Hands Across the Sea: Irish and Scottish Battalions in the AIF and CEF

Originally posted on the Four Nations History Network Blog on 8 February 2016. In December 1915, Reverend J.S. MacPherson of Morphett Vale, South Australia, wrote to the State War Council proposing to raise battalions for the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) “representing the National Societies, such as the Caledonian, Hibernian, Welsh and Cornish.”[1] A little over one year into the First World War, voluntary enlistments were tapering off … Continue reading Hands Across the Sea: Irish and Scottish Battalions in the AIF and CEF

Trawling Trove

As some of my earlier posts suggest, I often supplement my archival research by drawing on repositories of digitized newspapers. The National Library of Australia’s Trove database is easily one of the largest, most innovative, and best-curated public repositories for digitized newspapers. I have finally gotten around to using the Trove API  to scrape a large corpus of newspaper articles. The API (Application Programming Interface) allows users to … Continue reading Trawling Trove

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

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

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