The Skull in the Mountain Stream

It was William Hand who found a skull back in 1891 in a stream not far from his Silvan property: a European skull with a hole battered in it. Identification was impossible,. A local assumption was that it belonged to a man who had mysteriously disappeared in 1884,...

The Research Journey: The Problem of Proof

In 1990 I joined the Australian Rare Fauna Research Association (ARFRA),founded in 1984 by Peter Chapple (1958-2002) following an encounter with a big cat in the Dandenong Ranges, after viewing some of the evidence gathered by the association. I participated as driver...

The Dandenongs Goldfields: Early Signs

From the earliest days of settlement, rumours of gold abounded. Throughout the 1840s, as squatters and their shepherds spread over the colony, followed by explorers, splitters, surveyors and stock assessors, scattered finds were made all over Victoria. But squatters...

Sunset in Silver and Black

Windwires and fibrillating larksongover John’s Hill –Veiled orb silvers leaves, draws colourfrom charcoal bands striping pale fields,dazzles on distant sea spread lowfar down beneath the hazy wrinkled plain. Wingflashing larkrises on the up-beat.Glint of drowned...

Rain

Shakespeare writes of mercy falling as the “gentle rain from heaven”. Rain doesn’t always fall; in a Scotch mist it drifts, almost suspended.A medieval poet yearned in the warm rain:Westron wind, when wilt thou blow?The warm rain down doth rain.Oh, that my love were...