The Gallipoli Landings – Lest We Forget – ANZAC Day

The legend of the ANZAC was born from the courage and bloodshed of brave young men from Australia and New Zealand on the shores, steep cliffs, ravines and hills of Gallipoli in 1915. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) along with British and French forces faced stiff opposition from the Turkish troops of the Ottoman Empire during…

Snapshots of Europe: Dubrovnik by Night

A walk at night through the paved city streets of old town Dubrovnik is one to remember. The light simply gleams off all that polished stone to beautiful effect. You cant help but smile.

Snapshots of Europe: Dubrovnik, Croatia

The city of Dubrovnik on the Adriatic coast of Croatia shares much history from behind its mighty city walls and forts. The walls you see today date back to between the 12 and 17th centuries and the old city, including parts of the walls were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The walls wind almost…

Snapshots of Europe: The Bridge of Prince Danilo Petrovic, Montenegro

Prince Danilo I Petrovic reigned in Montenegro from 1852-1860. He was a strong commander who lead Montenegro to a significant military victory against the Turks in 1858 which resulted in Turkey recognizing the independence of Montenegro. Unfortunately his reign was cut short when he was assassinated in Kotor in August 1860 at the age of just 34. He was courting…

Snapshots of Europe: Pristina, Kosovo

A gritty place that’s not high on the favoured list of travelers but Pristina the Kosovar capital is not without its own certain charm. Look around and you will find it for yourself from heroes past and present; to architecture, a crossroads of religious beliefs and national freedom.

Snapshots of Europe: Stari Most – Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Mostar is a must visit place if travelling in this part of the Balkans and is the most important city in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Predominately made up of Muslim Bosniaks and Croats, the mix of religion and culture with inspiration from an Ottoman past makes for a unique little city. The major attraction of Mostar is the famous Stari Most (Old Bridge)…

Remnants of the Past: The Old Junction Mine, Broken Hill

The Junction Mine in Broken Hill was first leased and pegged in 1884 and the associated Broken Hill Junction Silver Mining Co. was formed  in 1886. The 1890’s wooden headframe is erected over Browne Shaft (named after Sylvester Browne, a director of the mine) and is the oldest that remains on the massive silver, lead and zinc mineral…

Remnants of the Past: Old BHP Mine, Broken Hill

The isolated western New South Wales outback town of Broken Hill was built on the back of the success of the huge mining company Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited (BHP – formed by the Syndicate of Seven and incorporated in 1885 as the first mining company of Broken Hill), “The Big Australian” who tapped into the…

Remnants of the Past: The Old Homestead II

A Wimmera-Mallee farmers long abandoned homestead can be spotted just a few kilometres outside the town of Lascelles, on the Henty Highway towards Hopetoun. This house may be abandoned and near ruined but sitting alone out in the middle of that paddock, it still has a certain charm.

Remnants of the Past: The Old Homestead

I recently spotted this old stone homestead on a farm near the highway north of Burra in the mid-north of South Australia. These types of places are dotted all over this region and make you wonder what type of life people lived out there in an age before cars and trucks rushed by?