Sir F. Chook, Inventor of Leopard Oil

Likeness captured upon a daguerrotype machine in Japan, July 1891


Wherein the Author reflects upon certain topical & personal issues of the Day.

The archive for “Events”

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Birthdays and books, or, Wear thimbles as shoes!

Posted upon the 29th of September, 2009

Heigh ho! It’s I, your charmingly hirsute correspondent here. First order of business is some very important news for you all: it’s Ms Merah’s birthday today! Happy birthday to her, happy birthday to her, it’s her birthday today, la la la hurrah! Now, I’m sure you’re wondering, “what’s this nonsense about lacing up a pair […]

Walking Through Australian Art

Posted upon the 19th of July, 2009

I thought it high time for something local here on FrillyShirt, and so devised this little art history piece specifically for Melbornians and for visitors to our fair city and its fair-weather fair weather. Specifically, this shall be a short, informal walking tour to the National Gallery’s collection of turn-of-the-20th-century Australian art. I am far […]

Couture In The Regions

Posted upon the 18th of January, 2009

Hey, gang. What’ve you been up to? Lately I’ve been ensconced in a pile of books – primary sources and the like, for my continuing thesis on the American Transcendentalists. This past Friday, though, we found time – Lady Tanah, her mother and I – to make a wee day trip to Bendigo Art Gallery […]

Euchronia Wrapup

Posted upon the 2nd of January, 2009

Short summary: Australia’s first major steampunk event was a resounding success. The full story: We arrived early to set up. Ms Merah wore a simple cotton shirtwaist and a skirt decorated with panels of vintage Japanese silks and floofy underskirts, all topped with cream-coloured roses in her hair. I wore a grey herringbone three-piece suit […]


Posted upon the 29th of December, 2008

Ahoy, gang! How do you do? We’ve been busy preparing for Euchronia – I’ve been rounding up the research for my VIP hosting role for the Antipodean League of Temporal Voyagers. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ll let slip that, in writing it (and it has been, I admit, a continuation […]

The Antipodean League of Temporal Voyagers

Posted upon the 6th of November, 2008

Euchronia is coming up – got your tickets yet? – and you really ought to know about the Antipodean League of Temporal Voyagers. I quote: “Membership to the Antipodean League of Temporal Voyagers is offered to any and all lovers of the Victorian era & steampunk genre. We particularly welcome devotees of anachronistic fashion, poetry […]


Posted upon the 12th of October, 2008

I haven’t been posting, and for a damn fine reason!…which I will tell you tomorrow. Maybe. In the meantime, though, well, we just got back from Patti Smith performing at Hamer Hall. I even made a point of writing down the setlist as it was played, so I wouldn’t forget: Redondo Beach Birdland Dancing Barefoot […]

Euchronia, New Years Eve!

Posted upon the 30th of September, 2008

There’s always steampunk and Victorianesque events coming down the pipeline – and they’re usually in Maine or Paris or Kuala Lumpur. Well, there’s finally a Melbourne event, and it’s in a few short months, and it’s the brainproduct of the brilliant Cass of Wildilocks and team, no less! Quoth: Euchronia is a steampunk / neo-Victorian […]