My Daguerreotype Boyfriend

Nothing like some completely different to snap me into returning to blogging. I just came across this tumblr (note to self: learn more about how people are using Tumblr these days). My first reaction was ‘No…what?!’ then I had a bit of a browse and the whole idea has grown on me. It is, as they … Continue reading

Random History: Atlantic Hotel

I’m finding more and more that the study of history is really just a study of coincidences, serendipity, chance encounters and the thrill of the chase. Often little snippets of history land in my lap, quite unheeded, take hold and open out into a lovely little slice of the past. It is this sort of history … Continue reading

A dose of @TroveAustralia love

Have you used Trove? The idea is simple. Digitize Australia’s newspapers, layer OCR and allow searching, tagging and correcting. It is genius really. You can’t imagine what I can find there that I would never have found in the bad old days of mircofilm. In fact I once had a job with a scope of … Continue reading

Absence of Occupation is not Rest

On Friday night I went along to the Heathcote Museum and Gallery – the old Heathcote Reception Home overlooking the Swan River in Applecross – for the opening of an exhibition by Paul Caporn and Kate Gregory. This was especially exciting because it was an art exhibition (Paul is the artist) using as inspiration and responding to the … Continue reading

The Missing Reverend

While trawling through a rather long Trove search result list for things to do with the Wesley Church in Albany (for work), I kept seeing references to The Rev. T. A. James. There were some odd headlines: ‘Supposed Drowning Case’, ‘Mysterious Disappearance’, ‘Sydney Detectives Make Discoveries’, ‘James Masquerading as ‘Mr. Lee”, ‘Church Funds Intact’, ‘James … Continue reading

Two Grandfathers

The other week I requested the National Archives digitize the WWII service records for my maternal and paternal grandfathers. I’ve just received emails pointing me to their files. My maternal grandfather, Kenneth Donald Dyke – we called him Don – was 23 years 11 months and a journalist in Sydney when he joined up. He … Continue reading

57 Murray Street – work in progress

I’m currently working hard on the history of the departments that governed Aboriginal people in WA from 57 Murray Street. This, you probably don’t remember, is my placement project for a uni subject. I’m finding this research really fascinating and horrific. I thought I might share a little bit of what I’ve found. It isn’t finished … Continue reading

Two Headlines

These two recent newspaper articles arrived in my inbox today. While I knew about both situations already, the situation in this State with regards to funding the arts and heritage is beyond a joke. I have no hesitation in strongly voicing my opinion about this. Successive governments who have trumpeted their ‘management’ of the State have failed … Continue reading

On discovering my family’s papers

Researching my family history might be something I’m not supposed to admit as a professional historian, but it was the thing that reminded me how much I wanted to return to work in history when I felt I would not be able to get out of teaching in schools. And I’m discovering, as I meander … Continue reading

Using video on the history web – part two

So, yesterday I was discussing the use of videos on the history web. I left you with two examples and asked what you thought. It is okay that no one commented! Just trying to be encouraging. Moving on! Here’s what I think. Unfortunately, or perhaps not, if you are an organisation – a recognised entity … Continue reading