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 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...

Monbulk Aborigines

from Monbulk: Living in the DandenongsCHAPTER 1 – MONBULK: Living in the DandenongsBilloo’s PeopleBilloo was only twelve years old, they said, when he saw the smoke signal, and set off down the Monbulk Creek for his first amazing view of the sea. Overwhelmed by...

About Adoption 9

In the 1950s psychological theories of identity and ‘attachment’ were still under scientific investigation. They were not yet a real issue in ensuring the health and moral development of the child. Heredity, and Freudian theories of internal drives and conflicts,...