Category Archives: Victoria, Australia

Apostles and Fish (but no loaves)

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One of the best meals I had in Australia was in the coastal town of Port Campbell, at a gas station/boat charter/tour office/fish market/fish & chips shop called Frying Nemo (having passed over Lord of the Fries and Mad Mex).  The … Continue reading

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War and Love

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The Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne was opened in 1931 as a memorial to all Australians who served in war. It stands on the edge of the Royal Botanical Gardens, on the southern end of city center. The only piece of … Continue reading

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Define “Significant”

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“Welcome to Australia’s most significant lighthouse,” said the brochure for Cape Otway Lightstation. “Welcome to Australia’s most significant lighthouse,” said the old man in a Victorian keeper’s uniform, sitting in the telegraph station at Cape Otway Lightstation. I had to ask.  “Why … Continue reading

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Bob and Me

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I came face-to-face with my first kangaroo… …at Tower Hill State Game Reserve outside of Warnnambool, Victoria.  He was about 20 feet away from me.  I didn’t purposely get close to him — I believe in giving wildlife a wide berth — but he … Continue reading

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Drunk Driving on Lighthouse Day

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There were about 700 shipwrecks along the Victoria coast in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Lady Bay, on which the town of Warrnambool sits, claimed 29 of those wrecks. We were the only people wandering around Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village in … Continue reading

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Waltzing with Matilda

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I’m back from Melbourne, Australia and like your Aunt Sally, I’m going to make you look at my holiday photos. The most well-known aspect of Australian history is probably its penal colonies.  In the 18th and 19th centuries, the English sought to … Continue reading

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