20th Biennale of Sydney March 18 – June 5, 2016 features new venue, Mortuary Station, Chippendale.



The striking, ornate, gothic-looking Mortuary Station, located in Chippendale between Sydney’s Central Station and Railway Square, makes its debut in 2016 as a Biennale venue.
Mortuary Station hosts the Embassy of Transition, presenting artists whose works engage with the cycles of life and death, as well as with rites of passage. The Embassy is inspired by the unique venue, a former nineteenth-century funeral station. Heritage-listed Mortuary Station was built as a stop along the rail line for trains transporting coffins and mourners from the city to the burial grounds at Rookwood Cemetery.

Exhibiting artists at this Embassy include:
Marco Chiandetti
Charwei Tsai
– See more at: http://www.biennaleofsydney.com.au/…/ven…/mortuary-station/…




Wray Owen Funerals have just become proud sponsors of Nowra Croquet Club


Their grounds are located next to the Bomaderry swimming pool and this week they are holding the State titles, so if you have some free time head on over and support your local community, just like us.

The Nowra Croquet Club was founded in 1922, at the Nowra Bowling club and then moved to a site in West street, Nowra were it remained until 2009 when it was relocated to its current site at 127 Cambewarra Road, Boamaderry, adjacent to the Swimming pool complex. Visiting players and those interested are more than welcome to enjoy two full sized croquet lawns and the well equipped club room. Mallet sports include, Association and Golf croquet and Ricochet



Wray Owen Funerals – proud sponsors of the Terara Country Music Campout since its inaugural year


Its great to support our community in helping to make the region a place to visit. The organisers do a wonderful job at this event held on 4th, 5th & 6th March, 2016.

The festival included performers, Trevor Platschind, The Coads & Jim Hermel, Bernie Constance, Stephen Cheney, Rodney Vincent, George Farham, Bec Hance, Tom maxwell, Gerry Lowe, Brian Letton, Royden Donahue, Keith Jamieson & Alisha Smith, Trevor Keilar, John & Christine Smith, Robyn Gleeson, Vanessa Waara and Brad Williams.

So, if you can, support your local community just like us. 



Alzheimer’s Advocate and Former First Lady Nancy Reagan Dies of Heart Failure


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Nancy Reagan died on Sunday, March 6th, of congestive heart failure. (AP Photo)

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Nancy Reagan began her final journey to her husband’s side Wednesday as a police motorcade carried her casket down an empty freeway lined with saluting firefighters and mourners holding hands over their hearts in tribute to the former first lady.

Nancy Reagan – former first lady


A great man, that will be deeply missed in the racing community and surrounds…

Courtesy: Milton Ulladulla Times/Fairfax Regional Media

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The funeral service for Bede Murray will be held at 11am on Monday at St Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Milton. The South Coast horse trainer died last Tuesday night after a long battle with cancer aged 80 years.

His son Paul paid tribute to his father and mentor. “He was a legend and a champion bloke and most of all he was my dad,” Paul said. “He lived a long and successful life and won’t be quickly forgotten.”Murray trained for more than 50 years and had a stable at Kembla Grange since 1994. “The club is deeply saddened by the passing of Bede, who was a remarkable trainer and person,” Illawarra Turf Club chief executive Peter De Vries said. Murray trained for more than 50 years and had a stable at Kembla Grange since 1994.

“The club is deeply saddened by the passing of Bede, who was a remarkable trainer and person,” Illawarra Turf Club chief executive Peter De Vries said. Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys rated Murray was one of the best at his craft in NSW and Australia.



BEDE MURRAY: “He was a legend and a champion bloke and most of all he was my dad” said son Paul. Mr Murray is pictured at his Conjola stables in 2015. Photo: RON AGGS



ON THIS DAY… The black box was born

Research scientist David Warren lost his father to an airline disaster when he was a boy, then went on to revolutionise global aviation safety.
ON 17 MARCH 1953, Melbourne Aeronautical Research Laboratory scientist David Warren brought a ‘game changer’ to the aviation industry, when he invented the world’s first-ever ‘black box.’
In little more than 60 years, it has gone from a single prototype, to a mandatory piece of airline equipment – this journey experiencing a fair share of turbulence along the way.
During the 1950s, David was working on investigations into a series of fatal crashes of the world’s first jet-powered commercial aircraft, the Comet. (It must have been work that hit close to home, having lost his own father in one of Australia’s earliest air disasters in 1934 when Miss Hobart crashed in the Bass Strait).
It was during this time he had his light-bulb moment – if the final moments of the flights had been recorded, they could have provided valuable information.
“Aircraft accidents can be very difficult to investigate if there are no survivors, no eyewitnesses and the aircraft wreckage is fragmented,” explains Neil Campbell, senior transport safety investigator at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.
“This is exactly the scenario in the 1950s when the British Comet aircraft was developed and had a series of accidents. The accidents were very difficult to explain without black boxes.”
1985 ABC News Interview with Dr David Warren about his 1956 invention of the Black Box Flight Recorder. ABC News: ‘Black Box Flight Recorder Inventor’ first broadcast on 29 June 1985. (Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
And so, in 1953, the first black box was born, featuring a thin metal wire that could continually store flight instrument readings and up to four hours of voice recordings before a crash.
He pitched the idea internationally, but it fell flat, and David – alongside team members Kenneth Fraser, Lane Sear and Dr Walter Boswell – spent the next few years developing the technology, producing a demonstration model in 1957.
In 1958, the idea took flight, when former British air vice-marshal Sir Robert Hardingham visited the laboratory and saw its potential and England’s Ministry of Aviation followed suit soon after.
However it wasn’t until 1960 – seven years later – that Australia caught on, when a Fokker F27 Friendship plane crash in Mackay, Queensland, killed 29 people, and the judge ordered black boxes be fitted in all future Australian aircraft.
Overnight, Australia went from taking little interest, to being the first country in the world to make cock-pit voice recording compulsory. (Courtesy Australian Geographic)
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Northern lights dinosaur was a savage predator

BY JOHN PICKRELL March 18, 2016

An Australian palaeontologist has led the discovery of a new Velociraptor relative that lived within the Arctic Circle.
John Pickrell is the editor of Australian Geographic. He is a science writer, author, nature lover and self-confessed geek. Blog posts range over Southern Hemisphere palaeontology, dinosaurs, megafauna, archaeology, palaeoanthropology and a smattering of other topics.

DR PHIL BELL, who works with Australian Geographic on our annual Lightning Ridge fossil dig, has discovered a new species of predatory dinosaur related to Velociraptor.
Despite being no bigger than a large dog, the newly discovered animal would have been a swift runner and a nasty piece of work, says Bell. “It had rows of small, serrated teeth, like mini steak knives; three large talons on each hand; and a foot equipped with a trademark sickle-like claw, that it could use like a grappling hook to latch onto prey.”
Bell – who is based at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW – spends part of each year working on fossil digs overseas in places such as Mongolia and Canada, and this latest discovery was made in Alberta in 2012. The find is detailed in a Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology paper he co-authored with seasoned Canadian dinosaur hunter Phil Currie.
Dinosaurs under the northern lights
Boreonykus certekorum, as they have called it, lived in the Grande Prairie region of Alberta 73 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous. The name Boreonykus comes from the Greek ‘borealis’, meaning northern, and ‘nykos’, meaning claw.
The fossils were found in the boreal forests that encircle the world at high-northern latitudes from Canada to Europe and Siberia. “You can also see the spectacular aurora borealis northern lights at those latitudes,” Bell says. “The sickle claw from the foot was also one of the first bones found, so all those elements came together to lend the species its name.”
The initial discovery of fossil bones was made in 1986, but experts assumed they belonged to an animal already known, and so they lay unstudied in the collection of the Royal Tyrrell Museum for a quarter of a century before he found them in 2010. Bell was then part of the expedition that discovered more Boreonykus bones in 2012.

The enigma of Boreonykus
“I became fascinated with this animal, as small carnivorous dinosaurs from these latitudes are extremely rare,” he says. “After a bit of poking around, we realised that these were not the bones of Saurornitholestes, Dromaeosaurus or some other known species, but something new and unique to this region.”
Seventy-three million years ago this part of northern Canada was even further north than today. Though global temperatures were then high, there would have been long periods of complete winter darkness, when plants wouldn’t have been able to get energy from the Sun and ecosystems virtually shut down.
“Herbivorous dinosaurs would have migrated or hibernated, leaving hungry carnivorous theropods in their wake,” Bell says. Experts have long wondered what carnivores at high latitudes ate in winter, especially as fossil finds in recent decades have shown a wide diversity of predatory species.
“Boreonykus is one more enigma. We don’t really know what they did during the winter months. Small land animals such as this don’t migrate well. It’s too exhausting. Similarly, modern carnivores tend to stay in their home areas over winter even when the bigger, herbivorous game leaves.”
(Courtesy of Australian Geographic)

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34 Unique Memorial Service Ideas

Memorial services can vary in style, tone, and content just as widely as the unique personalities of the individuals being memorialized. As more and more families choose to modify or entirely steer clear of “traditional” services, the options for celebrating the life of a loved one multiply to accomodate the preferences of the family or the decedent.
Since the options for memorial service ideas are nearly limitless, it can actually be somewhat daunting to plan and pull off a memorial. Whether it be a culturally “traditional” service, a “life celebration” party, or something inbetween, the abundance of choices and the lessening of a widely accepted standard increases the pressure on choosing the right elements to include. To help, we’ve gathered an array of memorial service ideas for cremation or burial which will hopefully be of assistance to you in planning the perfect life celebration, funeral, or memorial service.
(Courtesy of Urns Online)

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