Articles by: Paul

Tales of crime in Australia

Tales of crime in Australia

October 18, 2013

People & professions, Such was life:

The 1894 book¬†Tales of crime and criminals in Australia, which can be viewed online, is an absorbing look at Victoria’s early criminal history. Far from being just a record of… 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 ›

Bella Guerin: first female university graduate in Australia

Bella Guerin: first female university graduate in Australia

July 10, 2013

People & professions, Such was life:

Julia Margaret Guerin, known as Bella Guerin, became the first woman to graduate from a university in Australia, when she graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1883.

Memories of the Great Depression

Memories of the Great Depression

June 28, 2013

Social life & customs, Such was life:

An interesting and amusing memoir of a Melbourne boy growing up during the Depression is the book The Palace of Signs: memories of hard times and high times in the… Read More ›

Albert Purchas: architect, soldier, inventor

Albert Purchas: architect, soldier, inventor

June 19, 2013

People & professions, Such was life:

A common question we get asked at the Library is where can I find information about a particular person?

Skiing Marnong

Skiing Marnong

June 6, 2013

Sport, Such was life:

Thousands of years before alpine resorts, chalets and four-wheel drives, Victoria’s Mt Buller was inhabited by Aboriginal tribes, in particular the Taungurong people (also spelt Taungurung). A Taungurong¬†woman is quoted… Read More ›

Telling time in early Melbourne

Telling time in early Melbourne

May 29, 2013

Social life & customs, Such was life:

In 1853 Melbourne was developing rapidly and the need for consistent, accurate time across the burgeoning colony saw the first observatory built in Williamstown. Time was communicated… ‘by dropping a… Read More ›

Melbourne’s feral dogs

Melbourne’s feral dogs

May 2, 2013

Social life & customs, Such was life:

In the 1840s and 50s, Melbourne had an unregistered dog problem. Initially the stray dogs were only a nuisance, but they soon became aggressive and threatened the safety of Melburnians.