Affairs of the Spirit

In this, our first episode, we delve into the late 1800s fad for mediums, seances and contacting the dead; all part of social movement known as Spiritualism.

Spiritualism was a weird mixed bag, with ties to progressive social causes such as women’s suffrage, an alternative version of heaven called Summerland, a fascination with cutting-edge technology of the day, and a lot of pseudo-science.

It’s members encompassed respectable middle-class gentlemen and women, outright fraudsters & crooks, die-hard believers, social reformists, an Australian Prime Minister, and possibly even Queen Victoria!

This episode features an interview with the leading academic on Spiritualism in Victoria, Dr. Greg Young.

Listen here, or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts:

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Cast for Episode 1:

Jamie Gleeson – Anti-Slade and Arch Deacon
Timothy Corrigan – Lecturer, James Campbell, Napoleon and Mr Pagan
Benjamin Marshall – James Curtis and Wizard Jacobs
Emma Matthews – Annie Beale
Collin Van Uden – Reporter
Katrina Hill – Elizabeth Curtis

Header image: Jolly, Martyn. & Canberra Contemporary Art Space. & Scott Donovan Gallery. (2001). Faces of the living dead : the spirit photography of Mrs Ada Deane [1920 – 30s]. Canberra, A.C.T : [Canberra Contemporary Art Space]

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  1. Reblogged this on Spiritualist connections in Victoria, Australia and commented:
    Greg Young interviewed in the course of this podcast.


  2. W0nderful show, glad the folks at Monster Talk recommended it – I’ll keep listening.

    The Goblin Universe is always with us.


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