Even if you were not glued to the screen during this year’s Commonwealth Games, it’s unlikely you missed seeing the Australians who competed in the 10,000m women’s final. While no Australian won a medal, all three won hearts when they waited trackside to welcome Lesotho’s Lineo Chaka, the final athlete to finish the event.
When James Tobias (Toby) Ryan, 17, and his cousin, George Rope, found themselves in a drunken fight with police in Penrith in 1835, they decided that escape was the best course of action. Accordingly, they walked to Parramatta, thence to Sydney where they boarded the steamer, “William the Fourth”, and sailed north to Newcastle Harbour.
There’s a butter churn in the dining room of Rita Gee’s home, “Dalara”, at Jerry’s Plains in the Upper Hunter. Rita recalls that she used it as a girl, growing up on a succession of Hunter Valley dairies run by her parents.
In keeping with the diocesan vision to live the joy of the Gospel and share it with the world, the 2018 Family Faith Forum will explore the potential of parishes to be centres of living and proclaiming the Gospel.