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I hope you don't mind a little excursion here, drron. I've been ambivalent about the posthumous VC for Sheehan, until the most recent Federal review which unanimously recommended it be granted (for those not familiar, its a long running campaign that has been blocked in Canberra for years):

A broader 2013 Valour Inquiry failed to recommend a VC for Sheean, while a 2018 request to the Chief of Navy specific to Sheean, also failed. A review of this last decision was then made to the Defence Honours and Awards Appeal Tribunal, by Tasmanian Liberal Veterans Affairs Minister Guy Barnett.

The four-member, quasi-judicial body gathered written accounts from survivors penned over the years, as well as a fresh account from Leonard, and held public hearings.

In July last year, it finally promised justice for Sheean, highlighting a string of errors relied on by the military stretching back to 1943, when the Admiralty couldn’t even spell his name correctly.

The tribunal found Sheean’s actions exceeded those of “strikingly similar” British VC cases, and unanimously recommended to the Minister for Defence Personnel, Darren Chester, that Sheean be posthumously awarded the VC. It recommended the citation read: “He sacrificed his life trying to save his shipmates and despite his wounds, he continued firing the gun until the ship sank and took him to his death. His pre-eminent act of valour and most conspicuous gallantry saved lives. His heroism became a standard to which the modern men and women of the Navy aspire.”


This was refused by the Defense Minister, Reynolds, including by making a misrepresentation about an earlier review, that she had to correct.

Then, most galling of all, the bloody Chief of Army, Angus Campbell wrote advising against the granting of the posthumous VC, including a reason that it might 'embarrass the Monarch' and would mean reviewing a decision made by her gt grandmother. Well, God forbid a gallant serviceman should be denied an award because of that!

Senator Jacqui Lambie is going all out for the award, but unfortunately, typical of her style, she thinks personally and emotionally attacking the Prime Minister is a useful strategy.
So many heroes fought in many wars who’s heroism was never acknowledged. I have no doubt Teddy’s heroism needs to be rewarded, but there are so many who have similarly given to the cause of freedom and sacrifice.

Four of my uncles gave so much without reward. They, along with so many others deserve a VC, but they, and Teddy, expected no rewards.

To single out one man among so many brave men and women is not appropriate.

Yes, Teddy was a hero, but so were many other men and women who sacrificed.
 

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Last year, my husband and I spent a day in Burnie. We heard that there was a village nearby which was well worth a visit. While I was checking out the craft at the Burnie Tourist Centre, my husband enquired about how to get to the village called Rabbit. No-one at the Tourist Centre had heard of Rabbit. Finally, someone said "You don't mean Penguin, do you?"
 

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Last year, my husband and I spent a day in Burnie. We heard that there was a village nearby which was well worth a visit. While I was checking out the craft at the Burnie Tourist Centre, my husband enquired about how to get to the village called Rabbit. No-one at the Tourist Centre had heard of Rabbit. Finally, someone said "You don't mean Penguin, do you?"

You didnt miss much !
 

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I really liked Penguin and the area going to across to Stanley. I’d like to go back there and visit again soon.

Last year, my husband and I spent a day in Burnie. We heard that there was a village nearby which was well worth a visit. While I was checking out the craft at the Burnie Tourist Centre, my husband enquired about how to get to the village called Rabbit. No-one at the Tourist Centre had heard of Rabbit. Finally, someone said "You don't mean Penguin, do you?"
 
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RooFlyer I also use the Launceston Heritage study 2007-just google it and you can download a podf.An extensive listing of local buildings many residences that are good examples of different building styles-it was why I chose George st and St John's to walk.
But back to another building I found it hard to get a lot of detail.As it is called Chalmers Hall and across the road is the Chalmer's Church -the one I showed with coloured lighting in the posts on Princes square- I presume it was built as a church Hall.It was buit in the late 1920s and is now home of the Aboriginal Elders Council of Tasmania.
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The Headmaster's house for the Launceston Grammar school built in the late 1840s.

And to the local motel that used to be the Launceston Grammar school.It was founded in 1846 and is next to St.john's anglican church.The school moved to Mowbray.It has some alumni who have featured on AFF.Thae alma mater of Sir Hudson Fysh and david warren AO inventor of the flight data recorder.They also educated my twin -Ok we just share a birthday- David Boon.
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And this was the house of the surgeon who founded St.john's hospital with the infamous Dr.Pugh.
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The next building is the Jewish synagogue consecrated in 1846.The second oldest synagogue in Australia.Built in the Egyptian revival style.The land and building cost 500 pounds originally.It has been active from 1846-1871,1930s to 1961 and finally 1984 to the present.Early this year it was vandalised.
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a derelict building that is not going to be occupied any time soon.
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A collection of buildings built in the 1920s.
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Including the CWA.Next door to these buildings is the Metz cafe where I ordered some takeaway to pick up later.
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This next building was the location of the original Launceston post office in the 1820s.Mr.Crabtree was a successful grocer but the most i could find out about him was he was accident prone running his vehicle into a tram in 1912 and the next year running his motorcycle into a cart driven by a Chinese market gardener in Perth resulting in the death of the young woman in the side car.In 1946 it housed a fruit and veggie business and more recently the offices of the last 3 Federal members for Bass.
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Some more of the 1920s and art deco period.
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Now some people love the mid century modern period of which the Myer building is the dominant example in Launceston.i don't though.
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This building was originally part of the Launceston hotel which is now the grey building far left.This part became a warehouse and in 1914 became the Commercial bank of Australia,1918 bank of NSW then Westpac.
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I'm not sure that keeping all facades is necessarily good.
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My favourite building is the Government building in st.john street just around the corner from where I am staying.Completed in 1861 in the Victorian italianate style.
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Hmmm - I've just realised what I missed by just mostly driving around Launceston several times.

You must have been there in normal times.. with fog cloud and rain so thick you needed radar to move….
 

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Hmmm - I've just realised what I missed by just mostly driving around Launceston several times.

You must have been there in normal times.. with fog cloud and rain so thick you needed radar to move….

Hey dont knock their 5 minutes of summer !! ;)
 

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The last few buildings as I walked down St.John Street to the river.First the Johnstone and Wilmot building from 1842.Now an upmarket gift shop.Johnstone was a general merchant,importer of fine wines and an agent for the Northern Assurance Company.He expanded the business building a large warehouse behind this building.It is currently hidden fron sight for renovation.Johnstone died in 1874 and his son and brother in law -a Wilmot- took joint control with the change of name.The firm operated until 1971.
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And a symbol of more prosperous times.
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The original Ritchies mill is now the Stillwater restaurant.
Paterson barracks built in 1860.The last parade of of the 16th Field battery -the oldest Australian artillery unit- was held here in 2012 and Defence vacated the site in 2017.
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I was walking to where I park my car on Fridays when having the weekend off.No parking meters!True to my Scots blood.Now the day was forecast to be raining all day.I had been lucky.But as I approached the river the clouds were starting to roll in.
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It was already raining to the East though the clouds were rolling in from the west.
Low tide so you can see the last remaining evidence of the wharves that were along this bit of the river.
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I drove back to the Metz cafe to pick up lunch.i was a little early so drove up York street.Some nice old buildings.
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And my lunch-crunchy cauliflower with green chilli jam and fried jalopenos.And pressed lamb shoulder with house potato & rosemary rosti | sweet pickled beetroot | whipped fetta | mint & sage gravy.
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I enjoyed it.
However no sooner than I had got inside the heavens opened up.really lucky timing.
 

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Now to week 11 and my last week in Tassie.I lost my all female team.My registrar was rostered for night duty and the Student term was at an end.So instead of having 5 women following me around it was 2 women and a fellow.I had worked with the registrar for a few weeks last year though.It started off as a quiet week and got even quieter.Started off with just 12 patients and ended with just 5 after 5 discharges on Friday.Unfortunately the physician taking over on Monday had 12 new admissions.

Once again a very cold week.probably kept a few from coming to ED.The thing that stands out at work is the abscence of patients with viral respiratory infections and how few have been admitted with exacerbations of COPD.The predominant admissions this week were neurological problems.

The other interesting thing in my 11 weeks here was that I was appointed the Social Distancing policeman having to attend all the registrar's handover meetings.They did very well.But I also learnt about teleconferencing.Basically face to face handovers are very much to be preferred to teleconferencing.

This week saw my supply of cooked meals coming to an end.Unfortunately getting a reservation to actually go to a restaurant was exceedingly difficult so take aways it was.On one night I went to a seafood place-Kyeema seafoods.

They have a great range of seafood products.I got a dozen freshly shucked St.helens oysters and a frozen scallop pie plus some smoked mussels in BBQ sauce for later snacks.The oysters were great.the scallop pie just so so but the mussels were delicious.
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