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“Scenes of riot and debauchery” – Dr Murphy’s letter

Dr Francis Murphy was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1809 to public servant Francis Down Murphy and Mary (née Morris). He trained in the medical profession in Cork, Trinity College, Dublin, and London qualifying  as M.R.C.S., in 1835. The next … Continue reading

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Trove Tuesday – Wangaratta 1863 – Part 5

Following on from the last Trove Tuesday we continue reading an account of Wangaratta published in the Ovens & Murray Advertiser (O&MA) in January 1863. The progress of the town, although gradual, is very marked, and those buildings in course of … Continue reading

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1856 politics Wangaratta style

The political and social alignments of the early residents of Wangaratta have long fascinated me. Who socialised or was in business with whom, was an indicator of town and sometimes family dynamics. While there were clearly divisions in Wangaratta, they … Continue reading

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Trove Tuesday – Wangaratta 1863 – Part 4

Following on from the last Trove Tuesday we continue reading an account of Wangaratta published in the Ovens & Murray Advertiser (O&MA) in January 1863. Having reviewed the temples of Bacchus, we naturally turn to the temple of Themis. This is … Continue reading

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Trove Tuesday – Wangaratta 1863 – Part 3

Following on from the last Trove Tuesday we continue reading an account of Wangaratta published in the Ovens & Murray Advertiser (O&MA) in January 1863. As in all Australian cities, the public-houses of Wangaratta are a prominent institution, six in number; … Continue reading

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Trove Tuesday – Wangaratta 1863 – Part 1

In January 1863 the Beechworth based Ovens & Murray Advertiser (O&MA) published a fascinating and at times hilarious account of Wangaratta. The report is important as the office of the Wangaratta Dispatch (later Despatch) was destroyed by fire sometime in … Continue reading

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Sepia Saturday: The punt on the river and other tales

 Sepia Saturday is this week inspired by floods and weather events. This is an opportunity to touch on some early history of Wangaratta and its relationship with the two rivers that have been so much a part of the town’s … Continue reading

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Sepia Saturday 219 – Arches and significant buildings

This week’s Sepia Saturday is brought to us by the themes of domes, arches and significant buildings. I thought this would a good time to give a quick tour of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Wangaratta and quickly outline the many … Continue reading

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