Such was life

The history of hello

The history of hello

January 8, 2015

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Social life & customs, Such was life:

You’re the first person in the world to answer the telephone- so what do you say; Hello? Hulloa? Hi? Anybody there?

Monster Petition

Monster Petition

December 17, 2014

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Politics, Such was life:

In 1891 women throughout Victoria went door to door, gathering signatures for a women’s suffrage petition, which became known as the ‘monster petition’.

Matthew Flinders’ cat

Matthew Flinders’ cat

December 5, 2014

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People & professions, Such was life:

One of my favourite books in our children’s collection is a story written by explorer Matthew Flinders about his cat, Trim. This story languished for many years in the archives of the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, until it was discovered and published in the literary magazine Overland in 1973.

Martha Needle – Melbourne’s 19th century serial poisoner

Martha Needle – Melbourne’s 19th century serial poisoner

November 20, 2014

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People & professions, Such was life:

In 1894, Martha Needle was sentenced to death for the murder of her prospective brother in law, Louis Juncken, and executed in the Old Melbourne Gaol. She was also said to have poisoned her husband Henry, their three daughters Mabel, Elsie and May, as well as attempting to murder Herman Juncken.