Darwin – The Esplanade and the War – is a glorious walk along Darwin’s sparkling waterfront and esplanade, as I recount the day the war came to Australia. A dramatic day in Australian history.
Darwin is in the land of the Rainbow Serpents, and of ferocious white ants. It’s where the Larrakias have lived for 60,000 years, followed by Westerners and then the Chinese. They all become pole diggers, and then gold diggers. Darwin city centre is certainly full of stories.
0 The muddy torrent rises at a frightening pace. It’s not the first time that heavy monsoons have threatened this Chinese outpost. But these floods are more menacing than ever. […]
0 Living in a pioneer town in the wild, wild east isn’t easy. Chinese migrants, mainly men, arrive here after long treacherous journeys across the South China Sea. Disembarking, they […]
0 My Chinatown walk involves a lot of stripping on my part…. Skyscrapers are stripped right back down to the ground. The busy highways and flyovers around me are peeled […]
0 I’m in Klang. I’ve walked to the other side of the Klang River from the train station. And am totally immersed in the story of the Klang Wars. The […]
1+ There was once a Sultan of Selangor who had a son. His son falls into debt from an investment that goes wrong. Fortunately his debts are bailed out by […]
1+ It’s early morning at my local train platform. As I wait, I hear the “cuc-koooo” call of the spotted turtle doves (image here). Or so I think, until I’m […]
2+ Once upon a time, Brickfields was a quiet little Indian residential settlement. And then in 2009, the original Little India along Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman was moved out. “More […]
0 It all begins with a State Treasurer named Venning and a British Resident named Swettenham. One day, they meet for a drink in tropical Kuala Lumpur. The story then […]