Cooma – Our Family History

Our time in Cooma was spent looking around for places where Jill’s Grandfather, Frederick Ruffels, would have served as a policeman. We first found the gaol, that sat (appropriately) next to the court house and behind that was the police station. The building looked as if it would have been used in the 1920s when…

Bombala Part Two – Family History

Tonight, we are in the town of Bombala in Southern New South Wales. This is a small rural service centre in the south east corner of New South Wales on the Monaro Highway between Cooma and Cann River. It is a quiet and peaceful town on the banks of the Bombala River and it is…

Bombala – Part One

It was raining when we left Lakes Entrance this morning and it stayed wet all day. We refuelled before leaving and headed towards almost the most western place that we could go in the State of Victoria. We didn’t stop at many places, not only because it was raining, but we had seen much of…

Further Along to Lakes Entrance

We thought that we might have been in for a wet day today but the rain seemed to dissipate as we headed further east. There was one weather system coming from the west that dumped 35 mm ( 1/12 “) overnight at our home but it seemed to lose strength in the east of the…

Exploring Phillip Island

We are on the road on a trip that will eventually take us north through central New South Wales. This is our first day of a fourteen day trip to explore the history of Jill’s family, especially her grandfather. Today and tomorrow will be inconsequential in that goal as it will take us a couple…

In Search of our Family History

Next Friday, we begin a driving tour into central New South Wales in search of some family history. We originally planned this trip some months ago but couldn’t undertake it because of Covid restrictions. It’s now a good time to go. We are going to visit the towns where Jill’s grandfather, Frederick George Ruffels, was…

Look Out Perth Grandkids – We Are On Our Way!

Our grandsons live on Perth, Western Australia. That state of Australia has become known as the ‘Hermit Kingdom’ because since Covid arrived in Australia in early 2020, its government has locked itself away from not only every other part of Australia, but the entire world. Covid has now inevitably become prevalent in Western Australia and…

Here’s a New Business Opportunity for Qantas

Qantas boss Alan Joyce has just unleashed on Western Australia, accusing the state of acting like North Korea by keeping its borders closed. Mr Joyce said Australians should be “enraged” that they could travel to London but not Perth. “There isn’t even a plan for when WA will open up – it’s starting to look…

We Are Home From Our Canberra Trip

We arrived back home from our trip to Canberra yesterday afternoon. It was a warm day and it became hotter, the closer we came to Melbourne. We are in for a run of very hot days of over 30C for the next week. That’s a temperature in the high 90s to 100F. Continuing to get…

Back Water Towns and Some History

We are heading back home to Melbourne, stopping again in Albury tonight. Travelling short distances like this each day gives us plenty of time in which to potter along and explore some history. After leaving Canberra, we detoured off the main highway to stop in Yass to see its historic railway station. Jill used to…