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  1. This one is different I think - https://www.wildlifehabitat.com.au/port-douglas-experiences/swim-with-the-salties/ Its not something that interests me, but this does - https://sharkcagediving.com.au/shark-tours https://portlincoln.com.au/what-to-do-port-lincoln/shark-cage-diving-tours/ https://aussiemarineadventures.com.au/cage-diving/ https://rodneyfox.com.au/
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  3. 1904 Chook raffle goes wrong In June 1904, the Kalgoorlie Sun recounted the tale of a chook raffle in a local pub. The chicken, in this case was a live one, at least initially. However, the winner had left the pub before the draw and a week or so later, after he’d failed to return to claim his prize, it ended up on the pub’s menu. Poultry raffles were not unusual, but weren’t quite the same as the regular Friday night chook raffle that became a tradition at Aussie pubs and clubs from the 1950s. In the early 19th century, raffling was a routine way to dispose of property. Notices in newspapers advertised pianos, furniture, duelling pistols, timepieces and many other, usually valuable, objects to be disposed of by raffle. Horses were also raffled and in 1833 Sydney papers announced:” THE lovers of aquatic amusements are respectfully informed that a beautiful fast-pulling WHERRY, built in England, will be raffled… Sometimes the items being raffled were edible. In December 1832, G. Russell of George Street in Sydney advertised that a large plum cake, weighing 112 lbs (around 50kg) and valued at £18 would be raffled on 6 January. The raffle was to consist of thirty members at 10 shillings each. Poultry raffles, which mostly involved turkeys and geese, but occasionally chickens (live or dressed) were not an exclusively Australian phenomenon. They were common in America, often around the festive season and Thanksgiving. Birds were often raffled in taverns, giving the practice a slightly seedy reputation. This was all entirely legal, but had its opponents who argued that the practice encouraged gambling. In the 1850s most Australian colonies passed laws forbidding or strictly regulating raffles. Some offered exemptions for charity bazaars. While the use of raffling as a means of sale ceased, it seems the laws were selectively enforced and raffles persisted into the 20th century. In 1906, the New South Wales Attorney General cracked down, saying there was “too much elasticity in the administration of the Lotteries Act.” As you might expect, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union became involved. In 1918, these righteous ladies mounted a campaign against charities raising money through raffles. Perhaps they were targeting charitable souls like Miss Finlayson of Armidale who, that year, was raffling a meat basket to help raise money for the building of soldiers’ homes. The meat raffle, like the chook raffle, was to become another Australian tradition. Although the term chook raffle seems to have emerged in the 1950s, the practice had a much longer history. In 1920, the Perth Mirror, under the heading of “Fowl Play”, recounted the tale of two con men who collected money for raffle tickets from bar patrons, then scarpered through the billiard room window taking the two prize chickens with them. In 1938, The Truth protested that “The latest police brainwave is to abolish raffles in hotels. For years – particularly during the depression – some men have been knocking out a few shillings by raffling oysters or poultry on Fridays”. The first documented winner of the charity “chook raffle” in its modern form, and with its familiar name, was one Ernie Dwyer, who held the winning ticket in the Cabramatta Bowling Club’s weekly fundraiser on Saturday 20 October 1956. In the 1950s and early ’60s, my father participated in the regular raffles at the Caulfield North RSL Club, every so often arriving home on a Saturday evening with a ready-to-roast chicken. He was known to remark that these were probably the most expensive chickens we ever ate, given the number of losing tickets he’d purchased over the years. These days, when roasting a chicken at home has largely been replaced by ducking into the supermarket for a rotisseried bird, the charity raffle in the pub or club is more likely to be for a meat tray. Often, especially in country towns, these are held to support a local football team sponsored by the pub in question. “Chook raffle” has now become something of a derogatory term for an incompetently run election.
  4. ‘’BLUEY’ - Guinness Book of Records. Bluey earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records by living for a very long time. This dog was a legitimate Australian Cattle Dog that spent almost 20 years of his life working cattle on a ranch in Australia. We know that most dogs wouldn’t have the energy to work so hard that long. But Bluey just kept going and going. He finally passed peacefully on November 14, 1939, at the ripe old age of 29 years and 5 months.
  5. Sorry for the late reply Dave, just got home from an IPSC match. I know 12°C (53.°F) isn't cold to a lot of you fella's but OMG it was freezing!!!!!!!!!!!! 3mm would be perfect.
  6. Thanks Dave, mate I'm sorry that I forgot it was you....that file is precious to me and I've printed and used many now. I need something like this below that I found on the web. What I'm trying to do is cut the brass heads of sixteen (16) shotshells and put them into drilled holes in a piece of square stained and routed timber and then varnish it all. The drilled holes will be 20mm, so I would dearly like (if possible and not too much of a hassle) 4 x 4 rows of 20mm circles with a dot dead centre to locate a center punch for the drill. If the circles could be roughly apart like below it would be awesome mate. No hurry ok and if its too hard ....shelve it.
  7. Remember as a kid doing the dishes with this?
  8. Thanks TM, they do look good don't they and we do get a lot of comments on them.
  9. A mate of mine has one on order down here. FUGLY for sure!
  10. One of you pards helped me out enormously with something last year but I can't remember who You helped me by drawing a perfect six gun cylinder with dots in the middle of the chamber where I could center punch for drilling and giving me the file so I could print it out and use it as a template for my gun cart for drilling holes to put brass case heads in the holes. Because on the SASS Wire you have to empty your inbox, I've forgotten who was kind enough to help me And sorry to be a bother....I have another request.....so you have the choice of staying mute Here's the drawing you did for me last time -
  11. One of the greatest light horse photographs. Australian light horsemen riding waler horses. The soldiers are of the original contingent of the Australian Imperial Force and the photograph was taken prior to their departure from Australia in November 1914. The soldier on the right is Trooper William Harry Rankin Woods, 1st Light Horse Regiment, who died of wounds on the 15th of May 1915, one of the first light horsemen to die in the Battle of Gallipoli, during WW1. Trooper Woods is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli. Lone Pine Memorial is the main Australian memorial on Gallipoli, commemorating the 3,268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who died in the campaign and have no known grave, and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea. Lest We Forget.
  12. “DUST STORM” - 1871 Cobb and Co stage coach trying to outrun an approaching dust storm, near Gulgong NSW.
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