I was fortunate to acquire this
'historic' ornamental time-piece a short time ago, but space to show it off was at a
premium then - so, I have taken this opportunity to feature it now - before the battery
1997 Shanghai Mint Commemorative Desk Ornament.
'Celebrating the Chinese Resumption of
Removable time-piece with British colonial
Hong Kong coins type set encased in Perspex cube spinner.
(1962 10 Cent, 1985 20 Cent, 1979 50 Cent,
1978 $1.00 (Small coin), 1980 $2.00, 1980 $5.00)
Dimensions:- Approx 14cms. x 8cms.
Time-piece uses One AG4 Button cell.
Queen Elizabeth II 'colonial' Hong Kong
coin 'set' as used in the ornament.
A little Silver, a plaited piece of String
and a Bronze Half-penny!
The very small Sterling Silver button-hole
fastener connected to a punch decorated, dilapidated, 1927 Half-penny by an old plaited piece of
string was possibly a little boy's make-believe play watch piece - dating from the time of the Great Depression.
AUSTRALIA'S NEWEST VERSION POLYMER CURRENCY NOTES
Last year, a series of revamped polymer
note designs, showing younger versions of the iconic Australian personages - and
featuring additional security features- was released for viewing by interested Australians.
afterwards, the public commenced seeing a trickle of a new AUD$5.00 note -
but - they were different to the proposed design - and many were immediately
hoarded by all and sundry.
Now, in late 2017, the reality of the new
releases is starting to occur with the sighting of the second denomination, the
AUD$10.00 - and, again it is different - and slow getting into our shopkeepers'
tills, and our wallets, due to immediate hoarding by the public.
Due to past experiences, the numismatic fraternity were
only mildly surprised
to see that the proposed designs of these first two denominations to be put into circulation,
had both been changed prior to release.
The original portraits of the noted
Australians and Her Majesty have not been dramatically altered after all - a good ploy to foil those
who thought they might get in early with their own renditions.
Australians have retained Queen Elizabeth
II and Canberra's Parliament House on the Five Dollar note - and, the proposed
alternative AUD$5.00, with Catherine Helen Spence and the clean-shaven, much younger, Henry
Parkes - formerly paired for the 2001 Federation Centenary release - have again been placed
on the waiting list.
The portraits of Mary Gilmour and A.
B. 'Banjo' Paterson on the AUD$10.00 have had slight postural alterations, but,
are basically similar to the originals.
(Please note scans are not to size.)
The 1995-2015 release & the 2016 new design
circulation QEII type AUD$5.00
The released 2001 Federation Centenary
AUD$5.00 and the 2016 proposed basic circulation note design which may ...or may not ...
replace the Queen's $5.00 in due course ...
(Currently still held aside from being
used as a general circulation issue.)
The 1993 - 2017 circulation release
The proposed design - not used.
The 2017 new design AUD$10.00 was released
for pre-Christmas circulation.
Soon to be replaced our 1994 - Present AUD$20.00
The 2018 AUD$20.00 was supposed to look
something like this on release
.... but...we shall see what the
New Year brings!
THE GAZA - BEERSHEBA CAMPAIGN
A Postcard from the War against the
Great-uncle - Driver James Henry Petterwood.
(Nov 1893 - Sept. 1973)
The words written in faded ink on the
bottom of this undated picture postcard sent to my grandfather, read:
'Bob from Jim' - and,
scrawled on the
back: 'Out for a ride and fell in the road of the glass'
Uncle Jim's Military Service is listed in
Australian War Memorial records :-
#1395A - Enlisted 22 July 1915 age 21 from
Longford, Occupation - Labourer
Returned to Australia - 16 May 1919
S.S.'Port Macquarie'. Discharged - 7 August 1919
Unit - Australian 3rd. Light Horse
Regiment, 5th Australian D.A.C. (Divisional Ammunition Column) A.I.F.
(a part of 10th Reinforcements Group -
embarked 9th Sept. 1915 to Gallipoli aboard HMAT A70 - 'Ballarat')
The troopship S.S.'Ballarat' in 1915 ........
........ and, after being torpedoed and while it was slowly sinking in the
English Channel on 25th April 1917.
All 1600 Australian reinforcement troops aboard the 'Ballarat' at that time were evacuated
safely by boats.
Plate 324 - from 'Official
History of Australia in the War of 1914 - 18'
The following extract is also from the Australian War Memorial site:-
The 3rd Light Horse Regiment was raised in Adelaide on 17 August 1914. Although most of its recruits were
enlisted in South Australia, one of the regiment's three squadrons was
composed of Tasmanians and was raised in Hobart and trained at Brighton Camp
north of the city..
AIF Recruit Training Camp - Brighton, Tasmania 1914.
Plate 705 - from 'Official
History of Australia in the War of 1914 - 18'
The two components sailed from their home
ports in late October 1914 and arrived in Egypt in the second week of
Here, they joined the 1st and 2nd
Regiments to form the 1st Light Horse Brigade which deployed to Gallipoli - without its horses - and
landed there on 12 May 1915, joining the New Zealand and Australian Division.
The Brigade, including the 3rd Light Horse Regiment, played a defensive role throughout
the campaign and the 3rd. was actually in
reserve when its sister regiments attacked as part of the August offensive.
Plate 128 - from
Official History of Australia in the
War of 1914 - 18'
The Regiment was re-enforced by fresh troops from Tasmania and South Australia
during mid-late September 1915, just as the Allies became involved in a
spasmodic trench warfare
stalemate with the Turks occupying the peninsula.
The rumoured possibility of poison gas warfare caused improvisation in
preventative measures to be taken by the troops.
The 3rd. Light Horse left Gallipoli on 14 December 1915 when the British High
Command ordered the evacuation of Gallipoli..
Back in Egypt, the Regiment joined the ANZAC Mounted Division and,
between January and May 1916, it was deployed to protect the Nile
valley from bands of pro-Turkish Senussi Arabs.
On 18 May, as part of its parent brigade, the 3rd L. H. Regiment
joined the forces defending the Suez Canal.
The 1st Light Horse Brigade played a significant role in turning back the
Turkish advance on the canal at the battle of Romani on 4 August 1916.
In ensuing days, the regiments of the brigade participated in the immediate
follow-up of the defeated Turks, but were soon withdrawn for a much-needed