Sunday, June 30, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Apparently in the 1920s most Canberra people firmly believed there were real bunyips living in the area. A rundown on some historical bunyip and yahoo sightings around Canberra...
Monday, June 24, 2013
It was near the underpass (on the road obviously) between Ashley Drive & Kellet Streets.
We rang Namadji Visitor's Centre at the time & advised them as we thought it was unusual. They were very interested & asked us to email the details to them. We also emailed them the photo so they knew we knew what we were looking at.
Rangers rang us the next day as they wanted to collect the poor bugger for DNA-testing, stomach contents examination, & possible taxidermy etc.
Just a mention of a memory. That of a tree used for flogging convicts when Canberra was known as the Limestone Plains.
One convict, Phillip Lee who was transported to New South Wales for life for burglary at the age of 17, had several run-ins with Wright and the Magistrate's lash. It is a sad record.
14 December 1838
Wright - Yesterday morning I had reason to check this man and with great insolence of manner he told me he had behaved well but would not do so any longer. I might take him to court and do what I please with him. Another servant tried to strike me. I called on the prisoner to assist me which he would not do but kept aloof some four or five yards distant. The prisoner has nothing to say in his defence and says he is sorry for what has happened. GUILTY - disorderly conduct - 25 lashes.
25 January 1839
Wright - The prisoner is extremely idle and shams sick to avoid work. I have had him examined by Dr. Hayley who said he was quite capable of performing his work the same as any other servant on the establishment. Late Monday morning the prisoner did not come to work with the other men. I went and obliged him to come. I afterwards found he was not at work and I went quietly to his hut and found him joking with the shepherd and smoking his pipe. On being questioned why he was not at work he replied he was just coming. GUILTY - disobedience - 50 lashes.
29 January 1839
Wright - On the 25th instant he was tried before this Bench and sentenced to punishment. On his return to Lanyon I desired to see his back. He refused saying he'd see me damned before he'd show it to me nor should I get any good of him. He was also exceedingly insolent and abusive in his manner and language.
GUILTY - disobedience - 25 lashes - Insolence - 75 lashes
In just on four days Phillip Lee received 150 lashes. The end result of this battle of wills was that despite his punishments Lee could not be tamed by Wright and soon after, as a last resort, was returned to the Government. He died in Parramatta hospital in 1840 aged just 30.
And as for bleeding....
The Goulburn Magistrate, Macalister, was so concerned about the matter that he wrote to the Colonial Secretary in 1838 about the ineffectiveness of the government issue lash.
"They are made exceedingly careless... The cord may be sufficiently heavy, but of too soft a twist; although it bruises, bleeding but seldom is caused; consequently the offender escapes that acute pain and smarting to the extent so desirable should be experienced under the lash. I would suggest the scourging cord be of a much harder twist".
Anyway just the mention of a Canberra memory... Actually quite plausible...
Friday, June 21, 2013
I suppose it is a bit of a balancing act today as to what defines a dingo in the ACT. Probably best left to the experts.John Thistleton of the Canberra Times has an excellent recent article about Canberra's dingo man, Mick Clarke, ACT Parks & Conservation dingo trapper and his pure bred dingo Jess.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
[Documentary maker Richard Snashall works with ACTEW Water to help us capture and document the Enlarged Cotter Dam and other water security projects for our Heritage Archive.]
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Article & research by Dave Wheeler
In regard to this yarn, should a viewer wish to read the original story I did on this site regarding how my deceased maternal uncle came into possession of an engine plate from a crashed plane on the slopes of Mt Ainslie, as shown above. As I could find no details of the crash I called for the help of others, and with the efforts of David Ellery of the Canberra Times for whom I am very grateful, the mystery was solved.
David did two excellent articles on the crash in Gang Gang. One told the initial story and the other gave details of the mystery after he was able to solve it with the assistance of the research of Mr Bob Piper. I am also extremely grateful to Bob for his efforts. Bob is an aviation historian. He was an RAAF Historical Officer for 15 years and is also a pilot and journalist. See the link to David Ellery's last online Canberra Times article.
The crash occurred on the 15/6/42 and the plane was an RAAF Tugan (or Wackett) Gannet no A 14-5, which at the time was being operated by No 2 Aerial Ambulance Unit (2 AAU). It crashed a kilometre short of the Canberra aerodrome on take off on what was reported to be Mt Russell, which was regarded then and now as the slopes of Mt Ainslie.
The plane was piloted by Flight Lieutenant Bruce Graham (SN 589-born 1919) who suffered a fractured ankle. Others on the flight were Sgt Glenn Smith the radio operator who suffered shock, Sgt John Craig a nursing orderly who suffered a fractured shoulder blade and Sgt Reginald Kupsch a Fitter 2E (aircraft mechanic) who was unharmed.The plane was written off.
Bob Piper was initially unaware of the incident but with dogged determination and the knowledge he had accumulated over the years he was able to link it to other information he had collected and eventually got the details of what occurred.
Bob also supplied a copy of a telegram which indicates the only crew member with a local address was Reginald Charles Kupsch, service number 4369 who lived at 32 Alice Street Queanbeyan with his wife Agnes. The National Archives military records say he was born on the 25/4/1912 and that he was born in Regent, Victoria and enlisted at Laverton, Victoria. I wonder if Reg and Agnes have any relo's in Canberra or Queanbeyan today or if any old Queanbeyanites can remember them.
Reg would be 101 if he still has a pulse, which means he is unlikely to be playing 1st grade rugby league for the Queanbeyan Kangaroos or the Queanbeyan Blues.The only people with the surname of Kupsch in the Canberra phone book live in Fisher and they are not related. If anyone can assist please contact me by clicking on the contact button above.
Update-Since writing the last two paragraphs I have found records which indicate that Reg was buried at the Kyabram Cemetery, Victoria in 2003, aged 83, and Agnes was buried with him in 2007 aged 92. If those dates are correct it would mean Reg was born in 1920 and the document suggesting he was born in 1912 is incorrect. I will continue my search for his relo's.
Further update-Bob Piper contacted me to tell me Reg Kopsch died at Nathalia Hospital aged 91 having lived at Preston, Kyabram and Nathalia, Victoria. It would seem the cemetery got his age wrong as what Bob has told me is in accordance with the Archives records.
The above photo is of the actual Tugan Gannet (no A 14-5) which crash-landed on Mt Ainslie, obviously sometime before the crash. Again, many thanks to Bob Piper for the work he put into tracking down this photo.
Bob also put me onto the youtube link below in which some 8mm film captures the first flight of the first Tugan Gannet in 1935. "Alexander's Ragtime Band" is played on the piano as background music.
From the original posting acanberraboy.blogspot.com.au
Friday, June 7, 2013
Thursday, June 6, 2013
This is a recent radio interview with a fairly balanced view
ABC Radio - Bush Telegraph - Monday 3 June 2013 11:45AM
Radio interview with Euan Ritchie, lecturer in ecology at Deakin University
Now I'll probably get some negative feedback from supporters of the Shooters & Fishers Party but to logical Australians and voters on both sides of politics I urge you to think about the direction we are heading. It must be obvious the eventual results of such short term exploitation. A weed ridden, vehicle track criss cross of littered, logged land devoid of iconic species.
I think I might spend the weekend in Namadgi and take a few photos... At least I know I won't get shot.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
The Canberra area has many stories involving dingos. This caught my eye some time ago but re-appeared on another unrelated search today and thought it worth a mention. Its a shame that nobody knows her name and that her only seeming reference is a brief mention in someone's recollections but this nameless girl, age also unknown, was reportedly killed and eaten by dingos at Tharwa in 1845. Gruesome death.
I know of probably 20 or so authentic Aboriginal scarred trees dotted around the landscape of suburban Canberra. I have posted a few time...