Monthly Archives: February 2018

Charlotte Bronte and Patience Kershaw

The moors round Halifax and Bradford are for ever associated with the Brontes. But there’s also another history there, as for example in the Chartist inspired near insurrection of 1842 sometimes referred to as the Pull Plug riots, which saw soldiers … Continue reading

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Miss Dickinson …

I tried to find out what happened to Kate Dickinson after Valentine Baker’s trial for rape and assault, but I’ve drawn a near total blank. Secretly I wanted her to become a campaigner for women’s rights or alternatively one of … Continue reading

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Victorian short door mailbox still in use

We were in Port Fairy a few days ago and parked outside of the Ederle restaurant, and there it was, an 1870’s short door receiving pillar still in use by Australia Post The design is slightly more ornamental than the … Continue reading

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Wreck Beach

We’ve just had a few days away at Apollo Bay, originally with the intention of doing some walking, swimming and sketching. Of course, with unerring talent, we neatly managed to coincide with a howling storm that blew up out of … Continue reading

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Sophia Duleep Singh–the empire strikes back

This week saw the hundredth anniversary of women getting the vote in the UK (and Ireland which in 1918 was not yet a separate polity). It was at best a partial victory in that the vote was restricted to women … Continue reading

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A Chinese coin in Chiltern

I’m still working away on the Dow’s Pharmacy documentation project, but to be honest the last few weeks have not been that interesting, basically enumerating and classifying the stock of empty unused medicine bottles that had been left behind. However … Continue reading

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