Not just Wikipedia

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Wikipedia has become the go-to source for an initial overview of any topic, from American history to episodes of Doctor Who. Historical figures are usually well-represented, and I can look up King Henry VIII or Captain James Cook and get a fairly good idea of his life. But what if the person you … [Read more...]

Narrative of the US Exploring Expedition 1845 – Charles Wilkes USN

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In 1838 a special squadron of the United States Navy was ordered into the Pacific Ocean to chart hazards and gather scientific knowledge. After an expedition of four years Charles Wilkes, commander of the squadron,  compiled a narrative of the voyage from the journals of his officers and scientists. … [Read more...]

Historical Records of Australia

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The Historical Records of Australia was an attempt to make the records of the Colonial Office relevant to the Australian colonies available here in Australia. Series One was published  in 26 volumes in 1914-1925 and consists of the New South Wales Governors' despatches to and from England. These … [Read more...]