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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 ...

Bicycles and women’s liberation …

I’ve long been fascinated by the history and sociology of bicycles – the invention of the safety bicycle in the 1880’s took the world by storm – suddenly there was an affordable means of transport which allowed clerical workers in … Continue reading

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Crows and bins …

We were visiting a hospital in Melbourne, nothing serious, just J’s periodic checkup with her rheumatologist, and as in the way of hospitals we skipped breakfast to make an early morning appointment, rushed there on the tram, only to discover … Continue reading

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Louisa M Alcott and the transvestites

Louisa M Alcott aged 25 or thereabouts (wikipedia commons) We’ve been watching the recent miniseries of Little Women on the ABC, as always showing years later than everywhere else. Being male, I, of course, had never read Little Women, and … Continue reading

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Newspaper non fiction in colonial South Africa

I’ve written before about Kath Bode’s work resurrecting lost fiction from colonial period Australian newspapers. At the time, I did say that in one sense it wasn’t a surprise, newspaper fiction had been a major event in the mid to … Continue reading

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Queen Victoria’s first love ?

I recently bought a book. Not an unknown event, but unusually I bought it for the title alone – The Queen, Her Lover and the Most Notorious Spy in History. The book can be summarised like this: After the end … Continue reading

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Mortality in late Victorian Scotland

Totally unscientific I know, but my little Christmas recreation of investigating my family history has brought home to me just how many people died of what would now be preventable diseases, and in Dundee at least how many these were … Continue reading

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Family History part iii – conclusions and reflections

I think I’ve come to the end of the road as regards the Mathieson side of my family. Annie, I presume, lived on, but I’ve been unable to find her death record, or a record of a marriage. The most … Continue reading

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