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Weeds, Plants and People

Author: John Dwyer
Price: 44.95

What is the perplexing category of plants that we call ‘weeds? Why do some people spend so much effort trying to eradicate plants in certain circumstances, while other people nurture those very same species for food, medicine, or simple enjoyment of their beauty? Could there be a better way for us ... more

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Weeds, Plants and People

Author: John Dwyer
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ISBN: 978 0 9586993 7 2
Date: 24/10/2016
Price: 44.95

What is the perplexing category of plants that we call ‘weeds? Why do some people spend so much effort trying to eradicate plants in certain circumstances, while other people nurture those very same species for food, medicine, or simple enjoyment of their beauty? Could there be a better way for us to live alongside the many wild plants we encounter in our gardens, farms and landscapes, than to wage war on them?

John Dwyer wants to change the way we care for our environment, how we connect with nature, and what we think and do about weeds.

Weeds, Plants and People traces the fascinating history of many common plants that we now treat as weeds. From the thistles and thorns that appear in the Bible, to the seeds eaten by Stone Age people, and the grasses and flowers brought to Australia by European settlers, the story of the relationship between people and weeds is a complex and intriguing one. Here it is told in a lively and engaging way for readers with or without botanical knowledge. Anybody interested in gardening, agriculture, the natural environment, medicinal herbs or cooking will glean a great deal from John Dwyer’s account of some of the most ancient plants known to humankind.

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The William Gladman Story

Author: Valmae Davenport
Price: 45.00

Author Valmae Davenport, about The William Gladman Story, writes:

“This book has been in the making for over 20 years and every effort has been made to ensure information in this family history story is true. The information has been provided by various Gladman family members and legal historical ... more

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The William Gladman Story

Author: Valmae Davenport
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ISBN: 978 0 9586993 6 5
Date: 1/6/2016
Price: 45.00

Author Valmae Davenport, about The William Gladman Story, writes:

“This book has been in the making for over 20 years and every effort has been made to ensure information in this family history story is true. The information has been provided by various Gladman family members and legal historical recorded resources available to the public …

“Hopefully, I leave this as an historical record of a most remarkable family who managed to create a society of their own in a new land, Australia, in times of ignorance, intolerance, mind numbing poverty, wars, famine and depression. These pioneers turned adversity into success. They lived full and happy lives, raised children, who married and had their own children …”

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Risk a Smile

Author: David Thomson
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Risk A Smile is the author's own selection of his poems addressing a wide variety of themes and ideas, and depicting a wide variety of styles—from haiku to long narrative poems; from observations of people to discussion of life issues; from gentle humour to touching emotion.

“David knows how to ... more

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Risk a Smile

Author: David Thomson
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ISBN: 978 0 9586993 5 8
Date: 1/5/2016
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Risk A Smile is the author's own selection of his poems addressing a wide variety of themes and ideas, and depicting a wide variety of styles—from haiku to long narrative poems; from observations of people to discussion of life issues; from gentle humour to touching emotion.

“David knows how to touch minds and hearts by what he says, often ever so subtly, about love, loss, the passage of time, human futility (symbolised by figures gambling their money away), and the parting of death … David’s poetry is always precise, powerful and subtly evocative.”

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At Home

Author: Jeannette Duggan
Price: 19.95

“A home is more than a house, it is a place where there is a loving and caring family.”

Alfred Prosser said to his granddaughter Marj that he had many homes during his life. The story of his parents, David and Martha Prosser, may explain his ... more

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At Home

Author: Jeannette Duggan
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ISBN: 978 0 9586993 4 1
Date: 1/4/2016
Price: 19.95

“A home is more than a house, it is a place where there is a loving and caring family.”

Alfred Prosser said to his granddaughter Marj that he had many homes during his life. The story of his parents, David and Martha Prosser, may explain his statement.

Brother and sister, Geoff and Jeanette Duggan have written the story of their great grandparents from their extensive family history research.

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An Old and Respected Colonist

Author: Carol Darroch
Price: 14.95

The names of the witnesses at the marriage of her great grandparents, James Ford and Hannah Sullivan, seen in the ‘Help Wanted’ column of  newspaper, led to Carol Darroch making a journey of discovery about her ancestor.

is a result of that journey, a story that touches on the earliest history ... more

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An Old and Respected Colonist

Author: Carol Darroch
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ISBN: 978 0 9586993 3 4
Date: 1/12/2015
Price: 14.95

The names of the witnesses at the marriage of her great grandparents, James Ford and Hannah Sullivan, seen in the ‘Help Wanted’ column of  newspaper, led to Carol Darroch making a journey of discovery about her ancestor.

is a result of that journey, a story that touches on the earliest history of Portsea, on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula.

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Together Again – In Print

Author: Lin Freemantle
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In the final years of his life, Lin Freemantle recorded memories of his early life—largely for the benefit of his descendants. In his entertaining style, they form a fascinating picture of boyhood in rural Victoria in the 1920s and 30s, and the life of a young man during the war years.

Joan ... more

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Together Again – In Print

Author: Lin Freemantle
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ISBN: 978 0 9586993 2 7
Date: 1/12/2015
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In the final years of his life, Lin Freemantle recorded memories of his early life—largely for the benefit of his descendants. In his entertaining style, they form a fascinating picture of boyhood in rural Victoria in the 1920s and 30s, and the life of a young man during the war years.

Joan Freemantle has supplemented this with some quirky observations on life, and ended the book with her account of her husband’s final days.

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The First Stage of Happiness

Author: Jean Cornell
Price: 15.00

“The poetry of Jean Cornell is modern … the poetry of concentrated, descriptive, heartfelt and personal expression … As readers, we enjoy sharing feelings with her, yet we always know that really she is writing for herself, expressing herself in a way that is fresh and natural.” (Gerry Robinson) ... more

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The First Stage of Happiness

Author: Jean Cornell
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ISBN: 978 1 875894 99 4
Date: 1/10/2015
Price: 15.00

“The poetry of Jean Cornell is modern … the poetry of concentrated, descriptive, heartfelt and personal expression … As readers, we enjoy sharing feelings with her, yet we always know that really she is writing for herself, expressing herself in a way that is fresh and natural.” (Gerry Robinson)

Jean Cornell was born in 1935, but only concentrated on writing poetry after retirement from her career as a primary teacher and integration aide. This is her first book of poetry.

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dreams from a suitcase

Author: joachim matschoss
Price: 20.00

In his work, poet and dramatist, Joachim Matschoss converges on minute details of the actual world as he experiences it, but he also explores deeper and darker regions on his many real and imaginary journeys. It’s as if we have to play catch-up to stay in touch with this prolific, warm and playful ... more

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dreams from a suitcase

Author: joachim matschoss
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ISBN: 978 1 875894 98 7
Date: 1/9/2015
Price: 20.00

In his work, poet and dramatist, Joachim Matschoss converges on minute details of the actual world as he experiences it, but he also explores deeper and darker regions on his many real and imaginary journeys. It’s as if we have to play catch-up to stay in touch with this prolific, warm and playful voice.

his yelping suitcase

bursts with dreams in stock and store

who nicked the corkscrew?

(TERRY McDONAGH)

The structured form of the haiku in this new collection allowed Matschoss to create poignant snapshots of his journeys and experiences. (PAUL MURREY)

Poems and haiku rooted in ordinary life are at the heart of this new collection but there are also weird and amusing imaginings and observations that extensive travel seems to prompt. (FRANCINE McGLYNN)

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Frederick S Cox

Author: Beverley Wendelken
Price: 25.00

Frederick Stansfield Cox was born at the home of his parents in Taylor Street California Gully on 23rd January 1907 … Fred was ‘it’ so far as the spare parts department at Cowlings was concerned and was highly thought of by others in the trade. He was recognized for his knowledge of the numbers ... more

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Frederick S Cox

Author: Beverley Wendelken
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ISBN: 978 1 875894 97 0
Date: 31/8/2015
Price: 25.00

Frederick Stansfield Cox was born at the home of his parents in Taylor Street California Gully on 23rd January 1907 … Fred was ‘it’ so far as the spare parts department at Cowlings was concerned and was highly thought of by others in the trade. He was recognized for his knowledge of the numbers and names of Ford spare parts …

Beverley Wendelken, eldest child of Fred and Jean Cox, has written this biography of her father for “Fred’s grandchildren and great grandchildren who have already heard much of him, but also those generations who are still to come … They were not wealthy in a material sense, but rich in the things that mattered and they gave freely, not only to us as family but to all with whom they came in contact.”

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Basil Watson – Pioneer Aviator

Author: Carole Winter
Price: 24.95

Today we take aviation for granted as a part of modern life. But do we know the stories of early Australian pioneers whose courage and commitment made flying possible?

Carole Winter has written about Basil George Watson who was one such pioneer and, as it happens, her ancestor. Basil led a ... more

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Basil Watson – Pioneer Aviator

Author: Carole Winter
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ISBN: 978 1 875894 95 6
Date: 1/3/2015
Price: 24.95

Today we take aviation for granted as a part of modern life. But do we know the stories of early Australian pioneers whose courage and commitment made flying possible?

Carole Winter has written about Basil George Watson who was one such pioneer and, as it happens, her ancestor. Basil led a courageous and action packed life as an early test pilot and flier at the time of the First World War.  Sadly he died all too young in pursuing his passion—aviation.

This is his short story.

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Mutee Head Radar Station North Queensland 1942–1950

Author: Ian C. McKellar
Price: 17.00

No 52 Radar Station at Mutee Head is unique because:

• It is the only remaining WWII intact radar station ... more

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Mutee Head Radar Station North Queensland 1942–1950

Author: Ian C. McKellar
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ISBN: 978 0 9587492 7 5
Date: 1/3/2015
Price: 17.00

No 52 Radar Station at Mutee Head is unique because:

• It is the only remaining WWII intact radar station in Australia

• It is one of 145 stations established in 1942–45

• It is one of 32 sophisticated radar stations donated to Australia by the British

Here is its history related by Doug Dowe, a radar mechanic who served on this station in 1943 and two radar operators who also served here in 1944–45. Background information was collected by Ian McKellar, an historian who has specialised in RAAF radar stations of WWII.

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Blue Smoke

Author: Joann Hinton
Price: 66.95

Blue Smoke is sometimes autobiographical, at times based on fact, but changed slightly to make for a more interesting reading, and at times it is pure fiction. It is what was—what might have been—what could have been—what should have been. All names of characters and some place names have been ... more

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Blue Smoke

Author: Joann Hinton
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ISBN: 978 1 875894 94 9
Date: 1/11/2014
Price: 66.95

Blue Smoke is sometimes autobiographical, at times based on fact, but changed slightly to make for a more interesting reading, and at times it is pure fiction. It is what was—what might have been—what could have been—what should have been. All names of characters and some place names have been changed, for obvious reasons. And the author’s own advice? …

If you have only tentatively dabbled at the water’s edge of the river of life and then scurried back to your comfort zone—do NOT read this book.

If the deep, abiding, achingly beautiful, all consuming passion between two people, heart-wrenchingly in love, is beyond your comprehension—do NOT read this book.

If you like all your pills sugar-coated and all your life experiences wrapped and tied with a ribbon—do NOT read this book.

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Musings and Memories

Author: Joann Hinton
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As the subtitle states, Musings and Memories is “a compilation of reflections and recollections”. The poems are varying observations of life as witnessed or experienced by the author during her 80-plus ... more

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Musings and Memories

Author: Joann Hinton
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ISBN: 978 1 875894 93 2
Date: 1/11/2014
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As the subtitle states, Musings and Memories is “a compilation of reflections and recollections”. The poems are varying observations of life as witnessed or experienced by the author during her 80-plus years.

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War Stories Of Victoria

Author: Martin Davey
Price: 19.95

These Victorian war stories span its history—and span the state from end to end:

• The first war fought in Victoria was over its richest land—the south-west corner where thousands of Australians had been living for thousands of years. When these people realised that whitefella wasn’t a visitor ... more

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War Stories Of Victoria

Author: Martin Davey
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ISBN: 978 1 875894 92 5
Date: 1/5/2014
Price: 19.95

These Victorian war stories span its history—and span the state from end to end:

• The first war fought in Victoria was over its richest land—the south-west corner where thousands of Australians had been living for thousands of years. When these people realised that whitefella wasn’t a visitor but an invader desecrating their country, they fought with iron spears until a bitter, venereal end.

• The battle over conscription was fought in the public spaces of Melbourne about sending hundreds of thousands of young men to fight and die in a terrible conflagration on the other side of the world.

• The next was part of greater World War II was fought by Victorian generals in an utterly unnecessary manner in a jungle using kids against the best jungle fighters in the world.

• The fourth story concerns the wars fought by four leading citizens of Victoria, who, to say the least, did not distinguish themselves in World War II service.

• The last war played out in the corridors of fabrication in Canberra over a monstrous visitation on the country of far East Gippsland.

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Dear Cousin Browne

Author: Julie H Wilson
Price: 66.00

This work is a genealogical and social history of the Anglo-Irish Browne family from 1580. This research was inspired by the letters in Part One.

The Browne letters are a collection that Joy Browne, at the age of about thirteen, saved from being destroyed, when she found her father, Charles ... more

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Dear Cousin Browne

Author: Julie H Wilson
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ISBN: 978 0 646913 02 5
Date: 1/5/2014
Price: 66.00

This work is a genealogical and social history of the Anglo-Irish Browne family from 1580. This research was inspired by the letters in Part One.

The Browne letters are a collection that Joy Browne, at the age of about thirteen, saved from being destroyed, when she found her father, Charles Valentine Browne, burning old letters belonging to his father, William Thomas Browne. Charles did not believe that anyone would want these old letters and offered Joy the stamps. We do not know if he had burnt any of the letters, but there are gaps in the correspondence. Burn marks can be seen on one of the letters.

The book is divided into three parts. The first part consists of the Browne letters with comments and explanations. Part two is a genealogical history of one of the branches of the Browne family descending from John Browne, an Englishman who went to County Mayo, Ireland in 1580. The third part is a genealogical history of the descendants of George Caulfield Browne, who also descended from John Browne.

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Blood Royal, the Bible’s Secrets

Author: Toby Ottaway
Price: 29.95

Blood Royal, the Bible’s Secrets reveals the seemingly impossible truth of religion and the Holy Family in the New Testament, in a world first not previously comprehended. The secrets contained within will astonish and shock you; the discovery is so inconceivable that it may result in a shaking of ... more

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Blood Royal, the Bible’s Secrets

Author: Toby Ottaway
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ISBN: 978 1 875894 91 8
Date: 1/4/2014
Price: 29.95

Blood Royal, the Bible’s Secrets reveals the seemingly impossible truth of religion and the Holy Family in the New Testament, in a world first not previously comprehended. The secrets contained within will astonish and shock you; the discovery is so inconceivable that it may result in a shaking of the foundations of the Vatican itself!

Mr Ottaway has discovered that the Holy Family had been the ruling class of Palestine, Iudaea, Galilee, Israel, Syria and north of Syria—the Roman ally kings known as the Herods. In that family, however, lay even deeper secrets that pursued the man known as Jesus Christ and the woman known as Magdalene.

Their true identities and roles bring about a total revision of history. No book has revealed the truth of religion, and the Holy Family, with such astonishing courage, told with understanding and compassion, as never before.

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Gold and Stock

Author: Graeme Lawler
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Gold and Stock grew from a booklet written for a Family Reunion at the Germantown farm near Bright in December 1996. After the reunion many members of the family sent corrections to the booklet and supplied additional information about family members. The introductory chapters of the 1996 booklet ... more

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Gold and Stock

Author: Graeme Lawler
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ISBN: 978 0 646918 8 6
Date: 1/3/2014
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Gold and Stock grew from a booklet written for a Family Reunion at the Germantown farm near Bright in December 1996. After the reunion many members of the family sent corrections to the booklet and supplied additional information about family members. The introductory chapters of the 1996 booklet have been further expanded as more information has subsequently been discovered about the pioneering Lawlers as gold miners and pastoralists.

Parts One and Two are introductory giving some general background on Freeburgh and surrounding district. In Part Three, the descendants of each of the first generation appear in chronological order with their descendants as indicated by the index in the table of contents. Each branch can follow through their immediate family sequentially. The quantity of information on descendants depended on that supplied by family members themselves as well as access to private collections of documents and photographs.

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thieves of time

Author: Joachim Matschoss
Price: 20.00

These new poems stem from many parts of the world. They are snapshots of life—life raw and unveiled. Snatched moments in time …

“With roots in both Europe and Australia, Joachim Matschoss displays a true traveler’s eye for what most other people are too busy to notice. His mainly short poems have ... more

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thieves of time

Author: Joachim Matschoss
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ISBN: 978 1 875894 90 1
Date: 16/12/2013
Price: 20.00

These new poems stem from many parts of the world. They are snapshots of life—life raw and unveiled. Snatched moments in time …

“With roots in both Europe and Australia, Joachim Matschoss displays a true traveler’s eye for what most other people are too busy to notice. His mainly short poems have an imagistic sharpness of observation matched with a wry compassion. Many are relatively light-hearted. All are entertaining, one way or another. They will beguile readers who, like Matschoss, are prepared to pause for a while, perhaps over a pavement coffee, and work their way through this new collection.” – Geoff Page

“If you love words and their powerful imagery, then Matschoss is a writer that you should seek out. And don’t just read this collection, go fossick for more of his treasures.” – Wendy O’Hanlon

“The poetry of Joachim Matschoss is so surprising, intelligent and seductive that very soon you find you do not want to miss a word of it.” – Kevin Brophy

“In cleanly sculpted lines, his acute and tender portraits are caught like sunlight on ripples of water as Matschoss evokes a vivid journey through the streets and bars of Europe. As he returns to his Melbourne home, caught between two worlds, his delicate haiku brush against the ache of loss.” – Philip Casey

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From Apples … to Coffee

Author: Gerry Robinson
Price: 30.00

In 1923, Heathmont was a rural orchard district many hours from the city of Melbourne. That year, in the front room of a house on Canterbury Road, a Miss Marden opened the first shop …

Now in 2013, ninety years later, Heathmont is a residential suburb of Melbourne, and on both sides of where the ... more

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From Apples … to Coffee

Author: Gerry Robinson
Editor: Betty Colbert, Rita James, Jeff Leipold, Les Prato
ISBN: 978 1 875894 89 5
Date: 20/10/2013
Price: 30.00

In 1923, Heathmont was a rural orchard district many hours from the city of Melbourne. That year, in the front room of a house on Canterbury Road, a Miss Marden opened the first shop …

Now in 2013, ninety years later, Heathmont is a residential suburb of Melbourne, and on both sides of where the railway line and Canterbury Road intersect, there is a strip development of more than 70 shops and businesses. Most of the shops were built in the 1950s and 1960s as Heathmont altered from rural to urban …

Against this background of continuity there have of course been changes. Shops and shopping practices have altered—drapers, milk bars and hardware shops have been overpowered by supermarkets and “big box” stores; garages have become service stations then car washes; food outlets, once one, now number more than 20, including many cafes and restaurants, and at these eating places, locals and their friends drink much coffee!

This book is the work of five friends who have enjoyed many a hot coffee to bring this fascinating local history to life.

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Looking Over My Shoulder

Author: Margaret Oenone Holman
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Looking Over My Shoulder is the story of the genetic history of the people for whom it was principally written—the descendants of the people written about in this book: Peter and Mary Edwards and George and Caroline Weston.

Their children Cecil Fawkener Weston and Rebecca Edwards married and had ... more

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Looking Over My Shoulder

Author: Margaret Oenone Holman
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ISBN: 978 0 646 90149 7
Date: 26/4/2013
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Looking Over My Shoulder is the story of the genetic history of the people for whom it was principally written—the descendants of the people written about in this book: Peter and Mary Edwards and George and Caroline Weston.

Their children Cecil Fawkener Weston and Rebecca Edwards married and had five children whose descendants are recorded here.

It is a collection of family memorabilia.

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