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About dgm

IT professional, ex research psychologist, blogger, twitterer, and amateur classical and medieval historian ...

Lady Macbeth of the Western district

Earlier this week I was on a plane, and given that flying is a fundamentally boring experience I whiled away the time watching a movie. The art house movie on offer was the wonderful, spare elegaic Lady Macbeth, beautifully photographed … Continue reading

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Madeleine ! You didn’t, did you?

One of the aspects of the Madeleine Smith case that so titillated the mid Victorian audience was that not only did she have sex with her lover, but that she wrote gushingly about the experience. Probably neither the first, or … Continue reading

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These damn kiwis – they got me !

A few days ago I read an article as to reasons why New Zealand really hadn’t produced any significant writers before the twentieth century. I was reading the article as I’ve taken to reading nineteenth century novels as part of … Continue reading

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Madeleine Smith in New Zealand

Well, I though I would do the obvious and repeat my investigation of the distribution of the trial reports in New Zealand. Well that turned out not to be sensible – the non-Maori population in 1857 was only around 50,000, … Continue reading

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Melbourne gets the news first

As part of my looking into how the news of the Madeleine Smith trial got to Australia I thought I’d break the reports of the trial down by date and place of publication. And it’s quite striking – the first … Continue reading

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Madeleine Smith in South Africa (or maybe not)

Having established that it’s likely that the news of the Madeleine Smith trial reached Australia via the India/Sri Lanka route, I thought I’d look to see if there were any searchable digitised newspaper resources available for South African papers. I … Continue reading

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Madeleine Smith in America

I’ve previously written about how the Madeleine Smith trial was reported in Australia, so I thought I’d have a fairly superficial look at how it was reported in America. Remember that in 1857 there was no transatlantic telegraph cable – … Continue reading

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