ANOTHER five Australian soldiers killed in the World War I Battle of Fromelles have been identified.
The diggers’ remains are among those of 250 Australian and British soldiers recovered from a mass grave at Pheasant Wood in France.
The five take to 124 the total number of Australians identified at the cemetery.
Some 87 Australians and two British soldiers remain unidentified while another 37 have been interred as “A soldier of the Great War - Known unto God”.
(Source: The Daily Telegraph)
Items of clothing found concealed in Australian buildings tell the story of a battle waged by early settlers with the evil spirits they feared were lying in wait in their unfamiliar surroundings.
A shoe hidden in a bridge. A prisoner’s uniform stashed under a staircase. Toys concealed in an attic. A dead cat secreted into a roof cavity.
Together, they sound like the disparate ingredients of a gothic horror novel: Stephen King meets Anne Rice, or Stephenie Meyer.
And they do share something of the aforementioned authors’ taste in the twilight world of the supernatural.
That’s because they’re some of the bizarre artefacts discovered at sites across Australia, all linked to a mysterious world of folk magic.
Folk, in that they were hidden by ordinary people. Magic, because they were designed to ward off evil spirits.
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First out of Africa, first into Asia and Australia…
The first major genome analysis of Australian Aboriginal people reveals that their ancestors took part in the first human migration out of Africa.
They were the first to arrive in Asia some 70,000 years ago, roaming the area at least 24,000 years before the ancestors of present-day Europeans and Asians appeared. They were also the first to live in Australia, according to DNA results of a 90-year-old hair sample of a young man that link Aborigines to the first inhabitants of the region about 50,000 years ago.