Throwback Thursday

[Originally posted in October 2013 as “Through Space AND Time”] I’m just using Thursday as an excuse to repost these images from my defunct blog. I took these pictures during my research trips to Australian and New Zealand during the summer of 2013. Taking my inspiration from the 2012 NiCHE summer photo contest, it had become a sort-of hobby to compose these photos while away on research. … Continue reading Throwback Thursday

Playing with Fusion

At the moment, I’m writing a chapter on voluntary contributions from Indigenous communities in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand during the First World War. Any discussion of First Nations enlistments in Canada is bound to include a discussion of the 114th (Brock’s Rangers) Battalion, raised in Haldiman County in Southwestern Ontario. The 114th included two companies of First Nations soldiers, recruited mainly from the Six … Continue reading Playing with Fusion

Canadianagram

This post combines one of my earlier posts on Google Books’ Ngram Viewer and my bash script that built a search engine for the Early Canadiana Online database. Google Books probably has the best-known Ngram Viewer, but Tim Sherratt has produced a similar ap called QueryPic to search the Trove and Papers Past newspaper databases and graph the number of articles containing a keyword. The advantage … Continue reading Canadianagram

Imagining War and Peace in the Empire

Originally Posted 8 November 2012 I’ve been struggling to figure out a way to incorporate more of my research into this blog, and with November 11th coming up I think I’ve found a way. While this doesn’t actually have much to do with my actual dissertation, I’ve combed through some of the digitized archival databases in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand to assemble some photographs … Continue reading Imagining War and Peace in the Empire

Tineye of the Tiger

This happens a lot on Twitter. Someone posts an archival photo that would make a great visual for a lecture. But tweeted images are not of sufficient quality to be effective in a Powerpoint presentation and not everyone includes the source in their tweets. For instance, @CambsHistory tweeted these two pictures of elephants used as draught animals during the First World War. These engaging images that … Continue reading Tineye of the Tiger

Canadiana in Context

Early Canadiana Online is one of the largest repositories of digitized Canadian periodicals. Its website boasts 3,500,000 pages of word-searchable content that users can access for a subscription of $10 per month or $100 per year. I cannot deny that this collection places a lot of material at one’s fingertips, but I have always found it difficult to sort through the website’s search results. The search … Continue reading Canadiana in Context

Anzac and the Ngram

I’ve been struggling to find a suitable topic for a second blog post, but a recent Twitter exchange with @JennyMacleod and @DavidUnderdown9 gave me the idea to write something up about Google Books’ Ngram Viewer. For those not familiar with the Ngram Viewer, it is a tool offered by Google Books that allows you to view the frequency that a word appears in Google Books’ enormous corpus of digitized texts. This … Continue reading Anzac and the Ngram

Into the Archives

The arrival of spring usually means one thing for graduate students in history: long sunny days spent indoors under fluorescent lights at the archives. With archives season upon us, this post offers some useful advice to those preparing for their first trip to the archives. There is a lot of preliminary research required before you make your first visit to the archives. A good knowledge … Continue reading Into the Archives