Goldfields and the Gothic: A Hidden Heritage and Folklore

David Waldron has just released his latest anthology Goldfields and the Gothic: A Hidden Heritage and Folklore (Australian Scholarly Publishing) in which local historians of the long buried legends, histories and folklore of the Victorian goldfields and their legacy today. Every historian has a collection of strange, buried pieces of history; this work begins the Read more …

Frank the Poet: Francis MacNamara, 1811-1861

Francis MacNamara, was born in 1811 in Cashel, he claimed, in the County Tipperary, Ireland. He was transported to Botany Bay in 1832, then to Van Diemen’s Land arriving 29 October 1842, by which time he was widely known as ‘Frank the Poet’. Mark Gregory’s research project on MacNamara’s life and work is documented in Read more …