Cecil William Baldwin (1887–1961) was born in Melbourne and trained at the Burnley School of Horticulture, working as a landscape gar­d­ener until the outbreak of WW1. Cecil enlisted in the 40th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Forces and served as a lieutenant in France and Belgium. He was wounded and repatriated home in 1918. Following the…

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James Cook Snr brought his large family from Scotland in 1736 where he had secured more reliable employ­ment on estate farms. As a bo­n­us, he could send young James to school at his employer’s  expense.                                Capt Cook's Cottagetransplanted brick by brick to…

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Jews, Christians and Muslims, Peoples of the Book, shared a common basis of their religious beliefs in the Jewish Bible aka the Old Testam­ent. Recognising the two older systems as precur­sors to their own, Muslims grant­ed free­dom of worship to Jews and Ch­ristians within their dominions. The importance of canon­ic scriptures within these three related…

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Born Josef Braun (1918-2009) in Lodz Poland, he arrived in Aus­tr­alia with his father and siblings in 1933. At 15 he settled in Melbourne and attended Princes Hill Central School. Brown showed an early talent for drawing and was first exhibited at his school.Bush track Dromana, 1875by Louis BuvelotFrederick McCubbin, Autumn Memories, 1899donated by Brown to…

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After the crises of the Maritime Dispute in 1890, Shearers’ Dis­pute in 1891 and the Great Depression of early 1890s, many in Austral­ia’s work­­­ing class believed that their nation could never be a work­ingman’s parad­ise. Some were drawn to a utopian settlement in Paraguay. William Lane, c1892WikiBritish-born William Lane (1861–1917) was the popular editor of Bris­bane…

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Scientists believe that marsupials evolved in Nth America, sp­read to Sth America and thence to Australia, formerly con­nected continents. Most marsu­p­ials died out in the Americas, beaten by placental mammals, but they thrived in Aust­ral­ia. By the time Sth America, Australia and Antarctica separated millions of years ago, Australian mammals had evolved.A quokka family on…

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Hilda Rix  (1884-1961) was born in rural Victoria. Her mother was artistic so Hilda was allowed to study at the National Gallery School Melbourne from 1902-5 under Frederick McCubbin, Australia’s greatest artist then. In 1907 she left Australia for Europe with her mother and sister, studying at the New Art School in London, followed by…

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The Leviny house Buda, in Castlemaine bought and renovated in 1863Ernest Leviny (1818-1905) was a Hungarian and a citizen of the Austro Hungarian Empire. He moved from a small town to Budapest, to train as a silversmith and jeweller. In 1843 he lived in Paris developing his craft before moving to London where he set up a…

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#Israel was the very first IRC channel that both Daniel ben Sefer-Dabas Sydney and Helen Webberley-Heloise Melb­ourne had been involved in. We met many fine people who remained close friends, especially Muet, Mer, Academy, Winky, Andygee and Peteyc. The experience in ear­ly 1993 was novel, challenging and fun. But eventually the fun palled. The problems were…

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Petrol in the UK was the first commodity to be rationed, although it was supplied for essential services eg doctors and farmers. When a North Atlantic blockade by German U-Boats stopped imported food, huge shortages were caused and by Jan 1940, the British government had to introduce food rationing. The scheme was designed to ensure fair shares for all…

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Welcoming back their surviving sons and brothers to Ballarat1919, Victorian Collections.Because dead soldiers were not repatriated to Australia from Europe during or after the Great War, the dead were had to be buried thousands of ks from their homes. The planting of a tree was a replace­ment funeral for families who could not provide a funeral for…

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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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