T. S. Calvert, ‘Attempted assassination of H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh at Clontarf, N.S.W.’ published in The Argus, Melbourne, March 1868.
Despite widespread rumours of sectarian strife in Sydney consequent with the Prince’s visit, Alfred agreed to attend a picnic at Clontarf, a popular picnicking spot, on 12 March. The picnic had been organised as a fund raiser for the Sydney Sailors' Home by Sydney barrister and politician William Manning.
During the event, an Irishman, Henry James O'Farrell, attempted to assassinate the Prince. Although O'Farrell fired his pistol at close range, the bullet, on striking the Prince's back, glanced off the ribs, inflicting only a slight wound. O'Farrell only narrowly escaped lynching by the crowd, and was immediately arrested. The prince was nursed by the newly arrived Lady Superintendent of Sydney Hospital, Lucy Osburn, on born his ship the Galatea.
This was a time of sectarian tension in the colonies, between Irish Catholics and non-Catholics. On the Prince's visit to Melbourne, there had been a shooting incident between Orange and Catholic factions, as well as a riot at a free public banquet.
The events that followed the assassination attempt at Clontarf included an outpouring of prejudice and racism towards Catholics and Irish. Public meetings were held around the country with nearly 20,000 people attending a meeting in Sydney the day after the shooting. By the following week, there were daily 'indignation meetings' and ‘vigils’ being staged across the country.
Anti-Irish sentiment boiled over in Parliament: the New South Wales government, including Henry Parkes, passed the Treason Felony Act on 18 March, making it an offence to refuse to drink to the Queen's health, and tried unsuccessfully to uncover a conspiracy. Clemency for O'Farrell was refused, despite the Prince's own proposal to refer the sentence on O'Farrell to the Queen.
Despite his evident mental instability and history of hospitalisation for what would now be termed paranoid psychosis brought on by alcoholism, an no known links to any actual terror groups, O’Farrell was convicted of attempted murder and hanged on 21 April at Darlinghurst Gaol.
Completely ran out of time to finish my projects this weekend, but I did add a couple altar boxes to the shop today. More to come later this week. 🍂🌝🕯 Tonight, I’m planning to work on my year ahead spread 🖤
Another photo that raises more questions than it answers.
This man is wearing some kind of tie pin or collar chain bearing a cross. It's not of the typical crucifix style, it's a Greek style, equal-armed, one. It looks like the one used by the Red Cross.
If he were a member of the St John Ambulance, I'd expect to see their 8-pointed Amalfi cross.
Taken in Melton Mowbray, I don't know of any family links there, but I'm wondering whether this is some kind of photo to mark the end of a time of education or training. I'd love to identify that cross, see where it leads.
When researching the photographer I found John Wagstaff in the 1881 directory, but not one for 1877 or 1912 (the ones that are available on Ancestry), so I started using the censuses to fill in the gaps.
That's when I discovered that the company may have been in John's name, but it was his wife, Elizabeth, who was the photographer in the family. He was a groom and appears to have died in 1893.
When I came home on Friday, The Mayor was waiting on my bookcase 😍 I don't like the whole Jack Skellington on everything trend, this is my favourite character, I saw him in the Disney Shop window a few weeks ago and pointed him out. HE IS SO CUDDLY.
Evelyn Nesbit’s court outfit during the trial of Harry Thaw, her wealthy husband, who was accused of murdering her lover Stanford White in 1906. He was found guilty and was institutionalized at a mental hospital. She later divorced Thaw in 1915.
According to the blog Glamour Daze: “Photographs of her court appearance outfit were so widely circulated that thousands of women eagerly ordered copy’s of her costume – a demure an innocent white corseted suit.”
Photographs are from the George Grantham Bain Collection at The Library of Congress.
We visited #CarlylesHouse in Chelsea yesterday which is a #NationalTrust house. #ThomasCarlyle and his wife #JaneCarlyle were very influential writers in the Victorian Literary world with friends and admirers which include Charles Darwin, Emmeline Pankhurst, Oscar Wilde and Charles Dickens. Thomas Carlyle was most notable for writing ‘The French Revolution’ which Charles Dickens based ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ on.
The house is beautiful with a stunning garden. Thomas Carlyle’s office at the top of the house features a breathtaking skylight and was my favourite room in the house, full of atmosphere and history.
We would certainly recommend a visit if you find yourself in Chelsea with some time to spare. We made a special trip and used our membership cards. It was well worth it 😊.
Beautiful display illustrating the Victorian language of flowers . We all got to take a flower home, Liza @betterdressesvintage passed me a white rose; it’s meaning ‘Innocence and purity,I am worthy of you, you’re heavenly , secrecy and silence. Alright then. #thelanguageofflowers#Victoriana#whiterose
Got to see my costumes in action tonight in The Importance of Being Earnest! This is my favorite play, and I was impressed with the levity and comedic flair this young cast was able to bring to Wilde's work. 👏👏👏 Here we have Cecily, and you can swipe to see Algernon and Gwendolen. (Do you like how they all match my purse?)
I won't lie, working on a youth production is not always a walk in the park. Everyone in the show, by definition, lacks experience in both life and theatre, which can lead to some dramatic drama, if ya know what I mean 😉 However, it's a great opportunity to recall my own days in their shoes and remember how fun it was to be part of a joint creative effort-- and how much I would have appreciated a guiding hand from someone who cares about costumes as much as I do. I didn't realize until recently how much I craved being mentored by someone who knew the business and craft of costuming, and now that I'm under the tutelage of some amazing theatrical engineers, I really want to give back. I regret that I didn't get to spend as much quality time with this cast and crew as I wish I had, due to work obligations, but I'm looking forward more mentoring and teaching in the future (and fewer late night solo construction parties 😂😂😂).