JB’s World

JB’s World: Villers-Bretonneux and Ypres Battlefields commemorations

ONE HUNDRED YEARS on and Villers-Bretonneux in France and Ypres in Belgium still remember and honour the Aussies who served and the many who died in defence of their freedom a century ago. JB HAS just attended commemorations in both Villers-Bretonneux and Ypres to pay my respects to two uncles who paid the supreme sacrifice in these two far away places from their homes in Grenfell, country New South Wales. Last Thursday June 7 I visited the Adelaide Australian War Cemetery in Continue Reading→

Cathie’s Column: Myall Creek Massacre Commemorated

THE only massacre during the Frontier Wars across Australia where white men were arrested, charged with murder and hung for their crimes will be commemorated at this year's Gai-mariagal Festival. Myall Creek is symbolic in that it was the first and only massacre of Aboriginal people where the perpetrators were convicted of a crime. Accompanied by film clips, Graeme and Sallie Cordiner will speak about the significance of Myall Creek and their own involvement on Saturday June 23 in Ryde Continue Reading→

Memorial Day at Villers-Bretonneux

Most Australians respect and regard Anzac Day as special and honour the memory of those who served and paid the supreme sacrifice in what they believed was their duty to God, King and country. And most Aussie families have their own individual remembrances whether in war or peace, of special events or occasions. June 7 is such an occasion for the Booth family as it marks the death of Private Henry Booth killed-in- action at Villers-Bretonneux in France on June 7, 1918, one hundred years ago Continue Reading→

Cathie’s Column: Kelly’s Bush Walks and Talks

TO celebrate the Gai-mariagal Festival and local indigenous heritage, Hunters Hill Council has organised two FREE Walks in Kelly's Bush in Weil Park Woolwich this Saturday June 9 and Sunday June 17. Local indigenous resident Dave Bird will lead both walks and talks around Kelly’s Bush. Dave has an outstanding knowledge of the area which has a proud indigenous history. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about bushland plants and animals as well as the fascinating history of this Continue Reading→

JB’s World: VILLERS-BRETONNEUX France, Wednesday June 6, 2018

TODAY AND tomorow JB will be in Villers-Bretonneux for the 100th anniversary of the Killed in Action of my uncle Henry Booth aged 20 on June 7, 1918. I will visit his grave in Adelaide Cemetery, meet the Mayor of Villers-Bretonneux Dr Patrick Simon AO  with greetings from Ryde Mayor Clr Jerome Laxale and Bennelong MP John Alexander OAM and visit Villers-Bretonneux’s Victoria School. * * * VILLERS-BRETONNEUX proved to be the turning point of World War 1 - or The Great War as it was called Continue Reading→

JB’s World: Congrats to nominees and winners in volunteer awards

CONGRATULATIONS TO all the nominees for Volunteers of the Year and the lucky winners awarded at last Friday’s presentation night in Ryde Civic Hall by Ryde Mayor Clr Jerome Laxale. Volunteers are the soul of any community and this was exemplified at the weekend by the wonderful contribution volunteers made at this year’s successful Salvos Red Shield Appeal doorknock. * * * JIMMY SHAW heads This Week’s Birthday Honours List celebrating 92 times around the sun as he likes to call it as Continue Reading→

Cathie’s Column: Bennelong – Last years at Kissing Point

CULTURAL historian and curator Keith Vincent Smith will host an excursion to James Squire’s Orchard at Kissing Point Putney this Saturday June 2 from 10am to 2pm as part of the Guringai Festival (now renamed Gai-Mariagal Festival). This FREE event focuses on Woollarawarre Bennelong's last years at Kissing Point. Meet at Circular Quay at 10am for excursion by RiverCat ferry via the Parramatta River through Wangal and Wallumedegal territory and history, to the site at James Squire’s orchard Continue Reading→

JB’s World: Villers-Bretonneux, here I come

JB is off to Villers-Bretonneux and the World War 1 battlefields of France and Belgium tomorrow as an Anzac pilgrimage in the footsteps of my father Arthur John Booth who enlisted at age 16 and his elder brother Henry Booth aged 18 and their brother-in-law William Taylor Gibbs 21 who followed him from Grenfell in western NSW. Only my father returned. Henry Booth was killed in action June 7, 1918 while his brother-in-law William Taylor Gibbs who was promoted to Lance Corporal December 22 1916 Continue Reading→

Cathie’s Column: Ryde East School Music Festival

RYDE East Public School presents the 21st annual Ryde East Music Festival this Sunday May 27 in the school hall at 12 Twin Road North Ryde from 8.30am to 4pm. Hosted by Ryde East Public School P & C Association, the School hall will be transformed into a musical spectacular with over 900 pupils from 30 school bands performing. There’ll be 14 schools represented including many from the Ryde area and further afield such as Castle Cove, Birchgrove, Beecroft, Turramurra and Wahroonga. Ryde Continue Reading→

JB’s World: Happy Mother’s Day

HAPPY MOTHER’S Day to all our Mums and hope you are all fully treated by your offspring and loved ones on your very special day this Sunday. If your children don’t know how or where to celebrate see our special feature pages inside this week or have a peak at our Special Offers section online. BERNIE CAIN former North Ryde RSL Sub-Branch president heads This Week’s Birthday Honours List celebrating a Double 8 today. Goodonya Bernie. Katherine McLaren celebrates tomorrow as does Continue Reading→

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply