TURNER Part 2: Melbourne, Australia, 1858-1863

3rd Draft 15 May 2016 When James, Mary and Mary’s son William left New York for Melbourne in about 1858 there was great uncertainty in America due to the looming Civil War.  Jamaica, Long Island was well connected to New York and the city itself was bustling.  It is easy to assume that there were any number…

TURNER Part 1: New York USA, 1833-1858

James Ashmer Mullen TURNER>Alfred Robert TURNER>Eric Doull TURNER>Malcolm Eric TURNER First published 16 Aug 2014 James Ashmer Mullen TURNER was born in Jamaica, Long Island in New York, USA in the early 1830’s. When I discovered this fact (from his death certificate in New Zealand) I was stunned.  Whilst researching the ancestors of maternal grandfather,…

Vatican Archives

  I love this piece of video that goes behind the scenes and the Vatican Archives.  As I watched my fingers started twitching to see exactly what was in those beautiful leather bound volumes.  The Archive content covers twelve centuries and is stored on 85 linear km of shelving.

Vege Paradise

I miss the garden patch we used to have in Warkworth. It was an ancient vege garden, with raised beds containing huge clumps of rhubarb and massive overgrown plum trees. The grass around the trees would teem with daffodils in the spring time. There was also a citrus tree that by all accounts was half…

Slice of Heaven

I picked a random track to play from my iTunes library and couldn’t stop the smile that crept over my face.  Dave Dobbyn & Herbs: Slice of Heaven, on the compilation album Ten Guitars 3. Any Kiwi who was hiding from the summer of 1987 in a movie theatre will remember Footrot Flats.  Heck, any…

Whale Encounter

One of my favourite pictures from 2012 Hamilton Island Race Week, from a trip out on Andiamo with the Oatley’s on a perfectly glassy day.  Perfect. Stillness.