'Magical': What happened inside the recording studio with ABBA
The Antipodean amazing recent and not so recent history lesssons brought back the memories of more stories from 1980s. The late George Dorman introduced me to many Antipodean stories Including the classic Fortunate Life by AC Facey and Dorman's family connection to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Underworld.
Bernard and Janet introduced us last night to the amazing Coasters Retreat origins of the Sydney to Hobart race and I cannot wait to share it with Jaya who is planning to sail next year. The members of the Cruising Yacht Club who drink at the Coaster Retreat Bar know that Pittwater adventurers are responsible for the idea to sail beyond New Beach and Foucart lane boundaries... They know how one innocent and dreamy observation 72 years ago by a Coastiers Retreat yachtsmen created the icon of Australia's summer sport.
The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is an annual event hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, starting in Sydney, New South Wales on Boxing Day and finishing in Hobart, Tasmania. The race distance is approximately 630 nautical miles (1,170 km). The race is run in conjunction with the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, and is widely considered to be one of the most difficult yacht races in the world.
To boot from Ivanka's and Melanja's Cold War River, we swam down history lanes, that were even older than ABBA band, -rich history of Morpeth- and how the real and spiritual rivers were created. Ian knows his Australian fauna and flora as he is the one who identified our 65 years old oak - He even knows foreign kiwi birds such as Kapapo. There is also that less known connection to the first fleet family tree and the Media Dragon's poeticly rich licence to the heritage of the Morpeth churches and the imaginative story why the holy wine was grown at The Hunter Valley ...
Known also by its Aboriginal name 'Illalung', Morpeth formed one third of a land grant made to Lieutenant Edward Charles Close by Governor Brisbane in 1821. Influenced by its desirable location on the Hunter River and the realisation of the area's immense potential, Morpeth evolved into a frontier town and busy river port.
Morpeth's role as one of the most important river ports in New South Wales began in the 1820s and under the instruction of the Colonial Secretary, 1833 saw the development of the public wharf for Morpeth. Queens Wharf as it was named was to become a heavily frequented river port by settlers, merchants, mariners, timber getters and farmers. During its time as a major industrial and agricultural hub, Morpeth helped to lay the foundation for the development of the entire Hunter Valley. Whilst no longer famous for its primary industry, the Morpeth of today continues to thrive with many visitors exploring the township each year.