Archive for April, 2009

Ahem. In a most delightfully macabre segue (and completely unrelated in origin from our previous post), making a Google search for the terms “cut throat razor” and “Steampunk” netted as the top result this gem of a thread on mess+noise, a well known Antipodean music discussion forum. Major props for the giggles, lads. Do read [...]
15
Apr

Jack the Ripper sought in Melbourne

   Posted by: cholmondeley    in Culture, Neo-Victoriana

Melbourne’s The Age today reports that local biomedical scientist Geoff Crawford is currently hunting the bones of an ex-pat Londoner named Frederick Deeming, executed in Old Melbourne Gaol in 1892 for the murder of his wife, because he believes DNA evidence will show that Deeming was the Jack the Ripper. Unsuccessfully defended by Alfred Deakin—who [...]
13
Apr

World-Shaking

   Posted by: cholmondeley    in Culture

Sydney author Richard Harland’s Dickensian Steampunk novel “Worldshaker” (reviewed here), due locally next month from Allen and Unwin, has been resold to an unnamed US publisher. The Australian edition is illustrated by “Jasper Morello” director Anthony Lucas, and the story features a steam-powered, mobile city.
13
Apr

Adelaide is Steaming

   Posted by: cholmondeley    in Culture

Costuming Adelaide, the South Australian branch of the Australian Costumer’s Guild, has two Steampunk-oriented events forthcoming in 2009: “The Maiden Flight of the Olympia” on the 13th of June, and “Steve’s Steampunk Extravaganza” on the 13th of September. Both events will include Live Action Role Playing elements, as well as authentic period garb. The first [...]