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William Clarson & The Kitchen Garden - a life of note and notoriety

William Clarson (1832-1890) was born in England, immigrating to Melbourne in 1853. He spent his working life in publishing, writing, editing, and gardening. He was a respected businessman and horticulturist, and was a member or officer of numerous organisations and societies. He was a fellow of the Linnean Society (London), an early member of Melbourne Trades Hall, a member of the Royal Horticultural Society of England and Victoria, and a trustee of the latter from 1870-1884.  Clarson was an honorary director of the Burnley Horticultural College (Melbourne) from 1868-1872 and a member of the Victorian Institute for the Advancement of Science.

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A plant for every purpose, a champion for every plant

Nindethana Nursery was established by George William Francis Althofer (1903-1993) at his home in the Burrill Valley, Dripstone New South Wales, in 1932. Nindethana means ‘ours’ referring to the origins of the Australian native plants the nursery cultivated. The name was chosen to ‘reign amongst’1 the neighbouring townships of Burrendong, Wuuluman, and Morungulan.  Althofer was a botanist, nurseryman, author, poet, and champion for the preservation of Australian flora.

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The purveyors of floral sensations

In 1850 Law, Somner & Co who were purveyors of seed for flowers, vegetables, and pasture, were the first seed traders to establish themselves in Melbourne. Their customers were domestic gardeners and farmers from Australia and beyond. Like many of their peers that followed, Law Somner & Co produced annual seed catalogues, and driven by ever growing demand, printed literature incorporating gardening advice. They were vigorous participants in shows and exhibits around Australia and New Zealand, winning numerous prizes along the way. Law, Somner & Co supported industry participation and innovation. They provided free seed to any pasture plots connected with the Young Victorian Farmers Association, on request, and in return enjoyed annual prizes being awarded in their name, donating seeds and plants as prizes for each district of Victoria.1

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'Varied and curious': the algae specimens of William Harvey

William Henry Harvey (1811-1866) was a botanist and phycologist who undertook an extended collecting trip around the world from 1853 to 1856.  As a result of this journey, he produced landmark publications on phycology, and produced a limited number of sets of algae specimens.  Deakin University Library is the proud owner of one of these rare specimen sets - Algae from Ceylon, Friendly Islands and Australia : collected during the years 1852, '53, '54 and '55Harvey's world trip was a monumental expedition for the time; his travels and the knowledge he gained collecting and observing in the field were to contribute significantly to his reputation as a taxonomist and systematic botanist of some note.

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The Geelong Advertiser and Mr Dod

Deakin University has contributed funds to assist with the digitisation of the Geelong Advertiser. These newspapers can be accessed through Trove, a National Library of Australia (NLA) project. It was through using this valuable resource that an interesting character – known by his nom de plume D.O.D. (Henry Charles Dod) – made himself known. 

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The birth of town planning in Australia

This rare collection of papers provides a snapshot in time illustrating the slow and steady progress of a new scientific discipline becoming an accepted and practiced profession in a young country.  Although well established as a discipline in other parts of the world, Town Planning was accepted as a serious issue in Australia only in the early 1900s.

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A religious fanatic is born

That unexpected knock at the door. A man and woman, strangers, stand outside your home. They casually offer you a ticket to heaven like it's for your favourite band in concert. Unlike your stereotypical groupie, the enthusiasm and dedication these religious fanatics demonstrate could be the result of hypnotic influence. Psychologist and hypnotherapist A.S. Hill uncovers the camouflaged hypnotic techniques used to recruit 'mental slaves' and warns us about Pentecostal and Revivalist groups.

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The science of housekeeping

Throughout the nineteenth century, all things scientific gained support. By the twentieth century, an emphasis on logic, order and efficiency began to permeate many areas of life, including the domestic sphere. Aveling and Damousi explain that [d]uring the 1920s, educated Australians tried to be modern, efficient, rational people. Factories were run by experts in scientific management, and experts in domestic science tried to do the same for homes (p.110).

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The soccer photography of Les Shorrock

Deakin University Library's Special Collection is fortunate to house a remarkable collection of Australian soccer photographs taken by Les Shorrock.

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Scholarships and connections: Indonesians, Papua New Guineans and Australians, 1960-2010

The research project Scholarships and Connections recorded over 100 life stories of students from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea who were sponsored for Australian-based tertiary study from the 1950s to 2010.  These interviews with alumni deepen our understanding of the scholarship programs and their objective of building mutually beneficial linkages between Australia and partner countries.

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Learning to read - a sample from the Australian Schools Textbook Collection

Learning to Read showcases a sampling of Deakin University's extensive range of digitised texts from the Australian Schools Textbook Collection.  Visit the entire range of digitised texts by browsing our Collections in Fusion, or to see the original items vist us at the Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library.  Click on the links below to explore these fascinating books.

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