Massacre at Shaws Creek

© Jim Low

In May 1805 the Sydney Gazette reported on a recent conflict that occurred between armed settlers and Aboriginal people. The conflict was waged on the western side of the Nepean/Hawkesbury River, in the foothills of the Blue Mountains in late April. It was probably in the vicinity of Shaws Creek.

Nepean River near Shaw’s Creek

Less than two decades had passed since the first fleet of English ships had dropped anchor in the waters which these new arrivals named Port Jackson. Settlement had not as yet spread beyond the Blue Mountain barrier. Continue reading “Massacre at Shaws Creek”

What a Story!

© Jim Low

On the morning of May 31, 1928, the three-engined Southern Cross began the first successful flight across the Pacific Ocean from Oakland airport, San Francisco, on the west coast of the United States of America, to Australia. On board were two Australian pilots, Charles Kingsford-Smith and Charles Ulm, as well as two Americans, the radio operator James Warner and the navigator Harry Lyon.

A year before, Kingsford-Smith and Ulm had been successful in flying around Australia in a record time of ten days. Continue reading “What a Story!”