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 noticed the coincidence of the 1851 Black Thursday fires in the Port Phillip District of New South Wales (Victoria) with the beginning of the Victorian … Continue reading Earth, Wind, Fire, Water – Gold!
Originally published as Douglas Wilkie, ‘Frankenstein, Convicts and Wide-Awake Geniuses: The life and death of Charles Brentani’, Victorian Historical Journal, Vol. 87, No. 1, June 2016 Extract: 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. … Continue reading Frankenstein, Convicts, and Wide-Awake Geniuses: The Life and Death of Charles Brentani
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 [Download the original article from UniMelb Minerva or Academia] Citations should refer to the pagination of the original article. Responses to this paper Tweeted when presented in … Continue reading The Convict Ship Hashemy at Port Phillip: a case study in historical error
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 as ‘a man of most exemplary conduct’. Edward Hammond Hargraves, was less than two years into enjoying his claim to have started the Australian gold … Continue reading Duchene / Hargraves
Exodus and Panic: Melbourne's reaction to the Bathurst gold discoveries of May 1851 This article was shortlisted for the "Best Peer Reviewed History Article" in the 2015 Victorian Community History Awards. Originally published as: Douglas Wilkie, 'Exodus and Panic: Melbourne's reaction to the Bathurst gold discoveries of May 1851', Victorian Historical Journal, vol. 85, no. … Continue reading Exodus and Panic
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 started. Many historians, and even a greater number of non-historians, believe these two events occurred within weeks of each other simply by coincidence. However, the … Continue reading Ten Thousand Fathoms Deep
The Life and Loves of Eugene Rossiet Lennon, Professeur Extraordinaire. What they said about Eugene Rossiet Lennon: He displayed "manly and intrepid conduct" in saving children, "at the imminent peril and risk of his own life" - Hobart Town Daily Mercury, 1858. They wanted to sack me in order to obtain "the more brilliant services … Continue reading Eugene Rossiet Lennon: Professeur Extraordinaire