Historia Incognita

Researching and Writing Forgotten Histories

Duchene / Hargraves

ALEXANDRE JULIEN DUCHENE was not even four years into a fourteen year sentence in Van Diemen’s Land in 1840 when Major D’Arcy Wentworth, the Police Magistrate at Launceston, described him … Continue reading

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The Journal of Madame Callegari

WHO WAS MADAME CALLEGARI? Was she one of these? The Transported Convict The Venetian Merchant’s Wife The Heroine of the Californian Goldrushes The Adventurer of the Mexican Jungles The Celebrity … Continue reading

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Earth, Wind, Fire, Water – Gold!

Earth, Wind, Fire, Water — Gold: Bushfires and the Origins of the Victorian Gold Rush Douglas Wilkie Originally published in History Australia, vol.10, no.2, August 2013 Abstract Many historians have … Continue reading

22/08/2016 · Leave a comment

Frankenstein, Convicts, and Wide-Awake Geniuses: The Life and Death of Charles Brentani

In 1838 Alexander Maconochie, private secretary to the Van Diemen’s Land Governor, Sir John Franklin, wrote a damning report on the state of prison discipline in the colony. Maconochie’s report … Continue reading

28/07/2016 · Leave a comment

The Convict Ship Hashemy at Port Phillip: a case study in historical error

This article was originally published as: ‘The convict ship Hashemy at Port Phillip: a case study in historical error’ Victorian Historical Journal, vol 85, no 1, June 2014 [Peer Reviewed]. … Continue reading

16/06/2016 · Leave a comment

From The Edges of Empire

From the Edges of Empire: Convict Women from Beyond the British Isles. Edited by Lucy Frost and Colette McAlpine. This book tells the remarkable stories of women transported to Australia … Continue reading

19/11/2015 · Leave a comment

Exodus and Panic

This article was shortlisted for the “Best Peer Reviewed History Article” in the 2015 Victorian Community History Awards. ABSTRACT The words ‘exodus’ and ‘panic’ have often used by historians to … Continue reading

12/07/2015 · Leave a comment

Ten Thousand Fathoms Deep

Eighteen fifty-one was the year in which Port Phillip was separated from New South Wales and became Victoria. It was also the year in which the great Victorian gold rushes … Continue reading

12/07/2015 · Leave a comment

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