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18TH CENTURY LIVING HISTORY IN AUSTRALIA.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Australian Survival and Preppers..: Firearm Owner’s Freedom at the Cross Roads.

Australian Survival and Preppers..: Firearm Owner’s Freedom at the Cross Roads.: Thoughts For The Week. Firearm Owner’s Freedom at the Cross Roads. The NEW ‘NFA’ will impose the worst restrictions on our rights si...

The Road Not Taken, By Robert Frost. For my young friend Swamp Fox who has just graduated.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost


School of the Ranger

Friday, 5 May 2017

An 18th century Asian sword has been found on a Welsh riverbed!



© Provided by Independent Print Limited The sword features a distinctive wavy blade patterning that helped Mr Evans identify its origins (Gavin Evans)

The Kris sword has a distinct ornate bird on its handle, which may be made of bone (Photo: Carmarthenshire County Museum)







Thursday, 4 May 2017

New TV Series Coming on the Jamestown Settlement.

Jamestown stars...above from left, Niamh Walsh, Naomi Battrick and Sophie Rundle.

The girls arrive to the Jamestown colony from Britain.

Early Maps Of Australia.

A close-up of the rare map found in Italy of early Australia.

The map of Australia by Dutch cartographer Joan Blaeu, dated 1659.

Remains of 18th Century Walled Garden Found in Scotland.

Remains of an 18th Century garden have been found at Culzean Castle during excavation works to install a new drainage system.

Monday, 1 May 2017

The Modern Reenactor: Evidence Versus Preference

The Modern Reenactor: Evidence Versus Preference: When Historical Evidence Isn't Good Enough This has been on my mind recently--it's one of those things that also just keeps resu...



Talking about research, there is plenty of primary documentation on people not shaving in the early to mid 18th century. As far as not being the norm, & flooding reenactment events with over representation of Indian influenced woodsmen & the like, I think everyone has the right to be what ever they want to be. If there is documentation that a certain persona existed, then that is good enough. We only read about a small percentage of woodsmen & woods-women that existed, there must have been many more that simply did not survive or made it into the history books. 
Regards, Keith.
http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/
http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/search?q=beards

Rare 17th-century wall maps

A hand-coloured map by Briton John Speed dating from the 17th century, showing the provinces of Ireland (Sotheby’s/PA)

A hand-coloured map by Briton John Speed dating from the 17th century, showing the provinces of Ireland and map of Great Britain (Sotheby’s/PA)


Archipelagus Orientalis sive Asiaticus (1659) (Sotheby’s/PA)

Asiae Descriptio Novissima (1659) (Sotheby’s/PA)

18th century Double ended Marrow Scoop.

https://www.barnebys.com/auctions/lot/441869474/an-18th-century-double-ended-marrow-scoop-marks-rubbed/

Water Canteen or Gunpowder Container?

This one is claimed to be a American Revolution powder horn filling keg.
Can anyone help with primary documentation on these containers?
Thank You, Keith.

Women's Clothing at Colonial Michilimackinac