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About dgm

Former IT professional, previously a digital archiving and repository person, ex research psychologist, blogger, twitterer, and amateur classical medieval and nineteenth century historian ...

The afterlife of Madeleine Smith

As I have said, I’ve been trying to find references to cases of hysteria and distress occasioned by the Madeleine Smith trial. In the course of doing this I’ve come across a number of reports which show just how fascinated … Continue reading

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Beads and Trading Links (again)

Six or seven years ago I blogged about an interesting report on the use of beads by Maccassar fishermen to buy access to trepang beds of the coast of Arnhem land from the local population. The interesting thing about these … Continue reading

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Madeleine Smith in Australia (Not)

I was trawling various Scottish newspaper archives to try and find further reports of the stress occasioned by the Madeleine Smith trial – I was looking for reports of lunacy or hysteria occasioned by the event when I came across … Continue reading

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Slavery and Australia

A couple of months ago we had a political storm here in Australia when Scott Morrison, our prime minister claimed there had been no slavery in the colony of New South Wales. Horrendous abuse of the indigenous population, yes, slavery, … Continue reading

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Having a psychology degree …

As I’ve said before, I have a degree in Psychology, in fact I have a BSc. As I did my degree at St Andrews, which could never, as an institution, decide if psychology was properly part of humanities or sciences, … Continue reading

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Killing humanities

Back in 2010 I wrote about the attempt to shut down Paleography at KCL in London. This morning’s news reminded me of this, with the government announcement that fees for humanities courses are to double. Normally all that would happen … Continue reading

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They’re taking down the statues (continued)

Back in 2015 I blogged about the taking down of the statue of Cecil Rhodes outside of UCT in Cape Town. Now again, the question as to what to do about colonial era monuments has raised its head again. They … Continue reading

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Social connectedness in 1860’s Britain

A nineteenth century British politician – I think it was Disraeli – once referred to the ‘ten thousand’ – essentially the mixture of upper middle class people and members of the aristocracy who actually ran things. And it’s true – … Continue reading

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Durkin of the Yard …

The Victorians loved a good murder, especially where one involved the aristocracy, financial malfeasance, and a dash of illicit sex. And murders like these were reported in the newspapers of the day with great gusto, because murders sold newspapers, especially … Continue reading

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The Waterloo Bridge Mystery

When I was researching the murder of Sophia Lewis I came across a couple of English newspaper cuttings that linked the murder to supposed aristocratic misbehaviour and the Waterloo Bridge mystery. My first thought was that this was some nineteenth … Continue reading

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