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Teaching chainsaw safety to Papua New Guineans - and the problem of blown spark plugs https://greataustralianstory.com.au/story/chainsaw-safety
I recently met a tree-felling expert called Bluey who had spent some time in Papua New Guinea teaching the locals the proper use of chainsaws when logging in the jungle. After a stint there he returned to Australia, working as a representative for a well-known chainsaw manufacturer.
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This is a diary of a #POW kept during a 921km march from the #Stalag VIIIB POW camp in Poland through Czechoslovakia and into Germany during the final days of WWII in Europe, spanning 20 January to 16 May 1945. It is being published posthumously https://greataustralianstory.com.au/story/death-march-diary

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Based on a true story of a massacre which took place on New Year's Day in 1915 near Broken Hill, NSW. Alma was a 17-year-old girl who was killed in the shootout. Written by Lidia Kardos http://greataustralianstory.com.au/story/picnic-train
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As the sale of the Kidman Station hits the news, meet Stuart McCullagh whose childhood was spent on cattle stations - and whose father and grandfather both worked for Sir Sidney Kidman http://greataustralianstory.com.au/story/growing-bush

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If you think Tassie people have two heads, think again or better follow my story because I will prove everyone wrong, Tassie is awesome! If they have two heads they certainly have two brains as well! By Evelyn Keyes http://greataustralianstory.com.au/story/tassie-treasures-pt1
2004 was the year for us we finally shifted to Tasmania, the land of our dreams. We went on holidays the year before and fell in love with the island and its inhabitants. If you think Tassie people have two heads, think again or better follow my story because I will prove everyone wrong, Tassie is awesome! If they have two heads they certainly have two brains as well!
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Ngajanoo Nilawal, Anne Poelina, Ngaiyoo Yimardoowarra Marnil. My name is Anne Poelina I am a woman from the Mardoowarra, Fitzroy River. Ngaiyoo mandajarra Nyikina. My people are Nyikina. Ngaiyoo Nyikina, I am Nyikina.

#AnnePoelina talks of being Nyikina and her connection to country in Blood Line Song Line part 1 http://greataustralianstory.com.au/story/blood-line-song-line-pt1
Ngajanoo Nilawal, Anne Poelina, Ngaiyoo Yimardoowarra Marnil. My name is Anne Poelina I am a woman from the Mardoowarra, Fitzroy River. Ngaiyoo mandajarra Nyikina. My people are Nyikina. Ngaiyoo Nyikina, I am Nyikina. The traditional lands of Nyikina people are located in the West Kimberley region of Western Australia. In the past Nyikina people have been given many names; Walangaree people according to the early writings of Daisy Bates (1907), w...
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Born in #Kalgoorlie in the 1930s and arriving at #Woomera in the 1960s #RonMatthews has written a number of stories which to date include being startled by a kangaroo trapped in a remote toilet block, driving into the path of a plane being piloted by a RAAF officer with a rather dark sense of humour, and hitching a five-hour lift in one of Australia's most uncomfortable early small cars. His latest is about life in the WA bush before electricity - and the power of sport https://greataustralianstory.com.au/story/my-life-electricity
For those who have never been to Western Australia it’s time for a short geography lesson. Kalgoorlie is about 600 klms east of Perth and 180 klms North of Norseman. The Eyre Highway terminates at Norseman and The Transcontinental Railway starts, or finishes at Kalgoorlie. Both of these travel networks run almost exactly east/west and for most of the journey are nearly two hundred kilometres apart.
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Taking a break from making rubber-band-powered model aeroplanes, Ken Nicholas went into a disused Blacksmith's shop and found his young boy's dream. "Upon entering the dark and dusty old shed I found it wall to wall with what today would be described as a collector’s paradise. There was one other thing, under a heavy and very dusty old tarp a shape that would catch the eye of any young model aeroplane builder. Peeling back the tarp I found what appeared to be a little aeroplane with no wings or propeller or even any wheels..." http://greataustralianstory.com.au/story/boy-and-little-plane

THE BOY & THE PLANE Stories of one’s childhood are often told amongst family members and not publicly, Great Australian stories in itself is a story of many people and places but it just so happens that one of those places and the people features more than most in Great Australian Stories, that place being the small Mallee town of Ultima. Situated twenty miles South West of Swan Hill on the Sea Lake road, it is where I spent four years of my chil...
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Fascinating history of #KidmanStation from Stuart McCullagh, including Burke and Wills carved trees on the banks of Cooper Creek and the effects of early droughts http://greataustralianstory.com.au/story/clover-cooper
As I indicated in my first story, my grandparents and my father both worked for Sir Sidney Kidman. My father was born in Birdsville in 1917, the second of three children to Henry Stevenson McCullagh and Emilie Morton, who were working for Kidman on Annandale Station.
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We all remember the devastation of the 2011 Brisbane floods. Trevor Johnsson (Johnno) writes, My son rang early (on the 11th January) to say that he was on his way to work and that the Brisbane River was very high, lapping over the pontoons of the boat ramps in the river. It had been raining heavily for a week and was still raining at the time. He had rung my daughter who had got upset, so we contacted her and told her we would be around about 8.00 am to see if we could help. Their house backs onto a creek that flows directly into the Brisbane River http://greataustralianstory.com.au/story/flood-diary-brisbane-2011
Tuesday 11/1/11 My son rang early to say that he was on his way to work and that the Brisbane River was very high, lapping over the pontoons of the boat ramps in the river. It had been raining heavily for a week and was still raining at the time. He had rung my daughter who had got upset, so we contacted her and told her we would be around about 8.00am to see if we could help. Their house backs onto a creek that flows directly into the Brisbane R...
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I fear we're losing our imagination says Eileen Watson, who started her teaching life in a one-teacher rural school. The modern-day students are so fixated on ‘screens’ that they are losing interest in the outside world and avoiding sport. The world is losing young people with ability to investigate, imagine, experience, suppose and wonder at anything that does not involve pressing a button http://greataustralianstory.com.au/story/losing-our-imagination
I began my teaching career in 1946 at Lake Boga Primary School as a student teacher, and so began a long life which involved a lot of pleasure, as well as meeting a great many great and talented people.
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#AnnePoelina talks of the Law of Relationships, Law of the Land! Part 2 of Blood Line Song Line http://greataustralianstory.com.au/story/blood-line-song-line-pt2
I have always identified as a Nyikina - my great grandmothers are of Nyikina Warawa and Nyikina Walmajarri heritage. My life experiences and my life work has never changed from knowing who I am and my responsibilities to my Nyikina culture, the river, my people and communities.
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Promoting real life stories by Australians from all walks of life.
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The Great Australian Story has been set up to promote real-life stories and content by Australians from all walks of life. In short, it has been created for you to tell your story.

Over time and as the number of contributions grow, it will provide a snapshot of Australia from the "ordinary" and "everyday" to experiences of the extraordinary - including stories from our veterans during wartime.