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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 ...

Tennessee Fried Megapode?

Being a slightly silly person at heart, I recently bought myself some socks featuring Australian Bush Turkeys. The designs not quite right – while admittedly I have what J once described as ‘short fat feet’ – the bush turkeys look … Continue reading

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Chartists and millenarians

A long time ago, like almost fifty years ago, I read Norman Cohn’s The Pursuit of the Millenium, which introduced me to the ranters and other European millenarian cults, which I found so weird it was fascinating. Around the same … Continue reading

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Plagues, pandemics and narrative …

Like much of the world we are in lockdown due to Covid-19. Fortunately we have a garden, and we live in a small town with a reasonably stocked supermarket, and a populace, who, on the whole, observe social distancing measures. … Continue reading

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The decline and fall of the Australian pharmaceutical industry

Needless to say, the project’s currently on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions, so this is perhaps a time to take stock, given that I’m now about three quarters through documenting the contents of the pharmacy. Back in August 2018 I … Continue reading

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Wiping your bottom in bygone times

Let’s be honest here – almost everyone is secretly fascinated by the question as how people wiped their bottoms in times past, and the recent world wide burst of pandemic inspired panic buying of toilet paper has inspired lots of … Continue reading

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PTSD in the Crimean War ?

I’ve been looking at the fallout from the Madeleine Smith trial and had come across this summary of the annual report of the Royal Edinburgh Asylum from the Scotsman of 24 February 1858: which is interesting – unfortunately the reports … Continue reading

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Another Moncur bad boy

I probably need to get out more, but a few days ago, I ran my surname through querypic, looking to see if there were any reports relating to George or Thomas Moncur. I didn’t turn up anything relating to them … Continue reading

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Chinese Herbalist advertising in 1924

Came across this little curiousity in the West Gippsland times of 1924: two Chinese herbalists (they probably couldn’t call themselves apothecaries) advertising to the white anglo population in rural Victoria. And of course the obvious question is how much use … Continue reading

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And some were bad boys …

While I was looking for eighteenth century Moncurs I came across George and Thomas Moncur, who were convicted in 1799 at the Perth Court of Justicary in September 1799 and transported to Australia on board the Glatton arriving in 1803. This … Continue reading

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A final turn around family history (for now)

I’ve been doing a little more digging around the whole family history thing, and I reckon that I’m probably correct in my supposition that most of the people with the Moncur surname adopted it due to their association with the … Continue reading

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