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Beth Lella

September 29, 2007

Peacefully at Kareena Private Hospital Caringbah, late of Sans Souci. Beloved wife of Robert (deceased). Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Robert, James and Jane. Adored “Dibby” of Max. Dear sister of Eric, Keith and Jean (all deceased), Neil and Fay, Roy and Kay. Loved and sadly missed by their families.

A dedicated Teacher and Headmistress of Milton, Mortdale, Sans Souci and Kogarah Infant Schools.

Aged 92 years

May she be remembered
for her dignity, grace,
laughter and love.

Beth’s family and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service in the South Chapel, Woronora Crematorium, Linden Street, Sutherland on Monday (October 8, 2007) at 11am.

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Written by Neil

October 9, 2007 at 9:10 am

Posted in Events, Personal

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Now there’s a word to look up! It describes this entry perfectly.

Shire nostalgia

On Occasional rambles of a retired teacher, that excellent new blog of mine on Blogspot on the old Floating Life address which more of you should visit, I am about to write* the next in the inspiring teachers series based on Teachers Who Change Lives by Andrew Metcalfe and Ann Game. That took me back to Sutherland fifty-three years ago, and I am sorry to report that memory does tend to fade after all. Odd things stay sharp though.

Forty years ago my mother wrote down some memories of her own — yes, they are on this site now — and I am truly amazed by their detail and by her style. She used under stress to dream about her New England, Braefield, and sometimes about life on the Hawkesbury before that. To her that was back in time about the same as Sutherland is to me. Incredible — to me, that is. I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled… Denys will get that one.
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May have been, very possibly…

Substantial additions have been made to this post, thanks to Adrian.

 The Secret River by Kate Grenville (2005).  Grenville has also written one of the best books on writing that I know. (Australian historical fiction)

As I said last week:

I mentioned in my comment on Jim’s post that I am at last reading The Secret River by Kate Grenville, and I am enjoying it thoroughly. I think this reading is partly responsible for my looking into Macquarie connections to Cleveland House here in Surry Hills, a building I see every day! The site linked to the novel there is Kate Grenville’s own site, thoroughly worth exploring, especially the section on fiction and history. The Secret River (that is, the Hawkesbury) attracted some little controversy on that score, much of it misplaced. But I will take that up when I review the novel. You will see I have already given The Secret River a best read of 2007 tag though.

That still stands, now that I have finished.

The “Secret River” is today a major tourist attraction, and more, just north of Sydney, parts of it indeed inside Greater Sydney.
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Written by Neil

August 13, 2007 at 3:45 pm

Sunday in Illpah

That is, as you may recall, the Aboriginal name for Waterloo*. Church was good today; unusually I propose a whole entry for that. Afterwards Sirdan and I had lunch at Chinese Whisper in Surry Hills, and then I went to PK’s for the afternoon. A good day. 🙂

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Written by Neil

August 12, 2007 at 6:06 pm

James O’Brien on Surry Hills

James has a good post on my neighbourhood — you can follow some of his walk on the masthead image above!

He refers to Cleveland House, which is, some say, the oldest house still standing in Sydney, perhaps even older than Cadman’s Cottage in The Rocks. It is amazing to think it was there and around twenty years old when my Great-grandfather William Joseph John (below) was born a stone’s throw from it in 1836, especially as I now live so close myself. Read the rest of this entry »

Another Surry Hills blog!

I have found someone else on WordPress who uses the Surry Hills tag: jamesobrien.id.au, and what a good blog it is too! Do visit it. For a start we have in common not only Surry Hills but an interest in colonial and family history. And we both have convict ancestry.
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Written by Neil

July 17, 2007 at 10:46 am

Three hot issues

No pun intended in the first case…

Hot issue 1: Climate change

I received a lovely email after commenting on another blog which had been (I thought) unduly impressed by that rather scurrilous documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle. Consequently I have updated and expanded the post to which I have been directing people from that little box at the top of the sidebar, and renamed it: Miranda asks a question or two about climate change. You may read the email there now along with some of the best scientific, as distinct from political or ideological, arguments against The Great Global Warming Swindle that I have been able to find. They are not hard to find. Indeed I am amazed that people like Miranda Devine and Tim Blair still think there is a debate! It is of course true that human activity is not the sole cause of climate change, but it is clear that it has been a very significant factor in the past half century and will be an even more significant factor in the future, but even more to the point, this is a factor about which something may be done. Sceptics (and you perhaps) will be amused by the ally I have found on the question: Margaret Thatcher… I got the heads up on that one from an interview with James Lovelock of Gaia fame on ABC Radio National the other day.

Comments on that post have been re-opened for a short period, say a month.

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