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Dr David Waldron

Senior Lecturer, Social Sciences

School of Arts

Section/Portfolio:

Social Sciences & Humanities

Location:

Mt Helen Campus, Online

Biography

Dr David Waldron is a Senior Lecturer in history at Federation University Australia, with a research focus on folklore and community heritage, particularly the development of urban legends and popular folklore as a response to traumatic community experiences.

David is the author of Sign of the Witch: Modernity and the Pagan Revival (Carolina Academic Press, 2008), Shock! The Black Dog of Bungay – a Case Study in Local Folklore (Hidden Press, 2010) and Snarls from the Tea-Tree: Victoria’s Big Cat Folklore (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2013). He is also editor/contributor to Goldfields and the Gothic: a Hidden Heritage and Folklore (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2016) and Aradale: the Making of a Haunted Asylum (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2020).

David is regularly involved in public engagements, festivals and multimedia displays including Ballarat Heritage Weekend, and is the co-writer and researcher for the National Trust Australia People’s Choice award historical podcast series Tales from Rat City.

Ju-Jitsu’s Role in the Fight for Women’s Suffrage

Ju-jitsu became a weapon in the struggle for women’s empowerment, spreading ‘like wildfire’...

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Aradale; The Making of a Haunted Asylum

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Beyond the Corridors of the Mind: An Exploration of the Dark History of Aradale Psychiatric Hospital

This paper explores the practice of care for patients in Aradale, the asylum established in the...

The Legend of Madman's Hill: Incarceration Madness and Dark Tourism on the Goldfields

First established in 1864 during the gold rush era of western Victoria, Australia, the Ararat...

A living chessboard: Make your own medieval world

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Beyond the Vale: Death, Ritual and Burial on the Goldfields of Bendigo

  • CW - 1. Original Creative Work

Ghosts on the Goldfields : Ballarat as a haunted city

The history of Ballarat, situated at the heart of the goldfields of central Victoria,...

  • Book Chapters

MARKETING MADNESS; GOTHIC HERITAGE AT THE ARARAT LUNATIC ASYLUM

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MYSTERY, MARKS AND MASONS

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MYTHS AND FOLKLORE ON THE GOLD FIELDS

  • Book Chapters

A Medieval Mystery in Modern Ballarat

Why does the 1870s bluestone work under Bridge Street in the regional Victorian city of Ballarat...

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I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat!

  • Book Chapters

Homosexuality on the goldfields

  • Book Chapters

Playing the ghost: ghost hoaxing and supernaturalism in late nineteenth-century Victoria

This article employs a Jungian analytical perspective in its exploration of the phenomenon of...

Playing the Ghost: Ghost Hoaxing and Supernaturalism in Late Nineteenth-Century Victoria'

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Rethinking Appropriation of the Indigenous A Critique of the Romanticist Approach

The aim of this paper is to set out the effects of romanticism on attitudes of the New Age...

Snarls from the Tea-Tree

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Invented Traditions and Regional Identity: The case of the black dog of bungay

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Big Cats and Dead Sheep: An Overview of the Folkloric Phenomena of Big Cats in the Australian Bush

  • Journals

Shock! The Black Dog of Bungay

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Post-modernism and witchcraft history

  • Book Chapters

The sign of the witch: Modernity and the pagan revival

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Role-playing games and the Christian right: Community formation in response to a moral panic

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Witchcraft for sale! Commodity vs community in the neopagan movement

  • Journals

Error in publication code - Role-playing games and the Christian right

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Jung and the neo-pagan movement

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Eco-Feminism & The Reconstruction of The Burning Times

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Error in publication code - Condescending and patronizing: Academic studies of computer games

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Magic, myth and the rational in renaissance hermeticism

  • Conference Proceedings

The last temptation of Christ

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The neo-pagan appropriation of jungian analytical psychology

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Error in publication code - Early modern European witchcraft: Learned and popularist definitions 1480-1650

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Error in publication code - Globalisation and the problem of language

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Hieroglyphic and alchemical recognition program (HARP)

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