The connection between the gardens of Versailles, and your backyard garden, are closer than you might think.
From the Bible to Versailles, gardens are bound to their political and religious history.
Families come in all shapes and sizes, and Australian picture books are starting to reflect that.
In Australian picture books, family representation has been overwhelmingly traditional. But this may be changing.
Thomas Couture, The Romans and their Decadence, 1847.
Juvenal wrote 16 satires, divided into five books, each with their own target from decadent aristocrats to Egyptian cannibals.
Portrait of Caterina Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus, c. 1500, by Gentile Bellini.
January 8, 2019
One of the most significant woman of Venice’s golden age, Cornaro was an important figure in Renaissance politics, diplomacy and arts.
The family of Hop Lin Jong (who is pictured on the far left) at the wedding of her daughter, Ruby (third from right) in 1924. Ruby was murdered by her husband the following year.
January 3, 2019
Hop Lin Jong's arrival in Western Australia in 1901 was remarkable only because she was Chinese. Her life might have passed in obscurity if not for the murder of her daughter in 1925.
One important reason for the Spartans’ obsession with fighting was the constant possibility they would need these skills in war and also at home, in Sparta itself.
January 1, 2019
From about age seven, Spartan children learned to fight and practise obeying orders. They also staged pretend battles. Boys and girls were trained separately.
Théroigne de Mericourt, engraving after a painting by Auguste Raffet in 1817.
December 31, 2018
This frail and often hated woman became a passionate advocate of a woman's place in a democratic society before a tragic episode broke her.
A plaque on a house in St Petersburg that says: ‘Here the writer Lydia Korneievna Chukovskaya wrote Sophia Petrovna, a story about the Great Terror 1936-1938’.
January 1, 2019
Persecuted by Stalin, writers Lydia Chukovskaya and Anna Akhmatova endured threats, cold and starvation. And in an epic feat, Lydia memorised the poems of her friend that were too dangerous to commit to paper.
Elsie Masson outside Government House, Darwin.
Wayne Collection, Copyright Pitt Rivers Museum.
December 30, 2018
One of the 'first white women' to travel in the Northern Territory, Elsie Masson's attitudes to the Aboriginal people she met expressed the contradictions of racial thought at this time.
Part of the 2.5 metre dolls’ house created by Petronella Oortman in 17th century Amsterdam.
January 2, 2019
A 2.5 metre dolls' house reveals the hopes and dreams of Petronella Oortman, a 17th-century Dutch woman.
A scene from the 1961 film West Side Story. The casting of an Australian performer as Maria in a local production of the musical was recently criticised for ‘white washing’ a story about a Puerto Rican immigrant.
The Mirisch Corporation,Seven Arts Productions
December 20, 2018
Our identity unquestionably shapes (and can limit) how we interact with the world. But it should not become the only foundation upon which we build our understanding of it.
Poster for the 23rd National Folk Festival in Maleny, Qld, 1989. Since 1994, the Festival has been held in Canberra.
Courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive and Kim Brown, 462585.
December 19, 2018
Valuing our culture
Folklore is everywhere and a valuable part of our national heritage. But it is undervalued by our government.
Illustration to verse 1 of the children’s poem Old Santeclaus with Much Delight. 1821.
December 17, 2018
Several of Santa's modern features, such as his generosity, miracle-working, and focus on morality (being 'naughty or nice'), were part of his image from the very beginning.
Amy Shark performing at the ARIA awards in November 2018.
December 25, 2018
Year in music
It was a year when both men and women bared their emotions through music.
Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette received critical acclaim around the world.
December 26, 2018
Year in TV
From ground-breaking to game-changing, rule-breaking to near parliament-breaking, 2018 was a hell of a year for TV.
The beach is a common setting for Australian novels, which often capture its darker side.
December 27, 2018
While tourism campaigns often portray the beach as an idyllic, isolated haven, many of our beach stories depict it as a darker, more complex place. Here are ten worth reading.
Cover of the menu for the AIF Christmas Dinner, Hotel Cecil, London, in 1916. Illustration by Fred Leist.
Museums Victoria collection, donated by Jean Bourke
December 19, 2018
For Australians serving overseas in WWI, Christmas was particularly difficult. Menus reveal how soldiers tried to maintain the traditions of home.
Still from Back to the Future, 1985.
December 16, 2018
Back to the Future is one of the most loved films from the 1980s, and galvanised audiences across every demographic. In this episode of Close-Up, Bruce Isaacs looks at the politics underpinning the film.
Elsa Pataky and Marco Pigossi in Tidelands (2018)
Tidelands, is a speculative story about half-human/half-siren beings who live in the coastal Queensland town of Orphelin Bay. Unfortunately, it is not always a success.
Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth, and Olivia Ancona in Suspiria (2018).
Frenesy Film Company, Videa, First Sun
Suspiria was one of the best; Black Panther a disappointment. Our critical pick of the films of 2018.