‘A Conversation With Oscar Wilde’

45This rather unorthodox memorial and tribute to a rather unorthodox man was unveiled on 30 November 1998 by Stephen Fry, who played Oscar Wilde in the 1997 film “Wilde”.

Entitled  ‘A Conversation with Oscar Wilde’ the memorial, in the form of a green granite sarcophagus and designed as a seat, depicts Oscar Wilde, one of the most brilliant and flamboyant literary figures in late Victoria London, emerging from his afterlife, cigarette (when it has not been stolen) in hand, ready to share his renowned wit and views on anything and everything with whoever cares to sit down and have a chat. Continue reading “‘A Conversation With Oscar Wilde’”

A Royal Palace in the West End


Lest you think I have attached the wrong pictures to this review I should point out that this is not a palace in the real sense of the word. I will explain further, later in this review. This quaint, rather plain and indeed rather rundown looking clothes shop was formally a tearoom run by one of Adelaide’s most flamboyant sons – Albert Augustine (Bert) Edwards. Edwards, on the right, with one of his employees are depicted in my second picture, outside the tearooms as they were in 1912 – picture courtesy of the State Library of South Australia. Continue reading “A Royal Palace in the West End”

Captain Moonlite And His Grave


On anything other than the briefest of visits to Gundagai you will hear about a ‘Captain Moonlite’. Captain Moonlite never lived in Gundagai and, from what I can ascertain, his only visit to the town was a short time he spent, at Her Majesty’s pleasure, in the former Gundagai Gaol prior to a committal hearing in the adjacent Gundagai Court House. Continue reading “Captain Moonlite And His Grave”