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Old Parliament House

Old Parliament House

Canberra's original Parliament House on King George V Terrace was built in the 1920s and served as Australia's legislature from 1927 to 1988. The building was designed by John Smith Murdoch, the first Commonwealth government architect. He was asked to design a provisional building intended to serve as a parliament for 50 years. The modest [...] Read more

Crash site evokes wartime reflection

Crash site evokes wartime reflection

A drive to Cox Peninsula today, just across the harbour from Darwin but 100km by road, led to the wreckage of a WW2 American bomber. Known as "Milady", the B24J Liberator aircraft crashed on 17 January 1945 when returning from a training exercise, killing all six men aboard. A bumpy track through dense bush takes visitors to where metal parts lay [...] Read more

The Boozer's Lament

The Boozer's Lament

Browsing the National Library's online newspaper Trove I made a heart-warming discovery. It was the 1917 reproduction of a poem by my great-uncle James Gorey, who enlisted under age to serve in the First World War and who died just before the Armistice in 1918. He probably wrote the poem in 1916 when he was 22 years old. It was in response to [...] Read more