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Postage News Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 May 2014 09:00

The cost of sending a standard letter rose from 60cents to 70cents on 31 March. However, some 5.7 million people will be exempt form the increase and will be able to continue to pay 60cents by setting up a MyPost concession account. To qualify for this reduced rate, you need to hold a concession card issued by the Federal Government, such as a Pensioner Concession Card. Application forms are available at any Post Office (or online: www.auspost.com.au). Once your application is accepted, you will receive in the post a free booklet of five stamps and a MyPost concession card which you will need to show for future purchases - of up to 50 stamps a year.

The price increase of more than 16% means that we shall have to distribute as many copies as possible of the Newsletter by email. It will in future be sent out in pdf format which can be opened on iPads and other tablets.

 
Tuesday Topics in April Print E-mail
Monday, 31 March 2014 14:33

John Bloomfield gives us another of his enlightening talks on 1 April; this time the subject is the history of ballooning from France in 1783 to the stratosphere in 1961. Let's hope it's not an April Fool's Day deflatable joke.

The recently released master plan for the growth of Darwin over the next twenty years is the theme of Alderman Allan Mitchell's presentation on 8 April.

Brian Radunz, the speaker on 15 April, has experienced a lot and visited a lot of the Territory in his forty years as a veterinarian for the NT Government.

On 22 April, Natasha Fyles, MLA for Nightcliff, will hopefully have a little more information about the (unwanted?) Ludmilla island project.

Finally, on 29 April, Margaret Clinch will talk about planning for the future use of land and facilities in such a way as to benefit the whole community.

 
Countries Study Group Print E-mail
Monday, 31 March 2014 14:32

The Countries Study Group, mentioned in last month's Newsletter, is in an embryonic state with a few potential members. Countries so far suggested for exploration and investigation include Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Tanzania and Venezuela. New members are welcome to join the meetings which take place once a month at Lorna Hansen's house. For further details call Lorna on 8948 0411.

 
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Monday, 31 March 2014 14:31

The Genealogical Society of the Northern Territory's short series of talks concludes this month.

On 10 April, the speaker will be Sergeant John Pini from the Police Museum and Historical Society.

On 24 April, Adam Lowe will be talking about the Chinese in the NT since the 1880s; his presentation will include the Chung Wah Society, the Chinese Museum and the Chinese Temple.

The talks will be at 9.30am for a 10am start and finish at about 11.30am, and will be given in the Conference Room of the National and NT Archives, Kelsey Crescent, Millner. Entry is free and morning tea is provided, but bookings are appreciated. To book or for further information call 8981 7383 (on Monday, Tuesday or Saturday) or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Calling interstate? Print E-mail
Monday, 31 March 2014 14:31

Those States having Daylight Saving Time put their clocks back an hour at 3am on 6 April.

 
Upcoming election Print E-mail
Monday, 31 March 2014 14:30

This month's by-election will be taking place in the Palmerston electorate of Blain which was named for Adair Macalister 'Chill' Blain who was elected to the House of Representatives in 1934 as independent member for the Division of Northern Territory. Blair enrolled in the army in World War II and was taken prisoner by the Japanese after the fall of Singapore in 1942, thus becoming the only serving Representative to be a prisoner of war. While serving as a POW, Blain was re-elected unopposed in the 1943 election, and was elected again in 1946. He lost his seat in the 1949 election to the Labor candidate, Jock Nelson, and then moved to New South Wales to resume his work as a surveyor. Blain died in 1983.

 
Beagle Connections Print E-mail
Monday, 31 March 2014 14:29

As part of CDU's 25th Anniversary celebrations, the University has recently launched an information kiosk providing a one-stop shop for people seeking information on Charles Darwin and the connection to his namesake Charles Darwin University. The 'Beagle Kiosk', situated in the Library Foyer in Casuarina campus, and the associated website 'Beagle Connections' bring together information about the scientist himself, his place in history and his connections to both the city and the university which were named for him. For further information go to www.cdu.edu.au/beagle-kiosk.

 
A new scam Print E-mail
Monday, 31 March 2014 14:28

Last month I had a call from someone who introduced himself as Gary although he had a very strong Indian accent. He said he was ringing from the Visa/MasterCard control centre to let me know that unusual activity had been reported on my internet bank account. I had not noticed any anomalies and I let him continue, after all it was his time he was wasting. Eventually I asked him which account was involved: the one with bank A or the one with bank B. When 'Gary' told me that it was with bank B, my suspicions were confirmed as I have accounts with neither bank. He then asked me whether he should authorise the 'transactions' or be given access my computer to sort out the problem once and for all.

I have no idea whether he wanted to hijack my PC or to get me to pay for a clean out, but it was clear that this was a scam. I told him that he could do whatever he liked as I had an account with neither bank I had mentioned. He immediately hung up.

 
Broadband for Seniors Print E-mail
Monday, 31 March 2014 14:27

Broadband for Seniors is a program through which the NT Library in Parliament House offers seniors free access to computers, internet and basic training in skills needed to use new technology. Participants may choose to learn computing skills on the Library's computers or take along their own laptop or iPad for training purposes. For further information call Freecall 1800 019 155.

 
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Monday, 31 March 2014 14:26

Part twenty-four : RAIN and now SUNSHINE

Well, I'll eat my words! In the January/February Newsletter I queried the FULL ON wet season, or lack thereof, and now in the April edition I can confirm that we have been blessed this year with adequate wetness (the mould in our cupboards and on our walls and clothes comes for free, along with the damp air!). Although daffy Dylan did not eventuate as a cyclone, he maybe helped to draw the recalcitrant monsoon down to our part of the tropics. We have had a really wonderful six weeks of rain, rain and more rain*. (Is it only that long? It seems to have been wet forever! How soon we forget!!).
* This was actually written on 5 March.

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Tuesday Topics in March Print E-mail
Monday, 03 March 2014 15:06

Christchurch CBD, three years after the earthquake, still resembles a partial war zone, but, as Gayle Carroll will tell us on 4 March, just as in Darwin after Cyclone Tracy, the trees. flowers and birds have returned.

On 11 March, Matthew Phillips, the Darwin Port Development Analyst, will be enlightening us about future expectations for the Port of Darwin.

Tiiu Knight will be giving us a fascinating insight into the joys of being a sea-wife, and relating a dramatic sea rescue on 18 March.

Finally, on 25 March, we have another excellent photo-documentary of Territory birds and scenes presented by Mary Beames; some of the photographs have already accompanied the weather reports on ABC Television.

 
Welcome Home Parade Print E-mail
Monday, 03 March 2014 15:05

On 1 March, the City of Darwin will be officially welcoming home some 300 troops who have recently returned from operations in Afghanistan and the Middle East. The military parade will leave the cenotaph and 10.30am and turn into Knuckey Street; at Raintree Park it will take the salute from the VIPs assembled on the dais.

 
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Monday, 03 March 2014 15:05

The Genealogical Society of the Northern Territory has received funding from the city of Darwin Council's Community Grants Program to develop talks of interest for Darwin residents on the theme Getting Acquainted with Darwin's Past for the Future.

On 13 March, June Tomlinson will be Remembering our Past through Cemeteries a journey recalling the pioneering efforts of some of those now at rest in Palmerston (Goyder Road) Cemetery.
On 27 March, Pearl Ogden will be looking at Life in Smith Street before the Mall as she traces the history of Smith Street from Goyder's arrival in 1869 and his naming of the streets in the CBD up to the post-War period.

The talks will be at 9.30am for a 10am start and finish at about 11.30am, and will be given in the Conference Room of the National and NT Archives, Kelsey Street, Millner. Entry is free and morning tea is provided, but bookings are appreciated. To book or for further information call 8981 7383 (on Monday, Tuesday or Saturday) or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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