From the 1820s on, rapid development in NSW's Hunter region saw the growth of trade and commerce on the Hunter River. This development also in­c­reas­ed the population in Morpeth, 37 ks north of Newcastle, a very busy port on the Hunter River. Mor­peth was the stop-off point for settlers heading into the interior and the embarkation point…

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Strahan Visitor Centre, front of the wharf and Huon Pine Sawmill behindHells Gates and Cape Sorell Light­house The area around Macquarie Harbour in SW Tasmania was home to the Too­gee Aboriginal people for thousands of years, but only until c1830. The first Europeans to ex­plore the harbour were James Kelly and mates in Dec 1815. They spent 3 days exploring the harbour…

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Police photographed The Somerton Man straight after people found the body on the beach.                                                                                  …

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Front entrance to Preston MarketColonial occupation of the Port Phillip District from 1835 resulted in the survey and subdivision of the land, with the land being taken up largely for grazing, and then tanneries was establish­ed in Preston. In 1888 a huge tannery was built on the block surrounded by High St, Cramer St, the…

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 Each completed paper page was pasted to one, long linen fabricand rolled onto a spin­dle. 260 metres long and very heavyVictoria’s Constitution of 1855 did not give women the right to vote. Women first received the vote in Victoria in 1863, when in a piece of faulty legislative drafting, the Electoral Act allowed all ratepayers listed on…

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Front veranda of Como House, surrounded by gardensIn discussing rare Australian colonial architecture in Melbourne, I wrote briefly about grand residence in Como Avenue, South Yar­ra called Como.Melbourne town was only 2 years old when the site that is now Como House was used as a cattle run. In 1847 Edward Eyre Williams, a colonial lawyer and…

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My late father Les was legally adopted in 1939, when he was 17.5 years old. The 5th of 6 children born to a working class family, each of the young­est 4 children was fostered out to an aunt or uncle while their mother was hospitalised (TB?) in the country for years. My father lived with…

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Villa Parma, Daylesford, 1864 Indigenous Australians were the first to settle in Hepburn Springs and Daylesford (pop c3600) area of Victoria, particularly the Dja Dja Wur­rung tribes. Pastoralists didn’t occupied the area, 110km from cen­tral Melbour­ne, until white settlement arrived in 1838. The biggest change came when alluvial gold was discovered in Dec 1851 and pros­p­ec­tors…

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Olen väitöskirjassani tutkinut, kuinka tiettyjen brittitoimijoiden ryhmät osallistuivat Australian mannerta koskevan tiedon tuottamiseen 1800-luvun keskivaiheilla. Tutkimukseni näkökulma on ajankohtainen ja nykyhetken kannalta kiinnostava, sillä kysymykset siitä, kuinka ymmärrykset globaalisti tunnustetuista ”tosiasioista” ovat syntyneet, ovat läsnä monien nykypäivän ilmiöiden kohdalla.

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