Lidsdale House

April 6, 2015

Lidsdale House was the big house owned by the Neubecks on the hill above Blackmans Flat where I lived with my grandmother. The Neubecks owned several mines and began open cut mining in the district.┬áThe whole area was surrounded by open cut mines, slag heaps and polluted creeks. I loved it. But each day I […]

The Old Soft Drink Factory

April 6, 2015

Soon after we moved to Wallerawang the next door neighbours subdivided their property. We bought the back half to use for parking and because we liked the semi-derelict shed. It was locally known as the old soft drink factory because it had once been used as a soft drink warehouse until the owner ran over […]

Newnes Cats

April 6, 2015

Wherever we go a cat finds us. This cat lives at Newnes.

The Small Arms Factory

April 6, 2015

As a teenager during the Second World War my mother worked as a telephonist in a room above the grand entrance to the Lithgow Small Arms Factory. The Small Arms Factory was once one of the most high technology factories in the southern hemisphere. It is now empty and abandoned.

Long Swamp Road

April 6, 2015

I never knew the peculiar stone formations that surrounded me as a child were called pagodas, as if they were buddhist temples. Buddhist literature, which says that pagodas were originally built for the purpose of preserving the remains of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism. According to Buddhist scripture, when Sakyamuni’s body was cremated after his […]

Blackberry Lane

April 5, 2015

This is the house that Wendy and I moved to in Wallerawang in 2003. This photo is a few years later after we had created a garden and vegetable garden beds. I had never expected to spend any of my life in Wallerawang despite my childhood there. Our ten years there were a mixed experience […]

Newnes Hotel

April 5, 2015

This is the Newnes Hotel now, the same building I saw as a child but now on the other side of the road and up the hill from where it was in the mid 1950s.