Nothing on TV
By Robyn Annear
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Robyn Annear ransacks Trove Newspapers, the National Library of Australia's online repository of digitised historical newsprint, for stories from an era when there was - literally - nothing on TV. New episodes of Nothing on TV will appear monthly (or so), featuring a ghost story or two, tales of wildlife in suburbia, stories from the Lost & Found column, and more.
||CleanThe Suburban Ghost – ep. 7 (season finale)||Wherein we encounter a ‘phosphorescent charmer’ in fin de siècle Melbourne . Herald (Melbourne), 8 August 1892, p. 2, col. 8 See it on the page, here. - Did you know that The day the ghost walks is slang for pay-day?||5 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Hatpin Menace – ep. 6||Wherein we consider the point of hatpins. Argus (Melbourne), 9 August 1911, p. 14, col. 4 Or read the whole page here A comic postcard from 1907. I found it at http://whatsinthetrench.weebly.com/blog/archives/09-2016 Here's some hats,||6 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeadwood Dick & the Picture Show Panic – ep. 5||Wherein we learn who to blame for the perennial naughtiness of boys. Argus (Melbourne), 10 November 1914, p. 8, col. 2 Read it in full here Titles in the Deadwood Dick Library – ‘Issued Every Wednesday. Price 5 cents’||6 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChampagne & Anarchy – ep. 4||Wherein we have our cockles warmed by Lord Hopetoun’s liquid largesse, as dispensed by an anarchist on the mean streets of Melbourne in 1902. Argus (Melbourne), 26 June 1902, p. 5, column 3 Read the whole of the report,||4 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHave you seen my poncho cloak? – ep. 3||Wherein we plunder drapers' shops, cloakrooms, and the Lost & Found column in search of the poncho cloak and its shoddy brethren. Argus (Melbourne), 23 June 1855, p. 1, column 6 Or take a look here at what else was lost and found that day||6 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Marble Man – ep. 2 (part 1)||Wherein we trace the curious career and prehistory of a ‘petrified man’ dug out of a New South Wales marble quarry. - See post for The Marble Man part 2 for further reading and links for this two-part episode.||9 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Marble Man – ep. 2 (part 2)||Wherein we continue to trace the curious career and prehistory of a ‘petrified man’ dug out of a New South Wales marble quarry. - Further reading and links for this episode: Bathurst Free Press & Mining Journal, 21 May 1889, p. 2, columns 4-5||9 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEnter the Elephant – ep. 1||Wherein we chart the declining fortunes of a performing elephant in goldrush-era Victoria. - Further reading and links for this episode: Age (Melbourne), 7 November 1854, p. 5 - or read it in situ (look at the top of column 5),||7 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
A great turn of phrase
Robyn Annear has a great turn of phrase and is imaginative and inventive - in a good way for a historian!
So entertaining and eye-opening. I was particularly amused at the very modern sounding outcry about kids going to the pictures. ‘Plus ca change’ indeed.
I love 'Trove' and am so pleased to hear it brought to life by Robyn. Brilliant work. Also marvellous to hear an Australian voice.