Report of the Victorian Field Season 8 – 23 July​ 2019

FRESH FINDS IN AUSTRALIAN MAGIC The first mainland field season took place between Monday, 8 July, and Tuesday, 23 July, and was largely concentrated on historic properties in the Western Districts of Victoria. Site visits occurred on all but one day in this period. Evidence of magic in the form of evil-averting marks and practices … Continue reading Report of the Victorian Field Season 8 – 23 July​ 2019

MAGIC & THE MYSTERY OF BIRTH COMBINE IN A FAMILY CAUL

This is the story of a rare and precious family heirloom. The object is a very small and insignificant lady's purse. It contains a remarkable fragment of the heritage of my family, telling a story of ancient beliefs of sailors that survived until the early 20thcentury. The item is a caul, a membrane that sometimes … Continue reading MAGIC & THE MYSTERY OF BIRTH COMBINE IN A FAMILY CAUL

Touching Magic: Apotropaic Marks & Concealed Objects. What They Are & What to Look For.

The search for evidence of magic in 19th-century Tasmania Sailor’s cap from HMS Dart, circa 1905. Found inside the wall of a community hall, Goulburn, NSW, as the building was demolished. MAGIC MARKS These are often referred to as ‘apotropaic’ marks. The word apotropaic comes from the Greek for evil-avert- ing. The purpose of these … Continue reading Touching Magic: Apotropaic Marks & Concealed Objects. What They Are & What to Look For.