The Salvos in Australia.

The Salvos in Australia.

The Salvation Army was founded as the Christian Mission in the slums of London in 1865 by former Methodist minister, William Booth. The name ‘The Salvation Army’ was adopted in 1878 and formally adopted by deed poll in 1880. 1880 was also the year that The Salvation Army began in Australia, when a tradie and … Continue reading

Boof’s Big Words.

Boof’s Big Words.

Colin (Boof) Rawlings was made Foreman of the Comp Room and a damn good one was he. Coming from Griffin Press (Head Office) he had no idea of the way the Guv Comps minds worked. He never knew when we were serious or having him on. Like the day that Frank Johnson (Machine Room Overseer) … Continue reading

Pangolin Mum and baby.

Pangolin Mum and baby.

The physical appearance of a pangolin is marked by large, hardened, overlapping plate-like scales. The scales, which are soft on newborn pangolins but harden as the animal matures, are made of keratin, the same material of which human fingernails and tetrapod claws are made. The pangolin’s scaled body is comparable to a pine cone or … Continue reading

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

The immense rock formation of Uluru and rock domes of Kata Tjuta¬† in the Northern Territory of Australia are remarkable geological and landform features set on a sand plain. They have special significance to the Anangu people as their Tjurkurpa (traditional law). Uluru is a huge, rounded, red sandstone monolith 9.4 kilometres in circumference rising … Continue reading

Champagne Bottles and Ships.

Champagne Bottles and Ships.

While today breaking a bottle of champagne over the hull of a ship is considered tradition before launching a vessel in certain countries, particularly Britain and the United States, people have been performing ceremonies at launches seemingly as long as humans have made boats. Like today, this was essentially for the hope of good fortune … Continue reading