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When war teaches us how to love

This story is in loving memory of my Babcia (Grandmother), whose strength, courage, and grace gave me peace. Softly spoken and quiet in nature, she witnessed the atrocities of war, and from these experiences she learnt the wisdom of love. I will love and miss you, rest in peace for your legacy lives on in each […]

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Remembering The Majestic

The Majestic Roller Rink, formerly a cinema known as The Odeon, in 1947. Photo Ted Hood, courtesy The State Library of NSW BY KALON HUETT With its strikingly symmetrical art deco facade, the former Majestic Roller Rink dominates the block of New Canterbury Road and overshadows its neighbours in both size and splendour. If Petersham […]

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Swept off their feet

The magic of dance … love blossomed on the dance floor.   BY KATHLEEN DALY  Love blossomed on the dance floor at Petersham’s Town Hall in Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 film Strictly Ballroom. But ballroom dancing – and love – weren’t new to the auditorium. My own parents met there in 1953 and sparks flew. And […]

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Faces in the Street

Gary Mudler, one of the faces of Petersham. Photo: Millie Dondas   BY TROY WALSH Then, flowing past my window, like a tide in its retreat … … But, Ah! to dreader things than these our fair young city comes – Taken from ‘Faces in the Street’ by Henry Lawson The aubergine and green-coloured minimalist […]

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After the fall: Andrew and Tamara

Andrew Garland, 28, is a media student at Petersham TAFE.  Tamara Black, 21, studies Sport Science at the University of Western Sydney. The two had been together for two years when Andrew had a near-fatal motorcycle crash in November 2010. INTERVIEWS BY ANDREW GARLAND. Andrew: “To those in the know, there is very little in life […]

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Twitter connects Australian farmers

Apostle birds, Gulargambone, NSW. Photo: Brett Donald/flickr   BY AMANDA PARKINSON Farming is changing. Most farmers are used to the tweeting of birds on their land, but Australian farmers are doing a lot of the tweeting themselves. Farming group AgChatOz is an organisation whose aim is to use social media site Twitter to connect rural […]

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Urban playground under siege

By Amanda Parkinson Skaters and local council have united to push for a skate park in the $6 billion Barangaroo redevelopment, but local opposition has forced the proposal to be refused twice now amidst fears it would spark antisocial behaviour and noise complaints. Locals fear their community will be ‘tagged’ with graffiti and become a local […]