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.
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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]