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ne of my ear­li­est mem­o­ries is sit­ting with my fam­ily un­der Burleigh’s iconic Nor­folk pines. The cho­rus of lori­keets re­turn­ing to roost fills the air. My sis­ter and I swoop like seag­ulls on our fis­hand-chip pic­nic, lick­ing salt from burnt fin­gers, be­fore Dad can heave him­self from his fold-up chair. Those south­ern sen­tinels feel like they’ve been there for­ever, so I was sur­prised to learn the orig­i­nal saplings were trans­ported from Syd­ney, planted by a lo­cal fam­ily in 1934. There’s noth­ing more sat­is­fy­ing than de­vour­ing a good mys­tery … true tales are the most de­li­cious. Our fea­ture story (p8-9) is equal parts his­tory and mys­tery. Even in this age of in­for­ma­tion, so much of our lo­cal lore re­mains un­writ­ten. Thanks to Nook’s Mar­cus Wilkins for his part in re­dress­ing that bal­ance by track­ing down the artist be­hind the Burleigh Pavil­ion mu­ral. Let us know if you have any­thing to add to the case files.

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