“Second Decade” recycle: November 2011

From my main blog at that time. These were the most viewed posts in November 2011:

  1. Home page 1,205 views
  2. Thanks, Tilly and Kate! 349
  3. Being Australian 16: inclusive multiculturalism Aussie style 9 – my tribes 134
  4. Jack Vidgen–Australia’s Got Talent last night 85
  5. Australia’s Got Talent 2011 Grand Final 71
  6. A very personal Australia Day 26 January – my family 58
  7. Nostalgia and the globalising world — from Thomas Hardy to 2010 57
  8. Comment restrictions now apply to this blog 54
  9. Has school bullying increased? 44
  10. i98FM’s Camp Quality Convoy 42
  11. The Rainbow Warrior 41
  12. About 37
  13. Being Australian 11: inclusive multiculturalism Aussie style 4 34
  14. Niggling example of political short-sightedness: Maldon-Dombarton rail link 34
  15. This may well be the best Australian history book I have EVER read! 30
  16. Mainly family 27
  17. Election 2010 next Saturday 26
  18. Goodbye Cracker Night! 24
  19. Being Australian 12: inclusive multiculturalism Aussie style 5 23
  20. Reprise: In The Shire–very special afternoon 23

This is on again tomorrow, bigger than it was in 2011.

i98FM’s Camp Quality Convoy

Posted on November 20, 2011 by Neil

This pretty impressive fundraiser is on behalf of a wonderful organisation working with young people who have cancer.

The Illawarra’s biggest One Day Fundraiser is back for its 7th year! i98FM’s Camp Quality Convoy with Marty and Bianca, will take place on Sunday, November 20.

Last year, you helped to raise almost $540,000 for Camp Quality Illawarra, and that, makes a BIG difference to the lives of the kids and their families dealing with cancer in the Illawarra.





There were two excursions to The Shire in November 2011, one joyous and one sad…

Back from The Shire

Posted on November 18, 2011 by Neil

1968-ers, not 1969! Paul Kelly (class of 68 Cronulla High and former Deputy Surveyor General of New South Wales, among other distinctions) collected me at Sutherland Station and took me to this place in Gymea.


The photo is linked.


Joining us were Alan Andrews, from the Maths Department at Cronulla in the 60s and also an ongoing Rugby League person of some note. Two other former students also came – Colin Glendinning, a medical doctor,  and Paul Weirick, a retired engineer.

Paul Kelly brought some interesting photos and he and others also had some great anecdotes, some of them things I had forgotten.

I walked back to Gymea Station afterwards, not having walked through Gymea for over 40 years!


The second excursion was to attend the funeral of my uncle, Roy Christison.

What a gathering of the clan that was!

Posted on November 29, 2011 by Neil


There were more Christisons there – including my surviving uncle, Neil, who looks well at 87 – than I have seen in decades. My cousin Ray wasn’t there, being at the time (or close to it) passing through Braefield, of all places, but he sent me this via Facebook.


That was taken about 70 years ago at 61 Auburn Street Sutherland.  L-R: John H Christison (whose sister Joan was at the funeral), Eric, John’s father, Sophia Jane Christison (my great-grandmother), Roy Christison Senior, and finally, I am 99% sure, my brother Ian Whitfield…