Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Final ever update on the cemetery repair issue..: 14/11/12

Estimated completion date for repairs has been set for MAY 2013. Allowing for weather.

I was offered the opportunity to talk with Genevieve Jacobs at  ABC 666 Canberra yesterday- 13/11/12. after the repairs were announced. 7 minutes of fame...

 Sound Cloud...

Some information links and a look at the cemetery in better days...

November 2010

De Salis Cemetery - Cuppacumbalong - Tharwa


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Monday, November 5, 2012


Ride with a mate today to re-discover Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. I am finding that experiencing some places on a motorcycle takes you from viewing the environment through a frame to really experiencing it. Mainly because you are physically in it. Anyway its an interesting new perspective for me.

The Ring Road would have to be the most sedate, picturesque drive in Canberra. The road, return, is about 14 km starting at, and returning to the visitors centre and speed is limited to 35 km per hour everywhere on the loop. The road is narrow but in great condition. The speed limit is quite understandable and quite appropriate. 
Always worth a visit the displays at the centre are great although my indoors photography, through glass, was a challenge.


Feral Cat

We visited the ruin of Rock Valley Homestead, The Sanctuary and the, unfortunately closed from storm damage, Koala enclosure in the Eucalypt Forest. There are plenty of interesting places to stop and take in what the park has to offer. Then of course there is what Tidbinbilla is famous for its wildlife...

Apart from an indulgent ride in the warm wind another purpose of the visit today was to find a dramatic backdrop to take some pictures of a mate's new bike. Tidbinbilla Mountain sounded the go. The lookout...

Tidbinbilla in my opinion is worth visiting several times a year and an annual pass is peanuts. It's always an adventure.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012


While I am on a motorcycle bent I asked Trove when the first 'official' Motorcycle Club was established in the area? This clipping seems to be the first reported move towards a club. 1925. The equivalent today would be the ACT Motorcycle Club, or Canberra Rider's I suppose... Although my personal favourite is the Canberra based Fat Bastards.

Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer - Tuesday 4 August 1925

National Library of Australia


History lost through lack of funding

  The following ABC article laments the possible loss of many historical audio visual records that are waiting for digitising into modern fo...