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Everything to Lose

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Everything to Lose by Andrew Gross.

From the cover:  Hilary Cantor has lost her job, is about to lose her house, and is running out of money to care for her son with Asperger’s syndrome. When Hilary is first on the scene of a car accident, she finds a satchel full of cash on the back seat. Her split-second decision takes her to the heat of a conspiracy involving blackmail and a powerful figure who’ll do anything to keep the past buried.

What would you do in this moral quandary? Such an interesting scenario that had me intrigued from start to finish. It made me wonder what I would do in this same dilemma and really made me connect with the main character, Hilary Cantor. During this story it provided fear and suspense which I quite enjoy. It's definitely a good read for those who love a thriller.  I listened to the audio version of this story narrated by Tavia Gilbert. It is also available in book format.
~ Narelle

Nirvana Park and Nirvana Dairy

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I had a query about a property called 'Nirvana Park' in Cranbourne. As I knew nothing about it, I went to Trove and typed in 'Nirvana Park' and I found it was a property owned by Frederick David Spottiswood from about 1944 to around the mid 1960s.

The 1945/46 Rate Books list about 60 acres in various parcels owned by Spottiswood and shows  he also leased land from the Crown and the Railways - the railway land was from the Railway line, north to Camms Road, with High Street/South Gippsland Highway being the western boundary and Narre Warren Cranbourne Road,  being the eastern boundary.  Mr Spottiswood operated an  Illawarra Shorthorn stud at ‘Nirvana Park’. An article in the Kiama Reporter of July 4, 1945 (left) reports that Mr Spottiswood  who has achieved distinction for the extensive milk retailing business he has built  up in  Malvern and in a similar manner to the model business thus established, he aspired to the creation of  a model stud farm with the noted Australian Illawarra Shorthorns the breed to be utilised. More about the milk retailing business later.

I have spoken to a long term Cranbourne resident, Val,  and she told me that his dairy was  a red brick building on Camms Road.Val also told me that the Spottsiwoods moved from the original farm in Camms Road to another property in Cameron Street, south of Sladen Street or Berwick-Cranbourne Road as that part of Sladen Street is now called  (about opposite the back entry of the Cranbourne RSL) where they also had  a dairy. Fred and Vevers Spottiswood are listed in the Electoral Rolls in Cranbourne until 1968 and by 1972 they are in Frankston.

Mr Spottiswood was a Shire of Cranbourne Councillor from 1949 until 1955 and he was Shire President from 1951 to 1952. He was also on the Committee of the Cranbourne Turf Club and Chairman in 1951/52.

Fred  Spottiswood is on the right of this photograph. It was taken at the 1964 Cranbourne Cup presentation.
Source: Of heath and horses:  a history of the Cranbourne Turf Club by Mark Fiddian (Published by the author, 1993)
Before he came to Cranbourne in 1945,  Mr Spottiswood operated the Nirvana Dairy (hence the name of his farm) on the corner of Waverley Road and Belgrave Road in Malvern East.  If you know the area, it is where Dairy Bell ice cream factory still operates today.  Many of us from this area are familiar with the Dairy Bell factory as we had to use  Malvern Road before the South Eastern Freeway (which ended at Toorak road) was connected to the Mulgrave Freeway which finished at Warrigal Road (about 1989 they were connected by the South Eastern arterial)

I am not sure when Fred Spottiswood started the Nirvana Dairy, the earliest reference I can find to it is in November 1934 when the Dairy won a prize for the best 'four wheeled light delivery turnout'  in a parade of business vehicles held in Malvern. Spottiswood is first listed in the City of Malvern Annual reports as an ice cream manufacturer in the 1936/37 year.   The City of Malvern Annual reports  can be found here. They are,  surprisingly, interesting reading as many businesses had to registered under the Health Act, and they are listed in the reports and thus the reports present an interesting  picture of the area at the time - for  instance in 1936/37 there were 32 other  ice cream manufacturers in the City of Malvern as well as the Nirvana Dairy.

Nirvana Dairies opened  a new building on October 28, 1938. I believe this is the existing Dairy Bell building.  It was opened by the Minister of Agriculture,  Mr Hogan, who described the dairy as sanitary, of durable interior, having ample space, good lighting, ventilation and drainage.  The story of 'Nirvana Park' and Nirvana Dairy is a good example of the connection between rural and urban industries that was once obvious to most Australians and is now largely lost. It was the Minister for Agriculture opening the new dairy because it was recognised that rural industries, such as the dairy industry, needed secondary industries, such as the 33 ice cream manufacturers in Malvern,  to sell their product to. Small factories like the Nirvana Dairy, often had a house attached where the owner lived  and they were part of the fabric of every suburb; unlike today where the industrial area in many towns is set well away from the residential area.

Account of the opening of the Nirvana Dairy in MalvernThe Argus October 29, 1939  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12528044
On a personal note - Frederick David Spottiswood was born October 4, 1903 and died June 12, 1992. He married Vevers Hemsworth (nee Lasslett)  in 1942. Vevers was born January 31, 1915 and died May 31, 1999. They are both interred at the Bribie Island Memorial Garden in Queensland, his plaque describes him as 'always optimistic' and her plaque describes her as 'stylish and witty'.

 I have created a list of newspapers articles about Nirvana Park and Nirvana Dairy on Trove, click here to access the list.

Skin and Bone

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Skin and Bone by Kathryn Fox

From the cover:  Detective Kate Farrer returns to duty after three months of stress leave. Fearing that she has lost her edge, she reluctantly partners homicide newcomer, Oliver Parke. They are immediately thrown into the investigation of a young woman who has been murdered and burnt beyond recognition. The post-mortem reveals she had recently given birth, but there is no sign of the baby. With homicide short-staffed and overloaded, Kate and Oliver are also ordered to investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl. Suspicion falls on Mark Dobbie, a fitness trainer who is obsessed with the missing girl’s sister. When the detectives find drugs and photos of naked women in his apartment, they wonder if they have uncovered a serial date rapist-turned-murderer. While the pressure to find the missing baby and teenage girl escalates, Kate Farrer's past demons come back to haunt her. But she must fight them - her partner's life depends on it. 

This may well be Book 3 in the Anya Chrichton series, but if you’re hanging out for Anya to do her stuff you’ll be in for a disappointment.  This is the Kate Farrer show; Anya is overseas for 6 weeks, allowing the flinty detective a little ‘star’ time.  And that’s all good as this book is firstly, and best, Australian [Sydney setting].  It’s also fast paced, offers an interesting plot with a couple of twists, some seriously bad people with very big egos, and a little soul searching for our protagonist who must overcome what happened to her in Book 1, Malicious Intent.   

The author knows her stuff and it shows through in the writing.  Kathryn Fox is a physician with a special interest in forensic medicine. She says her time spent in forensic medicine forming relationships with murderers, victims, police, lawyers, and prisoners and their families gives her an insight in motivations and behaviours.  With 7 books so far published, I need to get a wriggle on and reserve more as I have been enjoying this series very much.  We have it in all formats and I highly recommend you put a hold on one if you like this genre.

I Am Malala

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I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb.

I chose this book to read as I wanted to find out more about this young woman who was the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. What I read was so much more.

I was intrigued by not only Malala’s story but that of her father which is described in detail during the book. In a society which prizes sons over daughters, Malala’s father wanted his daughter to be treated equal while also not compromising their religious beliefs. Together their fight for education of young girls, and establishing schools for children in Pakistan, was inspirational.
There is a lot of detail about the political environment of the times which set the scene and helps the reader understand and empathise with these two amazing individuals.

In October 2012, Malala Yousafzai was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the head while returning home on a school bus. She was targeted due to her very public campaign for the rights of young women to an education in Pakistan.

The book is set out in six parts. The first is Malala’s early life before the Taliban came to Swat, Pakistan. Next is all about the political unrest when the Taliban arrived and extended their influence across Swat. Part three  is the time leading up to Malala being shot by members of the Taliban, part four was her journey between life and death, and the last two parts are about her life in England receiving wonderful medical treatment and rehabilitation services, and then her life that she is now living after her amazing and miraculous recovery.

To quote Malala, she says that her goal “in writing this book was to raise my voice on behalf of the millions of girls around the world who are being denied their right to go to school and realise their potential.”  She has certainly achieved being a great supporter, advocate and champion for universal access to education.

Definitely an inspirational and thought-provoking read.
~ Narelle

Recipes for a Perfect Marriage

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Recipes for a Perfect Marriage by Kate Kerrigan

From the cover:  New York food writer Tressa returns from her honeymoon worried that she has married her handsome new husband out of a late-thirties panic.  In 1930s Ireland, her grandmother Bernadine is married off to the local schoolteacher after her family is unable to raise a dowry for her to marry her true love, Michael. 
During the first year of marriage, Tressa distracts herself from her stay-or-go dilemma by working on her grandmother’s recipes, searching for solace and answers through their preparation.

The title is deceptive, the audio narration by Caroline Lennon is great, and if you’re female, this is one book that may touch some nerves. The author digs into our sensitivities in this entertaining novel – why do girls want to be married; become inured to sharing our lives with that Man; staying with him for … 50 years or more? 

Interspersed with the occasional recipe, the story explores the lives and love of two women from different times and places. The interesting thing about this rather non-descript, easy-to-pass-over cover, is that it contains some observations so well drawn they can really make you wince.  
We have this title in print, Large Print, Audio CD and e-book. 


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Cooked: a natural history of transformation by Michael Pollan

From the cover:  In Cooked, Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements, fire, water, air, and earth, to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world, standing squarely between nature and culture. Both realms are transformed by cooking, and so, in the process, is the cook.

I thought this author seemed familiar – he wrote, amongst others, The Omnivore’s Dilemma which I read last year.  It was very thought provoking and well done.  Despite the engaging blurb above, this one was a hard slog, though the Introduction is excellent and I can highly recommend that.  The book is split into parts 1-4: Fire (Creatures of Flame), Water (A recipe in Seven Steps), Air (The Education of an Amateur Baker), and Earth (Fermentation’s Cold Fire).  Pollan takes us on a journey through the fundamentals of cooking, uncovering the inner mysteries of everything from tiny specks of yeast to a whole hog roast.  There is also an Afterword and two appendices – one has recipes from each of the four above headings, and the other a list of other books on cooking.

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Title: Lost World Circus:  Boy versus Rat Dog
Author: Justin D'ath
Type of story: Adventure

This book is about Colt Lawless saving Lost World animals that are the last of their kind, the reason for this is because of rat flu.
The last of their kind animals are in the Lost World Circus. Colt saves animals who have tried to be hurt or caged up by Officer Katt. Officer Katt works for the rat cops who believe to stop rat flu they have to not only kill rats but animals as well. Colt saves these animals in each book
This book is a must read!!!
How good was it? Fantastic
Age: 10

A Change in Altitude

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A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve

From the cover:

Margaret and Patrick have been married just a few months when they set off on what they hope will be a great adventure, a year living in Kenya. While Patrick practices equatorial medicine, Margaret works as a photojournalist.  A British couple invites the newlyweds to join them on a climbing expedition to Mount Kenya, and they eagerly agree. But during their harrowing ascent, the unthinkable happens. In a reckless moment, an horrific accident occurs and a life is claimed. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Margaret struggles to understand what happened on the mountain and how these events have transformed her and her marriage, perhaps forever.

Anita Shreve is a dab hand at writing - to date some 18 novels have gained her fans around the globe with bestselling titles like Light On Snow, The Pilot’s Wife and Rescue. (As an aside, she also wrote two non-fiction books back in the 1980s to do with working mothers and motherhood.) Prior to all this, among other jobs Anita Shreve worked for three years as a photojournalist in Nairobi, Kenya, and it is obvious that this eventually provided the setting of A Change in Altitude, though why it took her so long, I’m not sure.

We have this book in all formats, but I chose the Playaway version which was read by Laurence Bouvard (female).  She delivered an excellent narration, handling male, female, Dutch, British and many African accents with aplomb.  This added colour to what is a fairly slow character-driven story.  Apart from one incident, not much in the way of action happens, which is fine if you like this style of book.  At least the characters hold interest – equatorial medicine and photojournalism in areas from shanty towns to old colonial splendour are not your usual grist for the mill.  Throw in some politics, romance, geography, tribal factions, tropical weather, mountain climbing and AMS – acute mountain sickness or altitude sickness, and you will find you’ve reached the end of the book sooner than expected.  Which is very annoying because it doesn’t really end, it just stops abruptly leaving us hanging in limbo.  Is there going to be a sequel?  

Opening of the Shire of Pakenham Offices on July 28, 1983

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In the last post we looked at the some photographs that showed the view from the top of the hill before the Shire of Pakenham Municipal Offices and Council Chambers were built. In this post we will look at the opening  ceremony of the offices, which were officially opened  by the Governor of Victoria, Sir Brian Murray on July 28th, 1983. The picture below shows the Governor  with the Shire President, Cr Austin Bastow, at the opening ceremony. These buildings are still being used by the Cardinia Shire, even though they are moving to a  new building in Officer in a few months.

The official opening of the Shire of Pakenham Municipal Offices and Council Chambers by the Governor of Victoria, Sir Brian Murray with the Shire President, Cr Austin Bastow on July 28th, 1983.

The Governor, Sir Brian Murray, addressing the audience.

The same scene, as above, but from a different angle.  The woman seated directly behind the Governor is Mrs Bastow, wife of the Shire President; further along the row is Cr Bastow and Mrs Murray. 

Cr Bastow addressing the audience. 

The Governor, being greeted by the Shire President, on arrival.

The  Vice-Regal tour of the new building.

The Governor shaking hands Russell Broadbent; Mrs Broadbent is next to Russell. The then Federal member for McMillan, Barry Cunningham is on the right of the photograph.

Two views of the audience.

The photographs, above , were taken by a professional photographer (perhaps some-one from the Pakenham Gazette) and we also have some coloured 'snaps' taken at the same event.

Phantom Instinct

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I have been a fan of Meg Gardiner since her debut award-winning novel "China Lake" in 2008.  Her novels have featured either lawyer-turned-freelance journalist Evan Delaney or forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett. However, her latest title, "Phantom Instinct" takes a new direction, with a one-off story with new characters and a slight change in writing style.

"An injured cop and an ex-thief hunt down a killer nobody else believes exists after a murder spree in a crowded L.A. club. When shots ring out in a crowded L.A. club, bartender Harper Flynn watches helplessly as her boyfriend, Drew, is gunned down in the cross fire. Then somebody throws a Molotov cocktail, and the club is quickly engulfed in flames. L.A. Sheriff Deputy Aiden Garrison sees a gunman in a hoodie and gas mask taking aim at Harper, but before he can help her a wall collapses, bringing the building down and badly injuring him. A year later, Harper is trying to rebuild her life. She has quit her job and gone back to college. Meanwhile, the investigation into the shoot-out has been closed. The two gunmen were killed when the building collapsed. Certain that a third gunman escaped and is targeting the survivors, Harper enlists the help of Aiden Garrison, the only person willing to listen. But the traumatic brain injury he suffered has cut his career short and left him with Fregoli syndrome, a rare type of face blindness that causes the delusion that random people are actually a single person changing disguises. As Harper and Aiden delve into the case, Harper realizes that her presence during the attack was no coincidence--and that her only ally is unstable, mistrustful of her, and seeing the same enemy everywhere he looks."

This book is fast paced and action packed, much like I have come to expect with Matthew Reilly's titles and as with his books, Meg Gardiner does it well.  The action is thick and fast, but not too overwhelming and the main characters respective histories and current situations are intricately woven into the story, making you barrack for them as they face adversity both together and apart and as their own interactions develop in a way that both scares and appeals to them.  Twists, turns, bad guys, good guys who have their own issues - it's all there and more.

Meg Gardiner is a multi-award winning author and she has proven her calibre yet again with this excellent story.  It was very hard to put down and finished well, if a little unexpectedly...... but you'll have to read it for yourself to find out how.  :)

~ Michelle

Stolen Moments

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Stolen Moments by Rosie Harris

From the cover:   At eighteen, Kate Stacey accepts a post as nanny to Lady Helen Sherwood's daughters, and falls passionately in love with Lady Helen's brother, David. When the liaison is discovered, David is recalled to his father's industrial empire in the Welsh valleys, and Kate is dismissed. Following her heart to Wales, Kate is horrified by the squalid poverty on which the Owen fortune is built. Her sympathies lying with the increasingly rebellious workers, she finds herself dangerously caught up in the Chartist Movement. Meeting David again, Kate finds their love still endures. But is David strong enough to defy his autocratic father - and can Kate contemplate a future living on the proceeds of human misery?

Kate's quest and immeasurable time spent longing for David dominate this novel. The lovers spend very little actual time together but Kate palpably wishes to. The lightness of this read is demonstrated through the easy language and the dabbling in detail. The language within the novel includes local dialect which is very enjoyable, but I felt a fairly non-specific historical voice, as the only contextual date is on the last page (it's set in 1839 for other readers who might find this useful).  Interestingly, the author describes how Kate feels about the atrocities she faces (estranged love, rape, nursing sick men), but rarely details the atrocities themselves beyond what one would describe in a polite letter. The strongest moments are when the author's description allows Kate to express to us how she is feeling about what is happening to her as it is happening. For example she recounts being visited in the night by a sardonic man, but only describes that he does unthinkable things to her. We know that Kate covers her bruises with fine clothes and reveals to other characters what she has experienced, but not to the reader, which gives the impression that we do not really know her on an emotional level. We are told, rather than shown, many of Kate's experiences and we are sometimes left to feel less sympathy for her as a result. Contrastingly, heavily detailed recounts of the plight of the industrial workers are frequent and voiced actively. This pattern breaks for patches where Kate takes up work as a nurse and I wanted more of this description to exercise my empathy with the main protagonist.

I don't usually read romances but the inclusion of the Welsh country side and the historical/social uprising of the workers caught my interest so I thought I'd give it a try. What I found was a story that was an easy and enjoyable read but not life changing in any sense and left me longing for a deeper connection with the characters.

Charlotte's Web

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Charlotte's Web
Author: E. B. White

 Fern  sees that Wilbur is a special animal as she raises him, the runt of the litter, into a terrific and radiant pig. As Wilbur moves into a new barn, he begins a friendship with  a spider named Charlotte -- and their bond inspires the animals around them to come together as a family. When the word gets out that Wilbur's days are numbered, it seems that only a miracle will save his life. A determined Charlotte spins words into her web in an effort to convince the farmer that Wilbur is "some pig" and worth saving.
How good was it? Fantastic
Type of story: Animal

Age: 9

Happy Birthday Solida!

Monster Makers :Bashertaur

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Monster Makers : Bashertaur
Author: Ali Sparks

It was about two boys named Lewis and Jack that had an Aunty called Aunt Thea. She found some magic mead and whenever they drew a picture they could spill a drop of mead and the picture would come to life. This time a new girl which was popular at school is pretending to be nice but was really a girl criminal and has stolen some magic mead. She has used it to make her own taur. It is a girl and is really annoying! Can they get rid of this ugly beast?
How good was it? Fantastic
Type of story: Fantasy
Yenul Age: 9Adventurers' Club

The Secret of the Cacklefur Castle

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Title: The Secret of the Cacklefur Castle
Author: Geronimo Stilton

It was a really busy day for Geronimo Stilton because every one kept asking him when his next book was coming out. In the night the phone rang. It was his friend Creepella. She had invited him over to Cacklefur Castle.  Geronimo was about to say no when Creepella said she'd come and picked him up.
Find out what happened next!

How good was it? Fantastic
Type of story: Adventure

Age: 9

The Last Weekend

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The Last Weekend by Blake Morrison  

From the cover:  A dark, haunting tale of friendship, passion and jealousy. When Ian receives a surprise phone call from an old university friend, inviting Ian and his wife, Em, for a few days by the sea, the couple agree to go. Their hosts, Ollie and Daisy, are a golden couple whose glamour and happiness drive Ian to distraction, and dangerous tensions quickly emerge. Beneath congenial yet charged conversation, the history of their relationship is uncovered. Ian and Ollie resurrect an almost forgotten bet made 20 years before. Each day becomes a series of challenges for higher and higher stakes, setting in motion actions that will have irreversible consequences.

Place two couples and a wayward teenager in dilapidated and damp ‘holiday house’, mix in the fact that one distasteful guy married the other distasteful guy’s ex-girlfriend (who’s still carrying a torch for her), ramp up some old rancour that one is high class and the other an also ran, throw in a match and stand back to watch what happens.  
This rather boring novel dragged its feet, despite the author being hailed as a multi-award winning 'British Gem'.  There's not a lot to like about this book and I found it disappointing. Have you read it?  What did you think?

I listened to the audio CD format narrated by Elliot Levey, but we have this title in print, large print, e-audiobook and Playaway formats. 

Sister Muriel Instone - Army Nurse

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Sister Muriel Instone enlisted on May 5, 1915 as an Army Nurse and embarked on the Mooltan on May 18, 1915. She served in hospitals in England and France throughout the War and returned to Australia on the Konigen Luise in January 1920. Table Talk, a weekly Melbourne newspaper at the time, had a full page feature on Nurses who have recently left for the Front in their May 27 1915 issue, so we are lucky to have  a photograph of Muriel.
Table Talk May 27, 1915http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page17433776
Muriel's Embarkation record, from the Australian War Memorial,  is reproduced below. As you can see, her address at the date of her enrolment was Pakenham.  
 Australian War Memorial (click on image to enlarge it) www.awm.gov.au
To find out where she lived in Pakenham I went to the Electoral Rolls, available through the Ancestry Family History database. In 1914 Sister Instone was living at IYU, a large property at Pakenham. 

This is the entry for Muriel Instone from the 1914 Federal Electoral roll.Source: Ancestry Family History database
The IYU run  in Pakenham was taken up in 1839 by Dr W. K. Jamieson. It was originally nearly 13,000 acres (about 5, 200 hectares).  In 1849, William Waddell took over the pastoral lease and after his death his widow, Annie purchased the pre-emptive right section plus other land. Mrs Waddell built a large brick house, pictured below,  on the property in 1858 and this would have been where Muriel was living when she was on the property. The property at that time was around 4,800 acres and some subsequent owners were George Watson, Steven and Samuel Staughton and  John Kitchin, who operated what is thought to be Australia's largest dairy farm on the property.

This is the IYU  Homestead. It was built in 1859 and destroyed by fire around 1929.Photograph from: In the wake of the pack tracks, published by the Berwick Pakenham Historical Society.
According to the Shire of Berwick rate books, Robert and Constance Staughton took over IYU in 1913, which by then  was a mere 2,000 acres. I believe Robert was the son of former owner, Stephen Staughton. The Electoral Rolls indicate that  Muriel was in Melbourne until about 1914, so I am surmising that she took a job with the Staughtons - they had  four children between three and ten to look after and in March 1915 the entire family came down with ptomaine poisoning or food poisoning and needed medical assistance, so they were fortunate they had  an experienced nurse on hand. 

Dandenong Advertiser March 4, 1915
Muriel Instone was born in Riverton, New Zealand in 1878 to Matthew and Emily (nee Brodrick) Instone, so she was 36 when she enlisted in 1915. Muriel was in Victoria in 1903 as she is listed in the Electoral rolls at the Homeopathic Hospital in South Melbourne. The Homeopathic Hospital was renamed Prince Henry's Hospital in 1934. In 1909, Muriel and Daphne Instone were listed as living at 16 William Street, South Yarra. I am not sure of the relationship between Muriel and Daphne, but she was also a nurse. As I said before Muriel returned to Melbourne in 1920 but I cannot find any trace of her after that until her death on October 11, 1932 aged 54.

Her service record at the National Archives www.naa.gov.au does tell us that after the war, when she was still in England and still with the Australian Army Nursing Service that she undertook a three month motor driving and workshop course at Mansions Motor Training Garage in London and she made good progress and passed satisfactorily.  Many of our Army nurses were single women who had to support themselves and make their own way in the world and this training just supports this idea, so that when Muriel returned to Melbourne she could drive her own car and have a basic knowledge of mechanics of it.

National Archives of Australia www.naa.gov.au

The Forests of Silence

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Title: Deltora Quest; The Forests of Silence
Author: Emily Rodda

The first few chapters of the first book (The Forests of Silence) are a bit boring, but when you get into it by the middle of Book 1, it is great!
Barda, Lief and Jasmine are set off on a quest to find the missing gems of Deltora.
They meet up with lots of monsters,and  have fun too!
How good was it? Fantastic
Type of story: Adventure

Age: 9

Mr Badger and the Missing Ape

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Title: Mr Badger and the Missing Ape
Author: Leigh Hobbs

Mr Badger always greeted the ape, Algernon, when he went to the Boubles Grand Hotel to work. However, Algernon was GONE on one morning, but where? No one seemed to remember when Algernon wasn't at the foyer of the Boubles Grand Hotel. This disappearance made Mr Badger's discovery early one morning all the more alarming. Will Mr Badger be able to find Algernon before guests get disappointed?
How good was it? Fantastic
Type of story: Adventure

Cranbourne Library Adventurers' Club
Age: 9

Rumble in the Jungle

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Title: Rumble in the Jungle
Author: Geronimo Stilton

In this book, Geronimo Stilton is off to the Amazon Jungle! His adventure began when he was on a plane trip to Rio de Janeiro with his friends, Maya and Wild Willie. Geronimo fell asleep in the middle of the plane trip. When he woke up, he realised that he was left alone on the plane. He searched for his friends but ... ended up on a hunt for a precious crystal treasure. During the hunt, he encountered scary piranhas, large anacondas, colourful parrots and even a leopard. What an adventure !
How good was it? Fantastic
Type of story: Adventure

Cranbourne Library Adventurers' Club
Age: 9


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