Canberra Weekend – Special Forces at the AWM and Namatjira Painting Country at NGA in October 2017

Another quick overnight trip down to the National Capital and towing the Green Machine. We hadn’t realised that the Carotel Holiday and Caravan Camping Ground had shut down. Eventually we located a site at the Exhibition Park.


From the Shadows – Special Forces exhibition at the Australian War Memorial

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AWM Last Post Ceremony for Warrant Officer Class 1 Gordon Wallace Duff – Killed in Action 24.10.1942 Papua – Buried at Bomana CWGC Port Moresby PNG



Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial Canberra 24.10.2017

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We’d photographed Gordon Duff Wallace’s grave at Bomana CWGC Military Cemetery – Port Moresby during our visit to PNG in October 2015.

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Plaques at the AWM Canberra 

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Light Horse Memorial – AWM Canberra

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Walter Burley Grffin and Canberra’s coming Light Rail


Japanese Dinner

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Standing Stones and a Bird

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Popped in for lunch and sampled a few wines at Lerida Estate near Lake George  on our way home

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An Overnighter in Canberra to see the Tom Roberts exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia – March 2016

We were keen to see the Tom Roberts exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra during March 2016. Why not take the Green Machine for a run ?

We found a site at the Carotel Holiday and Caravan Park site – before it closed for redevelopment.



At the Gallery

I discovered that Tom Roberts had painted Edward Roberts of Yugilbar (near Grafton) where one of my convict great great great grandfathers, Samuel Weatherstone, had been in the 1840’s.



I was intrigued to see a Tom Roberts 1896 painting of the “A” Battery in the Field Artillery – my great great uncle George Hicks had been in the Boer War in the Artillery.


Another Tom Roberts painting that interested me was :
In a Corner on the Macintyre – The Bushranger – painted at Newstead Station near Inverell in 1895.


I also liked “Sherbrooke Forest” painted in the Dandenong Ranges in 1924.



2015.08.22 Newcastle to Armidale

A beautiful morning at Belmont – just a shame about my croaky voice

No plans to look around the Hunter Region where David’s  Pead – Whitelaw, and my Waters – McDonald – Robinson, Barden, Tulloch, McCosker, Power, Weatherstone, Avard, Callcott, Harmer, Broadhead, Hicks and McEwen ancestors and relatives had lived back in the 19th Century – some were even there in the late 1830’s. That’s quite a few family branches in the Hunter but then the area was opened up to European settlement much earlier than the Illawarra. We still have family in the area.

Then a cracked windscreen heading out of Maitland.


Stopped at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial while sorting out the windscreen repair at Muswellbrook  –   that crack started slowly and kept growing until we could fix it in Toowoomba 3 days later.

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Now there’s no time on this trip to stop at WillowTree and nor to check out our First and Second Fleeters at the Wallabadah First Fleet / Second Fleet Park.

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Off to Tamworth and then onto cold, cold Armidale up on the New England for the night. Nice old buildings in Armidale, and Dad’s cousin Doug Adams had a pub there, Tattersall’s but we’ll visit that on another trip.

Lapidary Weekends at Wee Jasper and Sofala – October and November 2014

David joined the Illawarra Lapidary Club and was keen to go on some of the overnight field trips – to Wee Jasper and Sofala in late 2014.

Wee Jasper – October 2014

The Wee Jasper trip went off beautifully.


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Sofala – November 2014

We arrived late to the camp at Sofala and so were positioned well above the river. We spotted another Cub just along from us.



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However, some squally weather, in the early hours of the morning at Sofala, saw the Green Machine “smacked” – damaging the tent. Wistfully we packed up the Green Machine in light rain – thank goodnesss it was not any heavier. Off we headed home and a day later unpacked the Green Machine to dry it all out.

A trip to Cub Campers at North Rocks was necessary.

Day 60 – 63 – Inverell to Mudgee to Home

A drive from Inverell to Mudgee

First a look at Bingara when some of my family lived.

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Then onto Barraba – dodging a “few cows” – and more family lived there too.

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Then Manilla – more in the extended family network up this way – and the olives were nice too.

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4. Onto Gunnedah – Hicks family were there and not all on the coast it seems.

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A few days of fossicking and wine tasting in and around Mudgee

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The last morning of the trip and pack up of the camper trailer at Mudgeee

Past Lake Windemere

A quick stop at Lithgow and then lunch at Leura in the Blue Mountains where Spring is breaking out.

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Finally after two months, looking down from Bulli Tops over the NSW South Coast.

Back home, we made it 13,000 kilometres to the tip and back – and around some of the Gulf.

Now the great unpacking and clean-up. And a few fixes for the Green Machine !