Mark Jefferies, Bushranger and Cannibal.

Mark Jefferies, Bushranger and Cannibal.

Mark Jefferies was a notorious bushranger, serial killer and cannibal in the early 19th century in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania, Australia). Jefferies was transported as a convict from Scotland, and had there been granted a reprieve from death as he was willing to act as an executioner and scourger. Transferred to Van Diemen’s Land, … Continue reading

The Third Slaves War of Rome.

The Third Slaves War of Rome.

Spartacus was a gladiator from Thrace who commanded a massive slave army during the Third Slaves War, the largest and most successful slave rebellion in Roman history. The uprising began in 73 B.C. when Spartacus and a small band of slaves escaped from a gladiator school by using kitchen utensils as weapons. Slaves from across … Continue reading

‘Hipbone Sticking Out’ – Review.

‘Hipbone Sticking Out’ – Review.

Nelson Coppin and Trevor Jamieson as John Pat, old and young, in Hipbone Sticking Out. Photograph: Greer Versteeg Van Badham How do you stage racial genocide as a theatrical entertainment? This is the question that confronts any Australian theatremaker who engages with the bloody, brutal, shameful subject of what white colonisers did to the black … Continue reading

Markham’s Masterpiece.

Markham’s Masterpiece.

Michael J. North, Head of Rare Books and Early Manuscripts in NLM’s History of Medicine Division, takes a look at one of the most important books in the history of veterinary medicine – a seminal 17th-century work dedicated to the care of horses. A foldout found in the 1644 edition of Markham’s Maister-peece [Masterpiece], Containing … Continue reading

Cochise, Undefeated.

Cochise, Undefeated.

Born in present-day Arizona, Cochise led the Chiricahua band of the Apache tribe during a period of violent social upheaval. In 1850, the United States took control over the territory that today comprises Arizona and New Mexico. Not hostile to the whites at first, he kept peace with the Anglo-Americans until 1861, when he became … Continue reading