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From punchy short pieces to longer form leanings, it's the place to come for a frequent fix of the world's most accessible art form.

Cocky McGrath

by Angus Trumble, 1 October 2015

The long life and few words of a vice-regal cockatoo

HM Queen Elizabeth II
HM Queen Elizabeth II
HM Queen Elizabeth II

Longest reign

by Angus Trumble, 11 September 2015

Queen Elizabeth II is now the longest-reigning British sovereign

Anangu landscape learning

by Angus Trumble, 4 August 2015

Angus' initial perception of Uluru shifts, as he comes to see it as central to the entire order of Anangu life.

Professor Mandyam Srinivasan
Professor Mandyam Srinivasan
Professor Mandyam Srinivasan

Brains trust

by Angus Trumble, 1 July 2015

Eminent doctors and scientists have for more than a century consistently caused our nation to punch far above her weight.

Opening of the First Legislative Council of Victoria, by Governor Charles Joseph LaTrobe, at St Patrick's Hall, Bourke Street West, Melbourne. November 13th 1851. From sketches taken at the time by William Strutt.
Opening of the First Legislative Council of Victoria, by Governor Charles Joseph LaTrobe, at St Patrick's Hall, Bourke Street West, Melbourne. November 13th 1851. From sketches taken at the time by William Strutt.
Opening of the First Legislative Council of Victoria, by Governor Charles Joseph LaTrobe, at St Patrick's Hall, Bourke Street West, Melbourne. November 13th 1851. From sketches taken at the time by William Strutt.

Magna Carta

by Angus Trumble, 15 June 2015

On this day eight hundred years ago at Runnymede near Windsor, King John signed Magna Carta.

Monument to Mrs. Moore St. Luke’s Church, Liverpool, Sydney
Monument to Mrs. Moore St. Luke’s Church, Liverpool, Sydney
Monument to Mrs. Moore St. Luke’s Church, Liverpool, Sydney

Waterloo and Mrs. Moore

by Angus Trumble, 1 June 2015

Beyond the centenary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli, a number of other notable anniversaries converge this year. Waterloo deserves a little focussed consideration, for in the decades following 1815 numerous Waterloo and Peninsular War veterans came to Australia.

Portrait of Captain John Hunter
Portrait of Captain John Hunter
Portrait of Captain John Hunter

Goods and chattels

by Angus Trumble, 26 May 2015

I have been reading systematically through the ads in the earliest issues of the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, such a rich vein of information about certain aspects of daily life in Regency Sydney.

Cooey: an Australian song
Cooey: an Australian song
Cooey: an Australian song

Cooey! An Australian Song

by Angus Trumble, 1 May 2015

"Coo-ey, Coo-ey, Coo-ey, Coo-ey—Love has caught the strain, Coo-ey, Coo-ey, Coo-ey, Coo-ey—it whispers back again." The “Australian lady” who composed these fruity lyrics was none other than Desda— Jane Davies, sometime Messiter (née Price) of Leddicott, Lavender Bay.

Field Marshal the Lord Birdwood
Field Marshal the Lord Birdwood
Field Marshal the Lord Birdwood

Centenary of ANZAC

by Angus Trumble, 24 April 2015

Just now we pause to mark the centenary of ANZAC, the day when, together with British, other imperial and allied forces, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed at Gallipoli at the start of the ill-starred Dardanelles campaign.

Betty Churcher
Betty Churcher
Betty Churcher

Betty Churcher

by Angus Trumble, 31 March 2015

The National Portrait Gallery mourns the loss of our colleague and friend Betty Churcher, AO.

William Bligh
William Bligh
William Bligh

William Bligh

by Angus Trumble, 30 March 2015

The life of William Bligh offers up a handful of the most remarkable episodes in the history of Britain’s eighteenth and early nineteenth-century maritime empire.

Malcolm Fraser
Malcolm Fraser
Malcolm Fraser

The Right Hon. Malcolm Fraser, AC, CH

by Angus Trumble, 20 March 2015

The Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser, AC, CH, who died in Melbourne on 20 March, was the last surviving prime minister of Australia to have been sworn of H.M. Privy Council (in 1976)—hence the “Right Honourable”.

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