I occasionally sidetrack from my main project, write an article, then return with fresh energy. Here are those articles.
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The biographies of George Selth Coppin (1819 – 1906) – "father of the Australian theatre" – fail to mention he was also for seven years the President of Carlton Football Club. I look into what appears to be a curious biographical omission.
Aboriginal people have been left out of the recent "garage find" said to be an early painting by Colonel William Light. Could the find be a late copy?
Biography has managed only one of his life's termini – death in 1851 – but neither birth nor burial. I went looking for a birth date and turned up more than I expected and more than George Goodman himself may have hoped.3,300 words.
Faking It: Sturt's Overland Expedition leaving Adelaide, 10th August 1844
Painting attributed to Colonial Artist S.T. Gill is a Likely Forgery
Identifying one of South Australia's Earliest Paintings | Bank of South Australia Partly miscatalogued, the historical significance and value of this painting is now realised.
The camel's name was "Harry" and he belonged to (explorer) John Ainsworth Horrocks. Harry is the main actor in a modern joke: Horrocks is described as the only man to be killed by being shot by a camel. But the facts do get in the way of this good story. When did this joke begin?
260 words + sources in a Trove list.
Linking an expedition journal and a sketchbook and identifying an old map.