It begins…

Check out re Whitfields and Christisons.

How did the Whitfields get to Australia? As Barry Allan notes in his family story Black Sheep and Gold Diggers, “Bill never mentioned that his own father had been a convict as well. It was socially unacceptable to have criminals in the family, and most families who had one invented all sorts of fanciful stories to explain how their ancestor came to Australia. These stories survived, often being embellished over the years, until the stigma faded and the truth was eventually discovered generations later.”

And as April ends some final stats and farewell

This blog: 67,459 views.

Top Posts here for all days ending 2017-04-30

Home page / Archives 37,532 views
Anzac Girls last night on ABC 927
Outnumbered, Merlin, and other recently seen TV  715
Tom Thumb Lagoon 535
Restoration Australia: Keera Vale 351
Ziggy’s House of Nomms 337
Family history–some news on the Whitfield front 336
Lost Wollongong 335
What a treasury of family history! 293
My former workplace in the news today 292
Tangible link to the convict ship “Isabella” and the immigrant ship “Thames” 257
Random Friday memory: 1 – John Mystery, my brother, Illawong 243
The swimmer 242
The silence of the trams 220

Floating Life 4/06 ~ 11/07

Top Posts for all days ending 2017-04-30

Home page / Archives 67,043 views
Friday Australian poem #17: Bruce Dawe, “Homecoming” 23,422
Two Australian poems of World War II  18,355
Assimilation, Integration, Multiculturalism: policy and practice in Australia since 1966 1  15,965
Teacher Pride Rules!  13,301
John Howard: bullying expert extraordinaire…  7,981
Friday Australian poem #3: A D Hope, “The Death of a Bird”  7,580
Friday Australian poem #12: David Campbell “Men in Green” 7,362
Friday Australian poem # 6: Mary Gilmore, “Nationality” and “Old Botany Bay” 7,018
Friday Australian poem #4: Judith Wright 5,070
Ian McKellen and Judi Dench in Macbeth and segue into Mardi Gras  4,983
Friday Australian poem #16: Banjo Paterson “Fur and Feathers”  4,941

Floating Life

Top Posts for all days ending 2017-04-30

Home page / Archives 65,597 views
How good is your English? Test and Answers  15,813
Australian poem: 2008 series #9 — A B Paterson “The Angel’s Kiss”  11,639
Australian poem 2008 series #17: “Australia” — A D Hope 7,932
Australian poem: 2008 series #8 — Indigenous poetry 6,685
The Great Surry Hills Book Clearance of 2005 5,643
Australian poem 2008 series #10: Peter Skrzynecki “Summer in the Country” (2005)  4,893
Conflicting perspectives  4,241
Dispatches from another America  4,188
Sarah Palin — Blogs, Pictures, and more on WordPress  3,609
Delia Malchert – Migraine Aura – Scintillating Scotoma 3,241
The Real Da Vinci Code – Leonardo da Vinci 3,068
Cronulla 05  2,993

Neil’s final/second decade

Top Posts for all days ending 2017-04-30

Home page / Archives 61,494 views
A very personal Australia Day 26 January – my family  3,833
Being Australian 16: inclusive multiculturalism Aussie style 9 – my tribes 3,610
This may well be the best Australian history book I have EVER read! 3,304
Nostalgia and the globalising world — from Thomas Hardy to 2010 3,298
The Rainbow Warrior 2,598
Oldest house in Wollongong?  2,597
Wollongong local history 2,325
Jack Vidgen–Australia’s Got Talent last night  2,287
Sniffing out the swamp then looking up…. 1,969
Thanks, Tilly and Kate!  1,927
Australia’s Got Talent 2011 Grand Final  1,797

English, ESL — and more!

Top Posts for all days ending 2017-04-30: a rather amazing record!

How should I write up a Science experiment?  193,755 views
Home page / Archives  112,651
Essay writing: Module C “Conflicting Perspectives” – the introduction  56,345
A student’s “Belonging Essay” workshopped  49,805
What tense should I use when I write about literature?  40,885
Physical journeys and Peter Skrzynecki’s poems  38,601
Mary Shelley, “Frankenstein” — and “Blade Runner” 25,283
Studying the Gothic, or Emily Bronte?  24,107
The “Belonging” Essay 23,877
Is “majority” singular or plural?  19,275
Workshop 02 — NSW HSC: Area Study: Imaginative Journeys  18,529
Belonging pages: HSC 2009-2012 18,172
Scaffolding  15,160
Workshop 03 — Creative Writing (Year 12)  14,139

Neil’s Wollongong & Sydney

Top Posts for all days ending 2017-04-30

Home page / Archives 29,514 views
Small Buddhist temple 757
Volcanic eruption in Australia ‘3000 years overdue’! 488
Old haunt derelict now  481
Shellharbour 2 – Beverley Whitfield Pool Shellharbour 2 – Beverley Whitfield Pool 455
Surry Hills: new community centre and library nearing completion  431
2009 Mardi Gras Fair Day 4 – Mad Hatter’s Tea Party  404
Autumn sun Haymarket  372
Lunch at The Hellenic Club, Figtree 356
The amazing Surry Hills Library 1 346
Wollongong Mall 345
Paddy’s Market to Ultimo 2 – the markets 326
Corner of Goulburn and George Streets, Sydney 298
Loving Surry Hills 24: mosque 285
Aunty Beryl and the Yaama Dhiyaan Hospitality Training College Darlington 284

Ninglun’s Specials and Memory Hole

Top Posts for all days ending 2017-04-30

Home page / Archives More stats 25,044 views
Family stories 3 — About the Whitfields: from convict days 8,965
10. But is it art? Responses to the Bill Henson controversy of 2008 7,717
Sequel: Art Monthly Australia July 2008  4,814
Top poems 2: John Donne (1572-1631): Satire III — “Of Religion”  4,015
Family stories 4 — A Guringai Family Story — Warren Whitfield  3,891
05 — Old Blog Entries: 99-04  3,636 Look here for my earliest posts
Family stories 1 — mother  3,422
Surry Hills 3,108
Gustave Dore’s “Ancient Mariner” illustrations  1,979
Chinatown 13: Chinese Gardens Darling Harbour 8  1,823
Family stories 2 — About the Christisons 1,484
More tales from my mother 4 — Dunolly NSW — and conclusions  1,472
07 — a controversy — For the record: the great SBHS race debate of 2002  1,468

OK! Do explore those.

Does this mean this blog is coming to an end? Yes, after 17 years it does. There may be an occasional entry and I will continue to monitor comments. Meanwhile, see me on Facebook.

May 1:

I am considering bringing together in a more ordered way my various and scattered family history and memory posts, either here or on a fresh purpose-built blog.

And here is the solution:

Watch this space!

Photos from May 2013-15

The photoblog came to an end in February 2013. From then on photos appeared here, with fewer since my camera died about twelve months back. But here are some:



Illawarra Brewery, May 2013


From my window West Wollongong, May 2014



Sutherland, May 2014



Surry Hills, May 2014


Protest rally in Church Street, May 2015


Beatson Park, West Wollongong