It’s the final edition of Curious, Mysterious, Marvellous, Electrical today – the newsletter I’ve used to capture stories and secret histories from Australasia and beyond over the last two years.
We started out by walking the coasts near Lisbon back in January 2016 and we finish the journey more or less where we began, exploring the history of one of Portugal’s most illustrious artistic families.
In the intervening years, highlights included:
- True tales of murder, colonialism, and improv comedy in rural Queensland,
- The story of a boyish, inexperienced pub landlord who faced down drinkers in a rough-as-guts country town,
- A meeting with the delightfully sinister Kransky Sisters, in and out of character,
- Discovering the price Aussie athlete Peter Norman paid for supporting black rights at the Mexico Olympics,
- and the all-but-forgotten life of Australia’s first openly gay TV celebrity.
And that’s not even including the drug counsellors, the Nazi hunting comedians, the dancer turned paramedic, the time travelling arts worker, or the Argentinian sisters running a horror-themed cake shop out on the tropic of Capricorn…
…or the pastry.