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Dick Whitaker
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Nigel de Grey - Codebreaker of World War One
Late in 1916 the
Germans had planned to engage in unrestricted submarine warfare in an effort to
cut most sea borne supplies to Great Britain and thereby ensure her defeat. However there
was the real risk that this plan would result in the United States joi...
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The Battle of Mons
The Battle of Mons was the baptism of fire of the British
Expeditionary Force (BEF) in the First World War. The BEF had arrived in France
barely two weeks before and had been rapidly deployed with the French to try and
arrest the onward march of the German ...
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Bondi Shark Attack
During 1928 and 1929, in a period just 9 months apart, two terrible shark attacks occurred at Bondi Beach, sending shock waves through the Sydney coastal communities. Bondi Beach, circa 1930. Saturday 14th April 1928 was an overcast and showery day and two ...
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Can we solve the traffic jam problem?
Traffic jams are one of the major social blights in the big cities of the developed - and developing - world. The obvious issues are the resulting pollution, stress and time wasting familiar to all of those who undertake the daily work day commute in a big ...
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Centenary of the Red Cross
The Red Cross in Australia began on 13 th August
1914 – just 9 days after the start of the First World War. It was begun as a
branch of the British Red Cross and formally launched by Lady Helen Munro Ferguson,
the wife of the Governor General Sir Ronald Fer...
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The Battle of Liege
This was the
first land battle of the war, initiated by the Germans when they invaded
Belgium on August 5 th 1914, with the longer-term plan being to
attack France from the north. The Germans were
not anticipating serious resistance from the much smaller Be...
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Germany Declares War on Belgium - August 4th 1914
Soon after the
assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand in June of 1914, Germany began to
activate its so-called Schlieffen Plan that had had been established as a model
and a sequence of actions for a Franco-German war. It started with an offensive
on Luxem...
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The Assassination of Franz Ferdinand
The
assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand on June 28th 1914, is widely believed to have precipitated
the start of the First World War, bringing into play a complex and extensive
series of alliances that drew all the big European nations, and then their
al...
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Temperature records for Christmas and New years Days in Australia
Capital city temperatures have varied considerably across all the capitals on Christmas Days in the past. Here is the list of the capital city hottest and coldest: Hot Christmas days: Adelaide: 42.1C in 1888   -   the National hot Christmas Day capital city...
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Tornados in Australian Capital Cities
The tornado in the Sydney suburb of Hornsby earlier in November 2013 generated widespread discussion about tornados that we sometimes see in Australia. In fact we do see them quite often but happily not with the same frequency and intensity as those experie...
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