TROVE TUESDAY: Jaywalkin’…

Banner. The Barrier Miner

Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954  – Wednesday 13 February 1924, page 3

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TROVE. Jay walking.

Nothing in the past every truly goes away…

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WHAT IS JAY WALKIN’?… glad you asked    😆


Copyright © 2014. Catherine Ann Crout-Habel

Easter Bilbies & Bunnies…

Bilby_largeWill it be Easter Bilbies or Easter Bunnies appearing around your home this Easter, bearing loads of yummy chocolate and candy Easter Eggs and all manner of tasty treats for young, and older, alike?

Maybe it will be both Bilbies and Bunnies?…


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“VISITING wildlife parks with her parents as a child is how Rebecca Dunbar a then little known native marsupial heading towards the endangered species list. 
   In  bid to gain exposure for the Bilby’s plight, the then eight year old gathered signatures from class mates and sent a heartfelt letter to local chocolate makers Melbas and Haighs asking them to help – and the Easter Bilby was born.
   This year marks 20 years since the Easter Bilby became a chocolate icon in Australia, and Mrs Dunbar, of Gawler, says when she sees the bilby brought out for Easter, she stilll has to pinch herself.  “I’m humbled,” Mrs Dunbar said.
   “I’m still really amazed an idea could be ongoing and so influential in the public eye.
   “To be a young person…and hear about a cause…and be part of that change and find you made a difference is exciting and empowering.”
   Melba’s founding director Graeme Foristal said the company had been considering adopting the Bilby in 1993, but credited Mrs Dunbar for giving Melba the push to get it done.

   “The bilby changed Easter in Australia,” Mr Foristal said. “We were very unsure and then when the letter came we just couldn’t resist it. It was so cute.”
   Mr Foristal tracked down Mrs Dunbar this year through the threatened species network which help create the Easter Bilby, to include her in the 20th anniversary celebration and to unveil the new look bilby to the woman who inspired it as an eight year old.
   “It was very exciting – it was like seeing a long time family member,” Mr Foristal said.


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HAIGH’s will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its chocolate bilby this Easter.

In 1993, Haigh’s Chocolates joined forces with the Foundation for Rabbit-Free Australia (RFA) to help increase awareness of the not-for-profit organisation’s programs.

Haigh’s Chocolates chief executive Alister Haigh said more than 500,000 chocolate bilbies had been made since the partnership started.

“We are determined to do more for a cause that is so important,” Mr Haigh said.

RFA president Nicholas Newland said the initiative raised money and awareness of the threat posed by rabbits.

“We all need to be vigilant against the threat that wild rabbits pose to our biodiversity, landscape quality, farmers, horticulturalists and foresters,” Mr Newland said.

Part proceeds from the sale of Easter bilbies go to the RFA’s work to protect the environment from wild rabbits.

Haigh’s Chocolate’s bilbies are available at its Parkside, Glenelg and CBD stores.


FEATHERDALE Wildlife Park wants the Easter bilby to be as loved as the Easter bunny.

IT’S the worst rabbit plague in Australia since the 1995 release of the calicivirus from Wardang Island.


Easter Chocolate gets the “taste test”…

Easter Chocolate Tasting

… and the winners are:

Easter Chocolate Score

Tasty chocolate is tasty chocolate… regardless of it’s shape    😀





Educational resources, such as this Worksheet, can be accessed at:

Save the Bilby:

Worst Rabbit Plague Since 1995:

Haighs Easter Bilbies – 20th Anniversary:

Eight year old girl from Gawler, South Australia, creates the Easter Bilby:

Students give Easter chocolate – 2013 – the taste test:


Copyright © 2013. Catherine Ann Crout-Habel

MUSICAL MONDAY: The Drover’s Boy

The Drover's Boy.“The Drover’s Boy” is a song by Ted Egan and recalls the time when it was illegal for Caucasians and Aborigines to marry, and the death of an Aborigine went unnoticed by the white community. This popular and moving Australian folk song comes from a true story about a Caucasian drover (the Australian name for a cowboy or sheep herder) who is forced to pass off his Aboriginal wife as his “drover’s boy”. Ted Egan wrote this song as a tribute to the Aboriginal stockwomen, in the hope that one day their enormous contribution to the Australian pastoral industry might be recognized and honoured.




The drover

Ted’s song has been expanded into a book… the details can be found HERE.

THANKS TO: Wikipedia… please click HERE for the link and further information.


Copyright © 2013. Catherine Ann Crout-Habel

New Aussie Flag design explained…

New Aussie Flag Design

New Aussie Flag Design

To hear the designer, Dr John Blaxland of the Australian National University, explain the significance of the symbolism, please click on the link below:

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People Read Histories Written by Australian Women.

Stumbling Through the Past

Logo for Australian Women Writers Challenge 2012‘Pretend to be a man’.  That is the advice that aspiring female author, Kasey Edwards received from a literary agent.  Edwards refused to change her name.  ‘Well at least you’re pretty. That should help with media.’ responded the literary agent.

Yesterday Kasey Edwards told her story in an article published on the Fairfax Daily Life website.  She also wrote about a group of women and men who participated in an online book reading and reviewing challenge, The Australian Women Writers’ Challenge.

Over the last year I have written about the fact that women writers don’t receive anywhere near as many reviews as men in major media outlets.  A number of readers including me, realised that for an unknown reason we were not reading anywhere near as many books written by women as men.  I decided to bring balance back into my reading by signing up for the Australian Women…

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When we read in the daily papers of perilous times, afar.
Of dreadful scenes on the battlefield and carnage in time of war
And of birds of prey that are hov’ring around for their ghastly spoil.
And hold their feeds where human gore is the cloth of the corpse strewn soil;

Then we shudder, appalled, as we ponder o’er the so called glory of war,
Of victory won for the monarch at a cost too great by far;
For it makes widows and orphans, and robs us of our best.
And fatherless leaves our birdlings, and desolate makes our nest.

But enough of war and its horrors afar we need brave hearts here;
And, thank God, Australia has heroes, hearts of oak that know no fear;
Each one ready his life to offer – ’tis the solemn truth I speak
Aye, ready to succor the helpless, the suffering, aged, and weak.

Then thank God for Australia’s heroes.and bravest amongst them all
Are our own noble, brave fire-flighters God bless them one and all.

Australian Fire-fighter. 8Jan2013. (

Australian Fire-fighter. 8Jan2013. (

Watch them enter your burning building –there a child, there-hold your breath
Aye, watch as those brave men cooly risk the chance of a terrible death.
“Hold your breath'” I said. Nay’ look upward look up than the night-cloud higher.
And plead to Heaven for those heroes who are wrapped in shrouds of fire.

Look, mother, distrated mother (if you can in your anguish wild)’
Yon men at the risk of their own dear lives have saved for you your child!
Brave hearts. “What’s their recompense?” say you. Why none. I answer you, none. Save it be an approving conscience and a knowledge of brave deeds done

Australian Walker & Holmes families shelter on Jetty. 4Jan2013. (c) Tim Holmes. Courtesy:

Australian Walker & Holmes families shelter on Jetty. 4Jan2013. (c) Tim Holmes. Courtesy:

For you and for me. Ah! we know not when their aid we, too, shall need.
Then unitedly let us offer with grateful hearts their meed.
Let it be a substantial offering to our fire- men brave and true.
Who have done so much, still are willing much more for us yet to do.

Let us give what each would offer if our home were wrapped in fire.
And a loved one still were within it-a mother, a child, or sire
Would we not ungrudgingly tender to them who that life would save
Something worthy of such deeds heroic something worthy the good and brave?

"Black Saturday" Vic. Australia. 2009.

“Black Saturday” Vic. Australia. 2009.

 Copyright © 1914. Mona Marie

(c) Mona Marie COURTESY: TROVE

(c) Mona Marie COURTESY: TROVE

Published: The Ballarat Courier, Victoria, Australia. Friday 19 June 1914, page 4.



FURTHER RESOURCES: for Article and photo of koala and fire-fighter.

Trapped…  A Childhood Memory – by Catherine Crout-Habel

UPDATE: 10Jan2013 -on the Holmes Family of Tasmania

Holmes Family sheltering under the Jetty. Tasmania, Australia 4Jan2013

Holmes Family sheltering under the Jetty. Tasmania, Australia 4Jan2013

UPDATE: 11Jan2013 –  The Brave-Firefighter returns home to his family


A exciting re-telling of the daring rescue/ escape of 6 Fenians organised by “Clan na Gael”, on the American ship the “Catalpa”, after being imprisoned in Fremantle Jail, Western Australia from 1868 to 1876. It was the last convict voyage to Australia.  Enjoy…

“Come all you screw warders and jailers,
Remember Perth Re-gatta Day.
Take care of the rest of your Fenians,
Or the Yankees will steal them away”


In 1866 Fenians, members of the Irish Republic Brotherhood, were arrested. Among the military Fenians prisoners were Robert Cranston, Thomas Darragh, Michael Harrington, Thomas Hassett, Martin Hogan, John O’Reilley and James Wilson. In mid-October 1867 the 7 were among 63 Fenians sent to Freemantle Prison in Western Australia. They arrived on  January 19, 1868 aboard the Hougougmont, the last convict voyage to Australia. Ashore the Fenians were greeted by guards, ready to escort them to “The Establishment“. While they would suffer physically, Cranston, Darragh, Harrington, Hassett, Hogan and Wilson held up under the stress. The same couldn’t be said of O’Reilly, whose mental state was poorly. He tried to commit suicide, but as he lay dying in the desert a fellow prisoner found him. In early 1869 Father Patrick McCabe, who held secret Fenians loyalties, decided it was time to take action. McCabe and another man paid…

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Illuminating Blogger Award

It was a huge surprise to find that Pauline, of History Across the Seas, nominated my Seeking Susan ~ Meeting Marie ~ Finding Family” blog for the “Illuminating Blogger Award”.  I’m still amazed, humbled and delighted

The reason I started the blog was simply as a means of passing on my knowledge, of our Ancestors, to my adored and adorable Children and Grandchildren. Figured I had to do something to stop their beautiful eyes glazing over whenever I started to “wax lyrical”, yet again, about my latest find/ discovery/ new lead etc. Was a huge surprise to discover that others were interested in my reflections, rememberings and researching.

Thankyou Pauline and many thanks also to the huge number of on-line blogging colleagues for your support and encouragement as I’ve bumbled my way through this new experience called “blogging”, for 5 months now.

My immediate task is to select 6 blogs to nominate for the “Illuminating Blogger Award”. A tough call when there are so many deserving people who’ve enriched my life by their very thoughts and then their words projected into “cyberspace”.  Thankyou all.

My nominations are:

 “A Hundred Years Ago” ~ every day I look for Sheryl’s latest post of her Grandmother’s Diary. Miss Helena Muffly, I feel that I know you and it’s such a joy to read your “Middle Aged grandaughters comments 100 years later”. Maybe one day we’ll work out what “gigger-me-rows” are, eh? 🙂 Thanks to you too Sheryl for your researching of life as it was 100 years ago and all the info about life on a farm both in days gone bye and today.

“Ancestor Chasing” ~  Kerryn’s writing resonates within every fibre of my being. Maybe it’s because we share a common Irish/ Scottish/ Australian heritage? Then there’s also that shared/ growing knowledge of the AIF. Thanks Kerryn… your writing comforts me and increases my under standing 100 fold.

Lisa Hannett’s Blog is one that also gives me great pleasure. Lisa is a young Canadian born, naturalised Australian now residing in South Australia, who writes the most amazing “Speculative Fiction” and is receiving accolades/ awards for her work. However did she manage to complete her PhD thesis and tutor others whilst continuing to write short stories and finalising her first book? Lisa’s “Tuesday Therapy” blogs provide ongoing encouragement for all writers. I suck up every word.  

“Digging up the Ancients”  ~ a blog I enjoy and not just because of its name, which I so love …nor Lynda Crackett’s, and my, shared enjoyment of “alliteration” but because not only does Lynda provide lots of links to a variety of resources but also shares her growing knowledge of working with blogging technology. Thanks Lynda.

“Reconciliation Australia Blog”  ~ is a blog that’s just recently come into my orbit and am so looking forward to having the time to read back through the posts. I love that it’s “chocka block full” of wonderful shared family stories which are so “readable” as well as such positive thinking about ways to help heal our Nation. A blog I strongly recommend.

“Stumbling Through the Past”  ~ resonates with me on many levels, lights up my world and confirms so many of my deeply held and dearly felt beliefs. Yvonne Perkins writes about: books, education, teaching reading, women’s history, indigenous Australians, to name just a few. Yvonne locates this all within her Academic knowledge/growing learning of History with an M.O. of collaboration and the sharing of knowledge. If this appeals to you be sure to check out this blog. 


If you’ve been nominated and choose to accept my nomination … the rules of the award are straightforward:

  1. The nominee should visit the award site ( and leave a comment indicating that they have been nominated and by whom. (This step is so important because it’s the only way that we can create a blogroll of award winners).
  2. The Nominee should thank the person that nominated them by posting & including a link to their blog.
  3. The Nominee should include a courtesy link back to the official award site ( in their blog post.
  4. Share one random thing about yourself in your blog post.
  5. Select at least five other bloggers that you enjoy reading their illuminating, informative posts and nominate them for the award. Many people indicate that they wish they could nominate more so please feel free to nominate all your favorites.
  6. Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog, including a link to the award site (

OH!!!… Just remembered I need share one unknown fact about me.

Well, back in the days when I was young and sprightly I was a “Foundation Member” of the South Australian National Ballet Company. It was an “amateur” company in that we were unpaid and did it for the love of Dance. Proud to have been involved in amazing initiatives like: bringing ballet to school children and performing “Swan Lake on the Lake” at the first South Australian Festival of Arts… and yes it was indeed “on a lake”… in that we danced on a raft moored on the banks of the River Torrens in Adelaide, South Australia, with “Mother Nature” herself as the backdrop.

Beautiful, innovative, creative etc., indeed!!! However, ever tried to dance on an unstable surface like a raft? … Ever stood waiting for your music cue with the “stage” rocking and the dark waters looming before you? … Ever found that “cramp” had seeped through your pink satin “pointe shoes” making movement all but impossible when the music cue finally came.  HA HA HA…. Was certainly not the end of the world and just another part of life’s rich tapestry, which makes me smile with the remembering. 

My own particular “swan song” was as “the bird” in “Peter and the Wolf”. Below is a photo of one of our rehearsals which appeared in the South Australian “News”, circa 1963.

Copyright © 2012. Catherine A. Crout-Habel “Seeking Susan ~ Meeting Marie ~ Finding Family”

Indigenous Literature Week 2012

This cold and wintry weather is just perfect for snuggling down with a good book. You might like to join me, and others, in celebrating Indigenous Literature Week & NAIDOC Week (1-8 July 2012), right in the middle of the Australian “National Year of Reading 2012”, by choosing from a book written by an Indigenous person … not only Aboriginal, Torres Strait or Maori writers but all indigenous literature from anywhere in the world.

Your can find lists of exciting Indigenous Literature at ANZ Lit Lovers Lit Blog and/ or Stumbling Through the Past and browse to you heart’s content.

You might even like to join in with other “ANZ Lit Lovers”, sharing your choice and making comment…


Thanks to AUSFLAG for the image of the Aboriginal Flag.


Copyright (c) 2012. Catherine A. Crout-Habel. “Seeking Susan ~ Meeting Marie ~ Finding Family”