Saturday, May 30, 2009

old news

Apologies for the hiatus. Only three sleeps until we're on the beautiful island.

The Rottnest news has been piling up during our absence. One item we liked was this, from Murdoch Uni: the academics did some research, which was forgotten until someone found the interviews and photos in a box.

“One recording was of Jack O’Donoghue, who had clear memories of his childhood spent on the Island where his father was a warder at the Prison in the earliest years of the twentieth century.

“Another was with a family who had an original sketch map hand-drawn by a German sailor interned on Rottnest during the First World War, which they gave to the project and is now held at the Rottnest Museum."

A positive look at Rotto from this New Zealand reporter: she describes it as "Perth's very own island getaway".

"It sits 19 kilometres off the coast of Fremantle, is 11km long, 4.5km wide at its widest point and its coast is ringed with bright-white beaches and coral reefs." Fancy!

(Or is that: "Ut's cust us tunged with bright white beaches"?)

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