Category Archives: Sydney

Through the storm

A century since the “Witch of Kings Cross”, Rosaleen Norton, thundered into existence

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Through the storm

A century since the “Witch of Kings Cross”, Rosaleen Norton, thundered into existence

Waking the witch

A forthcoming documentary about Rosaleen Norton

Waking the witch

A forthcoming documentary about Rosaleen Norton

14 books for 2014

Books, books, books – dirty and otherwise

14 books for 2014

Books, books, books – dirty and otherwise

Artists’ Ball

“…the Artists’ Balls were a steamy stage on which to exhibit new freedoms in sexuality and the body.”

Artists’ Ball

“…the Artists’ Balls were a steamy stage on which to exhibit new freedoms in sexuality and the body.”

Windows to the Sacred

“An exploration of the esoteric”, starting Friday

Windows to the Sacred

“An exploration of the esoteric”, starting Friday

Unfolding Florence

It’s been 35 years since Australian wallpaper designer Florence Broadhurst was murdered in Sydney.

Unfolding Florence

It’s been 35 years since Australian wallpaper designer Florence Broadhurst was murdered in Sydney.

Ironfoot Jack, the Sydney years

The campaign to get a street in Woolloomooloo named after Ironfoot Jack starts here.

Ironfoot Jack, the Sydney years

The campaign to get a street in Woolloomooloo named after Ironfoot Jack starts here.

The valley of Vali Myers

Long after the 60s had become fixed as a montage of stock footage with an inevitable Hendrix accompaniment, Vali continued to live with such abandon that she seemed to be living out not just her own ideals, but those discarded by former fellow travellers as well.

The valley of Vali Myers

Long after the 60s had become fixed as a montage of stock footage with an inevitable Hendrix accompaniment, Vali continued to live with such abandon that she seemed to be living out not just her own ideals, but those discarded by former fellow travellers as well.

Dress-down Friday: Molly Fink

Exposure to, and enrolment in the global idle rich unleashed Molly’s hitherto well-concealed sense of style. Her social set included couturier Jean Patou, socialite Elsa Maxwell and photographer Cecil Beaton, her closet bulged with the best of between-the-wars design.

Dress-down Friday: Molly Fink

Exposure to, and enrolment in the global idle rich unleashed Molly’s hitherto well-concealed sense of style. Her social set included couturier Jean Patou, socialite Elsa Maxwell and photographer Cecil Beaton, her closet bulged with the best of between-the-wars design.

Pan’s people

There’s something for everyone in the amazing story of the Australian witch and the knighted English conductor: sex rituals, pornography, drugged trances, Pan worship and (look away now children!) retired policemen in sensible sweaters.

Pan’s people

There’s something for everyone in the amazing story of the Australian witch and the knighted English conductor: sex rituals, pornography, drugged trances, Pan worship and (look away now children!) retired policemen in sensible sweaters.

Riviera rani

Raj overlords from King George V down frowned on the mixed-race marriage; the British deployed protocol with practiced, passive-aggressive pettiness (as they would later with Wallis Simpson and Diana Spencer).

Riviera rani

Raj overlords from King George V down frowned on the mixed-race marriage; the British deployed protocol with practiced, passive-aggressive pettiness (as they would later with Wallis Simpson and Diana Spencer).

Scarlet sheila

In 1908 Leila Waddell left Australia and toured Europe and the United States with a vaudeville act made up of female violinists, along the way encountering Aleister Crowley who was captivated by the part-Maori beauty.

Scarlet sheila

In 1908 Leila Waddell left Australia and toured Europe and the United States with a vaudeville act made up of female violinists, along the way encountering Aleister Crowley who was captivated by the part-Maori beauty.

The witch of Kings Cross

While apparently a pussycat in person, Rosaleen Norton was harassed by the city’s drearier Christians who condemned her black masses and sulphur-scented artworks. Her works and reproductions thereof were not infrequently confiscated as obscene (or on one occasion as “decadent and obscene, and likely to arouse unhealthy sexual appetites in those who saw them”).

The witch of Kings Cross

While apparently a pussycat in person, Rosaleen Norton was harassed by the city’s drearier Christians who condemned her black masses and sulphur-scented artworks. Her works and reproductions thereof were not infrequently confiscated as obscene (or on one occasion as “decadent and obscene, and likely to arouse unhealthy sexual appetites in those who saw them”).

Swiss Family Rougemont

Louis de Rougemont’s stories started the Victorian version of a flame war, which furiously debated whether, for instance, monstrous octopuses really were capable of dragging a boat to the ocean floor.

Swiss Family Rougemont

Louis de Rougemont’s stories started the Victorian version of a flame war, which furiously debated whether, for instance, monstrous octopuses really were capable of dragging a boat to the ocean floor.