Racing at Sherwood Park

28/08/2020 Raine Biancalt

MELBURNIANS will be well aware of our famous Caulfield, Flemington and Moonee Valley racecourses. However, back in the late 1800s numerous racecourses sprang up all over Melbourne. In The Australasian of 17 May 1884 ‘Skiddaw’ […]

Lyrebird log hut

The Lyrebird Man

07/03/2020 Raine Biancalt

Widely known as The Lyrebird Man and recognised by ornithologists as an authority on lyrebirds, Thomas Henry Tregellas was born in Bendigo on 16 June 1864.

Girls with presents for Mother's Day

Mother’s Day in Australia

06/03/2020 Raine Biancalt

On Sunday 10 May many Australians will celebrate Mother’s Day. The tradition of gift-giving on Mother’s Day, although well-established in the USA, did not begin in Australia until 1924. In 1870, American writer and women’s rights activist Julia Ward Howe, author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, had proposed that a mother’s day for peace be commemorated every year in June.

Why not try scrapbooking?

04/12/2019 Raine Biancalt

Artfully arranged scrapbooks documenting family stories become treasured heirlooms to be passed on for generations. Typical memorabilia include photographs, printed media, and artwork. Scrapbook albums are often elaborately decorated and frequently contain extensive journaling or written descriptions.

Op-shopping for Christmas

03/12/2019 Raine Biancalt

If funds are tight, consider a Christmas shopping spree at your local Op Shop – you will also be helping the shop’s special charity. So pick your favourite charity and go shopping!

Plane pieces

Liberating History

01/12/2019 Raine Biancalt

On 4 September 2019 I received an email from Venice Italy from a young Italian named Alessandro Cianchetta. He and others in the Verona area volunteer to research military planes shot down over Italy during WWII. Their aim is to return to family members any items belonging to the airmen.

Anyone for (Table) Tennis?

02/09/2019 Raine Biancalt

The Phoenix Park Table Tennis Club (PPTTC), established in 2014 by Paul Bronstein and Graeme Scarlett, says it caters for players of all abilities – from beginners to hot shots! Their youngest player is six years old and the oldest is 94 years young.

Sing your way to happiness

02/09/2019 Raine Biancalt

The Ashburton With One Voice Choir at the Burwood Village Autumn Festival in May this year. Creativity Australia believes it offers a unique arts-health social inclusion program and you are invited to experience the joy, […]