Steele Rudd – Arthur Hoey Davis

March 13th, 2013

I believe Arthur Hoey Davis (pen name “Steele Rudd”) is by far and away Australia’s best ever writer, due to the originality and relevance of his stories and characters, combined with his great writing ability. Only heard of ‘his’ Dad & Dave jokes?  (Actually written [very badly] by others…much to Steele Rudd’s dismay). Do your […]

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Agricultural historical accuracy in film & television dramas

November 10th, 2011

Today I discovered that I’m not the only one who notices agricultural errors in film and television dramas. William Hayes of the Meat Trade News Daily is well placed to comment on livestock breeds in the south of England where he grew up.  ‘You see these magnificent period dramas, with beautiful costumes and every detail just right […]

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Have a gallop in Cobb & Co Coach at Longreach, Queensland

June 1st, 2010

Cobb & Co. was the Australian equivalent of Wells Fargo, the horsedrawn stagecoach company made famous worldwide many decades later, via a myriad of American western films. Australia’s most famous coach business was created in Victoria in 1853 by Freeman Cobb and three other Americans who had migrated to Australia. Cobb & Co commenced services […]

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Preserving Australian Rural Heritage & the ICOMOS conference

March 16th, 2010

Australian – International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is the peak body for Australian professionals who work in heritage conservation. This year the annual conference theme is ‘Outback & Beyond – The Future of Historic Towns, Industrial Heritage & Pastoralism’. The upcoming conference will be in Broken Hill (far western NSW), 22-25 April 2010. […]

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