The rebels had fled, but before they left they had destroyed a precious archive. The world gasped in dismay as the mayor of Timbuktu announced that a library recently built to hold Timbuktu’s historic manuscripts had burnt to the ground. At the time the Mayor did not know that while some historic manuscripts were now a pile of ashes, most had been saved. Yet these manuscripts … [Read more...] about The Destruction of Memory
A dictionary is the first place anyone consults when they want to know the meaning of a word. Likewise the Dictionary of Sydney is the first place you should go to if you want to know anything about Sydney, past or present. It is a ground-breaking project where historians, whether amateur, professional or academic collaborate to create a dynamic and comprehensive website that … [Read more...] about The Dictionary of Sydney Needs Your Help!
"The regime of the coin tea has come", declared 'Sympathiser' in the Brisbane Courier in 1909. This announcement was apt. If you do a search for 'coin tea' on the National Library of Australia's online newspaper database (Trove) you will be struck by how popular this form of fundraising appears to have been in Queensland during the early twentieth century until the outbreak … [Read more...] about The Regime of the Coin Tea Has Come…
I have added a brief page outlining my current research interest - religion in state schools. Click the tab above and find out more. Throughout my research on Queensland's Bible in State schools referendum of 1910 I have been surprised at the absence of photos of the 1910 federal election and state referendum. There were plenty of cameras around in 1910. Commentators at the … [Read more...] about Seeking Information about Queensland’s Bible in State Schools Referendum 1910