This page is a work in progress. To start there will be a few stories you may choose to browse and an audio of about 20 minutes. I am grateful to the talented Tanya Vessey for technical assistance. See what can grow from a small beginning


I am writing this from Abbotsford. My home here is in a block of independent units built by the Good Shepherd Sisters. Almost as soon as I moved the Covid lockdown began. In these months I have cultivated my tiny garden, forged friendships with my neighbours, and walked the neighbourhood. Abbotsford.on the west bank of…

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They Came on Boats

My ancestors all came to this country on boats. Remarkable! Before the colony of Port Philip was 25 years from first white settlement the forebears of my father and the forbears of my mother had arrived, one by one or a family together, to start a new life. Their sailing ships docked at Williamstown in…

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Nana Kelly and Mungo Man

It was early in 1998, in the glare and heat of a summer afternoon that I was summoned into the living room of Nana Kelly’s small cottage in Balranald. Nana Kelly was a much respected elder of the Mutthi Mutthi people; I crossed the dusty road and entered the darkened interior of this small house…

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