Category Archives: Melbourne

Happy 200th birthday to Sir William Foster Stawell

June 2015 is the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta – the Great Charter – signed by King John in the presence of the major Barons of England. Magna Carta has been celebrated as a first significant step in the … Continue reading

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1835 Foundation of Melbourne

James Boyce’s 1835 places Van Diemonian history at the centre of the story of the foundation of Melbourne and John Batman’s dealings with the Kulin people, for good and for ill. Continue reading

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Edwin Flack dual Gold medal winner 1896

Edwin Flack won two ‘Gold Medals’ (actually Silver) for ‘Australia’ (a yet to be united country – save for a cricket team) at the 1896 Olympics in Athens in the 800 and 1500 Metre races. The results were reported in … Continue reading

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Battle of Mordialloc

I was intrigued by Edward Maitland’s The Battle Of Mordialloc as I thought it might contain some good local description from the 1880’s. How did the Europeans first impact on the flat floodplains south of Mentone prior to the coming of … Continue reading

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