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Having a go in Mum’s back yard

Therese attending Indian Wedding

Graduation – Degree in 3D Art and Animation

With The Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore attending the City of Sydney Christmas Reception 2018

My Godfather  |  Dr Timothy O’Leary

Hilary,  Mum’s porcelain painting


Mum is the historianfor the North Queensland Potters Association, she was very active in setting up the association and a member of the  first committee.

Sun Community Newspapers article November 21, 2012.

North Queensland Potters' Association History by Hilary O'Leary

‘North Queensland Potters’ Association History’
by Hilary O’Leary

2016 Biennial North Queensland Ceramic Awards – link to catalogue



 Dad and Mum’s P & O trip on S. S. Strathmore in 1963


Left at 4 pm from No 13 Wharf, Pyrmont on Thursday, 11th April, 1963 – the top road to the wharf should be used.

Cabin 213/214 and Table 26.

Passenger’s Guest Pass, in the second sitting in the Forward Dining Room.

Cruising to Nuku’alofa, Suva and Noumea.

Seated at the Purser’s Table, in the booklet his name was R.S. Brown and the Captain’s name was J.D’O.Green RD., R.N.R.

S. S. Strathmore, ships fact sheet, postcards and Maritime Heritage East information.

Menus – Shipping (general, Orient, P&O) : ephemera material collected by the National Library of Australia].


My Grandfather, William McMahon, Mum’s Dad 

Crewed on 12 foot sailing boats winning the following national championships

CCII 1928-29

Nina 1936 – 37

Resolve 1939 – 40

Dynamic 1946 – 47

Desire 1950 – 51

Archive various newspaper articles

NSW Twelve Foot Skiff Association

12 ft Skill Design – Previous Winners

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Sailing was a large part of my Grandfather’s live and he lived not far from Bulimba, the neighbouring suburb Morningside.  The famous marine architect Ben Lexcen (previously known as Bob Miller), moved to the Bulimba sailing club making history with his design for Taipan leading to the design for the winged keel of Australia II – the first non-American yacht in 132 years to win the America’s Cup.

Australian Maritime Museum’s painstaking restored the late Ben Lexicon’s Taipan.  Bob Miller he moved to Brisbane in 1958 to work at Norman Wright’s Bulimia boatyard.  In 1959 his new 18-foot lightweight, skiff designs were roomy wooden boats, easier to manage and with a crew of five reduced to three.

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 Isabel Williamson, nee Baulch – Grandma 

Grandmother of Uncle Vince & Mum, Granny’s mother

  standing next to one of her sisters


William McMahon’s (Hilary O’Leary’s father and my grandfather) sister, Josie married Joe and they had a son Joe who is Hilary’s cousin and my second cousin.


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The O’Leary building at Saint’s Catholic College

James Cook University’s, Saints Catholic college

on campus accommodation has called the

A block of St Paul’s wing after Dad, the O’Leary Building and

B block after Sir Joseph P G. Kneipp Kt., LL.B., Hon D.Litt., Kneipp Building.

Dad’s brother, Uncle Matt

RAAF 467 Sqn   |  Held Stalag Luft lll


 has been included in the Prisoners of War Memorial, Ballarat.

His entry can also be found on the World War 2 Nominal Roll website


“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn at the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.”

“For the Fallen” by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon

 Dad’s father, James O’Leary

My Grandfather, Pop, James O’Leary and my Uncle Matt

First World War embarkation roll information as listed on the Australian War Memorial web site

25th Infantry Battalion and 25th Australian Infantry Battalion Memorial

“When you go home tell them of us,

and say for your tomorrow we gave our today” 

National Archives of Australia 


James Service Number – 6370

Place of Birth – Wallangarra QLD

Place of Enlistment – Brisbane QLD

Next of Kin – (Mother) O’LEARY Margaret

Dad started his first dental practice in Charters Towers, Queensland

and while there became good friends with Dr Tim O’Leary of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Tim is my Godfather.


‘North and aloft : A personal memoir of service and adventure with the Royal Flying doctor Service in the far northern Australia’ by Timothy Joseph O’Leary

‘Western wings of care : a personal memoir of aviation development and clinical life with the Royal Flying Doctor Service in outback Austrlaia’ by Timothy Joseph O’Leary


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Cayuga Street


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Rangewood Development – Street named after Dad and Mum, Gerard and Hilary Joyce – JOYARD CT

REEF HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, Townsville. Rangewood Developments one of the Founding Sponsors

Creative Photos by my sister Trish O’Donnell

link to facebook


The Pier at the Spit, Surfers Paradise, October 2012


in  Picture Correct, an online site for photography tips and techniques, includes Trish’s photo below.

“Katrina at Springbrook” captured by Trish O’ Donnell.

“Katrina at Springbrook” captured by Trish O’ Donnell.

Mum’s cousin Kay, her husband – John Weeronga Bartoo

5486_20123102556No560 Goanna Dreaming (1) 60cm x 30cm sml

John was born in Brisbane and is a descendant of the Kooma Tribe from South Western Queensland. He is a self taught artist, started painting in February 2003 and paints in the traditional manner of the desert people using a stick.  John designs textiles for a Us company and has his own range of Pure Silk Scarves.  The highest amount John has received at auction by Sotheby’s in 2007 was US$7,000.00.

John Weeronga Bartoo lives at Elbow Valley near Warwick Queensland. He paints Original Aboriginal Dot Paintings. John has his own Home Gallery at 50 Woods Road, Elbow Valley

My niece Katrina dancing

at the Swingsation 2012 Invitational – Ben Morris and Katrina Ostrenski


for ‘Bogey Men’ and ‘The Art of Farewell’

with Wolsey played by my cousin Ben O’Leary in ‘Bogey Men’

The Art of Farewell’  IMDB and the Australian 2001 Tropfest Film Festival


‘A VIEW FROM MOVING WINDOWS’ with cast including, my cousin, Helen O’Leary

Closing Night, Therese, Buck, Helen, Uncle Jim, Aunty Joan

October, 2012

Riverside Theatre

The Cast

The Theatre from the Back Seat – review

A View From Moving Windows actor Helen O’Leary has written a beautiful poem for the blog! 

‘LAST’ written and performed by my cousin, Helen O’Leary and slides by Buck Buckingham

September 2012

Old 505 Theatre


David Kary

The Sydney Fringe

Blog Interview


Helen O’Leary nominated for 2012 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actress in an Independent Production for God’s Ear and winner of the Sydney Fringe Award for My Paris 2011, returns to 505 with her brand new work Last. Helen is an arresting performer and watching her in her devised works is a very special treat.

if today was your      


how would you make it ?

on the eve of christmas last december

a friend walked into the sea naked

and took her own life

mortality came crashing into consciousness

to live to die

to stay afloat to surrender

to laugh to weep

what a bag of tricks is this thing we call life

the juxtaposition of life forces and death forces

this show poses the question ‘ what’s the punchline ?’

One thing is for sure

we are all in it together


 Christen O’Leary on Medea

Christen O’leary sings ‘You Made Me Love You’

My cousin, Christen in the Bombshells at the Opera House

and travelling nationally.


 Six women on the brink. Which one are you?

Multi-award winning Australian playwright and author Joanna Murray-Smith’s highly acclaimed play Bombshells is a journey from crisis to hilarity, via the secret thoughts of a group of women all linked by more than just their proximity to the edge.

With singing, dancing, comedy and the joys of sheer honesty, this extraordinary one-woman show strips back the façade to reveal the things that sometimes, we’d just love to say out loud.

Bombshells stars powerhouse performer Christen O’Leary. A critically acclaimed stage actor, Christen is a winner of the coveted Helpmann Award and has been nominated for seven Green Room Awards, winning twice.

Queensland Theatre Company production  ‘Bombshells’ 

17 March – 21 April     Cremorne Theatre     Brisbane
From the writer of Female of the SpeciesRockabye, and Ninety comes Bombshells, a cheeky, insightful and salaciously entertaining look at the inner thoughts of the modern Australian woman.
In a series of vignettes we’re introduced to six colourfully complex characters who are all on the brink of falling apart. Christen O’Leary is a singing, dancing and acting dynamo who plays a housewife running on empty, a cactus-loving divorcee, an anxious bride, a Glee Club wannabe, a yearning sexagenarian, and a cabaret diva singing her last hurrah.

Bombshells is a witty, funny and intimate theatre romp, jam-packed with vitality and vivacious storytelling. An affirmation of the anxieties, emotions and fantasies of everyday heroines.

Old times with a special friend from our high school days, Paul Rogers

and have stayed in touch over the years.


Neil, Paul’s cousin, Therese, Anna and Paul at Paul’s 21st get together at his home with his Mum, Joyce in Neutral Bay. The year?? Maybe better not to say.

Laurel Vogi’s beautiful paintings  




More of Laurel’s paintings can be seen by either clicking here or going to travel>asia>japan and are part of the slide show from the trip Mum and I did to Japan.

Laurel and her husband, Chris were part of the great group we travelled with on the Koyoto Autumn Gardens Tour 2011

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  Peter Shanco’s farm, Glasshouse Mountains, Queensland, Australia


Erik at the Korean Cultural Office’s Christmas party

At the K-Pop style Christmas party he won one of the lucky door prizes and was asked to dance to PSY’s hit ‘Gangnam Style‘ before he could collect it.

Cyclone Althea, December 24 1971

Peter Spittle, my lovely, previous neighbour, his daughter-in-law Carolyn,

as part of the Royal Australian Air Force Senior Leadership Team.

RAAF Senior Leadership Team includes four female One Stars, Cath Roberts, Carolyn Spittle, Kathryn Dunn and Tracy Smart,

Air Commodore (AIRCDRE)

Anna & Aileen on TV – ‘Falls and Prevention with Older People’

 click on the title – from Carers ACT and WIN TV

Robert’s film class made his script ‘Long Distance Love’

enjoy the following videos




 Ben Fajzullin


One response

  1. Christine

    Congratulations Therese i was looking for mum and her book on the web and thanks to you i found her . Thanks for that

    July 15, 2013 at 9:07 PM

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