Sunday, July 27, 2014

A bridge for Point Hut crossing.

Just a date for the building of the bridge over the Point Hut low level crossing in Southern Canberra.


This crossing over the Murrumbidgee links southern Tuggeranong with the western side of the river saving the longer journey to the south via the Tharwa bridge.

Goulburn Evening Penny Post , Thursday 8 February 1923


National Library of Australia

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The cave on Black Mountain

Remaining unresolved is the question of a 'living room' sized cave on 'Black Hill' mentioned by a man who at the turn of the 20th century was called 'The Father of Canberra'. John Gale (1831-1929) was the famous and well respected editor of the Queanbeyan age.

In his book "Canberra; Its history and its legends" he writes a short passage describing a living room sized cave...









This cave's location is today not publicly known, if at all. Rumour indicates it was sealed up in the early years of Canberra's development and one can only wonder how the entrance may have been blocked.

What is today known is the Black Mountain Peninsular was a well known riverside corroboree ground. An archaeological survey of this cave would be interesting. The corroborees were happening for a long time before we got here.

Posted about this at the beginning of last year so for new readers... A friend of mine, Dave Wheeler, researches the story. I will pass on any information, story, even rumour through to him that any one may relate.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Curiosity killed the cat

Tidbinbilla feral cat.


An interesting article reporting the prospect of a national eradication program for the feral cat using 'curiosity' baits.

My understanding is the small sausage shaped baits contain lethal pellets unlikely to be consumed by other wildlife though the impact on marsupial carnivores seems undecided.

I'm all for doing something about feral cats. It's an interesting report via the Sydney Morning Herald

Friday, July 4, 2014

Poem in the Coree cairn

The story of a poem in a bottle.


Interesting tale of a poem hidden under a survey cairn atop Mount Coree on the ACT western ranges.

Message in a bottle from a time when Canberra was young...

The Canberra Times 9 September 1969.
National Library of Australia








Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Quolls for Mulligans Flat

The reintroduction of Quolls.


An article from the Canberra Times reporting the release of Eastern quolls into the enclosed reserve of a Mulligans Flat Sanctuary in Northern Canberra. The Canberra area is already home to the rare tiger quoll. In fact there was a road kill last year in suburban Tuggeranong.

For the full story I recommend reading the article...

Dr Adrian Manning to reintroduce eastern quolls at Mulligans Flat.


Checking out a scarred tree on Isabella Drive

I know of probably 20 or so authentic Aboriginal scarred trees dotted around the landscape of suburban Canberra. I have posted a few time...