Alex the Kid’s “Zombies vs Steampunks” Dance Parties

   Posted by: cholmondeley   in Culture

New Zealand’s premiere electro-steampunk act Alex the Kid are launching their new EP “Zombies, Time Travel & Big City Living” and capturing video for their upcoming EP at two special gigs in September, one in Auckland (The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, 10-September, 9pm) and one in Wellington (Meow, Edward Street, 24-September, 9pm).

Alex The Kid will be performing alongside Steampunk and Zombie styled DJs “playing death defying & time traveling themed dance numbers.”

Entry: $10, or $5 if you turn up steampunked or zombified, and ready to take part in the video.


Picnic at Pemberley: Abbey Museum Regency Event

   Posted by: cholmondeley   in Culture

The Abbey Museum is holding its annual regency event, a Picnic at Pemberley on Saturday 3rd September. Last year’s program included everything from croquet, to badminton, maypole dancing, a fan class and a militia display by a re-enactment group, and the organisers would love to enhance the event this year with a spinning/embroidery display. The afternoon will conclude with dancing and a display by the museum’s noble militia.

This event is being held to raise funds to build an art gallery to house the fabulous Old Masters and Icons in the Abbey Museum collection.

The event is also looking for volunteers to help put on the display. (Volunteers would be invited to enjoy “a most scrumptious afternoon tea of muffins, cakes, biscuits, quiches and tartlets, and other regency-inspired delicacies.”

Location: 1-63 The Abbey Place off Old Toorbul Point Road Country Valleys Queensland
Cost: Adults $19.50 Children (4 -15yrs) $10.50

Bookings are essential. To book, phone 5495 1652 or email .

Aurora the Film

The Steam-powered Airship Aurora

South Australian indie filmmakers Urtext have just released the live-action steampunk movie Aurora after some 3 1/2 years in the making.

Shot in and around the Adelaide area, Aurora tells the story of an airship crew in a determined quest to liberate the victims of ruthless slavers. The finished film belies its impressively small budget of $1800, using eight locations, over 80 costumed extras and 375 VFX shots: a significant undertaking in independent film making.

Aurora premièred on the 1st of August to over 300 people at the Piccadilly cinema in North Adelaide, and the full 30 minute, widescreen film can now be viewed online at www.aurorathefilm.com.

The League of Victorian Imagineers in Oamaru is currently accepting expressions of interest (form) for the 2011 League of Victorian Imagineers “Steampunk: tomorrow as it used to be” Exhibition at the Forrester Gallery, Oamaru, in late 2011.

The Expression of Interest process will close on 16th September, 2011. If your art is not currently exhibition-ready, concept sketches and dimensions will be accepted in lieu of photographs.


Sydney Tweed Ride [SYD] - TOMORROW!

   Posted by: ermyntrude   in Culture

Better late than never - don’t miss the 3rd Annual Tweed Ride!

Title: Sydney Tweed Ride [SYD]
Location: Sydney, Australia
Link out: Click here
Description: ‘I say, fancy a cycle?’ - Sunday July 31st.
Sydney’s most enjoyable (and fashionable) bike ride is back! An ambling, elegant and graceful cycle around Sydney for dapper gents and fancy ladies, from Town Hall to a secret location. So grab a touch of Tweed and join us for the 3rd annual Tweed Ride - followed by Tweed games and a picnic!

The Tweed Ride starts at Sydney Town Hall on Sunday, 31st July 2011. Registration is from 8am until 9am. The ride will then lead promptly at 9. There will be coffee and tea available between 8am and 9am around the corner from Town Hall at Klink cafe (281 Clarence St) - and we’ll be on hand to show you the way. You can also get last minute mechanical assistance with your bike at MC Cyclery, located at 230 Clarence St.
Start Time: 8:00am
Date: 2011-07-31


Oamaru, Redux

   Posted by: ermyntrude   in Culture, League

Tally Ho! Members of the expeditionary committee of the ALTV have again landed in fair Oamaru, as previously expounded upon with great delight last December. But we have returned, for none other than the Steampunk Fashion Parade and Gala Ball and of course to celebrate the birth of our most beloved Queen, as all subjects of the Commonwealth are wont to do at some point over the course of the year, but very often this weekend.

On this occasion we have landed at the artistically inclined Chillawhile Backpackers & Art Gallery - a gorgeous old Victorian mansion filled to the brim with art and music, and most colourful denizens. Most highly recommended for those of the steampunk persuasion. We will be reporting back with images & stories of the event very soon!


League publication deemed of National Significance

   Posted by: cholmondeley   in League

It was with no small measure of pride that, as ALTV secretary, I was recently able to grant a licence to the National Library of Australia permitting the addition of this very weblog to its PANDORA archive. “PANDORA is a digital archive dedicated to the preservation of and long term access to Australian online electronic publications of national significance” according to Google’s analytical engines. Should this website vanish, posterity may instead refer here.


Regard of Things Present

   Posted by: cholmondeley   in Culture, Victoriana

Pages 123 through 129 of the May 2011 edition of ACP’s Men’s Style Australia consist of an illustrated article entitled “Remembrance of Things Past”. Said article, drawn primarily from interviews with Antipodean gentlemen favouring a Victorian- or Edwardian-influenced wardrobe, includes some remarks from your faithful correspondent under his everyday monicker.

While unlikely to provide League members with much by way of novel information, the article does serve to demonstrate that even the most demotic of publications (Men’s Style mixes its coverage of men’s fashion with light cultural pieces and photographs of young ladies in swimming costume or undergarments) are beginning to appreciate and remark objectively upon sartorial preference of a retronautical bent. Of course, one is free to make up one’s own mind as to the value of this phenomenon.



   Posted by: ermyntrude   in Technology

We may be a little behind the times - (though we do tend to pride ourselves on this, really) but we’ve just discovered a clever Antipodean chap who’s built a charming steampunk record player in the Northern Parts of New Zealand. Simon Jansen was also known for a massive ASCII animation of Star Wars, and is clearly a Master Geek. We applaud Simon and his steam powered device, which really does improve the Sex Pistols.

Click the image below to be taken to the full article on Simon’s blog.

Steampunk record player by Simon Jansen

Steampunk record player by Simon Jansen

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Steampunk Sunday at Brisbane Supanova, April 2011

   Posted by: Professor von Explaino   in Culture

As has become Brisbane Supanova tradition, steampunkers descended en masse on Sunday for a lunchtime photo shoot.  Click the photo to see an album of shots.

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