The Pages of Our Lives

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This damn virus has impacted our lives for nigh on 18 months plus now, so travel is complex and family are paramount in our lives.  But life does go on regardless.

We (The Man and I) have staged a break-away and I am currently sitting up in the rainforest at the Top-of-the-Range above Cairns where it is warmer, the cold got to me so we staged our break-out to touch base family, putting the finishing touches to my latest project. A new publication for the Family Historians.

(Nb: For a preview of this title visit the US site here. Australian purchasing can be done through all other links)

The covid times for us haven’t been a complete hiatus, as there are a number of positives which came out of the restrictions. But as I am over it all… I won’t go into that.  Perhaps the most positive thing is that it all provided time to put things-to-rights with my interest in Family History research – You see ‘I Hunt Dead People’ as a hobby.  Given the time, I have dived into my Family History interests and taken on a Uni course… A Family History Diploma, with  UTAS (Tasmania) and what an adventure it has been, and a joy to anticipate.

For those who know me, you know of my interest in family history and research. It has been a life long interest… born of the way that some of my maternal family (Mothers side) arbitrarily decided that my mother wasn’t entitled to know about her fathers identity, or I, my Grandfathers identity. That issue was resolved quite early in the peace (literally)… as not everyone in the family agreed on the unnecessary secrecy and deceit.  However, my keen interest in research and resolving questions was here born in my teens, and it has flourished ever since for literally half a century.

The result of this interest, and enjoyment derived from research, has been a vast collection of histories, recollections, photo’s, documents and files that when arranged, will tell the story of the lives of those who have stepped before me.  As was recently quoted in a study session…

I did not begin this book looking for skeletons in my family’s cupboard, but once the cupboard was open, they simply fell out.

This book is a collection of facts found within everyones life, a spattering of selected photo’s and documents and tales told by others has finally come together and I have published a tome, a collection of my family history research.  Organizing it into some type of order was always the problem, and realizing why I even wanted to, was the reality.  You see I do love the journey of research, and it is  this that inspired me to create a point of discovery for the journey of others into further research. I wanted to record and recount many of my discoveries for those who will step after me, as well as others who are interested in such things now… and there are some great tales within these pages.

This is my publication “The Pages of Our Lives” which is now available on amazon.com.au 

The book is a journey, and you are invited to find your ‘point’ or ‘person of interest’ and continue the research. To build your own story, and that of your ancestors from this point of contact.  

“The Pages of Our Lives” is not the complete story… as there is much that I couldn’t include for so many reasons, but the recounts and facts within the pages, merely offers the choice in points to begin your own journey into your history. This for my extended family, as well as the many stories to be found within the history of the ordinary people who built our Nation, Australia, which would be of interest to others.

I hope you enjoy the journey and its vagaries you will find in building the story of your fore-family, as much as I continue to do. And I hope you too can find the love of discovery… for there is so much to discover still.

Enjoy

You can find more information about my other books on my Authors Page at Amazon

 Back on the Track – Enjoying Outback NSW

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It’s been something of an hiatus for me as family envelopes time. Travel however is still very much part of our world and revisiting those places we love, very much part of out time. But it is time to hit the tar… a very much anticipated event.

Given time and inclination I plan… and the planning for this trip has taken time-upon-time. Taking friends and family along with us is something I love to do, such as including the Grandies while we tour, or even bringing them to us on those much enjoyed occasions. It all makes for those special memories. This time we have my Sis’ in tow… and I’m looking forward to the fun and games we can get up to as we drive ‘The Man’ to distraction. Continue reading

Travelling Our Aussie Stock Routes

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Aboriginal Australia – The Oruncha Men of Tribal Lore

This article has been picked up by the e-mag Australia Esoteric Online and republished on 24th July 2019 with my blessing. Thanks pples. The sharing of knowledge is always a powerful tool.

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Jan Hawkins Author

IMG_1063In my study of the Oruncha Spirit Men I have come to appreciate that they are a powerful force to be reckoned with. There are two concepts of who or what the Oruncha Men were (or are). They are a tribal men, who lived apart from their tribe at times and practice their lore, not unlike the Kadaitcha men.

The Kadaitcha and/or Featherfoot are also men of power and authority, men who enforced the Lore of the Spirit world in their deeds and who are feared by the tribes and mobs of traditional tribal Australia. Even to this day they are feared by many of Aboriginal descent.

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Visiting the Yarra Valley, Vic

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RV Daily Editorial by Jan Hawkins

A Sydney-Siders Bucket List

What to do in the ‘Harbour City’

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Having grown up in Sydney there are iconic things which near all Sydney-siders do.  Sydney is a great place to visit and the activities you can decide on are a myriad, enough to engage the interest of all and any visitors. There are however a core of things which Sydney-siders love, ranging from the sublime the simplest. I am sure Sydney-siders can easily add to this list as it does after all come down to personal choice, but here I have listed few iconic things which… if you haven’t done them, then you are remiss in your education. Wanna know what they are… read on.

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Route 39 – The Dark Sky Park & Our Bushrangers

Part II in travelling the Newell Highway

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Click through to RV Daily, The Dark Sky Park by Jan

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park – Sydney 

kuringai engraving.pngOne of Sydneys magnificent bush reserves can be found just North of the city centre. A favourite haunt for Sydney-siders has always been this beautiful National Park. It nestles quietly on the coast between the Hawkesbury and Port Jackson, in its own brand of splendour. Often the most visitors to Sydney see of the park is the unforgettable sandstone cuttings which herald your northern approach into Sydney. These are for me the gateway to the sprawling city, found along the M1, but there is so much more than this to see.

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Secret Places – Cockatoo Island, Sydney

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Sydney is always one of our favourite cities on our Aussie shores… there is simply so much to do and diversity aplenty. On our latest trip we decided to truly explore the harbour as much as time permitted and what we discovered were secrets, as only Sydney Harbour can provide. There was one gem though that I would love to share with you and that is Cockatoo Island and what a sparkling gem it is… and what a history. Continue reading