Monthly Archives: June 2012

The trouble with Harry…

In 1919 Birkett’s young son, who had remained in Crawford’s custody, told an aunt of attempts made on his life by his drunken stepfather. The aunt contacted police. A charred body which had been found in Lane Cove in 1917 … Continue reading

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A Hard Case from Down Under…

A fellow Tweep read my blog on Victorian mugshots and said he had come across something similar on female criminals in Australia. I checked it out and, sure enough, there is a geat trove of stories. My search led me … Continue reading

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A Real Rogues’ Gallery, Victorian-style…

At risk of sounding somewhat the old codger, it must be said that the Justice system didn’t mess about back in the day. I refer to the 19th century and the news that family history website Ancestry.co.uk has published the … Continue reading

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The headless soldier of Waterloo

Waterloo…the word is synonymous with Napoleon and Wellington. The men who fought and died in their name lie long forgotten, consigned to mass graves in the case of the French who fell on that battlefield. But now, one of those … Continue reading

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The net closes in on 1916’s leaders

This blog IS dedicated to the small players in history but I have to break my own rule a little here because the online exhibition at the National Library of Ireland is well worth a look for all history lovers. … Continue reading

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Lifting the Lid on the Royal Household

AS far as job titles go, those of the British Royal Household have a touch of the Ronseal –  they do exactly what they say on the tin. If you are in doubt  get a load of these occupations…Necessary Woman … Continue reading

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