Posts Tagged Australian History

The Perfect Poisoner

The Perfect Poisoner

    THE MYSTERIOUS DOWNFALL  OF PROFESSOR CHAPMAN It is 1918 and Sydney University’s  Professor of  Pharmacology  Henry Chapman has  set up  a unique test for his senior  students.  Their task is  to identify the deadly poison present in a  mixture he has prepared. He is amused and delighted when  even  the most […]

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TWO BRISBANE BEAUTIES; EVIE DOYLE AND BLANCHE GREAVES

TWO BRISBANE BEAUTIES; EVIE DOYLE AND BLANCHE GREAVES

On April 2  1905,   the Brisbane Courier  published an article on two young women. The girls were close  friends, with a lot in common.  They were both  daughters of  Brisbane publicans, both  from Irish Catholic families, and both convent educated. They  also shared a love of […]

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WHAT DO YOU THINK THIS IS…BUSH WEEK?

WHAT DO YOU THINK THIS IS...BUSH WEEK?

  Today we romanticize the  Australian bush,  but a century ago the term had  more  negative connotations. The pioneers who had cleared the land  were often perceived as dim witted yokels by their  city slicker cousins.   This was made  very clear  in 1918, when attempts were made […]

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THE TWO WIVES OF HECTOR MACQUARIE – PART ONE

THE TWO WIVES OF HECTOR MACQUARIE - PART ONE

Hector Macquarie was born on Scotland’s Isle of Mull in 1794.  He was the illegitimate son  of Charles Macquarie, Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s younger brother. Governor Macquarie took his nephew under his wing, famously dubbing him Hero Hector…which  was to become  an ironic nickname. The young man  grew […]

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MRS MACQUARIE AND THE MYSTERY OF ST JOHN’S SPIRES

MRS MACQUARIE AND THE MYSTERY OF ST JOHN'S SPIRES

  When St John’s church at Parramatta  (New South Wales)  was being remodelled circa 1817, Elizabeth Macquarie offered some advice to the project’s architect, Lieutenant John Watts. In 1895 Watt’s daughter, Mrs M.E. Bagot wrote, ‘….Mrs Macquarie produced a water-colour sketch of the Reculvers, a ruined church […]

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MRS MACQUARIE & DR JOHNSON

A WEDDING On November 3 1807, Elizabeth Henrietta Campbell married Lieutenant Colonel Lachlan Macquarie at Holsworthy in Devon. The ceremony was conducted by the Reverend Owen Lewis Meyrick. Elizabeth had been caring for the minister’s grand-daughters, while impatiently  waiting for Macquarie to return from army service in […]

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