All posts tagged: Pilbara

A move to the Pilbara

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Acceptance / Blog 2013 / Friends and family / Pilbara

In 1988 I was living as a sole parent caring for my three young sons. Life was tough at times. I met a man who worked for Mount Newman Mining and he convinced me to marry him and move to the Pilbara with my three lads. He worked as a driller for the mining company on Mount Whaleback iron-ore mine. I have included some information from Wikipedia about the mine. ‘The¬†Mount Whaleback Mine is an […]

Asbestos country – industrial disaster

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beautiful / Blog 2013 / Geography / Pilbara / Wisdom too late

Wittenoom was once home to many….the following information is quoted from Wikipedia. “Wittenoom is a ghost town 1,106 kilometres (687¬†mi) north-north-east of Perth in the Hamersley Range in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. It is the site of Australia’s greatest industrial disaster.   The area around Wittenoom was mainly pastoral until the 1930s when mining began in the area. By 1939, major mining had begun in Yampire Gorge, which was subsequently closed in 1943 […]

Flights of fancy

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Geography / Indigenous Australians / Pilbara / politics

7 posts to go until I reach 500 posts!From 1988 to 1993 I lived in Newman in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. I was successful in winning a position on the East Pilbara Shire Council. It was a great training ground for my future employment plus I had a great time.   Newman is the biggest community in the East Pilbara Shire but it didn’t have a dedicated Council Chamber for meetings. We often […]

West Australian State Election 1993…

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Blog 2012 / Geography / I believe that... / I feel... / Motivation / Pilbara / You must be kidding?

  Yesterday I was in Perth and was waiting for my husband to pick me up after an appointment. I looked across the road from where I was waiting and realised it was the Electorate Office for Greens’ Member of Parliament, Robin Chapple. This brought back some memories for me…   We had been interstate on holidays (vacation :-)) and had a stopover in Perth before returning home to the Newman in the Pilbara. It […]

Weekly photo challenge: Movement

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Baby Boomers / beautiful / Blog 2012 / Friends and family / Geography / Kimberley / Pilbara / Weekly Photo Challenge

At the beach this morning I saw a great candidate for this topic. It was the ripples in the sand caused by the movements of the waves. I didn’t bring my camera though! I thought, “I know. I have a great photo of a sand dune with a unique pattern caused by the wind. I searched my photo albums and couldn’t find it. We are not talking digital here! BUT, I did find several old […]


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Geography / I believe that... / I feel... / Pilbara / politics

I lived and breathed politics at one time in my life. The left side of politics was under threat in Newman (iron-ore mining in the North West of Western Australia). Robe River Mining had taken on the Unions and beaten them – it was a bitter fight. Other mining companies tried to shake off the unions and there were lots of strikes – lots of nasty name calling as well. I didn’t work for the […]

Red dirt and Iron Mountains – Living in the Pilbara

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Geography / I believe that... / Pilbara / politics / PostaDay 2011 / Small business

In 1988 I met and married a man from the Pilbara region of Western Australia. He worked as a driller for Mt Newman Mining Co. which later became BHP Billiton, based in the township of Newman. Newman is within the East Pilbara Shire which covers an area of 378,533 square kilometres. The region is known for its rich¬†mining and pastoral industries.¬†It also takes in parts of the Gibson and Great Sandy Deserts and the historic […]

Fulminate as much as you like

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I believe that... / I feel... / Journal Blog / Political / politics / PostaDay 2011 / Writing

I have learnt a new word – it is fulminate. It means to protest strongly against something. It comes from the Latin word fulminare, meaning strike with lightning. I remember a time when I fulminated against a child being removed from her foster parent, just because of a newly introduced¬†policy in the¬†Child Protection¬†Department. It seemed so unjust and foolish to move the child from an environment where she was happy and doing really well in […]

Do it anyway! Don’t worry about the FEAR!

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Friends and family / Geography / Political

WordPress suggested I might like to write about my three biggest responsibilities! That got me thinking. I could be clever and say “bringing up three sons” –¬†THE END Yes, being a parent¬†is a big responsibility for sure.¬† When my first son was born (I was 21 yrs old) I proudly brought him home in his red and white carry basket; placed it on the kitchen table and said to my husband, in terror …¬†“what am […]