Coincidence or Synchronicity?

PART 1 :

Synchronicity is a concept, first introduced by analytical psychologist Carl Jung, which holds that events are “meaningful coincidences” if they occur with no causal relationship yet seem to be meaningfully related.

Amongst my social media this morning was an item about a good friend’s father who has a plaque in his honour at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, in Longreach, out near Woop Woop and the Black Stump. ( For non Aussies, that’s out in the sticks, or way out in the middle of nowhere). Thomas Davies had been a Prisoner of War, in Changi, during WW2, and had been responsible for cremating the bodies at “Cholera Hill”.


Tonight, after an Indian buffet that I may well regret in the morning, I have been reading about a commemorative service to mark the 75th anniversary of Australian work on Hellfire Pass and completion of the Thai-Burma Railway to be held on 16th October, in Ballarat, Victoria.

Located at Konyu, Thailand, Hellfire Pass consisted of two cuttings, the first measured 460-metres long by 7.6-metres deep, the second was 73-metres long and 24-metres deep. More than 2,800 Australian POWs are believed to have died working on the Railway, some 700 of them at Hellfire Pass alone.

I recently visited the Edward (Weary) Dunlop statue at the Australian War Memorial. Dunlop was a POW in Changi, and as both a Doctor and leader of men, was much respected. In my household full of world weary cynics, Weary was much revered and his State funeral was the only one of its kind that I can remember. (Prime Ministers? Who gives a rats?). Within the last 24 hours I have been reviewing my photos taken at the AWM to share with the daughter as their main exhibition covers Afghanistan in which she has an interest.


As well as Errol, old movies, possums, and good books I also enjoy my music. Music of all kinds. It soothes the beast within. Different kinds of music for different times. I stumbled upon this tune today. I’m calling it synchronicity.


PS. Despite its locality, the Stockman’s Hall of Fame is one of the most cherished venues in Australia. It’s on my To Do List.





From The Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

With limited time in Canberra my visit to the Australian War Memorial was reduced to hours. No matter. I focussed on the most recent Exhibition : Australia’s Special Forces.


I’ll share more about this another time. A lot to process and quite confronting.

So I pressed on to see the artwork depicting Teddy Sheean. Up until twelve months ago I was clueless about Edward “Teddy” Sheean, a sailor in the Royal Australian Navy during the Second World War. A friendly Tasmanian who was fond of both a story and a drink told me about this young, Tasmanian lad.

From Wikipedia :
“Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean was killed during the attack by Japanese aircraft which sank the Bathurst Class corvette HMAS Armidale in the Arafura Sea on 1 December 1942. Armidale set out from Darwin for Betano, Timor, on a twofold mission: to take relief troops to Sparrow Force, the Allied presence on Timor, and to bring back withdrawing troops. Under frequent air attacks, the ship was unable to complete its mission and sank within minutes of being hit by two torpedoes. After the order to “abandon ship”, Teddy Sheean, although twice wounded, stayed at his post at the aft Oerlikon gun, bringing down an enemy bomber. He was still firing when the ship sank”.


Artist :DaleMarsh

Sheean was posthumously Mentioned in Despatches “for bravery and devotion to duty when HMAS Armidale was lost.” In May 1999 Sheean was honoured by the Royal Australian Navy when Collins Class Submarine No. 5 was named HMAS Sheean. This is the first occasion on which a RAN vessel has been named after an ordinary seaman.


To this day there remains a push to award Sheean the Victoria Cross.

Forever Eighteen by Lee Kernaghan.

With Anzac Day less than ten days away the AWM is in full throttle preparing for thousands of visitors from interstate and overseas. It is both an amazing building, and a humbling experience.


PS Gone Fishin’.