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Dr David Waldron

Senior Lecturer, Social Sciences

Humanities & Social Sciences

Section/Portfolio:

Humanities & Social Sciences

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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Lucas Girls Avenue of Honour: Audio Tours

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Suffrajitsu & Playing the Ghost Double Feature

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The Witching Hour and a Night of Spiritualism

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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...

Presented by Tales from Rat City: Ballarat heritage Festival In Lockdown

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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

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Ghosts on the Goldfields : Ballarat as a haunted city

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

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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

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The Quack and The Charlatan

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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!

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Homosexuality on the goldfields

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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

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Shock! The Black Dog of Bungay

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Post-modernism and witchcraft history

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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

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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

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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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