Australia Council’s National Indigenous Arts Awards recognise young and old storytellers |

Young Bellingen artist Tyrone Sheather is the latest in a long line of indigenous storytellers. His ancestors told stories through song and other traditional methods. But Sheather uses contemporary tools such as film, light and interactive technology.Sheather, 23, received $20,000 towards his next storytelling project when he was awarded one of the Australia Council’s National Indigenous Arts Awards yesterday. The Dreaming Award is for a young artist aged 18-26 to create a major body of work.“The line of my family has been of a storyteller,” Sheather says.“It seems like it’s a continued practice. My great-grandfather and the ones before him, too.”

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DSCF0302 I thought it were sorted. I thought the Facebook friends who complained were simply whingers and/or inefficient in their dealings with Net Providers. And yet – and yet – I have grown accustomed to their ways. Their cuttings out – and cuttings in. Their wiles, their deceits – are second nature to me now. Like breathing out – and breathing in,

This week I breathed in, just a little and dagnab it, I am over my usage quota – inexplicably. I cannot buy my way back in. That’s not allowed. I am to wait for 16 days till the ‘month’ is complete. I apologise to all I silently slandered with a satisfied smirk while I sailed along at top speed and paid highly for mega data.

Now I cannot watch youtube or open yahoo mail. I cannot  live as other people do.

And yet I have found it so hard to leave. Thanks to Mary Brennan who shared her story with me. It took her years to leave but leave she did and went into the arms of Westnet where she has been happy ever since. Thanks to Robert B – one word said he – WESTNET.

We need a Cult rescuer and debriefer. Someone who will go in and rescue those trapped  in an unhealthy ISP situation. Young Josh from Westnet warned me – DO NOT LET TELSTRA KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING or they will make your life a NIGHTMARE. Wait till you are safely with us.  Well I am not safely quite out yet and I don’t quite trust WESTNET either. I have been in the arms of Master Deceivers and am only going on the promises of others. OSHO said something to the effect of “you don’t trust them. So what ? “


But trust has never cheated anybody, it cannot. And I am not saying that through trust people cannot cheat you. Remember, I am saying trust never cheats anybody.


Don’t waste your life for that which is going to be taken away. Trust life. If you trust, only then can you drop your knowledge, only then can you put your mind aside. And with trust, something immense opens up. Then this life is no longer ordinary life, it becomes full of God, overflowing.
When the heart is innocent and the walls have disappeared, you are bridged with infinity. And you are not deceived; there is nothing that can be taken away from you. That which can be taken away from you is not worth keeping, and that which cannot be taken away from you… why should one be afraid of its being taken away? It cannot be taken away, there is no possibility. You cannot lose your real treasure.

Osho The Sun Rises in the Evening Chapter 9


One other curious story I heard this week re ISPs, was that OPTUS, who is advertising all manner of marvels, cannot  actually offer ANY services to ANYONE on the Bellingen Exchange because they do not have any more ‘space’ to offer.  Ah Well. Luckily I am in my OSHO mood.

The difference between trust and fate is very subtle.

DSCF0269Next week, then, I may well be on fast internet and cheap phone rates. I may well be able to call my long distance loved ones anytime of the day and speak to mobiles for less than $1 per minute. Ah!  And I shall Blog and make websites and play Scrabble online and chat idly with friends and look up Internet Archive and the HISTORIC NEWSPAPERS. I shall research and I will NOT see the spinning wheel of eternity.









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Letter published today in The Bellingen Shire Courier-Sun: Sir, Almost nobody ever wants to enter the Bellingen Courthouse, excepting perhaps officers of the court, and I have my doubts even about their enthusiasm. Most reasons for a person to enter our courthouse involve stress, troubles, and sometimes tears, and this has been so for just on 100 years. For more than a third of the life of our courthouse, my foundations, too, have been in Bellingen clay and loam. I feel that our courthouse is part of me. I’m sure others must feel this way, as well. Under the building’s rusty roof, on the beautiful brickwork (good bricklaying being almost a lost craft in our shire), is the date ‘1910’.
Bellingen Courthouse is one of our shire’s most beautiful buildings, and oldest. We commemorate its centenary this year — or at least, I think we should commemorate it — but, sadly, as far as I know, no commemoration is planned.
Due only to my good fortune, I’ve never been required to sit in Bellingen Courthouse, but that’s not why I love it so. I love it because it is a jewel in our main street, and because it is redolent of a rich history of Bellingen Shire’s legal charges, disputations and fearsome fights, exoneration, hand-shaking and making up, and making amends; a long history of convictions, imprisonment, probable errors of judgment, and many dealings — sometimes acrimonious, sometimes friendly — between a century’s worth of local citizens and pioneers, most of them now dead. I love it because it is a beautiful building, and its brick walls speak to my heart. I love it for its beautiful construction, its history, and its flowering trees in springtime. I love it because local churches provide free tea, coffee and biscuits to anyone, on Court Day (Thursdays). I love it because as I pass by on a Thursday, I see friends and strangers, miscreants and pillars of the society, waiting, smoking and drinking cups of tea while waiting to hear what His Honour will order them to do, or not to do.
How dismayed I am that, in the centennial year of a magnificent Bellingen landmark, the NSW Department of Justice and Attorney General (which administers the courthouse), and the Shire Council, have chosen not to repair the rusty, disintegrating roof, nor repair the water leaks that trouble this magnificent building, nor even to celebrate in any way, even with a simple Devonshire tea, an important local centenary of our community. Surely it is not too late for those with more authority than I to correct this oversight.
Pip Wilson, Bellingen


Lets see what we can find about it.

My sister  and her husband were married out the back in 1979. I might have some photos of the wedding someplace here.

Yes, That’s one – a classic. Photographer’s shadow in the pic. Bride with long dress and her daughter as flower girl.

ofmurbankl 001 The wedding was held out the back where the toilets are now. It was a the CourtHouse in Bellingen that I first discovered, thanks to the very excellent Clerk, that a woman wishing to use her ‘maiden’ name does NOT have to pay  to do so. Marriage does NOT eliminate her right to her birth name whether or not she has been using it.

I can find very little online about the Court House. Best retreat to my NLA Historic newspapers and see what they have.