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‘Dance Man’ the story of Fred Leslie

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Not strictly a Syneysider, although he did spend his last years living in Roseberry, Fred Leslie is a forgotten light in Australian and British musical theatre.

“Frederick William Daniel Stoneham was born in Melbourne ca. 1882. Leslie’s family had long been associated with music and theatre in Australia.

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The Coming of SMS Emden

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My novel in progress, ‘The Dreadnought Boy’, has reached an interesting impasse; the lad’s ship RMS Osterley is being pursued by the infamous SMS Emden, somewhere south of the Cocos Islands, and is about to be boarded. Will HMAS Sydney be in time to save the passengers and crew.

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So what happened to Charlie Wells, The Dreadnought Boy?

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Charlie Wells: The Dreadnought Boy.
Christmas before last, I booked on a Countrylink train to Tamworth, New South Wales, where I transferred to a bus which took me to Inverell, a trip of almost nine hours. The reason being, my dad’s uncle’s family live there,

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Another ANZAC day, nine years ago.

Dan Willis was my English teacher at school in England, back in the sixties. He was a nice man, also directing the school plays, and productions at an amateur theatre that I belonged to, The Medway Little Theatre, Rochester, Kent. Consequently, during my school years, and subsequently, when I became a professional actor,

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The Dreadnought Boy: a novel in progress.

Together with recently self publishing my two debut novels, ‘The Merry Millionaire’, and ‘Pomp and Circumstance’, further adventures with The Merry Millionaire, I have been editing and proofing my soon to be published, ‘The Durra Durra Saga’. At the same time, I’ve thirteen chapters secured of a new novel,

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I’m a published author!

Yes it’s true. After several years of creation, The Merry Millionaire Duology is now available worldwide on AMAZON as a Kindle eBook. Why not try a sample. Samples are available at Amazon now. A guaranteed good read!

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Durra Durra: Governor Macquarie and the naming of Campbelltown.

The southerly buster roaring around the chimneys of their house ‘Glen Alpine’, and being unable to sleep, Isabella Reddall, decides to read over her old journals, picking the 1st December 1820, and the momentous occasion when Governor Lachlan Macquarie and his wife Elizabeth, announced their intention to visit Meehan’s Castle on their way to Campbelltown,

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James Baker Waldon: Murder or Manslaughter?

Hi John. Remember me? Marcia McIntyre of Gundagai (I now live in Wagga. My husband Barry died suddenly in Sept. 2013). I enjoyed reading your blog on our James Baker Waldon (which I have just found). Great to make contact with you again. Did you know that at Beechworth,Victoria in 1855,

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James Baker Waldon: The Real Life Story

 

Two months after his father James and mother, Elizabeth Mison are married in All Saints Church, Little Thurlow, Suffolk, James Baker Waldon is born in March 1811, in Great Wratting, a village close by.

There is very little is know about the family, until the late 1820’s,

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Durra Durra: Life and Times of a Convict Ship

Bound for Port Jackson, New South Wales, and two months at sea, the ‘Isabella’ is making good headway in the South Atlantic, with her human cargo two hundred and fifty convicts.  James Baker Waldon, wrongly accused of stealing a pocket handkerchief, is growing accustomed to life aboard a convict ship,

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