‘Father was a country gentleman.’

October 31, 2010 at 5:38 am (Commentary) (, , , , )

Mary Mason nee McCauliffe

Thomas Mason

Thomas Mason married Mary McCauliffe in Melbourne at St Francis Catholic Church; my great grandparents. Mary it seems was a young woman of some means as she arrived from Ireland on a ship with her cargo of household furniture. She is responsible for the Catholicism in our family, one family member said she has a lot to answer for because of this.

It’s a bit of a mystery how she managed to get Thomas to marry her in the Catholic Church as he was said to be a diehard Protestant.

Thomas aquired or had land in Christchurch, New Zealand when he married, and the family lived there for years until he sold up and left to follow a daughter who had eloped with someone and gone to Melbourne. Whether he planned to stay there or not is not known, but he and the family did in fact stay, a decision largely made after winning a considerable amount of money by backing Carbine in the Melbourne Cup.

I once asked my grandmother, Alice, what her father did, she replied, ‘he was a country gentleman.’ One other member of the family found a document describing Thomas’ occuption as a carrier. He said to our grandmother that this didn’t seem to square with him being a country gentleman, to which my grandmother replied: ‘but he only carried blood stock.’

Such was my grandmother’s Victorian genteel class demarcation values.

Thomas Mason’s death

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Expats in Shanghai in the early 20th Century

October 30, 2010 at 3:42 am (expatriates) (, , , )

Expats in Shanghai in the early 20th Century

This photo is from my family’s photo album, so, I guess, one or two in the group are my relations.

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What make and model is this car?

October 28, 2010 at 12:13 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Frank, driving, & Jim Wall in a car in Melbourne during WWI

I’m intrigued to know what the make and model of this car is. Can any of my readers tell? If so, make a comment.

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Recently discovered notes and cards from Goya Henry

October 27, 2010 at 1:47 am (expatriates, Goya Henry, Papua New Guinea) (, , , , , )

Greetings from Goya 1968

Greetings from Goya 1967

Letter from Goya

See: http://asopa.typepad.com/asopa_people/2013/03/goya-henry-one-legged-flier-png-trawler-skipper.html#more


I was thrilled to see that I still had this correspondence from Goya.

When war broke out Goya immediately volunteered for the RAAF, but he was rejected on medical grounds because of his lost leg. At about the same time he met a senior RAAF officer, who incidentally he had taught to fly. This man said to him: “Goya, the RAAF will never take you for three reasons – first you are not a Catholic second you are not a Mason, and third you can fly a plane!”

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A Perusal of the Prayer Book by a Premillennialist Pastor awaiting the Parousia

October 26, 2010 at 6:27 am (Parousia) (, , , )

Pastor John (The Rev. John Spender)

Pastor John peruses the Prayer Book

The Rev. John Spender

Pastor John's 18th Century Book of Common Prayer

Pastor John's Devotional Guide

It was an enlightening and devotional experience to have Pastor John staying for a couple of days. He was on a pastoral visit to Australia from his parish in Alabama. His faith in the Parousia is a source of inspiration in our secular age.

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My Dad who art in heaven with Our Father

October 24, 2010 at 11:59 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

David with his father, Leeton, 1944

Remembering my father 

Now I’m older than my father was when he died, older but lacking his wisdom and ethical worth.

He is for me forever a senior, elder and guiding force – a truly moral and upright man; unattached to wealth and position, a healer of the ills of others, in his practice as a physician and surgeon.

In the dead of night, in wintery rural Australia, called out to attend to the sick and dying, more often than not with none or little financial gain to himself, he rendered to all his medical skills.

His commitment was to life. He saved the mothers and children and never resorted to the abortionist’s knife or the easy option in a challenging  secular and sectarian society.

Life-giving endeavours to his family, friends and patients were his gifts to humanity.

Oh, Dad, my loving father I miss you!

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Shots of the Sepik River

October 24, 2010 at 2:48 am (Angoram, Papua New Guinea) (, , , )

Sepik River at Angoram 2

Children at play, Sepik River, Angoram

Sepik River at Angoram

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“The world hates the man who’s getting a bit.”

October 19, 2010 at 8:13 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

Jeremiah Jones


   The philosopher who made the statement of this title page spoke volumes of wisdom. The world is full of males and females, the vast majority of whom have missed out sexually.  A few, but a very few males, have got and are getting more than they can handle from most desireable women. It is of these fortunate men that I now write.

   Men go through life with, as it were, their tongues hanging out, and with minds wondering how they can convince women to give them access to their bodies. Most are denied this access, and as a result they compensate for this by becoming moralists, killjoys, bores and prigs. Filled with jealousy about the few who actually get a bit. The moralists, most of whom have never had a good roll in the hay, are keen to make sure others don’t get what they have missed out of.

   In this piece, I speak of only of those whom one would describe as red-blooded heterosexual men. I have no interest in those who fancy choir or altar boys, and others perversely desired, however, I’m always ready to admit that one man’s meat is another man’s poison, and each to his own.

   A recent series of events in Sydney highlights the thrust of this article: the Kristy Fraser-Kirk and Mark McInnes dispute – a lawsuit of $37 million and a settlement of $850,000. The substance of Fraser-Kirk’s complaint centred on the touching of her bra strap, and attempts to kiss her, and putting the hard word on her, by McInnes, and asking her to go home with him. I don’t think there is any dispute about the fact that McInnes is a notorious pantsman, and has had considerable success with many beautiful women. Such a man walks on ice, and is threatened by a smoldering sense of envy in society, and even hate that such a man is, in the words of our philosopher  “getting a bit”.

   Be it not for me to advise an experienced pantsman like McInnes, but in the Fraser-Kirk incident he made a number of classic mistakes: he showed hesitancy and indecisiveness; a quick move was called for rather than the preliminaries of touching bra straps and trying to kiss. Let me remind McInnes that the British Empire was not build on indecisiveness, but was lost by politicans pandering to the whims and caprices of lily-livered liberals. His main mistake was, and one often made, by the experienced, getting- on- a- little roues, was to go for a much younger woman – very often fatal and to say the least a little unfair to Fraser-Kirk. He should confine his sexual advances to women over thirty.

   McInnes’ very success with desireable women makes him a target for those who resent his conquests. On a much larger front, poor old Profumo was more a spit in the face on the stuffy old men of power than he ever was compromised by national security issues, because of his affair with Christine Keeler. The thought of many at the time was, why should he be getting a bit from a sexy piece like Keeler when at the same time being married to a beautiful woman like Valerie Hobson,” it’s not fair while we’re missing out!”

   Most of us in life have to be content with our lot. Some get the women of their dreams but most don’t. For those who don’t, don’t let yourself be consumed by envy, allow those others to happily get their bit. My friend, the philosopher responsible for the title of this piece lived on the Sepik River many years ago, and he had to satisfy his sexual desires with a women he called the Black Bat, not the most attractive woman in the world, but the sage  never complained and he was quite happy to see others doing much better with women who were far more desireable than the Black Bat. He often said, “good luck to them”. 

   I think it’s somewhere in Somerset Maugham’s The Narrow Corner, where the handsome Austratian, Fred, feels the disapproval of some for his affair with the beautiful Louise, and the narrator assures him that only those not presented with the opportunity to so indulge themselves would be critical of him.

The views expressed in this piece are those of the author, Jeremiah Jones, and do not necessarily represent those of the publisher/writer of this blog.

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Bowers battles the botanical barrenness and removes bitter bushes

October 12, 2010 at 4:59 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

David Augustus Wall & John Bowers in Como, early 1980s

David Augustus Wall & John Bowers look triumphant in the success of John’s efforts to remove nocuous bushes from the garden.

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Two past residents of Angoram looking fit and well

October 9, 2010 at 1:53 am (Angoram, expatriates, Papua New Guinea) (, , , , , )

Sava Maksic & Sue Treutlein - Cairns October 2010

(Photo supplied by Marina Treutlein.)

As Marina said: “both looking good, fit and healthy”, and I would fully endorse this. Perhaps the waters of the Sepik River have something of the elixir of youth about them, and whatever else, I can only say, Sue & Sava, you both look remarkable.

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