Author Archives: Laney

A Fatal Wrestling Match

The man John Rylatt, who was injured at Greta last Saturday in a wrestling bout, died in Maitland Hospital yesterday… Rylatt was 31 years of age, and leaves a wife and two children. – Singleton Argus, 24 Dec 1898 It … Continue reading

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Hannah Allsop

Previous to this morning, the most remarkable thing I knew about my 3x great grandmother, Hannah Allsop, was that she had born 16 children of which my 2x great grandmother, Charlotte, was number 11. Hannah was born abt 1823 in … Continue reading

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Staring at the Harbour

Sydney Harbour is possibly my favourite place to just sit and be. I love the smell, the air, the peace. I visited Susannah’s Place Museum in the Rocks earlier this year and stood in a room that I suspect my … Continue reading

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New Horizons in New Tiers

Once upon a time in a classroom far away, a classmate of mine explained how Adelaide was superior to the eastern states as it had not been colonised by convicts. Kim being Kim, I couldn’t let this pass without comment … Continue reading

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Uncle Boop Boop

My great uncle, let’s call him Chuckles, died on Nov 23rd this year. If one was to search the internet for a hint of the man, you would be left with the distinct impression that his only achievement in life … Continue reading

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Racing at Kedron Park

It seems fitting today, Melbourne Cup Day, to write what I know of my 2nd great uncle, James Rylatt. James Rylatt, the son of my great, great grandmother by her second husband, was a jockey in the 1920’s. He died … Continue reading

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Trying to Make Sense of it All

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