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Fern Tree Gully and Gembrook line or the Puffing Billy Railway line

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Puffing Billy is one of Victoria's most popular tourist attractions and is also one of the most popular tourist railways in the world, it has around 350,000 visitors each year. You can read all about Puffing Billy activities and access the time table on their website http://puffingbilly.com.au/  - the website also tells you how you can become  a volunteer with Puffing Billy - they have over 1,000 volunteers who undertake  a range of roles. 
The Fern Tree Gully and Gembrook line opened on December 19, 1900, closed in 1954 and re-opened as a tourist railway 1955 to 1958 and then  re-opened again  in July 1962 and had been going strong ever since. You can read more of the history here. Puffing Billy starts at Belgrave, the next stop is Menzies Creek and the other four stops - Emerald, Lakeside, Cockatoo and Gembrook  are in the Cardinia Shire, so here is look at some historic photos of the Puffing Billy or Free Tree Gully and Gembrook line as it was first called, from the State Library of Victoria photograph collection.

View of encampment near railway line, possibly Gembrook. This photo has Gembrook inscribed in pencil on the back and was possibly taken during the construction of the line, late 1890s.Max Thomson Collection, State Library of Victoria Image H2013.70/9

Gembrook, c 1900State Library of Victoria Image H35215/27

A new railway line, a new opportunity for pranksters! This photo is called 'Accident - Gembrook railway - a joke' Photographer: Mark James Daniel. Dated August 26, 1900.State Library of Victoria Image H92.200/359

Railway Station, Gembrook, c, 1900State Library of Victoria Image H35215/26

Gembrook Train, c. 1900State Library of Victoria Image H35215/25

Railway line, Gembrook, c. 1907State Library of Victoria Image H41019

Steam train dropping off passengers, Clematis Station, c. 1910s. This station was called Paradise Valley when it opened in 1902, the name was shortened to Paradise in 1908. The area was known as Paradise until 1921 when a public meeting voted to change the name to Clematis, after the wild clematis creeper that grew prolifically in the area. State Library of Victoria Image H2009.29/85

Gembrook Train, Victoria, c. 1912. This is a great photo - the women in their lovely hats, the interesting hand tinting of the photo, the lack of cars which is a reminder of the days when most people walked to all local activities.State Library of Victoria Image H84.414/11

Railway Station, Gembrook. Date range listed is 1920s to mid 1950s.Rose Series postcard, State Library of Victoria Image H32492/2159

The narrow gauge train, Cockatoo.Date range listed is 1920s to mid 1950s.Rose Series postcard, State Library of Victoria Image H32492/2165

Puffing Billy, 1950s. Photograph is dated at SLV as 1950-1954, but this may be taken between 1955 and 1958 when it first ran as a tourist line.  Photographer: Percy SpidenState Library of Victoria Image H2008.121/51

Lakeside Station. Lakeside opened 1944, but this looks like it was taken late 1950s or early 1960s. I wonder who these people are?State Library of Victoria Image H2010.137/17

Greetings from, Emerald Lake, c. 1976State Library of Victoria Image H41350


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Orient by Christopher Bollen

At the very tip of Long Island, New York, lies a small town called Orient.  It’s home to loyal year-rounders who protect their little hamlet like it’s the last bastion of community.  But when 19-year-old runaway Mills Chevern is brought in to town, his unwelcome presence coincides with a series of sinister, and possibly linked, murders.  Year-rounders don’t like visitors, and now the town is being overrun by New York City arty types, but who stands to gain and lose the most in Orient?

Why We Love It:

It’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil meets Jonathan Franzen.  While the whodunnit mystery will keep you guessing until the very last pages, it’s the dissection of small town American life that had us truly hooked – for all 600 pages. Christopher Bollen's second novel beautifully captures the angst, desperation, innocence and dark side of small town life. 

from the Team at Better Reading.

Garden of Lies

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Garden of Lies by Eileen Goudge

Rachel and Rose grew up worlds apart. Rachel, in the lap of Manhattan luxury, an ice princess determined to be a great doctor. Rose, in the New York slums, yielding to passion too young, and fleeing heartbreak to become a star lawyer. When they both fall in love with the same fascinating man, they are brought face to face with the truth about each other and themselves.

After reading a lot of Eileen's newer books, I have gone back to the beginning, and after reading this book can understand why Eileen was a NYT best selling author. This book had me riveted from the beginning, and I literally could not put it down.

The story of two babies switched at birth and what transpires is an emotionally engaging story. I felt for both of the girls involved and anyone who enjoys reading good family sagas will love this book. I can't wait to read the sequel as I just have to find out what happened to them!  Eileen you continue to be one of my favourite authors.

My Brilliant Friend

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My Brilliant Friend: Book One - Childhood and Adolescence by Elena Ferrante

"My friendship with Lila began the day we decided to go up the dark stairs that led, step after step, flight after flight, to the door of Don Achille's apartment...I waited to see if Lila would have second thoughts and turn back. I knew what she wanted to do; I had hoped that she would forget about it, but in vain."

My Brilliant Friend is a ravishing, wonderfully written novel about a friendship that lasts a lifetime. The story of Elena and Lila begins in a poor but vibrant neighbourhood on the outskirts of Naples. The two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else, sometimes to their own detriment, as each discovers more about who she is and suffers or delights in the throes of their intense friendship. There is a piercing honesty about Ferrante's prose that makes My Brilliant Friend a compulsively readable portrait of two young women, and also the story of a neighbourhood, a city and a country.
This novel was highly recommended to me by none other than Mem Fox, who was fascinated by it and couldn’t put it down! Book One in a series 'the Neapolitan novels' is by one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors. The books in order are My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of The Lost Child. The fourth and final volume is to be published in September 2015.

I loved this complex story of friendship and choices as the girls grow up together in a grungy part of Naples, with hints of the Mafia never far away. Lila is capricious, daring her friend to scary new adventures while Elena is the quietly serious narrator, who depends on her education rather than her looks as a way to escape. The competition between them is intense, and while each has their ups and downs and other distractions, the ties between them remain strong.  I’m really looking forward to reading the next installment!


The Hearing-Loss Guide

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The Hearing-Loss Guide : Useful Information and Advice for Patients and Families by John M. Burkey

In an unusual new approach, audiologist John M. Burkey offers not only specific and up-to-date information based on his own extensive experience with patients, but also useful, first-hand advice from those patients themselves. 

The Hearing-Loss Guide presents clear, basic facts on hearing impairment and treatments, followed by candid personal recommendations from people who are coping successfully with hearing difficulties. 

I was in my late twenties when I first suspected there was a problem with my hearing.  Now a hearing aid veteran of more than 10 years, I still have trouble in certain situations.  

The Hearing Loss Guide written by John M. Burkley, a qualified audiologist, is full of information, advice and useful tips for those with a hearing loss, and those that live with someone who has a hearing loss. I picked up a few tips that I’ll be trying at home.

Written in a clear, basic language and without a lot of medical jargon; it’s easy to understand and find information relevant to your personal situation. I encourage anyone who has, suspects they have, or knows someone who has a hearing loss to have a look at this book.  


The Liar

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The Liar by Nora Roberts

Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions ... The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn't just dead. He never really existed. 

Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown. But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover. Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows. And an attempted murder is only the beginning ...

The story has great likeable characters, and life in her small town combines neatly with suspense, deception, and danger from her husband’s past following her. Another beauty from this most popular author. Enjoy!


Vale E. L. Doctorow

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The often dubbed 'Literary Time Traveller' E. L. Doctorow [Edgar Lawrence] passed away on Tuesday 21/7 in Manhattan USA, aged 84, from complications with lung cancer.

The author penned a dozen novels including Ragtime, Billy Bathgate and The March, three volumes of short fiction and a stage drama, as well as essays and commentary on literature and politics.  Doctorow was widely lauded for the originality, versatility and audacity of his imagination.

 “I believe nothing of any beauty or truth comes of a piece of writing without the author’s thinking he has sinned against something – propriety, custom, faith, privacy, tradition, political orthodoxy, historical fact, literary convention, or indeed, all the prevailing standards together.”

Doctorow was inducted into the New York Writers Hall of Fame in 2012, and in 2013 received the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation, and the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction in 2014.


Yannathan State School re-union November 28, 1964.

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This is an account of a reunion, held November 28 1964,  of pupils who attended Yannathan State School. It is an interesting list of names and surprisingly for the time includes the women's maiden names and married names and, as it also has a few snippets of Yannathan history, it is a valuable source of family and local history. We don't have very much about Yannathan on this blog, so I have transcribed the article for you.
Koo-Wee-Rup Sun, December 2, 1964.

Big crowd enjoy reunion at Yannathan
Every pioneer family who selected land in the Yannathan area was represented by one or more of their children at a get-together of ex-pupils at the at the Yannathan State School last Saturday afternoon.
The re-union was held for pupils who had attended the school in the 1900 to 1914 period. Over 150 former pupils and friends attended the occasion coming from many areas as far away as N.S.W.
The oldest scholar was Mr Joe Smethurst of Melbourne who is 84 and attended the school 77 years ago.
Original school buildingsThe school building was built 88 years ago in 1876 and except for a few new windows the present school is the original building. It was originally built near the site of the present Yannathan store and moved to its present site about 1890. Beautifully cut, trim lawns and gardens provided a delightful setting for the occasion. The school and grounds had been prepared by the head teacher, Mr Palmer, assisted by Peter Aldrick.
After the picnic lunch, old pupils who had not seen each other for years swapped yarns and recalled incidences from their old school days at Yannathan. So busy were the old friends chatting together that there was hardly time for any formal speeches, however a former pupil, Mr Norman Ridgway of Yea, moved a vote of thanks to the organisers on behalf of all the visitors. This was seconded by Mr Harry Smethurst of Athlone.
Old timers recalled how pupils came many miles to attend the Yannathan School, some walking from Bayles and Yallock, while others rode ponies from Monomeith and Caldermeade. In its hey day there were 62 pupils on the roll at the school and many at the re-union expressed amazement at how they ever fitted into the tiny school.
Her father opened the first Yannathan storeOne of the ex-pupils at the afternoon was Mrs Liddle of East Malvern, formerly Vida Nelson, whose father, the late William Nelson, opened the first general store in Yannathan in the 1870s, on the site where the present store stands today.
The fist mail runAnother visitor, Mr Norman Ridgway of Yea is the brother of Walter Ridgway who delivered the first mail run in the Yannathan district. Travelling by horse and jinker the mail came from Monomeith to the Yannathan Post Office and onto Heath Hill.
Another old timer at the re-union was Mrs Willis of Oakleigh, formerly Annie Smethurst, aged 79. The youngest pupil at the afternoon was Mrs Howlett of Glenroy, formerly Crissie McKay The oldest mother at the gathering was 86 year old Mrs Mark Ridgway of Frankston who was presented with a gift by Mr Norman Ridgway.   To conclude the re-union afternoon tea was provided by the Yannathan Mothers Club, followed by the singing of Old Lang Syne.
Amongst old scholars present were: Elsie Anderson (Mrs Stewart, Sandringham); Annie Orchard (Mrs Bateson, Archies Creek); George Beer (Blackburn); Ted Cozens (Monomeith); Millie Casey (Mrs Chandler, Dandenong); Bert Coates (Mathoura, N.S.W); Eardley Coates (Koo-Wee-Rup); Jessie Coates (Mrs Wadsley, Koo-Wee-Rup); Ruth Carson (Mrs Clarke, Templestowe); Dorothy Carson (Mrs Adeney, Sandingham); Les Edey (Yarram); Claude Einsiedel (Koo-Wee-Rup); Vic Lineham (Deniliquin); Ruby Lineham (Yannathan); Elsie McCraw (Mrs Greaves, Croydon); Gladys McCraw (Mrs Greaves, Kyabram); Ethel McKay (Mrs Wilson, Box Hill); Maggie McKay (Mrs Bowman, Glen Alvie); Myrtle McKay (Mrs Grayson, Ashburton); Pearl McKay (Mrs Trewin, Archies Creek); Chrissie McKay (Mrs Howlett, Glenroy); Claude McKay (Glen Alvie); Edie Matthews (Mrs E. Dwyer, Koo-Wee-Rup); Frank McCraw (Yannathan); Dorothy McLeod (Mrs Head, Yannathan);  Harry Hawkins (Warragul); Jessie Hawkins (Mrs Collins, Warragul); Marjorie Hawkins (Mrs Rhodes, Warragul); Maud Leeson (Mrs Crispin, Kew); Alf Leeson (Lang Lang); Ted Leeson (Longwarry); John Orchard (Inverloch); Rich Orchard (Almurta); Dave Orchard (Glen Alvie); Mavis Patullo (Mrs M.McCraw, Yannathan); Silvia Patullo (Mrs Greaves, Bairnsdale); Norman Ridgway (Yea); Vera Ridgway (Frankston); Tom Hatty (Yannathan); Ruby Stephens (Mrs Thompson, Bayles); Vida Nelson (Mrs Liddle, East Malvern); Joe Smethurst (Melbourne); Annie Smethurst (Mrs Willis, Oakleigh); Herb Smethurst (Blackburn); Harry Smethurst (Athlone); Myrtle Smethurst (Caulfield); Clarrie Smethurst (Mlebourne); Nita Smethurst (Mrs Gardiner, Mooroolbark); Jessie Wright (Mrs Luke, Mornington); Nellie Wright (Mrs McFadgen, Moorabbin); Alice Wright (Mrs Pither, McKinnon); George Wright (Shepparton East); Arthur Wright (Shepparton East): Dick Wakenshaw (Cora Lynn).

Down Under

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Down Under by Bill Bryson

Forget Crocodile Dundee, Castlemaine XXXX and the 2000 Sydney Olympics - Bill Bryson is the man to put Australia on the map. Bill Bryson, from New Hampshire USA, has traversed the length and breadth of Australia a few times now to bring us his first major new book since the bestselling A Walk in the Woods. What greeted Bill Bryson when he visited Australia was rather different to what he'd imagined. 

It is a country that exists on a vast scale. It is the driest, flattest, hottest, most dessicated, infertile and climatically aggressive of all the inhabited continents, and still it teems with life, a large proportion of it quite deadly! A country where even the fluffiest of caterpillars can lay one out with a toxic nip, where seashells will not just sting but GO for one! One may be fatally chomped by sharks, or crocodiles, or carried hopelessly out to sea by irresistible currents, or left to stagger to an unhappy death in the baking outback. Bill Bryson ignored such dangers, and promptly fell in love with the country! And who can blame him? The people are cheerful, the food excellent, the beer always cold, the sun nearly always shines. Life doesn't get much better than this!

If you need an antidote to being bogged down in your usual genre, then this book is it. It’s a generous, big-hearted, warm look at what ‘we who live here’ don’t really consider, let alone see. 

Aside from being an entertaining travelogue with many snippets of interesting information, there are some parts that are so side-splitting funny it’ll have you reaching for the tissues.  I think it’s more his style of writing than any incident – he’s just a born raconteur with a very dry wit; instead of alienating the Aussie reader with put-downs he twists a negative into a clever “who would’ve thought?” phrase.  It’s very well done.  

His bafflement with the sport of cricket is priceless and I was punching the air with joy to find a fellow who voiced my feelings perfectly; while his bewilderment with politicians, the stolen generation, and the ‘out of sight out of mind’ attitude of most Australians gets an airing, but thankfully not too much to dampen the pleasure and fun in reading this delightful book.  

I downloaded the e-audiobook from our catalogue and it was narrated (almost) perfectly by William Roberts, so much so that you’d swear it was Bryson himself doing the reading   (the Aussie accent still proving tough to master). This book was just what the doctor ordered and I thoroughly enjoyed it!


Kibble Literary Awards

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The Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers comprise two awards which are presented annually. The Kibble (currently valued at $30,000 recognises an established Australian author) has been awarded this year to Joan London for The Golden Age; and The Dobbie Literary Award (currently valued at $5,000 recognising a first published Australian author) went to Ellen van Neerven for Heat and Light.


Nita May Dobbie established the Nita B Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers (with an emphasis on life writing) in recognition of her aunt, Nita Bernice Kibble, who raised her from birth after her mother died.  She was also the first woman to be appointed a librarian with the State Library of New South Wales and throughout her career (1919-1943) she worked hard to raise the status of the library profession.  She was a founding member of the Australian Institute of Librarians.

Miss Dobbie followed her aunt into the library profession and recognised the need to foster women's writing in the community and so established the Awards through her will.


An Abundance of Katherines

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An Abundance of Katherines’ was published in 2006 by John Green. The general plot of the novel is the protagonist Colin, who is a prodigy, has only ever dated girls by the name of Katherine. His most recent girlfriend broke up with him, and he basically couldn’t stop wallowing. His best friend, Hassan, decides that the best way for him to get his mind off of his Katherine problem, is to go on a road trip. When they arrive in the small rustic town of Gutshot, they have adventures; make memories, so on and so fourth.

Now, I have read John Green’s other work. The fault in our stars, Paper towns and looking for Alaska, but for some reason, I much preferred this book above all the others. I completely enjoyed An Abundance of Katherines and I actually regard it as one of my favourite novels. Colin is one of those main characters that you hate because he’s so egotistical, yet in the end you’re still rooting for him anyways because he’s the good guy. I really enjoyed the humour in the novel and it actually ended up being very educational; I learned a lot of things about The Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand that I wasn’t aware of before. But the one liners and character development are really great and the book had just enough romance to make me happy.

By the end of the book I was feeling so many different emotions, but I was quite satisfied by the ending. Definitely a recommended read.
Shannon, 15
NAR, Work Experience Student

National Biography Awards

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Six powerful personal stories have been shortlisted for the 2015 National Biography Award.  This year Australia’s pre-eminent prize for biographical writing and memoir celebrates 20 years since it began. The shortlisted books for the $25,000 Award are:

An Unsentimental Bloke: The Life and Work of C.J. Dennis by Philip Butterss

Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family by Gabrielle Carey

Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power 1799-1815 by Philip Dwyer

To Begin to Know: Walking in the Shadows of My Father by David Leser

A Singular Vision, Harry Seidler by Helen O'Neill

The Feel-Good Hit of the Year: A Memoir by Liam Pieper

The winner will be announced on Monday 3 August at 11.00am


In the Quiet

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In the Quiet by Eliza Henry Jones

Cate Carlton has died, though why or how remains a mystery for most of the novel. She leaves behind three growing children, and a husband, sister, mother, and friends, all struggling to makes sense of life without her. 

Cate narrates the story as she watches those she’s left behind on their rural horse property grapple with their intertwined lives and the heartbreak they continue to suffer. Her children – twin boys who turn 18 and a girl who turns 13 during the course of the novel – face the problems of adolescence without their mother, while their father faces their pain and his own each day. Complicating matters is a secret that only one child shared with his mother and this is teased out throughout the novel, leaving us hungrily turning the pages...

Why we love it!
While gritty and sad, In the Quiet by this wonderful new Australian author is an uplifting and heartwarming story. It’s a beautiful depiction of Australian rural life; a hymn to horses and a raw and compelling take on the challenges and realities of country life.
From the team at Better Reading

Six Degrees

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Six Degrees by Honey Brown

From the cover:  Emotion, seduction and passion wind through six intricately connected stories, where strong Australian women embrace their most intimate desires, and men are more than just their suit and tie.
Apparent strangers are bound together by one tragic event, the effect of which is felt from the urban streets of Sydney to the dusty bars of Western Australia. Sexual attraction is discovered, reawakened and surrendered to in Six Degrees, written by critically acclaimed author, Honey Brown. 

As a Honey Brown fan, I was looking forward to reading this new release. What I read was not what I expected.

The usual Honey Brown psychological suspense is missing and replaced with sexual tension, sexual experiences of varying degrees, and short stories that subtly link. It consists of six short stories that link with a single event and many characters. It is not until you get to the last story that all the links between characters becomes clear. It is clever literature but personally I prefer Honey Brown’s other titles to this one.  If you want eroticism in various degrees, then this is a book for you.

~ Narelle

The Other Side of the World

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The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop

English-born Charlotte is struggling with motherhood and trying to find time for her painting. Her Indian-born, poetry-professor husband wants things to be as they were and dreads the thought of another harsh English winter. As the distance between Charlotte and Henry grows, he grasps at the promise offered by a brochure proclaiming ‘Australia brings out the best in you’. Charlotte doesn’t want to leave her familiar home, but is too exhausted to fight, and gives in.

But their new life is not the answer either was hoping for, as Henry is increasingly isolated among his parochial university colleagues and Charlotte finds herself lost and anchorless in the Perth suburbs. What will she sacrifice to regain her feeling of ‘home’?

Why we love it!
Evocative and heartbreaking, The Other Side of the World kept us spellbound. It’s a beautifully told story of motherhood, marriage, creativity, identity, and nostalgia for place. Its vivid and gorgeous descriptions transported us from the wintry fields of Cambridge, to the intense light of a Perth summer and to the mud, dust and chaos of 1960s India.

Stephanie Bishop is a rising literary star, with critics singing her praises. In 2006 she was recognised as one of The Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian novelists, and Helen Garner has described her as ‘a striking new voice, calm and fresh.’

With its deep themes and emotionally charged ending, The Other Side of the World is a book to curl up and spend time with, and book clubs and reading groups will love it.

From the team at Better Reading


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Delectable by Adrianne Lee

Series: Big Sky Pie #1:  Montana real estate agent Quint McCoy will tell you that the most important thing is location, location, location. It's a lesson he learns all too well when he goes incommunicado for a four-week fishing trip to Alaska. While he's away, his mother Molly turns his office into the pie shop she has always dreamed of, Big Sky Pie. But that's not the only surprise in store for him.

On her way out of town, Callee McCoy only wants to say a fond farewell to her beloved mother-in-law. But Molly soon persuades Callee to stay and lend a hand at the new shop, even if it means heating up the kitchen with her soon-to-be ex. 
As Callee and Quint rediscover their recipe for love, they realize that some couples are so sinfully good together that one delectable taste is never enough . . .

Quint McCoy’s dad always told him “Quint, my boy, there isn’t a problem so big that a man can’t solve it with a piece of your mama’s sweet cherry pie in one hand and a fishing rod in the other.”  When Quint couldn’t cope with the death of his father, he remembered these words; and decided to run off to Alaska on an extended fishing trip. Four weeks later he returns to find his soon-to-be ex-wife, Callee, working with his mother who has begun her lifelong dream of owning a pie shop - by converting his real estate office!

Delectable is a typical romance novel, meaning you can already guess the ending.  That being said, it’s the journey that’s half the fun.  Adrianne Lee writes a quirky, funny book that has you laughing in places and cringing in others.  It’s far-fetched, unrealistic and outrageous but who doesn’t love a book where everyone lives happily ever after.


Pearcedale Great War Soldiers

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This is a list of soldiers with a connection to the town of Pearcedale. There may be some I have missed, if you know of any, then please let me know.

Pearcedale was originally called Langwarrin. When the Mornington and Stony Point railway lines opened in the late 1880s, the railway station near the Military Camp (now a Flora and Fauna Reserve) was named Langwarrin. A new town developed east of the railway station and was locally called New Langwarrin.  Pearcedale was known as Langwarrin or Langwarrin Estate or Old Langwarrin until December 1905 when, at a  meeting of rate payers,  it was voted to rename the town Pearcedale to avoid confusion with the new settlement based near the Langwarrin Railway Station. Pearcedale was named after Nathanial and Mary Grace  Pearce,  early European settlers.

The soldiers listed below had their address on official papers as Pearcedale, sometimes Pearcedale, via Somerville and on occasions just Somerville. I have also included any soldiers whose family are mentioned in the book Pearcedale: Moments in history. You can read more about this book and Pearcedale here. If you want to borrow the book, click here

What follows is a list of soldiers, their connection to Pearcedale, their fate (i.e. when they Returned to Australia after active service or when they were Killed in Action) and their Service Number (SN) so you can look up their full service record on the National Archives website (www.naa.gov.au)

Barton, George Ormond (SN 965) George was  a 25 year old orchardist when he enlisted on August 17, 1914. His next of kin was his father, Joseph, of Pearcedale. George Returned to Australia on September 23, 1918. You can read more about the Barton family in Pearcedale: Moments in history.

Charlie Bond (SN 3310) and his visit to Horsham.

Horsham Times June 17, 1919 page 5.http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73049797
Bond, Charles Rundle (SN 3310)   Charles enlisted on July 20, 1915 at the age of  21. He Returned to Australia on April 13, 1919. Charles was the brother of William (below). They were the sons of William and Emily (nee Smith) Bond who came to Pearcedale about 1910 (Source: Pearcedale: Moments in history)

Bond, William Arthur  (SN 2575)  William enlisted on August 2, 1915. He was a 24 year old labourer and his next of kin was his father, also William, who was an orchardist. William was Killed in Action on July 19, 1916 at the battle of Fromelles.

Evans, Thomas (SN 8830)  17/8/15  Twenty two year old Samuel enlisted on August 17, 1915. His next of kin was his father, Samuel, of Langwarrin. Thomas Returned to Australia on August 9, 1919.

This article reports on the welcome home function for local Pearcedale soldiers - Thomas Evans, Fred Knox, John Knox, William White and Martin Nicholson. 
Mornington Standard  November 21, 1919 page 3http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65853222

Heazlewood, Walter Frederick  (SN 7161)  Surname also listed as Hazlewood. Walter enlisted October 27, 1916. He was a 32 year old farmer. Walter was medically discharged on January 4, 1918 and he died on December 12, 1922, suffering from Tuberculosis.

Hobbs, Rupert Roxborough  (SN 13302) Rupert was a 36 year school master at Pearcedale when he enlisted on August 25, 1915 in the Field Ambulance Unit. He Returned to Australia on March 28, 1919.

Jarvis, Clarence James  (SN 3853) Clarence was nearly  19 years old and an apprentice  carpenter when he enlisted on August 16, 1915. On August 7, 1916 he received a gun shot wound to the chest, whilst serving in France. He Returned to Australia on March 17, 1917 and was discharged on medical grounds in July.

Jarvis, Oswald Lewis   Listed on the Discovering Anzacs site as having enlisted at the age of 29, with a Pearcedale address, which doesn't tally with his birth date of 1895. He was a brother of Clarence, above, they were both born in Cudgewa, but I cannot find out anything else about Oswald's service.

Knox, John Henry (SN 4845)  John was 20 years old when he enlisted on November 10, 1915. He  Returned to Australia on July 7, 1919.  John and Thomas (below) were brothers. They were the sons of Edward and Mary (nee Pool) Knox of Pearcedale.

Knox, Thomas Frederick  (SN 4650)  Thomas was a 27 year old farmer and he enlisted on January 4, 1918. He arrived in Egypt in the June and saw some active service and Returned to Australia on July 17, 1919.

Larsen, Joseph (SN 3345) Joseph was 24 years old when he enlisted on July 6, 1915. He was born in Denmark and he had lived with James Ridley of Pearcedale for four years before his enlistment. He was Killed in Action in Belgium on September 20, 1917. They could find no trace of his parents in Denmark so his war medals were given to Mr Ridley in August 1920.

Lyons: There were four sons of Patrick and Louisa Lyons, of Pearcedale, who served in the Great War.

Lyons, Charles  (SN 6846)  Charles enlisted on May 9, 1916, he was 18 years old. When he was overseas he got married on September 6, 1919 to Agatha Richards. They came back to Australia in August 1920.

Lyons, John (SN 3568)   John was 22 years old when he enlisted on July 21, 1915. He Returned to Australia on February 9, 1919.

Lyons, Leslie William (SN 655)  Leslie enlisted on March 24, 1915 at the age of nineteen. Leslie was Killed in Action in France on October 5, 1918.

Lyons, Patrick Edward (SN 3194)  Patrick was nearly 23 when he enlisted on November 24, 1916. He Died of Wounds on September 27, 1917, the day after he was wounded in action whilst serving in France.

Patrick and Louisa (nee Henderson) had come to Pearcedale in 1910, they lived in East Road. Patrick died in June 1915, aged 52,  leaving Louisa a widow. They had eleven children. I wonder what happened to Louisa and I hope she found some happiness. You can read about the Lyons family in Pearcedale: Moments in history.

This article from the Mornington Standard of June 21 1919 reports on the welcome home to Rupert Hobbs, Charlie Bond, Robert Young and a D. McCarthy.

McCarthy, D   As you can see from the article above D.McCarthy had a connection to Pearcedale, I just can't work out who he is. I feel that it is either Daniel McCarthy (SN 16051) a telephone mechanic from Traralgon or Daniel Patrick McCarthy (SN 10447) a farmer whose next of kin on his enlistment paper was his brother, Edward, who was from Koo-Wee-Rup and later changed his address to Nar Nar Goon and on the embarkation roll it was his uncle, T. McCarthy of Nar Nar Goon. Daniel McCarthy was an orphan, I feel that he is the more likely candidate, but if you ave any information then please let me know.

Monro: George and Amy (nee Ostler) Monro had six sons of which three  served in the Great War. George was a market gardener and flower grower and  had arrived in Pearcedale  in 1900. You can read more about George and Amy and family in a short piece written by their grandson, George Monro in  Pearcedale: Moments in history.

Monro, Allan Clarence  (SN 3208)   Allan  had first enlisted as a 19 year old on April 6, 1915 but was discharged as being medically unfit, due to bronchitis, on June 24 the same year. Then he enlisted again on March 25, 1916 and served in the Home Services until July 11 when he was discharged again. Allan enlisted for the third time on November 26, 1916, he went overseas in the December but Returned to Australia in October and was discharged from the Army as medically unfit on December 14, 1917. There are two interesting letters in his file -  a 1942 letter from the Lighthouse & Navigational Services asking for  a copy of his war record as Allan had been appointed the permanent lighthouse keeper at Cape Schanck and one written by Allan in 1947 asking for a copy of his discharge papers as they were destroyed when his house was burnt down in the Black Friday bush fires on 1939.

Monro, Eric Wilfred (SN  2732)  Eric enlisted on June 30, 1915 aged 22. He was a mail carrier. He Returned to Australia on December 21, 1918.

Monro, Roy (SN 1083a)  Roy enlisted on August 20, 1914 aged 24. He Returned to Australia on March 10, 1918.

Nicholson, Donald (SN 986) Donald was 22 when he enlisted on September 18, 1914. Donald was Wounded in Action at Gallipoli, gun shot wound to left forearm, and  he Returned to Australia on July 17, 1915 and was officially discharged in November 1916.

Nicholson, Martin Terris  (SN 7285) Martin enlisted on December 4, 1916 aged 20. He Returned to Australia on August 19, 1919.  Both Donald and Martin were born in St Arnaud, Martin's mother was listed as Mrs Annie Perry and Donald's as Mrs Nicholson - were they brothers and their mother had remarried?

Orchard, Cyril George (SN 4747)  Cyril was 27 when he enlisted on March 1, 1916. He was a farm hand and lived with his wife, Doris at the  Balla Balla property. He was Killed in Action in Belgium on October 4, 1917.

Pearce, William Henry (SN 2561)  William enlisted at the age of 21 on January 20, 1915. William was wounded whilst fighting in France on July 3, 1917 and died the next day. The town of Pearcedale was named for William's parents - Nathaniel and Mary Grace Pearce in 1905.

Potter, Thomas  (SN 7306)  Thomas was a boundary rider, was 37 years old and he and his wife, Isabella were living at Pearcedale when he enlisted on August 5, 1915. He Returned to Australia on April 13, 1919.

Watt, Horace Alfred  (SN 3147)   Twenty year old Horace enlisted  on July 8, 1915. He Returned to Australia on January 15, 1919.  He was the son of Alfred Watt of Pearcedale and his occupation was dairyman.

Another welcome home party - this time for William Young and George WhiteMornington Standard, March 22 1919 page 3
White, George Edward (SN 69382)  George  enlisted at the age of 18 on May 20 1918. He left for service overseas on November 2 1918 and it doesn't say when he returned. His parents, Thomas and Grace had an orchard, Plumvale. You can read more about the White  family in Pearcedale: Moments in history. George's enlistment papers list his address as Somerville.

White, William (SN 5436)  William was a 27 year old gardener and he enlisted on March 18, 1916. He and his wife, Sarah, lived at Bayview, Pearcedale. William was born in England and was granted leave from the Army between March and June 1919 to work on Mr A. White's farm, presumably a relative. He Returned to Australia on August 1, 1919.

Wisken, William (SN 985) William enlisted on July 3, 1915. He was 21 and his occupation was nursery hand. He Returned to Australia on September 9, 1916 for discharge due to 'adolescent insanity' he had previously been described as 'a simple childish boy'. I wonder what happened to him?  William was the son of Henry and Rose Wisken who had arrived in Pearcedale on Boxing Day 1909 with their nine children of which William was the eldest. His brother George was President of the Pearcedale Cricket Club for 50 years and is the namesake of the George Wisken  Memorial Oval (Source: Ian Wisken - from the book Pearcedale: Moments in history)

Young, Robert Charles (SN 3305) Robert enlisted on July 20, 1915 aged 23. He was a labourer and was a member of the Pearcedale Rifle Club. Robert was born at Mornington Junction, the original name for the town of Baxter.   Robert Returned to Australia on April 13, 1919.                                  

Young, William Hay (SN 1582)  William enlisted on April 17, 1915 aged 28, he was an orchardist. William was Wounded in Action on two occasions and also gassed and consequently spent a lot of time in hospital when he was serving overseas. He Returned to Australia on January 14, 1919.

Why men don't listen and women can't read maps

Reading Rewards - reviews -

I first picked up Why men don't listen & women can't read maps : how we're different and what to do about it by Allan and Barbara Pease when it was first published in 1999. I loved it then and it still is relevant 16 years later.

This look at the differences between the way men and women think is a sometimes shocking, always illuminating and frequently hilarious look at where the battle line is drawn between the sexes, why it was drawn and how to cross it. Read this book, and understand - at last! - why men never listen, why women can't read maps and why learning each other's secrets means you may never have to say sorry again.

Many secrets of how the different genders think, act and respond are revealed in this book, written by the acknowledged body language expert Allan Pease and his wife Barbara.  It is insightful, thought-provoking and absolutely hilarious.

Although it goes into depth about how the male and female brains work differently, it does so in an easy-to-understand way and the humour makes it all so easy to take on board.

Whether you read it for the information or for the laugh, you will get plenty out of Why men don't listen & women can't read maps.

~ Michelle

SH*T on my hands : a down and dirty companion to early parenthood

Reading Rewards - reviews -

Sh*t on my hands by Bunny Banyai and Madeleine Hamilton.

You know the book will be a good read by the imagery and catchphrase that accompanies it, for example on the back cover it reads, 'Upside of being a parent: PURE LOVE. Downside: SH*T on my hands.'

I found this book in a book shop and knew it was meant for me. Being a first time mum I wanted to get all the facts without the hours upon hours of reading to get them. And of course there's the humour factor....

This brightly coloured book brings a certain quirky humour to your reading experience that gives you that entertained feeling and being educated at the same time! No wonder I was able to retain so many little facts that will no doubt come in handy as the imminent journey of parenthood approaches.

A nice little touch I found helpful was the compilation of these facts and handy tips; the information is collated by month milestones, such as "0-6 months". Even better was that you don't have to read this book from start to finish because it still makes sense even if you pick and choose what month or what chapter title you'd like to read about. That's of course if you do retain ANY information at all because this book will literally bring you into a hysterical laughing fit that may or may not be accompanied by tears.....

I was going to put a quote or two as an example but a laughing fit ensued and I had to put the book down. I couldn't choose because the whole book is brilliant and wonderful that for first, second or third time parents they would still get so much out of it. All the scary aspects suddenly don't seem so scary after all, you can manage this amazing parenthood journey AND cope with all its ups and downs, even with SH*T on your hands.....

~ Laura


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