Brahminy kite

Seeing a Brahminy Kite on the beach is something special. I like where I live, albeit I’m moving soon, and that will be the subject of a future post.

Walking along Moore Park Beach, I often see Brahminy Kites. I admire these birds of prey. They are like the Read more

Gorey v Donovan

The demise of Patrick Donovan

James Gorey sued Patrick Donovan in 1865 for getting his daughter Mary pregnant, claiming one thousand pounds in damages.

The lawsuit was part of an ongoing feud between the two men, which stretched over several years and finished only when Donovan died in mysterious circumstances.

The Supreme Court action never proceeded to

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Michael Gorey in court

The original Michael Gorey in Australia

The original Michael Gorey in Australia was carried ashore by his parents at Port Phillip on 1 October 1841 when James and Elizabeth Gorey arrived as free settlers from Kilkenny, Ireland.

I’m the fourth-generation Michael Gorey from my family in Australia and my son Michael is the fifth.

The first Michael was

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Kyneton Observer report on the charge against George Everist

Malmsbury bank scandal

The Malmsbury bank scandal gained Melbourne media attention in 1874 for the rare prosecution of a blatant white-collar crime.

The Bank of Victoria manager, George Everist, was charged and convicted of forging and uttering a cheque for 400 pounds with intent to defraud William Green of Lauriston.

A second charge of forging

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Mary Gorey v Patrick Donovan

A true story of sex, feuds and devotion

This is a true story from the 1860s of sex, feuds and devotion. It’s the story of my grandfather’s aunt, Mary Gorey, based on historical newspaper reports and documentary records.

Mary was a strong and feisty woman, passionate, practical, caring and loyal. Her elder brother Michael was a local firebrand

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Surface Pen

Microsoft Surface Pen the write stuff

The Microsoft Surface Pen is a nifty gadget which I’m still wondering how to usefully deploy.

It’s a pen with a soft nib which writes on a Surface Pro tablet screen, perfectly rendering a digital version of natural handwriting, which is quite extraordinary.

The pen integrates with Microsoft programs such as Word

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Michael Gorey has lived almost everywhere in Australia.

I’ve been everywhere man!

I’ve been everywhere man! The map shows the 16 towns and cities I’ve called home through my 51 years on this planet from Gippsland to Queensland.

I don’t remember anything about Warragul because I was a year old when my parents moved from there to nearby Traralgon in 1968.

Warragul is special

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