road and called out “Just do it over the back, Siddie and don’t take long.!”
“No Hector” said my mum, “They might overbalance and a car might hit them. Remember Bobby” She sad when she thought of Bobby and I thought she might start crying again like she always did when Bobby was mentioned
“Alright, you boys go into that school yard and do it over at the back fence.”
It was school holidays now and the grounds were deserted.
We climbed down. I was a bit sore from sitting cramped up and Pat was starting to snivel." I gotta do it, Siddie. It’s hurting!”
“Well, wait, well.” We went to the back fence and there wooden palings leaning out a bit and they seemed rickety. A couple of palings were missing.
I could see directly down a hundred feet at the surf on the flat ledge of rock below and there was a rock fisherman with a long rod, his line thrown way out over the breakers. He was tied round his waist to a ring set in the rock ledge.
Just then a high wave came looming in and broke over him, hit the cliff-side and ebbed away in a a diminishing stream of foam and another breaker was starting to surge.
The fisherman just kept fishing, even though he was wet all over and seemed to take no real notice of the waves.
Then I saw him reel his rod in rapidly and a big fish, maybe a schnapper almost a foot long hung there twisting on the line.
My little brah peed sideways,or maybe it was the wind, because my bare leg felt a warm splash ”Heh watch it Patty. Don’t do it on me.!”
We went back to the car. "I don’t want to go to school here,” said Pat solemnly “Cause I might fall down and get drownded.”
We reached Thirroul and dad found a garage and bought petrol, and blew his tyres up a bit.. One tyre was leaking and later when we reached the farm dad took off the wheel, took out the inner tube and patched it with a piece of black rubber and I remember him burning the patch to make it stick.
For now, a bit of air every fifty miles was enough to keep us from wobbling off the road into the sea.
It was a tar (bitumen) road and on a hot day it got soft and stuck to the tires and stuck to your shoes too, if you didn’t skip quickly over it. We kids didn’t usually wear shoes though and the tar was real hot as we crossed it quickly.
There were a lot of potholes and even rocks sometimes that had rolled down the steep incline on the western side of the road. We stopped for a breather at a little lolly and soft drink shop which probably sold other stuff, but I didn’t notice except I remember we got meat pies and fish and chips next door at another shop and dad also bought Full Strength Capstan tobacco and he rolled one, while mum bought Shelleys lemonade in two big bottles and Streets ice cream cones for us boys and for herself, because she loved Streets. It was the best and at that time you could not get it in Sydney. It was called “Cream of the Coast.” Now, how did I remember that after 68 years. Human memory is amazing, but what was I supposed to do this afternoon? Phone someone? Who the hell and what about? I was told yesterday to do it. I remember that much.. Yes, I think it was about the hot water system. Good. I am not senile yet. At Thirroul a brother of Tom (Alan) Colfax who was kind of an uncle to us, on account he was auntie Ida's boyfriend and worked at at Sydney University as an Ichtiologist (check spelling)worked as a schoolteacher at the high school but now it was closed and we didn’t know his address. So we kept on our way through the small city of Wollongong and past the smoke-stacks and heavy industry of Port Kembla and I went to sleep. Then we were in Kiama, where the town is right on the sea and there was a line of Norfolk Island pines like there was at south Cronulla beach back home and over at Manly beach too
Past there the road went inland a bit and I just remember Lake Illawarra was somewhere there and there were lots of water birds, seagulls of course but tern and little wild ducks and there was even a blue heron standing on one leg.
Pat and I did a poop in among the reeds and wiped ourselves with pieces of old telephone pages mum had brought along for that purpose. We never bought toilet paper in those years. Most people didn’t too. Only the lah de dah people on the North shore of Sydney, who a had cabinet radios and indoor toilets, while we just had the dunny pan in the little house down the back and I had a crystal set uncle Ralph had made me.
I had never seen a refrigerator until Sir Edward Hallstrom (also head of Taronga Park Zoo) brought out a cheap utility brand of Silent Knight refrigerators, and a lot more people could afford one. By the way, the Silent Knight was not that silent. It made a racket in the kitchen sometimes but all the mothers were so happy to have one and enter into the modern world and have a place to keep the baby’s bottle safe. About that time mothers started to stop breast-feeding and took to bottle-feeding. Luckily I no longer needed mother’s milk and I grew up with a healthy immune system, helped no doubt by wallowing around in the dirt I encountered, as I played in the unpaved paddocks and lanes and the nearby bush. The fridge was a step up from the old ice chest where the iceman would run in with a block of ice wrapped up in a Hessian bag over his shoulder and deposit it with a clump on the kitchen table and get his shilling. Sometimes there were small pieces of ice detached fallen on the floor and us (we) kids would pounce on it and suck it until it had dissolved away in our mouths.
When the ice truck was passing and if it was a hot day a few kids would run over to the rough-looking but kindly iceman and ask “Kin we ‘ave some ice, mister. It’s real dinkum hot terdye .” And he would get his ice-pick and breaks off bits and throw them to us. “Now git out, kids! And don’t stand in front of me truck, cause I can’t see yez there when I’m going.!”
Well, I forgot I was telling the story about going to Uncle Tom's place.We found the farm at Moruya. It had mostly cows but one or two horses.  They had a sulky and also they did a bit of plowing because there were several paddocks where something was growing. What, I don't remember. There was a barn, a piggery, a slip-railed fence for the horses and a milking shed. There was a milking machine even though they could not have had more than a dozen milch cows. I don't remember any bull. I would have noticed one, I think.
I don't remember if there were any kids to play with, or maybe I felt too shy. Anyway I stayed near mum and dad  until dad went back to Sutherland, because he had to work, saying he would be back next Saturday morning to pick us up. He took our dog back home, because he had started to chase the chooks.
I felt a bit strange because I had never been away from dad before and now there was this Lionel fellow always seeming to be laughing and talking with mum. I did not like him. I said to him straight, on the day after dad went home. "You stay away from my mum, or I'll tell my dad." This Lionel fellow answered me smiling but his eyes tightened up like a snake before it pounces on a rat "What's there to tell? I am just keeping your mum company so she doesn't get lonely.
" "Yeah." I said and I was only about nine but I was real angry."That's what I mean.!"
 "Oh, ho, you are a tough little bugger, aren't you, sonny?" said this fellow."
 "My name's not sonny and I'm not as tough as my dad, yet." This should have been warning enough for that Lionel fellow. My mother called me inside. She was going to wash the dishes. "Now listen Siddie, Lionel is a nice man and I don't want you saying bad things to him. Or I will be the one to give you the strap, not your dad.
"The strap is behind the kitchen door at home mum, not here."
 "Don't you be cheeky to me, or I'll get a switch and you'll see." I shut up. Mum never smacked me unless it was serious and I supposed she was serious now.
 Lionel came in, beamed at mum and took up the dishtowel. I'll help you, luv." "How's it going sport?"He looked at me quizzically.
 "That's not my name neither." I went outside near the cowshed. The last  cows were being milked. The sun was going down. I just sat down on the grass near the slip-rails almost sitting in a cow pad
 I was unhappy. I wanted to go home to Sutherland. I didn't like the farm. Some ants started to climb up my bare leg. I got up on the old buggy that Uncle Tom used to go into Moruya township. Funny there was a cushion on the seat and it was shaped like a donut with a hole in the middle. I had never seen one like that before, except, wait now! There was one in the dining room on the chair that Uncle Tom used. What was that for? I heard voices and my mum and this fellow Lionel were walking past. I crouched low in the buggy. I didn't know why I felt I had to hide.
 Mum said quietly "Maybe we shouldn't. Siddie might see us, and he could tell Hec you know....."
 "We are just going for a walk, that's all. Nothing wrong with that. Anyway the kid is not around. Must have gone inside to listen to the radio."
 "Yes", said mum," It's time for "First light Frazer". He never misses an episode." I perked up a bit. I saw them arm in arm going through the gate and heading for a clump of trees on the far side of a paddock. I raced inside. My little brother, Pat was being bathed in a big dish by Aunt Lizzie and Uncle Tom was sitting in his chair smoking a pipe and reading the Illawarra Mercury.
 "Kin I listen to "First Light Frazer" auntie Lizzie?" (She was really my great aunt though)
" What station is it on Siddie? And you have to have a bath too. You can use the same water."
But he probably peed in it. He always does." I said indignantly
" No, I didn't. You're a liar!" said Pat, indignant. "Oh, all right, I'll heat up some more water in the kettle." She went over to the wood stove, put in a couple of pieces of axe-hewn wood and filled the kettle. "It's on 2GB, 7 o'clock and it is five past now." (I could tell the time from the big grandfather clock with its swinging pendulum, though the Roman numerals were a bit hard.) My voice had an urgency. I did not want to miss an episode. I had missed the Children's Session with Mac, Joe and Elizabeth on 2FC but that was not so important. "Well." said auntie Lizzy. We don't have that station way down here."
 Uncle Tom put his head up and took the pipe out of his mouth. "It's on the local station, Liz. I don't mind listening to it myself." "What Tom! You only listen to the news and the Country Hour, to my knowledge."Auntie Liz was surprised.
 "You don't know everything about me, woman." They put on the old radio with its valves and its crackling and the sound coming out of a big horn up on top. It worked though. I sat enthralled at the exploits of First Light Frazer. My brah was out of the bath and with a towel around him sat near the kitchen fire, listening, though I knew he liked littly stories better about the Gumnut Babies and Hoadlies Violet Crumble-bar story of the "Search for the golden Boomerang" on 2CH. After the show, Aunt Lizzie said "Now is your bath time Siddie."
 "I will do it myself. I'm not a little kid, like Patty."
 "I'm not neither," said Patty, just four. "Next time I'm going to bath myself, see!" I went outside to the dunny, because I didn't want to pee in the bathwater, and it was hard not to when that warm water was swirling around you. The dunny stinked too much and I did it round the side. I looked out across the dimming light and saw my mum and that fellow coming out of the same clump of trees I saw them go into an hour before. I waited until they crossed the paddock. Good. They weren't arm in arm any more. Mum saw me and looked a bit worried. "Hello Siddie, what are you doing?" "I'm just going to have a bath. You know mummy, they only got a big tin dish, not a real bath like we got."" "Well you go in and have your bath." As I went in I heard her say in a low voice "You see! I told you!"
 "Don't worry Marge I am going to give the kids five bob each tomorrow when I leave." "You're leaving?" "Yeah, I got to get back to my job, too." "You bastard!" said my mum and she broke away hurriedly.

 Next morning after breakfast Lionel gave us kids five bob each. " What's this for?"asked my brah."You're not my uncle or anything." "Say thank you, boys." Said mum. I didn't ask why he gave it to us, 'cause I remembered the grass-seeds on the back of mum's dress when she came across the paddock. In a few days, after I had learned to ride a pony and gone out looking after the goats and caught a green tree-snake, and learned how to catch whiting from pippees we dug up on the beach at Bateman's Bay, and been in a rowboat on the Shoalhaven River and all the other beaut things you can do in the country. (It wasn't so bad down there after all,) a few days when dad was taking us home in the old green truck ("I got a new tyre, Marge".) he was driving along one-handed and the other arm around mum....("I missed you Hector. Don't leave us alone like that again, promise?") asked us all, "Well, did yz all have a good holiday?" I decided I would never tell about the walk and the grass seeds (except now, 68 years later,) because I knew it probably wasn't true (maybe). My teacher Miss Rolley said I had a "wonderful vivid imagination" on my report card."
 A few miles along the road, I asked my mum "Mummy?" She looked startled "Yes, Siddie" she answered slowly.
 " Why are there cushions with holes in them, where uncle Tom sits?" Mum and dad both started laughing and then dad said. "Uncle Tom was born with three or four vertebrae more than he should have. There was no doctor around to cut them off, because he was delivered by a midwife."
 "What's a vert i bra?" asked my little brother. "It's a tail", said mum. Your father's uncle has a tail! "Shut-up Marge!" exclaimed my dad crossly. "It could have happened to anybody." So this was the Tale of Uncle Tom's Tail. Ric Williams
STANWELL PARK in the early part of the 20th Century.
STANWELL PARK in the early part of the 20th Century.
STANWELL PARK looking north to BALD HILL, world famous hang gliding place. Site of Australia's famous aeronautical experimentalist, Lawrence Hargrave.
STANWELL PARK looking north to BALD HILL, world famous hang gliding place. Site of Australia's famous aeronautical experimentalist, Lawrence Hargrave.
STANWELL PARK RAILWAY VIADUCT. At 215ft high, this is the highest railway viaduct in Australia. It was built in the late 19th century and is made out of sandstone.
STANWELL PARK RAILWAY VIADUCT. At 215ft high, this is the highest railway viaduct in Australia. It was built in the late 19th century and is made out of sandstone.
KELLYS FALLS, a beautiful spot in Stanwell Tops.
KELLYS FALLS, a beautiful spot in Stanwell Tops.
THE MINERAL POOL has Hargrave Creek run through it and over making Hargrave Falls. The creek continues to the northern lagoon at Stanwell Park. The Mineral Pool is now in the private hands of a developer and there is no longer access by the public.
THE MINERAL POOL has Hargrave Creek run through it and over making Hargrave Falls. The creek continues to the northern lagoon at Stanwell Park. The Mineral Pool is now in the private hands of a developer and there is no longer access by the public.
The NORTHERN ILLAWARRA and ROYAL NATIONAL PARK COASTLINE. The RNP is the 2nd oldest declared park after YELLOWSTONE PARK in the USA. This view would not have changed much since Captain James Cook sailed up the Eastern Coast of Australia in 1770.
The NORTHERN ILLAWARRA and ROYAL NATIONAL PARK COASTLINE. The RNP is the 2nd oldest declared park after YELLOWSTONE PARK in the USA. This view would not have changed much since Captain James Cook sailed up the Eastern Coast of Australia in 1770.
Here is a distance view to the north of the SYDNEY SKYLINE. Taken from Mt Mitchell, Illawarra Esarpment at Stanwell Park. The Royal National Park is in between.
Here is a distance view to the north of the SYDNEY SKYLINE. Taken from Mt Mitchell, Illawarra Esarpment at Stanwell Park. The Royal National Park is in between.
The ILLAWARRA ESCARPMENT is basically made of Hawksbury Sandstone, so in some cases the weather has interesting effects causing natural rock sculptures. This is the THUMB AND FINGERS ROCK on Mt Mitchell, above Stanwell Park.
The ILLAWARRA ESCARPMENT is basically made of Hawksbury Sandstone, so in some cases the weather has interesting effects causing natural rock sculptures. This is the THUMB AND FINGERS ROCK on Mt Mitchell, above Stanwell Park.
Here is another weather affected ROCK SCULPTURE on the ILLAWARRA ESCARPMENT. This sits above the coastal village of Coalcliff.
Here is another weather affected ROCK SCULPTURE on the ILLAWARRA ESCARPMENT. This sits above the coastal village of Coalcliff.
COALCLIFF village. Nestled on the northern Illawarra coast, just south of Stanwell Park and at the base of the Illawarra Escarpment. A large coal mine is located here in the back part of the valley where coal was first discovered in Australia.


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Very nice photos. Love the one from the 60's, everything looks so lush and peaceful.

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William Nash came to Australia as a Marine with the First Fleet 1788
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6 Children1. William Nash born on 25 May 1788, buried on Friday 19th June 1789, a marine's child.
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4. William Nash born 27 March 1795 and baptised 4 May
5. George Nash born 26 July 1797
6. Sarah Nash was born 16 Nov 1798
6. Sarah Nash 16 Nov 1798 wed on the 15th January 1814 at St John's, Parramatta, to John Williams (a convict), 13 children

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(below:) Convicts on way to 14 years penal servitude in Botany Bay. England's loss was Australia's gain. Most had committed crimes that would get them now only a fine.

Crimes of the Old Bailey.
Wallace Street and Corner Store, Braidwood
late 19th century. My father Hector Griscom Williams was born in nearby Araluen in 1909.
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John Kerswell: A Welsh plasterer transported in 1828 at the age of 20 years to 15 years for stealing. Absconding four times and charged with being drunk three times, granted ToL in 1856 and Conditional Pardon in 1857. However, he received 20 years imprisonment for attempting to stab a policeman. He was released from Port Arthur in 1875.

William Forster: At age 17 years was transported for ten years for stealing a box writing desk. Misdemeanour followed misdemeanour and sentence added to sentence until in 1864 he was sentnenced to life for robbery under arms. The last mention of him is in 1872 when he was sent to the Separate Prison for misconduct.

Alexander Woods: A soldier with the 17th Regiment, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Woods (aged 30) was transported from Canada to Port Arthur for 14 years for desertion.
Returned to Hobart with a ToL in 1853 but returned to PA again in 1865 for 15 years for burglary. He was a church attendant in 1869 and was discharged in 1875.

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Gropecunt Lane

Gropecunt Lane was a name used in Oxford, London and other Englishtowns and cities in the Middle Ages for streets where prostitutes conducted their business. The name derives from cunt, the Middle English term forfemale genitalia, and the act of groping. There was also a Gropecunt Lane inDublin, Ireland near where the Savoy Cinema is now. Later sensibilities changed many names of streets bearing this name to more polite variations.

In London, the street that was Gropecunt Lane was near the present-day site of the Barbican Centre in the City of London. The street was called Grub Street in the 18th century, but renamed Milton Street in 1830 . Another street with a similar history in Southwark is Horselydown Lane ("whores lie down"), which is just to the south of Tower Bridge, and was also the site of the famousAnchor Brewhouse.

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Views of Braidwood environs, Eden-Monaro. Here were various pioneer holdings of the Williams Family and relatives.

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We come in Third with Williams.


is a patronymic form of the name William that originated in medieval England[2] and later came to be extremely popular in Wales. The meaning is derived from son or descendant of Guillemin, the French form of William. Derived from an Old French given name with Germanicelements; will = desire, will; and helm = helmet, protection.[3] It is the second most common surname in Wales and the third most common surname in the whole of the United Kingdom, the third most common in the United States of America and Australia and the fifth most common inNew Zealand.[4]

Old Harry Williams was asked how was it that the long list of Williams lead by far those of Nash over the last couple of hundred years.

"Well, let's see.Them Nashes they was more posh and they kept the family bible, so we lot had nothing to read at night.There was no T.V. in them days, and we didn't want to waste candles, so we used to all jump in bed together and make more Williams's."


Statistics are drawn from Australian government records of 2007.[1]

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Australia. The first fleet sailed from England in 1787 carrying marine William Nash and his common law wife Maria Haynes. They were the progenitors of an extensive Nash family in Australia. Another early settler was Andrew Nash. He had acquired the Woolpack Inn in Parramatta in 1821 and became well-known for the prowess of his racehorses. A later settler from Wiltshire was James Nash. He discovered gold along the Mary river in Queenland and helped precipitate the second Australian gold rush.

There were also Nash convicts in Australia. Some thrived; Robert Nash, transported on the Albemarle in 1791; John Nash on the Eleanor in 1831; and Michael Nash from Limerick, on the Rodney in 1851.

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Neither here nor there.

If a man was on an escalator, but walking back down it and the elevator was located in a revolving restaurant on a large airliner going in a southerly direction and the earth was revolving on its axis and at the same time was travelling in an elliptical path around the sun, which was travelling around the galaxy, which was many movements was the man travelling in?

Wild man of North Australia.

I met Michael (Tarzan) Fomenko(shown here at 81 years) son of a Russian Princess when I was 18 and he was twenty. He was a handsome young man. I was in love with his sister Nina Fomenko, who was gracious to me but held my ardour at arms' length. In later years I met her in North Queensland where she and her husband Brian Patrick Donnellan were cutting cane. They had no mattress to sleep on, so I bought them one. Nina was always beautiful. (Ric)

Toonoom Falls
Situated in the heart of Royal National Park to the south of Sydney, Toonoum Falls is a pretty, 5 metre high waterfall alongside Sir Bertram Steven Drive not far from the Garie turnoff. The photo shows the falls in flood.
Location: Royal National Park.

In the fifties, I lived close to here in a rock shelter once used by Aborigines. I used to swim in this creek a little further down the hill. My family thought I was crazy and I probably was, but life here on the edge of the National Park was idyllic if you could bear the flies, mosquitoes, snakes and centipedes.. (Ric)

Aussie Little Nasties.
HMS Sirius, the main Naval ship with the First Fleet, under Captain John Hunter RN. Had been built in 1780 as Berwick for the East Indies run, badly burned in a fire, and rebuilt by Navy, renamed Sirius, finally wrecked off Norfolk Island on the 14th. of April 1790

HMS Sirius, the main Naval ship with the First Fleet, under Captain John Hunter RN.
Had been built in 1780 as Berwick for the East Indies run, badly burned in a fire, and rebuilt by Navy, renamed Sirius, finally wrecked off Norfolk Island on the 14th. of April 1790.

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*The Australian Lyre Bird is the world's best imitator; able to mimic the calls of 15 different species of birds in their locality and string the calls into a melody. Also been known to mimic the sound mobile phones.

*The echidna is such a unique animal that it is classified in a special class of mammals known asmonotremes, which it shares only with the platypus. The echidna lays eggs like a duck but suckles its young in a pouch like a kangaroo. For no apparent reason, it may decide to conserve energy by dropping its body temperature to 4 degrees and remain at that temperature from 4 to 120 days. Lab experiments have shown that the echidna is more intelligent that a cat and it has been seen using its spikes, feet and beaks to climb up crevices like a mountaineer edging up a rock chimney.

*Purple wallaby - The Purple-neck Rock Wallaby [Petrogale Purpureicollis], inhabits the Mt Isa region in Northwest Queensland. The Wallaby secretes a dye that transforms its face and neck into colours ranging from light pink to bright purple.

*The Fierce Snake or Inland Taipan has the most toxic venom of any snake. Maximum yield recorded (for one bite) is 110mg. That would probably be enough to kill over 100 people or 250,000 mice.

*The Wombat deposits square poos on logs, rocks and even upright sticks that it uses tomark its territory.

*A 10kg Tasmanian Devil is able to exert the same biting pressure as a 40kg dog. It can also eat almost a third of its body weight in a single feeding.

*Australia is the smallest, flattest, and driest inhabited continent in the world. It is the only country which is also a whole continent.

*Over 90% of Australia is dry, flat and arid. Almost three-quarters of the land cannot support agriculture in any form.

*A baby kangaroo at the time of its birth measures 2 centimetres.

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*Kangaroos need very little water to survive and are capable of going for months without drinking at all. When they do need water, they dig 'wells' for themselves; frequently going as deep as three or four feet. These 'kangaroo pits' are a common source of water for other animals living in the kangaroo's environment.

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*A kangaroo being chased by a dog may jump into a dam. If the dog gives chase, the kangaroo may turn towards the dog, then use its paws to push the dogs head underwater in order to drown it.

*Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason.

*A monotreme is a animal that lays eggs and suckles its young. The world's only monotremes are the platypus and the echidna.

*The male platypus has a poisonous spine that can kill a dog and inflict immense pain on a human.

*When a specimen of the platypus was first sent to England, it was believed the Australians had played a joke by sewing the bill of a duck onto a rat.

*Box Jelly fish - The box jellyfish is considered the world's most venomous marine creature. The box jellyfish has killed more people in Australia than stonefish, sharks and crocodiles combined.

*The Sydney Funnelweb spider is considered the world's most deadly spider. It is the only spider that has killed people in less than 2 hours. Its fangs are powerful enough to bite through gloves and fingernails. The only animals without immunity to the funnelweb's venom are humans and monkeys.

*Lung fish - Queensland is home to lung fish, a living fossil from the Triassic period 350 million years ago.


*It is estimated that by the time transportation ended in 1868, 40 per cent of Australia's English-speaking population were convicts.
*A census taken in 1828 found that half the population of NSW were Convicts, and that former Convicts made up nearly half of the free population.

*In 2007, it was estimated that 22 per cent of living Australians had a convict ancestor.

*Convicts were not sent to Australia for serious crimes. Serious crimes, such as murder, rape, or impersonating an Egyptian were given the death sentence in England.

*Crimes punishable by transportation included recommending that politicians get paid, starting a union, stealing fish from a river or pond, embezzlement, receiving or buying stolen goods, setting fire to underwood, petty theft, or being suspected of supporting Irish terrorism.

* Alcohol- It has been reported that the first European settlers in Australia drank more alcohol per head of population than any other community in the history of mankind.

* Police force - Australia's first police force was a band of 12 of the most well behaved Convicts.

* Mass moonings - In 1832, 300 female Convicts at the Cascade Female Factory mooned the Governor of Tasmania during a chapel service. It was said that in a "rare moment of collusion with the Convict women, the ladies in the Governor's party could not control their laughter.

Photo of the arrival of the Lady Juliana at Sydney Cove.

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Photo of Ann Marsh managing her company, the Parramatta River Boat Service.

Ann Marsh managing her company, the Parramatta River Boat Service.

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