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A Lonely Grave

One of the great horror stories from the age of exploration is that of the Wreck of the Batavia, which is Australia’s most famous shipwreck. The Dutch East India ship foundered off the coast of West Australia and most of those on board survived, in 1629, but when some of the officers went off to … Continue reading


The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back

width=”300″ height=”168″ class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-10258″ /> This is a wonderful automata from the Victoria and Albert Museum, showing how passive those pesky colonials could be. It is Tipo the tiger, an automata owned by Tipu Sultan who died after a battle with the East India Company in Seringapatom, India in 1799. They brought it to … Continue reading