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A Word to the Wise

After a career in various professional and senior management roles within a large international IT company and having enjoyed a life, thus far, full of rich personal experiences, crossing paths with some fascinating people, the author decided to publish a small collection of his own speeches, articles, incidental writings and other “blatherings” along the way. The intention of this book is to provide the reader with examples of the author’s humour, taking the form of a variety of speeches in many differing venues, to a wide selection of different audiences. Hopefully, the reader will enjoy a snicker or two. Also...

Life Interrupted

This is an autobiographical story written by Zbigniew Frederick Korb. It is a good illustration of how outside forces, over which we have absolutely no control, shape our lives. The book describes his life when he was a 9 yr old boy during the Russian Revolution living on his Father’ property near the town of Bar in what is now Ukraine. At the end of First World War the family settled in newly independent Poland. He describes his years at school, then college in Warsaw, work as a teacher, further study and marriage. At the outbreak of the Second World...

A Country Boy by Heart

Arthur McKenzie now lives at the War Vets in Narrabeen. He has been there for the last four years having lost the love of his life, Joy, to cancer six years ago. With the help of his daughter Sharon he found this haven for the over 55’s and hasn’t looked back since. Life took on a new hue. Busy in his workshop along aside his friend Keith he made himself useful again. His life changed once more after meeting Pam and their relationship enhanced both their lives. Being an author Pam suggested Arthur might like to tell his story for...

Michael

“I must change today for tomorrow I will die.” (from Michael’s speech at his 21st birthday party 2002). These words reveal the awareness of a young man assessing his childhood and youth, and preparing for his adulthood.Leaving family and schoolfriends in Australia, within a year he was to be married in USA, returning only once to attend his father’s funeral in 2010.Caring for his wife, and in due course his two sons, Michael sought to learn and provide diligently to the best of his ability. Changing from his lifelong passion for computer work, he retrained as a Registered Nurse desiring...

Their Vision Our Village

The History of Glenhaven Green.Looking for a special place for retirement living? Then the Village of Glenhaven Green will satisfy the above criteria to the full!Marking the tenth year anniversary in 2018, this book records the establishment and growth of a community of like-minded people in the leafy suburb of Glenhaven, with delightful views of bush and mountains.Provided by the vision and development of Anglicare (previously Anglican Retirement Villages), a variety of dwelling styles cater for seniors within a caring Christian environment.Read here about the construction, staff participation, residents’ own stories, plenty of photos depicting a wide range of activities...

Love Makes Us Family

It is sixteen years since Pam wrote her autobiography From Ochre to Azure Blue, telling about the first part of her life. She began writing in a diary in 2006 after her mother became ill and given a feeding tube, in a nursing home. To balance her sadness, she began minding her eight-month-old granddaughter, Sofia who brought so much joy into her life. To compound her unhappiness, her husband Garnet died in 2007, followed by her mother six months later. Pam continued her diary, putting down her innermost thoughts and it became cathartic for her.Sofia was the light of her...

Family of Mary Pitt

The essence of a nation's history is "the chronicle of lives and deeds of those who conferred honour and dignity upon society". When Mary Pitt and five of her children set foot on the soil of New South Wales, a distant penal colony, they could hardly foresee the remarkable role they and their descendants would play in the history of a new country. Painstakingly researched from thousands of archive records and publications from 1801 to the early 1900s, their lives and deeds are presented in this awe-inspiring book. Although dry and unpolished, it is enriched with the history and culture...

Bill’s Story

Specialist Outback safari coach operator Bill Hand shares stories of the years he and his wife Doreen ran Sundowner Coach Tours.From the early 1960s through to their retirement in 1994 they saw many changes, and Bill was constantly improving and testing equipment on the coach so it was a “one off ” and “go anywhere” vehicle. They looked for exciting challenges and attracted a loyal following of regular passengers.Many of their adventures could not be duplicated today due to bitumen roads, fences, permits and numerous regulations and restrictions which were necessary with the mounting number of travellers.They feel they were...

Recipes & Reminiscences

In 1950, my grandparents, Frieda and Stephen Chambers, retired to Makaria, their new home built at Ferny Creek in the Dandenong Ranges. Both avid gardeners, they were attracted to the potential of this fertile bush environment shadowed by the towering trees of the bordering Sherbrooke Forest.With their capacious vision, enthusiasm and sheer determination, the house and garden evolved as a labour of deep love and a persuasive inspiration for all who were to visit – especially their six grandchildren. This was a magical place – a place full of vibrant connection and close involvement with the surrounding flora and fauna,...

Hi Kids This Is Your Father Speaking

Colin Bellamy decided to write his early adventures about 12 years ago after being diagnosed with Parkinsons. It gave him focus and filled in time as he battled this disease. As well, his beautiful wife Dorothy had been diagnosed with Alzheimers, a double blow to the family. With great strength and support from his grown-up children, Col faced his future with uncertainty. Now that his wife has passed away, writing this story has given him purpose. A dream fulfilled. His story takes you back to childhood and venturing overseas in  your early twenties. Col’s experiences, told with love and humour,...

Bono the Cheeky Cocky

“This is a project I have been wanting to complete for many years. While it is, of course, a work of fiction, some of the story lines are based loosely around actual events. It’s been a lot of fun putting it together and reminiscing over some of the tales I have used to settle our young children when they were restless in the wee small hours. I hope you enjoy these modest ramblings as much as I have in creating them.” BPW

Dharug for Little Fellas

by Chifley College * Dharug is one of the names given to the Sydney language and is the name commonly used to denote the language that was spoken in inland Sydney. Information about the language/s of the Sydney region is mostly limited to historical sources because of the particularly severe disruption of the Aboriginal population of the Sydney region since 1788.

For the Love of Grace

Grace Pemberton is loved by two men, one her husband Charles and the other Ralph Cooper, her husband’s business partner. As a young married woman with two small children Grace is convinced to come to old Sydney Town in the year 1857 on the clipper, the Catherine Adamson. Good fortune shines down on them as Grace’s family is spared the disaster that beset the ship entering Sydney Harbour with more than half the lives lost.Grace is then pursued by Ralph as he has fallen hopelessly in love with her. She does everything to quell his ardour. Ralph is in a...

Against the Odds

A Story of Persistence!

Come with Me

Come with Me is a story of true service to others in war time. Joan Fisher was only a young girl of 21 when she enlisted to become a voluntary aid. Little did she know that her journey would take her on a hospital ship, to the Atherton Tablelands and finally to Borneo where she nursed the prisoners of war after the war was over. Joan felt privileged to nurse wounded soldiers back to health with love and devotion. Life after the war was difficult for these ladies and settling down to civilian life took time. Joan finds love and...

Just Hold On

My life has truly been blessed. From my wonderful family, my friends and my work colleagues, my life has been an incredible journey and one that I am proud to relate here.The journey has had its ups and downs of course, but one thing is for sure, there has never been a dull moment.There are many inscriptions on my parchment of life and they are all covered in this book – well nearly all anyway!As most of you would know, I am a straight shooter… I pull no punches… I leave nothing in the bag… and that’s the way I...

The Vietnam War on a Tourist Visa

This is a story from the Vietnam war as you’ve never heard it told before. Written in an easy conversational style and reading more like a modern adventure story, The Vietnam War on a Tourist Visa is the factual account of the misadventures of a 20 something Australian civilian who suddenly finds himself caught up in a contract with the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam in 1968. This is the autobiography of Graeme Mann who found himself being unceremoniously dumped into the middle of the Vietnam War in a most extraordinary position of responsibility, having to support a country-wide computer...

Flight to a Lady

This is a unique account of Arthur Butler’s amazing solo fl ight in 1931 in a tiny open aeroplane across half the world, with only the sun, stars, an unreliable compass and, on occasions, his instinct to guide him.The adventures and near catastrophies met on the way were a test of great endurance and bravery. (Anna Yeats)I had the privilege of reading this manuscript whilst Arthur was still alive, so am delighted that this story of blood, sweat and tears of early aviation has been published. (Nancy Bird)

We Served

Papua New Guinea, Milne Bay, Queensland, 1942-46 : No. 10 Repair & Salvage Unit, RAAF Unit history

Just a Chattel of the Sale

When Peter Golding was first given the task of writing a daily column in the Melbourne Argus his aim, as he recounts in this book, was "to make it light, amusing, topical... a pleasant interlude before facing up to the politics and other crimes in the day's news; something easy to digest with the corn flakes or help to relieve the boredom of the train, bus or tram ride to work".This retrospect of his life isn't of course topical nor is it suggested that it could share space with the sugar and milk on the breakfast table but in his...
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