Friday. Enjoy your weekend with the thought that we’ve got fewer days of Federal Election campaigning to go than we did last week.

On fashion history

William Kremner Why did men stop wearing high heals?

Persian style shoes were enthusiastically adopted by aristocrats, who sought to give their appearance a virile, masculine edge that, it suddenly seemed, only heeled shoes could supply.

Louis XIV painted in 1701 by Hyacinthe Rigaud (Getty Images)Louis XIV wearing his trademark heels in a 1701 portrait by Hyacinthe Rigaud

As the wearing of heels filtered into the lower ranks of society, the aristocracy responded by dramatically increasing the height of their shoes – and the high heel was born.

On music

The hottest 100 confirmed that I really am too old to be among Triple J listeners (Thrift Shop? Really?) so it’s over to ABC Classic for me. Nonetheless, here’s a Guide to telling your indie folk bands apart.

On the Order of Australia

Ah, privileged white men again. Hardly reflective of the diverse achievements and service throughout the nation.

Monica Attard “My dear…Have no fear”

Anne Summers New criteria for Australia Day awards are in order. I’m convinced we need some better criteria. Unfortunately Summers doesn’t actually suggest any. Perhaps the council need to be a bit more proactive in searching out recipients – look among the firefighters, lifesavers, kids sports coaches, guide and scout leaders, rotarians, volunteers. What would you suggest as criteria?

On disability

Henry Lebovic Disability is bad for your bank balance

On thinking and listening more carefully 

This isn’t always evangelicals’ strong points, especially with regards to complex moral issues like colonialism.

Morgan Guyton Sex-trafficking, colonialism and miscommunication

On the human rights bill

Anna Brown Big picture lost in debate over anti-discrimination laws

On good books

It was another case of ‘the book the Koorong clientele rejected…’ I found Reformed and always Reforming in the bargain bin at Koorong for $2 and devoured it over the long weekend. I loved it. I even discovered a box to put myself in – ‘postconservative evangelical’ (and I thought I belonged nowhere). You must read it.

Reformed and always Reforming

My husband devoured The Australian Moment and says the same thing. Read it.

The Australian Moment

On Sydney in the 1920s

These incredible photos are from the Historic Houses trust. See Femme Fatales and Vintage Mugshots for more.

Leslie Rees was convicted of bigamy at the Moree Quarter Sessions and was sentenced to four months light labour. Women from regional centres were transferred to Sydney to serve their time. Age unknown.

Mary Rubina Brownlee, 4 April 1923

Convicted of unlawfully using an instrument to procure a miscarriage. Mary Brownlee was a backyard abortionist who was caught during an extensive police investigation. She was sentenced to 12 months light labour, but her male accomplice was acquitted. Aged 64.

Matilda Devine, 27 May 1925

Matilda ‘Tilly’ Devine used a razor to slash a man’s face in a barber’s shop and was sentenced to two years gaol. She was Sydney’s best-known brothel madam and her public quarrels with sly-grog queen Kate Leigh provided the media with an abundance of material. Aged 25.

Mildred Kruss, 16 December 1919

Mildred Kruss married her first husband in 1914. After the marriage broke down she neglected to go through the difficult and expensive divorce process. Upon marrying her second husband in 1918 she was convicted of bigamy and sentenced to six months with light labour. DOB: 1892

Nellie Cameron, 29 July 1930

Nellie Cameron was one of Sydney’s best-known, and most desired, prostitutes. Lillian Armfield, Australia’s first policewoman, said Cameron had an ‘assured poise that set her apart from all the other women of the Australian underworld’. Aged 21.

Phyllis Carmier, 1 April 1921

British-born Carmier was known as ‘Yankee’ Phyllis because of her peculiar accent. She stabbed her ‘bludger’, or pimp, to death during a violent altercation in Crazy Cottage, a sly-grog shop in Surry Hills. Carmier attracted much sympathy in the media, who labelled her crime a justifiable homicide. Aged 32.


2 thoughts on “tgif

  1. Reformed and Always Reforming is on my to-read list.. Looking forward to it even more after your endorsement! I like ‘postconservative evangelical’ as well.

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