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Cranbourne Railway Station - electric rail service opening March 25 1995.

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 Cranbourne was on the Great Southern Railway line which commenced construction in 1887 and was completed to Korumburra in 1891 and later extended to Port Albert. Passenger services beyond Dandenong ceased in June 1981 but goods services continued to operate. In 1992, the goods trains ceased and this is when the line beyond Leongatha was taken up. The passenger service was reinstated on December 9 1984 and continued to run until July 23 1993. After that every town beyond Dandenong was without  a train service, however trains returned between Dandenong and Cranbourne when the electric train line was established (there are still no trains beyond Cranbourne but that's another story) and these photographs were taken at the official opening of this electric train service to Cranbourne on March 25, 1995.

Two other stations have since been established between Dandenong and Cranbourne - Merinda Park Station opened  in conjunction with the new electrified line and Lynbrook Station opened April 2012.

Naturally at any official event there are a raft of politicians - this is Senator Gareth Evans at the podium, on the right is Robert Macellan who was then the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Pakenham. On the left is Alan Brown, Member for Gippsland West in the Legislative Assembly and Minister for Public Transport.

View of the Railway Station

Waiting for the train

A local band provided some entertainment for the occasion.

I presume this is the first train to arrive - it's nearly there!

It's getting closer!  I put this photo on our Casey Cardinia Heritage Facebook page and some-one commented that 'it was good to see that good to see that they sent down a a nice shiny train for the opening. You can still see where they washed the graffiti off it!'

 It's here!
Interestingly, the line to Pakenham was electrified from Pakenham to Warragul in 1954 and this was extended to Traralgon in 1956, due I believe to the traffic generated by the Yallourn open cut coal mines and power stations. This was  a full 40 years before Cranbourne, even though the line beyond Pakenham has now been de-electrified.

Vale Harper Lee

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Nelle Harper Lee (April 28, 1926 – February 19, 2016) was an American novelist widely known for To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960. Immediately successful, it won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and has become a classic of modern American literature. Though Lee had only published this single book, in 2007 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature. Additionally, Lee received numerous honorary degrees. 

The plot and characters of To Kill a Mockingbird are loosely based on Lee's observations of her family and neighbors, as well as an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old. The novel deals with the irrationality of adult attitudes towards race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s, as depicted through the eyes of two children. The novel was inspired by racist attitudes in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.

Another novel, Go Set a Watchman, was written in the mid-1950s and controversially published in July 2015 as a "sequel", though it was later confirmed to be To Kill a Mockingbird's first draft.

Clancy of the Undertow

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'Clancy of the Undertow' is a stand-out teen novel by Brisbane author and bookseller, Christopher Currie.

Our heroine is Clancy, a sixteen year old girl who lives in a small town and feels like an outsider.
We follow Clancy's life as she attempts to navigate  a pathway.

Her family situation is in difficult territory as her father is involved in a traffic incident where two teenagers die and her family is ostracized.

The relationship with her two male siblings is often hilarious, totally believable and sharp. Quarrels and inter-personal communication are typical of daily family life.

Clancy is keenly aware that she is a nerd, with interests such as 'nature club' adding to her lack of social status. Clancy is funny and flawed - time and time again she makes the wrong decisions and upsets those around her. Clancy develops a crush on one of the 'cool crowd' and the reader soon realises that her 'crush' may not have her best interests at heart.

Engaging storyline and a well-written novel, touching on areas such as bullying, gay issues, and friendship.


- Ann 

Treasure Islands

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Treasure Islands: sailing in the South Seas in the wake of Fanny and Robert Louis Stevenson by Pamela Stephenson

This is the story of two resourceful women - Pamela, wife of Billy Connelly and Fanny “the Wild woman of the West” as her husband Robert Louis Stevenson called her. Both married to maverick Scottish men, both searching for adventure and drawn to visit the South seas. Pamela encounters the perils of the sea, the many islanders and even pirates while sailing with her crew from Florida to Fiji. First published in 2005, this is travel, adventure, history and biography all rolled into one extraordinary book. 

I really enjoyed this well-researched journey as Pamela acquires, fits out and crews her yacht and the interweaving of her adventure in the footsteps of Fanny, one hundred years earlier. Her commentary on the impact of climate change on the Pacific Islanders is sobering, but her passion and determination to seek out every story from the people she meets combined with stories of her crew’s exploits makes compelling reading.  

~ Pru

The Next Always

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The Next Always – Book 1 of the Inn Boonsboro trilogy by Nora Roberts

The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, changing hands, even rumoured hauntings. Now it's getting a major facelift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. 

Beckett is the architect of the family, and his social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there's another project he's got his eye on: the girl he's been waiting to kiss since he was fifteen.

After losing her husband and returning to her hometown, Clare Brewster soon settles into her life as the mother of three young sons while running the town's bookstore. Busy, with little time for romance, Clare is drawn across the street by Beckett's transformation of the old inn, wanting to take a closer look . . . at the building and the man behind it.

With the grand opening inching closer, Beckett's happy to give Clare a private tour - one room at a time. It's no first date, but these stolen moments are the beginning of something new - and open the door to the extraordinary adventure of what comes next ...

Nora Roberts is no stranger to trilogies, there’s a fist full of them and they follow a tried and true pattern.  I’ve read and enjoyed most of them, particularly the Three Sisters Island trilogy, and this series is shaping up to be very much like that; warm, womanly and whimsical.  Basically just change the setting and the character names and you can revisit any Roberts trilogy all over again.  Yes, even the ghost, now an expected ‘character’, undergoes the same renaissance.

I’m not big on the romance genre and usually only pick up a Nora Roberts when I feel bogged down by heavier reads. This light and not too demanding tale fitted the bill perfectly. Books 2 and 3 - The Last Boyfriend and The Perfect Hope (respectively) will be on my list to read ... eventually.

We have this series in all formats; I listened to the audiobook which was narrated well by McLeod Andrews.

~ Deb

Half the World Away

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Half the World Away by Cath Staincliffe

Newly graduated photography student Lori Maddox spends the year after university travelling and visits China where she finds work as a private English tutor. Back in Manchester, her parents Jo and Tom, who separated when Lori was a toddler, follow her adventures on her blog, 'Lori In The Orient'. Suddenly communication stops and when the silence persists a frantic Jo and Tom report her missing. 

It is impossible to find out anything from 5,000 miles away so they travel out to Chengdu, a city in the south-western province of Sichuan, to search for their daughter. Landing in a totally unfamiliar country, with no knowledge of the customs or language, and receiving scant help from the local authorities, Jo and Tom are forced to turn detective, following in their daughter's footsteps, tracing the people she mentioned in her posts, interviewing her friends, colleagues and students.

Imagine your daughter takes off for a year of travelling in China and you stay in contact with the wonders of technology - Skype, emails and blogging. But then suddenly nothing! All communication ceases. It’s every parents nightmare. How long before you do anything? Where do you start? When do you stop looking?

This is an absorbing read that rolls along building tension as the characters become increasingly desperate and frustrated as they search for their daughter, half the world away. This was a good holiday read for me. Available in print and audio.

~ Sandra

Decimal Currency - 14th of February, 1966.

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For those of us who are old enough to remember, it's been 50 years since Decimal Currency was introduced, which was on the 14th of February 1966. You may remember the catchy little jingle to the tune of 'Click goes the shears' that they used to promote the change - you can re-live it on You Tube - click on this linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZTeWLA1LAsThis is the first time I've seen it in colour - as it was before the days of colour TV. You can see another advertisement here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6JawKH2yaQ

The Decimal Currency Board also advertised widely in local papers - these advertisements are from the Pakenham Gazette and were sent to me by Andrew Trotter.

Pakenham Gazette February 18, 1966(Courtesy of Andrew Trotter) 
The $1.00 note was replaced by  a coin in 1984; the $2.00 note was replaced by  a coin in 1988. If you happen to have a cache of these notes they are still legal tender and can be redeemed for their face value, but some are worth more, so check with a  member of the Australasian Numismatic Dealers Association. The $5.00 note was introduced in 1967. There is interesting information about our banknotes on the Reserve Bank website

Pakenham Gazette February 11, 1966(Courtesy of Andrew Trotter)
The one cent coin was  last produced in 1990 and the two cent coin in 1989. They were both withdrawn from circulation beginning February 1992. The round 50c coin was replaced by the 12 sided (or dodecagon) coin in September 1969 as some people confused it with the 20 cent coin. The Royal Mint website has some interesting information about our coins. 

Our Song

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Our Song by Dani Atkins

Four people, two marriages, one night to decide their past, present and future.
This book tells the story of Ally and Joe and Charlotte and David, both happily married, until tragedy strikes both of the husbands. Joe falls through ice rescuing a young boy and his dog, and David suffers a heart attack in a store whilst buying a gift for Charlotte. Both men are transported to the same intensive care unit of the local hospital to await their fate.
The thing is - Ally and David were a couple and very much in love years before, until Charlotte moved into the house that David was sharing, and through misunderstood circumstances, Ally and David broke up.

The book is beautifully written from the perspectives of the four main characters David, Joe, Charlotte and Ally. The author slides seamlessly between not only the characters but the past and present as they become intertwined. Even as it becomes obvious which way the story is heading, it remains engrossing and continues to tug at your heartstrings. I loved reading the history of the two women and how they arrived at the point they are at in the current time in the book, and how things unfolded in their past.

Our Song is a great book from start to finish. Truly a beautiful love story with some twists and turns. Highly recommend reading this book but be warned, tissues beside you may be needed throughout the book! This will appeal to readers of Women's Fiction or Life-Lit.

~ Janine

Saint Odd

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Saint Odd by Dean Koontz

Odd Thomas is back where it all started... because the time has come to finish it. Since he left his simple life in the small town of Pico Mundo, California, his journey has taken him to places strange and wonderful, mysterious and terrifying. Across the land, in the company of mortals and spirits alike, he has known kindness and cruelty, felt love and loss, saved lives and taken them - as he's borne witness to humanity's greatest good and darkest evil. Again and again, he has gone where he must and done what he had to do - for better or worse - with his courage and devotion sorely tested, and his soul forever changed. Every triumph has been hard won. Each sacrifice has taken its toll. Now, whatever destiny drives him has finally steered his steps home, where those he cares for most surround him, the memory of his tragically lost true love haunts him, and one last challenge, vast and dreadful, awaits him. For Odd Thomas, born to serve a purpose far greater than himself, the wandering is done. Only the reckoning remains.

This series is totally left-field, an American hash of occult/horror/sci-fi/crime/romance/thriller/humour and in amongst all that is Odd Thomas, a wonderful, memorable character, so quirky and loveable you just wish he was real and one of your own friends. Some couples have been born in the pages of literature and stay with you forever - Scarlett and Rhett, Heathcliffe and Kathy, Henry and Claire - and they are now joined by Odd and Stormy.  The enduring and heartbreaking love between Odd and Stormy Llewellyn is what keeps you going throughout the madness and mayhem.  But it's all over now. Thanks for the ride Mr Koontz. 



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Euphoria by Lily King

English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the Territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery. When Bankson finds them a new tribe to divert them from leaving Papua New Guinea, he ignites an intellectual and romantic firestorm between the three of them that burns out of anyone's control. Set between two World Wars and inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is an enthralling story of passion, possession, exploration, and sacrifice. 

My interest in this book was piqued after having spent some time in Papua New Guinea. It is a passionate love story loosely based on the life and loves of anthropologist Margaret Mead, her husband Reo Fortune and colleague George Bateson. 

Set in the thirties, it tells the story of competitive observations and knowledge in regard to the emerging discipline of anthropology, creating distrust and uncertainty between the three. The discovery and immersion of the culture of a new tribe ignites an intellectual and romantic ménage a trois that leads to deception and mistrust.

Recommended. It’s Hot! Its Sultry!  Available in print and audio.

~ Sandra

Intensive Care

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Intensive Care (Escape to the Country #1) by Nicki Edwards

Escaping to the country was meant to be easy ... 
On the surface it looks like busy intensive care nurse Kate Kennedy has it all: a long-term relationship, a great career and a sleek inner city apartment. But appearances are deceiving, and in one fell swoop everything comes crashing down around her. 

In a moment of spontaneity, Kate leaves her city life and takes a new role as Nurse Unit Manager at Birrangulla Base Hospital, but her dream move proves harder than expected. Local cafe owner Joel O'Connor finds himself increasingly drawn to the gorgeous new nurse, but like Kate, he's been scarred by love and isn't looking to jump into anything. Yet their chemistry is hard to deny and after a near fatal incident, Joel and Kate find themselves opening up to one another. Just when Kate thinks she's found love again, their fragile relationship is thwarted by their pasts. Can they both let go of their guilt and grief to move on to a bright new future?

I am constantly astounded at the depth of authors we have here in Australia. Nicki Edwards is a local (living in Geelong) who is a critical care nurse as well as an author and this is her debut novel - a great start to a promising series! The fact that the author is a nurse herself definitely shows through in the descriptions of situations that occur in the hospital, but that does not detract from the quality of the writing and the storyline.

If you like a novel with a bit of romance set in the country with a medical background, then this is the book for you! Its the first in a series, so I am looking forward to eventually reading the others.  This is a digital e-book and can be borrowed through Bolinda Digital which you can access online from our website or simply click here to place your hold now.
~ Janine

Stella Prize longlist

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The Stella Prize is an Australian annual literary award established in 2013 for writing by Australian women in all genres, worth $50,000. The award derives its name from the Australian author Miles Franklin, whose full name was "Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin".

It was established by a group of 11 Australian women writers, editors, publishers and booksellers who became concerned about the poor representation of books by women. Now in its fourth year, the Stella Prize celebrates Australian women’s literature at its most powerful and inventive.

And the longlist is:

The Women’s Pages by Debra Adelaide
The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop
Panthers and the Museum of Fire by Jen Craig
Six Bedrooms by Tegan Bennett Daylight 
Hope Farm by Peggy Frew 
A Few Days in the Country: And Other Stories by Elizabeth Harrower
A Guide to Berlin by Gail Jones 
The World Without Us by Mireille Juchau 
A Short History of Richard Kline by Amanda Lohrey 
Anchor Point by Alice Robinson
The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood 
Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger by Fiona Wright

We'll bring you the titles that make the shortlist, announced at 12 noon AEDT on Thursday 10 March, and the 2016 Stella Prize winners on Wednesday 20 April. 

~ Deb

Jonathan Unleashed

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Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff

Twenty-something Jonathan has moved to New York City for a soul-destroying job writing mind-numbing ad copy for a pen company – not that he needs to bother as the annoying marketing manager ignores most of his great ideas anyway. But on the bright side he’s working alongside his best childhood friend Max and has found a rare affordable apartment. 

His brother has gone to Dubai leaving his two dogs with Jonathan – a lovable spaniel called Sissy and a proud collie, Dante.  Jonathan loves the dogs but is worried for their emotional welfare. Increasingly neurotic, he continually takes them to the vet, wondering if they might hate their life. The young English vet Dr Clare tells him to stop worrying so much.

When his stupendously boring but prettily perfect girlfriend Julie (who doesn’t care for dogs) arrives to share the tiny Manhattan apartment, after scoring a fabulous promotion at a bridal magazine, life couldn’t get much worse. But Jonathan hopes it all might resolve itself if he catapults himself into adulthood by marrying Julie – live-streamed on the internet, all expenses paid by Bridal 360 magazine.

Why we love it: The first adult novel from bestselling young adult author Meg Rosoff is a quirky and unconventional coming-of-age story that is delightfully funny and thought-provoking.

~ from The Team at Better Reading

Notes from the Internet Apocalypse

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Notes from the Internet Apocalypse by Wayne Gladstone

The internet is dead. Gone. It has just stopped working. While Gladstone and his new friends come to terms with this crisis, they also revel in its freedoms. Anonymity is reborn - no longer can a new acquaintance check out your Facebook page or Twitter feed to get your life story. They must wait for you to tell them. You can be who ever you want to be, leave past transgressions behind and start afresh.

The story is told in the form of a journal which Gladstone keeps as he and his friends try to find out what happened to the internet. They must negotiate New York's new found perils, such as internet junkies (known as "zombies") who aimlessly walk the streets searching for the life they have lost; Reddit groups who congregate on street corners to wax lyrical on their favourite subject, and a real life "Jeeves" who claims to have all the answers. Cats fail to live up to their internet image of performing hours of mindless tricks for no food or other maintenance. And of course there is porn. Without the internet the porn industry experiences an unprecedented renaissance.

Notes from the Internet Apocalypse poses some interesting questions about how we have come to rely so heavily on the internet, and what it has replaced. The author acknowledges how much we have gained, but points out that there is much we have lost. 

~ Kim

Mercy Street

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Mercy Street by Tess Evans

Often humorous and sometimes heart-wrenching, it’s the story of George, a widowed pensioner living a ‘worn-out, washed out’ life in a Melbourne suburb – until his world is turned upside down by meeting little Aurora-Jane (Rory) and her teenage mother, Angie.

A charming tale about an older man transformed by love, Mercy Street is reminiscent of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. And it centres around many of the same themes as Tess Evans’ first, bestselling, novel Book of Lost Threads - hopes, dreams, compassion and the relationships between people.

When Angie takes off ‘for a while’, George finds himself caring for Rory, feeling his way into a kind of parenthood. He valiantly tackles Rory’s enthusiasms and anxieties, plans her birthday parties, and even becomes a ‘reading mum’, helping out at her school. It takes his ‘best love’ and courage, and the help of friends – old and new – to help Rory thrive.  But then Angie announces she is coming back to collect Rory, and George unexpectedly finds himself on the wrong side of the law…

Why we love it: 
Mercy Street is one of those books with characters who capture your heart, and who you want to spend every minute with.

~ from The Team at Better Reading

The Fish Ladder

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The Fish Ladder: a journey upstream by Katherine Norbury

Katharine Norbury was abandoned as a baby in a Liverpool convent. Raised by a loving adoptive family, she grew into a wanderer, drawn by the landscape of the British countryside.
One summer, following the miscarriage of a much-longed-for child, Katharine sets out, accompanied by her nine-year-old daughter, Evie, with the idea of following a river from the sea to its source. The luminously observed landscape grounds the walkers, providing both a constant and a context to their expeditions. But what begins as a diversion from grief evolves into a journey to the source of life itself: a life threatening illness forces Katharine to seek a genetic medical history, and this new and unexpected path delivers her to the door of the woman who abandoned her all those years ago.

Combining travelogue, memoir, exquisite nature writing, and fragments of poems with tales from Celtic mythology, The Fish Ladder has a rare emotional resonance. It is a portrait of motherhood, of a literary marriage, a hymn to the adoptive family, but perhaps most of all it is an exploration of the extraordinary majesty of the natural world. Imbued with a keen and joyful intelligence, this original and life-affirming book is set to become a classic of its genre. 

Although the beginning to this story took a while to draw me in, I’m so glad that I stayed with it. The writing meanders and flows just like the crystal streams that Katherine follows. Gently and beautifully, landscape and people intersect. Katherine Norbury is able to focus on the minutiae of her surroundings and to describe all of her journeys perfectly. If you enjoy biographies, nature or the Northern English/Scottish environment then I can highly recommend this book. I listened to the e-audio book which is read quietly and evocatively by the author. 

~ Ali

This is Gail

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This is Gail by Juliette O'Brien

In 2008, Chris O'Brien published his memoir of his battle with brain cancer, Never Say Die. But he wasn't the only person in the O'Brien household with a powerful story to tell. His wife - and now widow - Gail has gone from being a surgeon's wife and mother of a picture-perfect family to a single woman in her mid-50s, grieving not only her husband but also her son Adam, who died as a result of epilepsy a short time after Chris's death. 

In addition to coping with a public and private loss, Gail has taken on Chris's legacy as steward of his Lighthouse cancer centre. She's navigated the politics of boards and committees where people behave very badly. She's gone back to work as a physio after being out of the workforce for 25 years. She has reinvented herself and found that she can survive and even thrive in a world without her soul mate. 

When Chris was alive, Gail was the great woman behind the great man - now she's stepped out and is standing on her own two feet.

Many will remember the heartbreaking story of Sydney surgeon Chris O’Brien, diagnosed with a fatal brain tumour at the age of just 54. Undergoing treatment to defy his odds of living for less than a year, Chris sought various healings, some conventional, some not. Encouraged by his beloved wife Gail and three children, Chris was inspired to find ways cancer patients could benefit from more holistic treatment methods and wrote a memoir, Never Say Die.

Following Chris’s death, as Gail O’Brien and his children tried to navigate their way through grief, Chris and Gail’s son Adam died suddenly, less than two years later.  In This is Gail, Chris and Gail’s daughter, Juliette, tells her mother’s story. With compassion and insight, Juliette details her mother’s struggle to overcome the double blow of losing her husband and first-born son in quick succession and how she bravely steered Chris’s vision for an integrated cancer centre to fruition.

Chris had become something of a celebrity surgeon after the reality television show RPA, filmed at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred hospital. As a surgeon treating cancer patients who then became a cancer patient himself, Chris was in a position to understand what could help cancer sufferers when he passionately sought to establish a comprehensive, patient-focused cancer centre (that later became known as The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA) and he had the connections and drive to get it built.

Why we love it: 

This is Gail is deeply moving and brutally honest. It’s a beautiful story about life, death, grief and survival through the worst that life sometimes throws at us.

~ from The Team at Better Reading

The Gates of Evangeline

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The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young

From the back cover:
Thirty years ago, Gabriel Deveau’s Nanny put him to bed and locked his door from the outside. When she went to wake him the following morning, the door was still locked. When she entered, Gabriel was missing from his bed. The room had only one other entrance, but that door was latched on both sides. The windows, too, were locked. He hasn’t been seen since.

This is a haunting mystery and debut novel for Hester Young. It is intended to be the first of a trilogy known as the Charlie Cates Trilogy.

The novel begins in Stamford, Connecticut but is mainly set in Chicory, Louisiana.  Charlotte “Charlie” Cates is commissioned to write a book on the thirty-year-old mystery surrounding an influential family’s missing child, Gabriel Deveau. She is invited to stay on the family estate, known as Evangeline, an historic plantation home. Friendships are formed and relationships questioned among the family and staff that reside at Evangeline.

Through the gates of Evangeline, Charlie is haunted by her own loss, as well as the loss of others as she attempts to uncover the mystery surrounding the young boy’s disappearance. Charlie is also haunted by vivid dreams that are visions and premonitions, discovering a special gift she wished she had discovered prior to her own son’s death. 

It is indeed a breathtaking and haunting tale that moves at a fast pace but at times has predictable outcomes. Overall it was an enjoyable and intriguing read.
~ Narelle

Vic Premier's Awards

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The $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature has been won by playwright Mary Anne Butler for her stageplay Broken. She also receives another $25,000 for winning the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for drama.

Other winners of the Premier's awards were Mireille Juchau (fiction, The World Without Us), Gerald Murnane (non-fiction, Something for the Pain), Alan Loney (poetry, Crankhandle), and Marlee Jane Ward (young-adult fiction, Welcome to Orphancorp). Miles Allinson won the People's Choice award for Fever of Animals [pictured left]

The prizes were presented by the Premier's wife, Catherine Andrews, and Creative Industries Minister Martin Foley in the garden of Parliament House on 28 January, 2016.

~ Deb

'Endeavour' streets in Endeavour Hills

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Endeavour Hills was officially gazetted as a suburb on July 14 1971, and the first land sales took place on November 24, 1973. The project was first conceived in 1970 when Lewis Land Corporation purchased the 1,032 acre site (about 420 hectares). As the suburb was being developed at the same time as the 200th anniversary of the arrival of Captain Cook in the Endeavour, it was considered fitting to name the suburb after the Endeavour. The Endeavour carried members of the Royal Society, who were on board to observe the Transit of Venus in Tahiti as well as sailing crew and military personnel,  as after leaving Tahiti, Cook was instructed to 'find' the southern continent.  Around 80 Endeavour Hills streets are named after the Endeavour crew and passengers and what follows is a list of these 'Endeavour' streets, the person they were named for and their position or role  on the ship.

ANDERSON - Anderson Court - Robert Anderson A.B (Able-bodied seaman - a seaman with four years experience - they start as a Boy, then two years as an ordinary seaman and  then a year as seaman and then you can become an AB)
BANKS - Joseph Banks Crescent - Joseph Banks (1743 to 1820) Natural Historian

Sir Joseph Banks painted by Thomas Phillips(State Library of New South Wales image)You can read more about Sir Joseph Banks in the Australian Dictionary of Biography 
BOOTIE  - Bootie Court - John Bootie Midshipman
BRISCOE  - Briscoe Court - Peter Briscoe Joseph Bank’s servant
CHARLTON  - Charlton Court - John Charlton  Captain’s servant
CHILDS  - Childs Rise - Joseph Childs  A.B
COLLETT - Collett Rise - William Collett  A.B
COOK  - James Cook Drive - James Cook (1728 to 1779)  Captain

Captain James Cook R. N., F. R. S., from an original engraving published in London, 1784 State Library of Victoria Image  H96.160/298 You can read more about James Cook in the Australian Dictionary of Biography 

COX  - Cox Court - Matthew Cox A.B
DAWSON  - Dawson Court - William Dawson A.B
DOZEY  - Dozey Place - John Dozey A.B
DUNSTER  - Dunster Court - Thomas Dunster  Private
EDGCUMBE  - John Edgcumbe Way - John Edgcumbe  Sergeant
ENDEAVOUR  - Endeavour Crescent - Name of ship
GATHREY  - Gathrey Court - John Gathrey Boatswain or Boson -  foreman of the seaman - they were the link between the Officers and the seaman.
GOLDSMITH  - Goldsmith Close - Thomas Goldsmith  A.B
GOODJOHN   - Goodjohn Court - John Goodjohn  A.B
GORE  - Gore Rise - John Gore 3rd Lieutenant
GRAY  - Gray Close - James Gray A.B
GREEN - Charles Green Avenue - Charles Green  Astronomer
HAITE  - Haite Court - Francis Haite  A.B
HARDMAN - Hardman Court - Thomas Hardman Boatswain’s mate
HARVEY  - Harvey Place - William Harvey  Zachery Hick’s Servant
HICKS - Zachary Hicks Crescent -  Zachary Hicks 2nd Lieutenant
HOWSON - Howson Close - William Howson Captain’s Servant
HUGHES  - Hughes Close - Richard Hughes A.B
HUTCHINS  - Hutchins Avenue - Richard Hutchins A.B
JEFFS  - Jeffs Court - Henry Jeffs A.B
JOHNSON  - Johnson Place - Isaac Johnson  A.B
JONES -  Jones Court - Thomas Jones W illiam Monkhouse’s servant  (1)
JORDAN  - Jordan Court - Benjamin Jordan A.B  (2)
JUDGE  - Judge Rise - William Judge Private
KNIGHT  - Knight Court - Thomas Knight A.B
LEGG  - Legg Court - John Legg A.B
LINDSAY  - Lindsay Close - Alexander Lindsay A.B
LITTLEBOY  - Littleboy  Rise - Michael Littleboy A.B  (3)
MAGRA  - Magra Place - James Magra A.B
MANLEY  - Manley Close - Isaac Manley Robert Molyneux’s servant
MARRA  - Marra Court - John Marra A.B
MOLYNEUX  - Robert Molyneux Avenue - Robert Molyneux Master
MONKHOUSE  - Monkhouse -  Drive William Monkhouse Surgeon  (4)
MOODY  - Moody Place - Samuel Moody  A.B
MOREY  - Morey Rise - Nathaniel Morey John Gore’s servant
MORGAN  - Morgan Court - Peter Morgan A.B
NICHOLSON  - Nicholson Close - James Nicholson A.B
NOWELL - Nowell Court  - George Nowell A.B
ORTON  - Orton Rise - Richard Orton  Clerk
PARKER  - Parker Court - Isaac Parker 27 A.B
PARKINSON -  Sydney Parkinson Avenue - Sydney Parkinson (1745 to 1771) Natural History Artist

Sydney Parkinson(National Library of Australia image) You can read more about Sydney Parkinson in the Australian Dictionary of Biography 
PAUL - Paul Court - Henry Paul Private
PECKOVER  - Peckover Court - William Peckover A.B
PERRY  - William Perry Close - William Perry Surgeon’s mate
PICKERSGILL  - Pickersgill Court - Richard Pickersgill  Master’s mate
PONTO -  Ponto Court - Antonio Ponto  A.B
PRESTON - Preston Avenue - Daniel Preston  Private
RAMSAY - Ramsay Court - John Ramsay  A.B
RAVENHILL  - Ravenhill Crescent - John Ravenhill  Sailmaker
REARDEN  - Rearden Close - Timothy Reardon  A.B
REYNOLDS - Reynolds Court - John Reynolds Charles Green’s servant
ROBERTS  - Roberts Court - James Roberts Joseph Bank’s servant  (5)
ROSSITER  - Rossiter Avenue - Thomas Rossiter Drummer (interesting occupation!)
SATTERLEY  - Satterley Close - John Satterley Carpenter
SIMMONDS  - Simmonds Place - Thomas Simmonds  A.B
SMITH  - Isaac Smith Street -  Isaac Smith Master’s mate
SOLANDER  - Daniel Solander Drive - Daniel Solander (1733 to 1782)  Naturalist

Daniel Solander by Harriet Gunn(National Library of Australia image)You can read more about Daniel Solander in the Australia Dictionary of Biography
SPORING - Sporing Court - Herman Sporing Assistant Naturalist
STAINSBY  - Stainsby Close - Robert Stainsby A.B
STEPHENS  - Stephens Close - Henry Stephens A.B
SUTHERLAND  - Sutherland Court - Forby Sutherland A.B
TAYLOR  - Taylor Court - Robert Taylor Armourer
TERRELL  - Terrell Close - Edward Terrell  John Satterley’s mate
THOMPSON  - Thompson Court - John Thompson  Cook
THURMOND  - Thurmond Court - John Thurmond  A.B
TRUSLOVE  - Truslove Court  - John Truslove  Corporal
TUNLEY  - Tunley Close - James Tunley  A.B
WILKINSON  - Wilkinson Way - Francis Wilkinson A.B
WILSHIRE  - Wilshire Court - William Wilshire Private
WOLF  - Wolf Court  - Archibald Wolf  A.B
WOODWORTH  - Woodworth Close - John Woodworth A.B

(1)  There were three Jones on the voyage. One was Samuel Jones, A.B. The third one was Thomas Jones, also an A.B.
(2)  There were two Jordans on the voyage. The other one was Thomas Jordan , a boatswain and Gathrey’s servant. I’m not sure which one the Court is named after.
(3)  There were two Littleboys on the voyage. The other was Richard Littleboy, A.B.    A copy of the “Endeavour Gazette”, the Endeavour Hills community newsletter lists Littleboy Rise as being named after Michael.
(4)  There were two Monkhouses on the voyage. The other was Jonathan, the brother of William. He was a  Midshipman.
(5) There were two Roberts on the voyage. The other was Daniel Roberts, a Gunner’s servant. I’m not sure which one the Court is named after.


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