Author Archives: Grahame Bowland

Some of the sitting MPs charged with fraud in our history

The story of the month is Craig Thomson’s arrest on 150 charges of fraud. I thought I’d have a look in Trove, so I did a quick search for “member of parliament fraud” and found a bunch! The first few … Continue reading

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Bagging Canberra

Bagging Canberra. It’s a bit of a national pastime. For my part I was somewhat surprised that Guy Ritchie bothered to apologise for it. This post is inspired by this piece by the ABC’s Louise Maher; “Canberra bashing as tired … Continue reading

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An Easter Egg Hunt in Trove

Every year our newspapers produce stories on Easter. If you don’t believe me, do a search in Trove; the substance rarely changes, though the tone does. Most notably they become less pious and more commercial, and the assumption that the reader is … Continue reading

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Faceless Brewers and other threats to democracy

This one is for Campbell Newman; A PROPERTY developer who made seven separate donations to Campbell Newman’s city hall re-election fund was also conducting business from a property owned by the lord mayor’s family, Anna Bligh has alleged. The Queensland … Continue reading

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A wig and a mace: the Speaker’s regalia

Speaker, The Hon. Peter Slipper parades through Parliament House As speaker, the Hon. Harry Jenkins went in for plain business suits and a minimum of ceremony. So when the Hon. Peter Slipper MP took the speakership, his decision to resurrect the … Continue reading

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Affghanistan

TroveAustralia: @angrygoat It is interesting to see the links between what is being reported now vs. then – how about war in Afghanistan next? Definitely an interesting topic. I decided to have a look at coverage of the First Anglo-Afghan … Continue reading

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Graffiti!

Graffiti seems a big deal if you pay attention to the Perth media at the moment. Articles about the scourge of the spray-can abound, and if you catch the train I’m sure you’ve seen Transperth’s rather woeful and embarrassing ‘Graffidiot’ … Continue reading

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Prominent people speeding!

Troy Buswell, the West Australian Transport Minister was in a bit of bother last week when it transpired he’d committed a string of speeding offences. Amusing – as a Yes, Minister fan I bet he wishes he had a silver … Continue reading

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Sharks!

Here’s an article about fearsome, people-eating fish from the The West Australian in October 1927: SHARKS IN RIVER. Two Young Ones Caught The capture of two young sharks in the Swan River, near Perth, yesterday, gave ample evidence, that sharks, as well as human beings, … Continue reading

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Not at all News

I’m a big fan of the Trove project run by the National Library of Australia. This blog will find interesting articles from old editions of Perth newspapers, and reproduce them along with a link to as similar contemporary article.

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