Articles by: Paul Dee

Victoria’s budget 1852

Victoria’s budget 1852

May 22, 2014

Politics, Such was life:

In 1852 Victoria was barely one year old, after separation from New South Wales in 1851. It was ‘the period of the greatest social and political disorganisation that the colony… Read More ›

Rob Roy hill climb

Rob Roy hill climb

March 12, 2014

Sport, Such was life:

The Rob Roy hill climb is a car time trial in Smiths Gully, Victoria. It was initially established by the Light Car Club of Australia and began in 1937 and ran… Read More ›

The cooking class at the Melbourne home

Food in early Victoria

February 27, 2014

Social life & customs, Such was life:

Eating in Victoria was a different proposition for the Aborigines than for early Europeans.

Gippsland watercolours

Gippsland watercolours

January 20, 2014

Arts & literature, Such was life:

Daniel Long’s sketchbook dates from 1856 and contains charming watercolours and pencil drawings depicting various locations in Gippsland.

Are you making a list and checking it twice?

Are you making a list and checking it twice?

December 19, 2013

Such was life:

Ready for Christmas? Have you done everything that needs doing? Are you sure?

Baths, and how to take them.

Baths, and how to take them.

November 18, 2013

Social life & customs, Such was life:

Need advice on washing up? Want to compute the area of an irregular sized paddock? Or maybe you require some hints when ordering windmills? Then check out our 1930s housewifery pamphlets.

Sketchbooks of Victoria

Sketchbooks of Victoria

November 12, 2013

Arts & literature, Such was life:

Charles Edward Bruges Hammond was born in London in 1870. He left home at fifteen, sailing to New Zealand and Australia. For some years he moved between England and Australia… Read More ›

Are you a fan too?

Are you a fan too?

September 23, 2013

Sport, Such was life:

Without the crowd, it would be just another game of footy.

Picture this: Black Rock

Picture this: Black Rock

September 13, 2013

Cities & towns, Such was life:

Black Rock, in Melbourne’s bayside east, was named after Charles Hoston Edben’s Black Rock house which, in turn, was named from Black Rock, Dublin.(1)

Tango in Melbourne

Tango in Melbourne

August 6, 2013

Social life & customs, Such was life:

‘When an Argentinean dance called the tango arrived in Melbourne in 1913, the wowsers were shocked by dancers who danced cheek-to-cheek and whose legs and arms pressed against each other… Read More ›