Stories: Historical

Towering glory of the Big Apple

William Yeoman

It was 90 years on May 1, 1931, that the Empire State Building was officially opened by president Herbert Hoover. It was a scene far removed from the formative year he spent in the West Australian Goldfields. STEPHEN SCOURFIELD investigates.

Mural pays homage to man & moment

Stephen Scourfield

From little things, big things grow — and some of the most important roots of the growth in Australia’s recognition of Indigenous issues are in Katherine, in the Northern Territory.

Leisurely roll where camels trod

Stephen Scourfield

The Ghan train persists southwards through the motionless Red Centre of Australia and I lie in bed, snuggle into crisp, white cotton, and watch the day dawn.

The rhythm of the rails.

Sun smearing orange across the sky, then peeping over the horizon, squinting sharp, golden rays.

Seaside sunshine dapples ‘Naples of the North’

Steve McKenna

Like many of England’s coastal towns, Morecambe boomed from the Victorian age to the 1950s and 60s, with the railway bringing mill workers on breaks from Yorkshire and Scotland (Lancashire workers tended to go to Blackpool).

Man’s best friend

Ronan O'Connell

He’s the star of a sad true story that’s moved Japanese people for nearly a century. Now Japan’s most famous dog is set to gain fans from around the world, thanks to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

East to endless epic adventures

Stephen Scourfield

We’re out of the city, over the line, boots in the red dirt — and we love the endless options and freedoms that come with road trips around Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields...

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