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Joyous and Moonbeam

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'Joyous and Moonbeam' by Richard Yaxley is a strong and touching Australian teen novel.
The story is essentially that of 33 year old intellectually disabled man, Joyous.

 Life has not been easy for Joyous who has long been the butt of jokes and has encountered many fights.
Whilst his mother is fiercely loving and supportive his father had an untimely death after a 'poorly judged whiparound a bread van'.

Joyous is working in a sheltered workshop when he befriends a 15 year old girl he nicknames 'Moonbeam'. Slowly they begin to form a friendship which blossoms. Their friendship is nurturing and has mutual benefits.

Joyous has a  philosophy of 'working things around a little' and looking for the positives begins to rub off on pessimistic Moonbeam.
The voice of Joyous is fresh and innocent and true.
'Joyous and Moonbeam' is told from the point of view of three people : Joyous, his mother, and Moonbeam.
Each has a compelling story to tell.

Recommended reading.


e-books are here!

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We are pleased and proud to announce that we now have e-books available for loan, FREE, using your library card number and PIN.
Over 1,950 titles are available to borrow, across a range of genres and for all ages from Australian and international authors and including bestsellers! You are able to borrow 4 titles for a two-week period. 
Unfortunately, due to Amazon's licensing restrictions, these titles can not be downloaded to Kindle devices, unless you have a Kindle Fire.
To access the titles, on the Library website, mouse over 'Online Resources' and then 'e-books and e-audiobooks', before clicking on 'e-books from Bolinda'. Once there, sign in via the link at the top right of page and then explore the range of titles via the eBooks tab at the left.
If you want to read your e-books on a mobile device such as a mobile phone or tablet, you can download the free BorrowBox app from the App Store or Google Play.
Some titles will also require you to sign up for Adobe Digital Editions, but you will be instructed on the process when required.
You will also soon be able to discover e-book titles on our catalogue - discover any title in all the formats we have available for loan, with one search.
And more is to come.....   We will soon have more e-books from a different supplier and also e-magazines, both coming soon, so watch this space.

Inkys 2013 Longlist

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The long list of nominations for the Inky Awards 2013 have been announced.

"The Inky Awards are for teen literature, voted for online by the readers of insideadog.com.au, and named after the site's wonder-dog, Inky. There are two awards: the Gold Inky for an Australian book, and the Silver Inky for an international book."

The judges will begin their deliberations on the long list, to determine which titles will be kept for the short list, which will be announced 26 August.

The short list will then be opened to your votes to determine 2013's Inky Award winners.

In the meantime, check out the long list and catch up with those titles you may have missed. (and getting them from your library is so easy) After all, you could be voting for them later in the year.

~ Michelle

FILM SCREENING: Bride and Prejudice

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Bring along your friends and some cushions, and come to the FREE film screening of 'Bride and Prejudice' at Hampton Park Library these school holidays.

A modern adaptation of Jane's Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice', it's part romance, part comedy, and all Bollywood! Set in Amritsa, Lalita Bakshi (played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) is the beautiful and headstrong daughter, who is determined to only marry for love, as her mother conspires to marry off all her daughters. But then Lalita meets the wealthy American, William 'Will' Darcy, who is obstinate and conceited. But is it all a case of prejudice?

Where: Hampton Park Library
When: Thursday 4 July
Time: 5.30-7.30pm

You'll like it if you like: Jane Austen, Romantic Comedies, Bollywood movies, and musicals!

Snacks provided. BYO blankets and cushions.

Also a lucky door prize to be won on the night!

Book online at www.tinyurl.com/cclcevents or phone your local CCLC library.

Rated PG.

See you there!

~ Rafah

Weird things customers say......

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Weird things customers say in bookshops by Jen Campbell is a lovely little read that I picked up last week and finished in two sessions. It was one that I didn't want to put down. :)

The questions and conversations shared in this book are collated from a blog of the same name. The contributions come mainly from two independent bookshops in the UK, with additional contributions from book shops around the world.

Anyone working in customer service would understand that any person to person interaction can end up taking you in interesting directions. This quick read is living proof of that.

A couple of quick examples:

"Do you have any books in this shade of green, to match the wrapping paper I've bought?"

"Do you have any books by Jane Eyre".

Having had many an experience of silly and funny things inadvertently coming out of my own mouth, it was good to read about other people doing the same thing.  Its a good reminder that we are only human and that being able to laugh at ourselves, is good medicine indeed.

~ Michelle

The mystery of Minihan's Road

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Monahan's Road is in Cranbourne; it runs from Sladen Street up to Breens Road. There is a park on Monahan's Road called Minihan's Reserve. However, I believe that Monahan's Road was originally called Minihan's Road after the Minihan family.  So, the mystery is why is it now known as Monahan's Road and what happened to Minihan's Road?

1963 aerial of Cranbourne  (photograph taken December 14, 1963). Monahan's Road is on the left hand side of the photograph,and ends at what appears to be  a ploughed area, but is now, I think, part of  SP Ausnet Cranbourne Terminal Station.  You can see the beginnings of a new housing estate, centered either side of Camms Road, to the left of the Railway Line. This includes streets such as Evelyne Avenue, Virginia Avenue, Rosalie Avenue etc. Also off Camms Road and between  the railway line and the South Gippsland Highway, you can see the development of Circle Drive, to the north of this is Clairmont Aveneue and Fenfield Steet . What looks like a quarry is now Donnelly Reserve. 
The Minihan family were listed in the Shire of Cranbourne Rate Books from 1868. William Minihan is listed  as owning 54 acres (about 22 hectares) in Section 5, Lot 9 in the Parish of Lyndhurst. William Minihan is buried in the Cranbourne Cemetery. He was buried in Janauary 1911, having passed away aged 88. In the same grave is his wife Mary (nee Coffey) who died in 1905, aged 76 and their daughter, Mary, who died in 1896, aged 32. Also buried in the cemetery are some of their other children - Catherine, who died in 1947 aged 87; Ellen who died in 1896 aged 31 and Patrick who died in 1926 aged 70. There were two other children - Johanna, who married Patrick McGrath in 1896, aged 26 and  a son John, who died in 1936, aged 69.

John and Patrick are listed in the Cranbourne Shire Rate Books, as owning land in Cranbourne, from the 1880s. All the land owned by the family is in Lots 7,8,9 and 10 in the Parish of Lyndhurst. This is exactly the same area where Monahan's Road is today. So we know from the Rate Books that the Minihans owned the land from the 1860s until 1937, when it was sold after John died.  I presume that they were dairy farmers as it was the most typical farming activity in the area at the time and there are reports in various papers of John selling dairy cattle.

This is a sketch map produced around for the publication of the book Cranbourne: a town with a history, published by the City of Casey in 1996. (You can access an on-line copy of this book here). A long term Cranbourne resident, Mrs Kelsall, identified the location of Cranbourne residents in the 1930s and 1940s and shows John Minhihan's house on Monahan's Road.

We also know there used to be  road called Minihan's Road. The Cranbourne Shire meeting minutes were reported in the South Bourke and Mornington Journal, and in the paper which was published November 7, 1900 a contract is let to 'from and gravel'  part of Minihan's  Road.

South Bourke and Mornington Journal, November 7 1900.From Trove http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper
When John died in 1936, the family notice in The Argus, lists his address as Minihan's Road in Cranbourne, though seen on the sketch map, above, his house is located on Monahan's Road.  The notice is reproduced below.

John Minihan's death notice in The Argus, February 17, 1936, showing his address as Minihan's Road.From Trove http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper
I believe that Monahan's Road was originally called Minihan's Road. We know that there used to be a Minihan's Road in Cranbourne; we know that the Minihan family lived on what is now called Monahan's Road and that they owned land on either side of Monahan's Road for seventy years. The mystery is, why was it changed? I do not know.  In sporting parlance, if I was a Minihan, I would say 'we was robbed'.

Aus. Book Industry Awards

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The Australian Book Industry Awards, which celebrates the achievements of authors, booksellers and publishers over the previous year, have been announced and the winners are:

Book of the Year for Older Children (8-14 years): The 26-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths (come and see Andy in person - we're hosting him at Pakenham Hall on 20 July!)
Book of the Year for Younger Children (0-8 years): The Very Hungry Bear by Nick Bland
Biography of the Year:  Jim Stynes: My Journey by Jim Stynes and Warwick Green
General Fiction Book of the Year: The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
General Non-fiction Book of the Year:  QF32: The Captain's Extraordinary Account How One of the World's Worst Air Disasters Was Averted by Richard De Crespigny
Newcomer of the Year: The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
Literary Fiction Book of the Year: The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

Also, congratulations to our e-Audiobook supplier - Bolinda Audio - for winning the Publishing Technology Book Innovation Award for Borrowbox Digital Library Solution.  You can download the BorrowBox app from Google Play or the Apple Store to manage your account, borrow, renew, search, download and play your e-Audiobooks on your Android or Mac devices!

Spellcaster- Claudia Gray

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A boy cursed with powerful visions
A girl granted the power to save him
A battle is about to rage and no one will be safe
Witchcraft has always be a sacred gift shared between mother and daughter from one generation to the next. For Nadia, who mother has abandoned the family, the use of magic is unattainable without her mother to guide her. But when she arrives in Captive sound, for a fresh start, she finds herself entrapped in a web of magic, lies, love and deceit. Ignoring her magic is no longer an option especially when it is so intrinsically linked to the boy who saved her life.
Visions have always been a curse of Matteo’s family; terrible visions of the future have driven many in his family to despair including his own mother who took her own life. Now Matteo is having stage dreams and visions of a girl he must save, when what he dreams comes true Matteo knows the family curse has fallen upon him.
When Nadia and Matteo’s path cross dark forces  will rise and family secrets will be revealed. Working together to break the curse and save the town will become a race against time. one which neither of them might survive….
There is no doubt that Claudia Gray can write paranormal fiction, having tackled vampire and werewolves already Gray puts a new twist on the magic story. The characters are charming and it made for refreshing change to be able to watch the relationships between the characters develop as the story goes on. Gray’s take on magic is also quite refreshing, magic is derived from experiences and memories rather than set spells, while the plot is enchanting with Gray leaving just enough breadcrumbs to keep one enticed. Ultimately while some of the plot is predictable, there are some nice unexpected twists and the ending is unexpected, in some regards. Overall Spellcaster is an enjoyable light read. One for fans of Magic and Claudia Gray alike.   Courtney :)

Narre Warren and Narre Warren North - aerial and road photographs from the 1980s.

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These photographs of Narre Warren and Narre Warren North were taken by the City of Berwick in the 1980s. In the thirty years since these photographs were taken the area has changed considerably, especially the areas shown in the last two photographs. 

Aerial of Narre Warren North Road and Memorial Drive, Narre Warren North, looking south west. Narre North Road is shown coming in from the top left (or south) of the picture. 

 Photograph labelled 'Grantchester Road Estate.' Grantchester Road runs between Avonwood Road and Belgrave-Hallam Road in Narre Warren North. 

Narre Warren North aerial showing Heatherton Road. From the centre right Heatherton Road intersects with - Narre Warren North By-pass Road; Randle Court on the left, with Casdar Court running off  it. Tom Jones Court is on the right. The street coming off at an angle is Main Street. The last intersection at the bottom left is Memorial Avenue. 

Photograph is labelled 'Narre Warren North By-Pass Road, looking west'. The court on the right side of the picture is Tandderwen Court, which runs off Tom Jones Court. The road running to the top (or west) of the photograph is Heatherton Road. 

Narre Warren Caravan Park, now known as Casey Gardens Residential and Tourist Village. It is bordered by Centre Road/Fullard Road, Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road, the Gippsland Railway line to the north and the Narre Warren Creek to the west. The intersection at the top left of the picture is of Narre Warren- Cranbourne Road and the Princes Highway. The trees at the very top.are part of the Narre Warren Recreation Reserve.

 Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road, looking south, at the intersection of  Fullard Road and Saxonwood Drive. This is also shown in the aerial above.

 Vehicle turning into Pound Road from Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road, Narre Warren. 

Michael Robotham coming soon!

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As you've already read here, the State Library of Victoria is presenting free special author events across the state and we're delighted to host Toni Jordan - this Sunday 19 May, 2.30pm at Pakenham Library, and Jane Clifton, 7-8pm on Wednesday 29 May at Narre Warren Library.
To say we're chuffed to host Michael Robotham on Saturday 15 June, 2-3pm at Cranbourne Community Theatre, though, would be an understatement!

Australian Michael Robotham started his career as a journalist but then became a ghostwriter, writing many bestselling autobiographies in collaboration with politicians, pop stars, psychologists, adventurers and showbusiness personalities. He then turned his hand to novels and these thrillers have been translated into twenty-two languages and published in more than 50 countries.  One of the most brilliant crime writers today, Michael he has twice won Australia's Ned Kelly Award for best crime novel.   Check out the video clip for his latest release, Say You’re Sorry and my review below.  Oh, and make sure you don't miss our fabulous 'get up close and personal' event by booking your seat now!  Book at www.tinyurl.com/cclcevents or phone Cranbourne Library on 03 5990 0150.

Say You're Sorry is my first Robotham and I will definitely be checking out his other seven titles. Though a little slow in starting with quite complex storylines running under it, we are inexorably pulled in as it’s told from two viewpoints – Joe the clinical psychologist, and the one missing girl, Piper. It’s a gripping adult suspense thriller, and the closer the ending gets, the faster the pages turn. It’s not an easy read, quite brutal and sickening in places actually, but once on the path, you can’t turn back, you just have to find out how it all pans out.

Mistakes were made

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If you want some light relief in your life, then 'Mistakes were Made' by Stephen Pastis might well be the book for you.
This is a very, very funny book, full of quirky and humourous illustrations that accompany the text.
The main character is Timmy Failure (the surname Failure being a derivation of Fayleure, but, for reasons unknown, the name was changed).
In nearly every cartoon illustration, Timmy is standing looking directly at the reader whilst wearing his trademark scarf, and a 'stuck in the headlights' expression on his face.
Timmy Failure is the CEO of a detective agency which has its headquarters in his mother's wardrobe. The agency consists of Timmy and his colleague, a make-believe polar bear called Total, which makes the name of his agency, Total Failure Inc.
Timmy and Total blunder from case to case, attempting to solve crimes with hilarious results, always missing the obvious.
Take the case of the dead hamster, for instance. His school mate Max's hamster has died, and has called on Timmy to find out the circumstances. Timmy asks the following questions of the hamster - 'Did he have any enemies?' 'Did he have a lot of money?' 'Was he depressed?' 'Was he involved in criminal activity?'
No case is too small or large for him, from missing socks to the French Revolution.
Timmy lives in his own little world where he reigns supreme and those around him are ignorant. 
Teachers are frustrated with his ability and refusal to follow instructions or adhere to rules. His grades are deplorable.
Cleverly, however, his new teacher develops a plan whereby he enlists Timmy to work on independent research for him, thus Timmy quite unwittingly begins to do the right thing.

Great fun.


Black Wattle Creek

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Black Wattle Creek by Geoff McGeachin
Narrated by:  Peter Hosking

From the winner of the 2011 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel - The Diggers Rest Hotel - comes a cracking new Charlie Berlin mystery.

From the cover:  It's September 1957, two days before the VFL grand final, and Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin, former bomber pilot and ex-POW, finally has some time off. But there's no rest for Charlie, a decent but damaged man still troubled by his wartime experiences. A recently widowed friend asks a favour and he's dropped into something a hell of a lot bigger than he bargained for when he discovers a Melbourne funeral parlour has been burying bodies with parts missing. A Hungarian émigré hearse driver points Berlin in the right direction but it quickly becomes obvious anyone asking the wrong questions is in real danger.
    With his offsider beaten and left for dead, witnesses warned off, Special Branch on his case, and people he doesn't know watching his every move, Berlin realises even his young family may be in danger.
    His pursuit of the truth leads him to Black Wattle Creek, once an asylum for the criminally insane and now a foreboding home to even darker evils. And if Berlin thought government machinations during World War II were devious, those of the Cold War leave them for dead.

If this book was any more laid back, it’d be perpetually horizontal!  [Or maybe that’s just the way it is narrated by Peter Hosking – his slow, well-modulated and steady voice is a good take on Charlie’s personality.]  This is my second Charlie Berlin novel – he’s an empathetic character set in an era when the world was very much a different place to the 21st century – bakelite phones, lucky strike cigarettes, men wearing hats when outside, 6 o’clock closing, cracker night, and little girls wearing their party frocks and patent leather shoes to go to ‘town’.  
As banal as that sounds, this is a very dark story that slowly evolves as Charlie becomes enmeshed in something that is way bigger than first thought.  Though it takes time to build the whole picture, it’s one that eventually packs a hefty whallop at the end, leaving you wondering just how much of this is true.  Disturbingly good book. 
PS - For a complete change of pace and some laugh out loud humour, check out McGeachin's hilarious Fat, Fifty and F ***ed [click here to read a review from RR 2009] and D E D Dead!  [click here to read a review from RR 2011].


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From the back cover:- Sage Singer is a baker, a loner, until she befriends an old man who's particularly beloved in her community. Josef Weber is everyone's favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses—and then he confesses his darkest secret – he deserves to die because he had been a Nazi SS guard. And Sage's grandmother is a Holocaust survivor. How do you react to evil living next door? Can someone who's committed truly heinous acts ever atone with subsequent good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren't the party who was wronged? And, if Sage even considers the request, is it revenge…or justice? 

Being a fan of Jodi Picoult, I eagerly sat down with her latest offering. This book, I consider one of her best ones. Again, she tackles a controversial issue - should someone be able to decide when they would like to die? 

The writing here is superb, and the story of Sage's grandmother's life during the Holocaust is both amazing and disturbing. Sage herself has her own demons to overcome as well, and a little bit of romance helps with that! 

I found it hard to put down, and of course with most of Jodi's books expect the unexpected!! 

Highly recommended! 

~ Janine


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While there are plenty of Medieval fantasy novels, grand and original ideas outside the generic ‘knight in shining armour sets out on quest’ storyline are hard to come by. Kristin Cashore, author of Graceling weaves the story of Lady Katsa the niece of King Randa set in the world of the Seven Kingdoms where quite occasionally a person is born with an extreme skill called a Grace, signified by eyes of different and strange colours. Their skills can take place in almost any form, from being able to bake better than any other or read minds. Katsa is Graced with a skill she finds a curse – the Grace of killing. These Gracelings are feared and exploited in the Seven Kingdoms, but none more so than Katsa, who's expected to do the dirty work of torture and punishment for her uncle. The story follows her voyage of self-discovery and struggle between enslavement and freedom, good and evil and the mystery of the One-Eyed King.

The reason why I loved this book was because of its originality and challenging stance on mainstream views. It is fascinating to see the world through the eyes of a girl who’s been a cold-blooded killer since age eight and yet is willing to go to great lengths to save it, and more importantly, has the heart to try. Katsa makes you feel her own intricate emotions of good, evil and all of the shades of grey in-between as a person who's viewed by others as nothing more than a slave and ‘murderous dog’ – and yet she sums up to so much more.

Graceling is filled to the brim with interesting and intricate characters from the strange and quiet Prince Greening ‘Po’ Grandemalion to the double-crossing spymaster Lord Oll and her cousin Prince Raffin who turned his hair blue! In this story we find characters that challenge the way we think, with no defined set of ‘good’ guys and ‘bad’ guys, but an intriguing mix including Katsa the Lady Killer herself.

What truly made me respect this novel above all else was its romance sub-plotline, yes, I said sub-plotline. Graceling is first and foremost a mystery and adventure of both political intrigue and bare-to-the-bone survival in the harshest physical conditions. When romance is introduced to Katsa’s story, Cashore didn't let it trump the main themes, and it stands as just another angle for the characters to experience and vary their reactions to other events.

The novel (and by extension, its series) tackles several serious issues that exist in our world today in the context of their universe; there’s blatant racism against Gracelings present, alongside homophobia and class division seen in the case of Prince Raffin and Bran, child abuse as shown by the relationship of Bitterblue and her father, and the corruption in law and order led by power shown in both the Kings and certain Gracelings. Not all of these issues are resolved entirely but they do create a sense of sad familiarity in the reader and the ability to connect this imaginary world to their own.

The main and overall theme of the book is judgment, or more, judging a books by its cover. Katsa is feared throughout the Seven Kingdoms because of her Grace and has barely any people close to her. People assume because she is a killer that she is also a monster, but as the reader learns it is much
to the opposite. The story immediately begins with her rescuing the kidnapped father of the Lienid King in the name of the Council without harming anybody, sending us the immediate message that she is a good and true hero, only for that thought to be cut down by Cashore immediately afterwards as we’re shown the perspectives of others. There’s many examples of pre-judgment in the story; Katsa judging Po on his true Grace, Po miss-judging Katsa’s abilities, Katsa’s first impressions of Bitterblue and so on.

Overall Graceling is a fantastic novel and a credit to the Young Adult Fantasy genre. Kristin Cashore captures the intricacy of the world, culture and its inhabitants in a beautifully written way. I would recommend it to anybody willing to have their ideas challenged and wits measured.

- Ella (Teen Reviewer) via Celia

Light Horse and Field Artillery Museum at Nar Nar Goon North

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Every three months the Local History Reference Group (LHRG) meets.  The LHRG consists of members of the heritage groups in the City of Casey and Shire of Cardinia, a  Councillor from each municipality, Council Officers, the Information Services Librarian and the Local History Librarian (that's me!) of the Casey Cardinia Library Corporation. We talk about heritage matters, undertake joint projects and have the opportunity to network. We held our recent meeting at the Light Horse and Field Artillery Museum  at 200 Bessie Creek Road, Nar Nar Goon North. The Museum is owned by Bernie Dingle, who is also the curator.

The Museum has an interesting collection of  restored First World War horse-drawn transport vehicles and a large collection of First and Second World War equipment and weapons. There are also exhibits on two Victoria Cross winners, Major J.H Bisdee and Lieutenant F.H Tubb.

There is also an extensive collection of Honour Boards, from businesses and banks, which Bernie has restored. Many of these were turfed out in the 1980s by uncaring corporations, rescued by Anzac House and then passed onto Bernie to preserve for the future. It was obviously important at the time that the businesses recorded the names of their staff who served in both Wars  and we should be grateful to Bernie that he has given the time and energy to the community to preserve these boards or they would have been lost forever

The Museum is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm seven days a week, but ring first on 03 5942 5512. Group visits are welcome.  With the centenary of the commencement of World  War One in 2014 and then the centenary of Gallipoli in 2015 this collection of World War One material will have an even more important role in our history and will be  a valuable resource helping us understand the impact the war had  on the Australian community. This is the website of the Museum http://www.lighthorsemuseum.com.au/

Sean Dooley - event & review

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On Tuesday 7 May, 7.00-8.00pm at Emerald Library, author, TV comedy writer, radio presenter and managing editor of Australian Birdlife - Sean ‘The Birdman’ Dooley -  will be chatting about the frequently hilarious and occasionally harrowing hows and whys of becoming a Twitcher Extraordinaire.  He holds the Australian record of seeing the most number of bird species in the one year, and wrote a book about it – The Big Twitch, thereby outing himself as a bird-nerd.  He followed this up in 2007 with another bird book, Anoraks to Zitting Cisticola – a whole lot of stuff about bird watching, then in 2012, the biographical story of his family Cooking With Baz – how I got to know my father.  The title appealed, as did the blurb below, so I borrowed Cooking With Baz and am glad I did. 

From the cover:  It would be hard to find two people more different than Sean Dooley and his old man.  Baz is your typical ocker who loves his beer, footy and the races, while Sean is more of an intellectual, bird-watching type.  But when Sean’s Mum, Di, has to undergo chemotherapy, Baz sets out to restore her appetite by cooking the perfect irresistible meal.  Sean begins to see his father in a new light, so when Baz himself receives a grim diagnosis, it’s the son’s turn to step up to the hotplate.  There’s no denying they’re an odd couple in the kitchen, but these two men come to share a lot more than just recipes.
Set in the baby boomer era, it's an easy read that contains a lot of human behaviour I recognised and remembered in my own Mum and Dad. Like Sean himself, I lost my parents pretty much in the same way, so found that rather emotional going at times but thankfully there are many episodes of humour to give light and shade -  I loved Baz and Sean’s big night out at The Flower Drum! There’s not as much cooking in it as I’d hoped, but there is one recipe at the end of the book for Baz’s Tea-Bag Chicken!  This journey of personal discovery was well written - warm, funny and emotional.

He’s quite a character, this Mr Sean Dooley, so if you can get along to the event, I’d say you’re in for a memorable evening. 

Miles Franklin shortlist

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The Miles Franklin Literary Award was established with proceeds from the estate of My Brilliant Career author, Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin, to support and encourage authors of Australian literature. 

The winner will be announced on Wednesday 19 June 2013 in Canberra at the National Library of Australia, and will receive $60,000 for the novel judged to be of the highest literary merit which “must present Australian life in any of its phases” in line with Miles Franklin’s wishes. 

Each of the five shortlisted authors will also receive $5,000 in prize money from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, a long term partner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

The 2013 shortlist is:

Romy Ash - Floundering
Annah Faulkner - The Beloved
Michelle de Kretser - Questions of Travel
Drusilla Modjeska - The Mountain
Carrie Tiffany - Mateship with Birds



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I picked up Fractured by Dawn Barker, as it is a debut novel by an Australian author who is a Psychiatrist. This book kept me fully engaged from the first page to the last and is very well written. The tragedy that happens in this book is told from a number of character's perspectives, and tackles a very common condition and the devastating effect it had. The last 30 or so pages were very sad, so get the tissues ready. If this is an indication of this new writer's work, then I am eagerly awaiting her next novel.

~ Janine

Old Cheese Factory in Homestead Road

Links to our Past - history -

The Old Cheese Factory Complex consists of three c.1875 buildings and a number of re-located other buildings. It is the three 1875 buildings that are of historical significance. The whole complex was once part of The Springs property (later called Springfield). The first owner of this property was Sir William John Turner Clarke (1805-1874) or ‘Big Clarke’ although it is unlikely that he ever actually lived at the property. Clarke and his wife Elizabeth (nee Dowling 1801-1878) had arrived in Hobart in 1829. Clarke set himself up as a butcher, was granted 2,000 (809 hectares) acres of land, ran cattle and sheep and by 1853 he owned 80,000 acres (32,000 hectares) of land in Tasmania.

However, Clarke did not confine his property acquisitions to Tasmania and in 1837 he shipped 1,600 ewes across Bass Strait to Victoria and soon acquired pastoral leases of 30,000 acres (12,600 hectares)
Five years later he set up a boiling downs work and progressively acquired more land including around 60,000 acres (about 25,000 hectares) which went from Sydney Road to Sunbury.

In 1850, he moved to Victoria and in 1854 acquired this land in Berwick which was apparently used as holding or fattening paddocks for his Gippsland cattle.  Clarke was also the member for the Southern Province in the Legislative Council from 1856 until 1870 and had shareholdings in various banks and insurance companies. He died at his home in Essendon in 1874. He left an estate of £2,500,000 as well as 215,000 acres (87, 000 hectares) of free hold land. His will left £800 per annum to his wife, from whom he was living apart and his Victorian properties went to his son William John. These properties were valued at £1,500,000.

Sir William John Clarke (1831-1897)  was born in Tasmania and educated in both Tasmania and England. When he returned from England he worked on his father’s properties in both Tasmania and Victoria. He married Mary Walker in 1860 and they lived in Victoria at Sunbury and also had a house in St Kilda.  They had four children and Mary  died in 1871. Two years later he married Janet Snodgrass and they had seven children. In 1874, he built the mansion Rupertswood at Sunbury. Clarke represented the Southern Province in the Legislative Council from 1878 to 1897 and became a Baronet, a hereditary title, in 1882.

However of more importance to us is that Sir William had an interest in and encouraged scientific farming.  Clarke was on the Committee of the Ballarat Agricultural Society and the West Bourke Agricultural Society and he gave prizes for the best exhibits at shows. Clarke gave his tenants long leases at moderate rents and encouraged them to be progressive. Clarke built a model cheese factory and also provided  state of the art cheese making machines. His cheese maker was Murdoch McDonald.

The Cheese Factory was specially designed by architect G Browne. The lower floor of the two storey dairy structure was used for the making of the cheese and the upper floor for its storage and maturation.  The building was designed to maximise insulation and features a cavity brick wall with a nine-inch external wall and an internal wall of half that thickness with galvanised iron wall ties linking them together. The external brick bond is an unusual variant on the Flemish bond, with three stretchers alternating with one header.  The roof is also double-layered for insulation with hardwood shingles (visible inside) beneath an outer corrugated iron cladding. Windows are tiny, to limit heat transfer, and have flat brick arches. The eaves are supported by heavy timber brackets which have a decorative effect.  This information describing the construction of the Cheese Factory comes from notes supplied by Natica Schmeder of Context Heritage Consultants http://contextpl.com.au/

Murdoch McDonald,  the cheese maker, was born about 1832 on Kintail on the west coast of Scotland, up near the Isle of Skye. His parents were John McDonald and Flora McVicar. He arrived in Victoria in October 1849 when he was 16 with his mother who was 57, his brothers Malcolm aged 35 and John aged 25 and his 21 year old sister Ann. It is believed that the McDonald Brothers leased this property from 1865. They are listed in the earliest remaining Shire of Berwick Rate Books that we have from 1876 as leasing 3,180 acres (around 1,200 hectares) from W.J. Clarke and the three brothers appear to be joint tenants until 1883 when in the next year Miss Margaret McDonald is listed with her father.

The homestead was built the same time as the cheese factory.
Murdoch married Elizabeth Tulloch in 1858 and they had six children although only two would out-live Murdoch. Flora was born in 1859, was married in 1880 and died the next year; Margaret was born in 1861, married Robert Hooper in 1888, had two children and died aged 88 in 1949; Elizabeth was born in 1862, married and had two 2 children and died aged 28 in 1891. Kenneth lived from 1864 to 1939; David died aged 22 in 1888 and the last child Ann also died a year after she was married in 1894 aged 24. Murdoch died in 1909 aged 77 having outlived his wife, Elizabeth, who was only 39 when she died in 1878. They are both buried at the Berwick cemetery.

According to an article (partially reproduced here) from the South Bourke and Mornington Journal of November 17, 1880 Murdoch McDonald employed a dozen workers by 1880 and milked 200 cows daily and made 150 cheeses each week. Murdoch was at the property until December 1888 when in due to the  expiration of his lease a clearing sale was held on December 13 and 14. Two hundred and twenty four head of pure and half bred Ayrshire cattle were advertised for sale as well as a 300 gallon copper cheese tub, four double cheese presses and a 100 gallon churn.  It is therefore likely that cheese making at this site ended in 1888.

In 1904 Clarke’s Berwick Estate was sold, the homestead portion being purchased by William
Wilson Junior, and renamed Springfield. Wilson Junior leased it to the Anderson Bros. who
trained and raced ponies, from 1904 to 1912. William was the son of Pioneer settlers and brothers, James and William who came to Berwick with their sister Anne in 1854, and purchased land from Robert Gardiner. They had arrived in Australia from Ireland with their parents in 1841. Upon arrival in the area they lived in tents until they built a small one room house, which was later extended and became Quarry Hills, which is one of the oldest in Berwick. The brothers grew wheat, potatoes and later went into dairying. In 1858 William (1830-1907) married Euphemia Brisbane and he kept Quarry Hills. They had three sons and two daughters including William Junior (1860-1936).

A basalt quarry was opened on William Senior’s land in 1859 (where the Wilson Botanic Park is today) when he gave contractors the right to remove stone. The quarry expanded after 1874, with the building of the Gippsland railway line to Sale as it provided ballast for the line, and William Junior took over its management in 1877 and provided blue metal for roadmaking. William Junior became a well known figure in public life as a representative on Council and through running the quarry.

Wilson later leased the property to the Willmott family  from 1912 until 1928. There were eleven children in the family and  William (1865-1923) and Katherine (nee Gervasini 1870-1940) Willmott paid £95 per quarter for the 1 square mile property, although some of the land was very poor and often under water during winter. The farm was used as a dairy farm and 60 cows were milked daily by hand. They also grew oats and hay and had 30 horses.  The seven sons all slept upstairs in the old Cheese Factory and the four daughters slept in the homestead with their parents. The property was purchased by The State Rivers and Water Supply Commission in 1925 and later subdivided and became Solder Settlement farms.  The family stayed on until 1928 when they moved to Thompsons Road.

The last family to live at the property was the Hatten Family. Charles Hatten (1891- 1980) served in the First World War and reached the rank of Second Lieutenant. He married Elsie Gell (1892-1970) in 1921. They moved onto their Soldier Settlement block in 1936 when their sons, Bruce and Neville, were 13 and nine years old. When the family arrived there was no garden, in fact, a crop of potatoes had been planted right up to the house. Mrs Hatten set out the garden. The family remained at Springfield until 1980 and as Mr Hatten had never taken up the option to purchase the property it was resumed by the Crown after his death. It is now owned by the City of Casey.


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