LITERATURE

Sunday essay: why YA gothic fiction is booming – and girl monsters are on the rise

Zoey Deutch in the film Vampire Academy (2014).  Angry Films, Kintop Pictures, Preger Entertainment An 18-year-old girl prepares to die to enable the birth of her half-vampire baby. Her spine is broken in the process, and the fanged baby begins to gnaw its way through her stomach before the girl’s husband performs a vampiric Cesarean section. This is a crucial...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart was one of the world’s great composers. He is what historian’s of music call, the classical period. Mozart sadly died before his 36th birthday, however he still left behind over 600 compositions including his greatest opera “Don Giovanni”. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born 17 January 1756 in Salzberg, Austria, the son of a respected musician. His father Leopold was...

From child stars to lost theatres: capturing our ephemeral history of live performance

Ivy Emms with the man she married, Jack Bent, on a music catalogue for the song Just a Ray of Sunlight. After performing patriotic songs as a child in popular pantomimes, Emms later worked as a choreographer at Melbourne’s Tivoli Theatre. In 1825, Reverend Lancelot Threlkeld watched an Aboriginal Dance of Welcome at Newcastle’s East End Settlement. From the...

JAPANS PRINCESS MAKO turns her back on Royal Status

Princess Mako of Japan turns her back on her royal status, to marry a commoner. It can be a high price to pay when you fall in love, just ask Princess Mako of Japan. Under Japan’s controversial law, if a female royal family member chooses to marry a commoner, they automatically surrender their royal status. Since the 25 year old princess...

SIR DONALD BRADMAN (Australian Cricketing Legend)

Sir Donald George Bradman was an Australian Cricket Player who many both peers and fans believe to be one of the greatest cricket players of all time, and definitely one of Australia’s most popular sporting heroes. Bradman born on 27 August 1908 in Cootamundra, NSW, was the youngest son of George Bradman and Emily (Whatman) Bradman. Five children in total,...

PRINCE PHILIP (retirement comes at 96)

It’s official, as of today, Prince Philip, is stepping down from Royal duties. The Duke of Edinburgh announced that he will no longer accompany his wife on regular engagements, after seven decades of working together in public life. The retirement of the Duke of Edinburgh will mark a new era for the Royal family, as now it will be expected...

HENRY “HARRY” HOPMAN (CBE)

HENRY “Harry” HOPMAN (CBE) Tennis Icon Henry Christian Hopman (CBE) was a world-acclaimed Australian Doubles and Mixed Doubles Tennis Player and Coach. Affectionately known as “Harry”, he was born 12 August, 1906 in Glebe, New South Wales, Australia to parents Henry Hopman (a school teacher) and wife Jeannie and passed away 27 December, 1985. Up until the age of 13, Hopman was...

The Tale Of An Afronaut

Melbourne may be in the grips of Winter, those long grey months synonyms with our city. But over in North Melbourne, Arts House are turning up the heat with their current season, which continues to champion the unique and contemporary work that this venue is famous for.   Melbourne-based poet wāni Le Frère will be presenting his latest offering as part of this upcoming season....

FOR CATHIE MANEY

Frank Howson and Cathie Maney
There is a toll for every virtue There is a tax for hearts like yours You didn't deserve your crazy childhood Or the loss of the brother you loved Cut down by animals in the night Those are scars that don't wash away No matter how many tears you cry When I'll think of you I'll see your smile And think of the battles you fought to...

Listen To Older Voices : Pat Smith – Part 3

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of...

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