NEW EVENTS 2017
Good bye 'Molasses'
PEACOCKS: The Bottle Family
Historic "Norville", is situated on the sheep and cattle property, Rock Dhu, Murrurundi, Upper Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia.
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Contact us at –
"Norville", Rock Dhu, Murrurundi 2338
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If there be a 'most asked' question here at Rock Dhu, it would have to be "What does the name mean?".
My father searched for years but never found the answer to the question. In early 1999 I was in a bookshop in Ballina, NSW. I had been flying around the state marketing my book, 'Solo Around the World'. The proprietor, obviously from the Old Country, saw my address and said simply... "Ahhh, Black Rock".
So, the search was over.
"Rock Dhu" in Gallic means Black Rock, or Rock Black, back to front. My property is named after a tiny basalt outcrop off the West Coast of Scotland, with a lighthouse erected there in about 1870. An incredible number of ships were wrecked there and lives lost.
So, our long held belief that the 'Black' reference was intended to mean the colour of the rock appears to be incorrect. Rather, it referred to 'Death' from the huge loss of life.
However, there is much more to it than that. With some assistance from an artist I have obtained a web link with much more information - see "Dubh Artach" at Wikipedia.
It is further known the name Norvill(e) is derived from "Normanville". Follow this link for one explanation: House of Names
'Molasses' going boating?
'The Lord' (alias 'Reverend'). Goes to a new home.
Do-It-Yourself, Balcony Renovation
Who Dug Archie Up??
DANGER: Loose corrugated iron in wind
Helicopter Photo Shoot 03:02:16
Jade (Norvill) in the Sunnys
Adulterous Wife and Mother: Update
Sexting Art, PHN Style: Reflecting
(Proven very popular with
The Pig That Thinks It's A Cow
Sunnys Reach Their Peak. B.C. and Friends and
Relatives Arrive for Dinner
Baby Hare and Mother at
'The Big House'
'Brisbane' Paul Returns to
his Archibald Portrait
TREE: Firewood for Winter
Solo Journey: Final 2015
The Quick and the Dead 2016
Vale Fr. Paul: The Lesson Only Half Over, 2015
Oil and acrylic on canvas
176 x 109cm
Torn Asunder: Mind, Machine, Body and Soul 2015
182 x 83 cm
The Adulterous Wife and Mother, April 2015
Oil over acrylic on canvas. Scalpel and text pen
76 x 76 cm
The Wedding June 2015
Oil and acrylic on canvas
183 X 91 cm
NORVILL ART PRIZE : AWARD ABANDONED
(Click above for statement)
AUTUMN MODEL SHOOT: JADE
Photos by PHN (Preview only)
FIRE: A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ONE OF
RED BELLY BLACK: TRAPPED
SALLY AND THE SNAKE
'SNAPPER': IN THE AFTERLIFE
NEW ADDITION: AVIATION
JADE: FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT 2015
Photos by PHN (Preview only
SOLDIER SETTLER COTTAGE RENOVATION
WALLABADAH ROCK 2015
JADE: CHRISTMAS MODEL SHOOT 2015
SOLO ROUND THE WORLD
Celebrating 25 years
since Peter Norvill
made his record setting
solo around the
(photo by Barry Smith)
website has been approved
for inclusion in the
PANDORA Archive of the
National Library of Australia
Website updated February 2014