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Charlie Wells: Dreadnaught Boy

This is a bit of a mammoth story, but I hope worth the telling, since yesterday I received from my second cousin, Shirley in Inverell, this photograph of her father, my great uncle Charlie Wells, lying in his box. My dad sent her the photo back in 1965 and it proves the family story of little Charlie’s misfortune is absolutely true.

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Polari in the Pub

The Three Greyhounds public house, in Old Compton Street has always been popular with the bohemian set, and considering this was coronation day, tonight was no exception. Remarkably, as we squeezed through the door, a bench seat under the window appeared vacant. So, without standing upon ceremony Mervyn quickly sat down,

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The Dreadnought Boy; begun in 2008 and still unfinished.

big-brother-mag-dreadnought-schemeCharlie Wells: The Dreadnought Boy.

In a few weeks time I’m booked on a Country link train to Tamworth, New South Wales where I transfer to a bus which will take me to Inverell, a trip of almost nine hours. The reason being, my dad’s uncle’s family live there,

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Introducing Egyptian Rat Screw;

Ever heard of Egyptian Rat Screw? No? Neither had I until I needed to find a card game that Ron and Mervyn’s dragoman friend Ali Rashid could teach to them in my sequel novel to The Merry Millionaire, I’ve entitled, Pomp and Circumstance. Its February 1937, and Ron, Mervyn and Ali have exchanged the hot and dusty streets of Cairo for two sleeping compartments on The Sunshine Express,

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Durra Durra: Intrigue and Injustice; a novel by J.A.Wells. Tom Fagan gets to the truth.

Through the fog, the gaslights shimmered emerald green. Tom Fagan knew he was beside the river because he could hear the slap of the waves on the granite wall below, and the creaking masts and rigging of the merchantmen moored along the quay. The fog was impenetrable, the foul stench seeping through the scarf wound tightly around his face.

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The King’s Botanist by J.A.Wells

Here’s chapter one of my new novel, ‘The King’s Botanist’ inspired by my friendship with Diane Challenor, who, over the last seven years has compiled a hugely extensive  study of Allan Cunningham, the Royal Botanist to the colony of New South Wales. His fascinating, exciting story needs to be told,

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Moses: Myth or Man?

Yet another Hollywood blockbuster informing us again that Rameses II was the Pharaoh who freed the Hebrew slaves, when given the chronology of the time of the Exodus this could not have been. All be it, back in the twenties, in Cecil B DeMille’s epic The Ten Commandments,

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What happened to James Baker Waldon’s mess mates?

What happened to James Baker Waldon’s mess mates?

It is November 1831 and convicted felon, James Baker Waldon, is on his way to the Colonies aboard the transport ship, Isabella, under master, Mr William Wiseman and Surgeon Superintendent, Thomas Galloway. Along with James are over three hundred convict men and boys,

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The Siege of Gunning

Gunning, New South Wales; a small town on the Old Hume Highway, south of Goulburn, and in the 1840’s, a frontier settlement. For the handful of pastoralists holding land grants in the vicinity, the little town was home to the general store,

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James Baker Waldon: From fact to fiction.

James Baker Waldon: From fact to fiction.

Had I not discovered this man, back in 2003, I would never have written my first novel ‘Durra Durra,’ since he is my principle character and inspiration. Last weekend I conducted a weekend workshop for the University of Sydney in Family History which has given me the idea to tell you the story of how I first became a fan of genealogy.

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