|Reading, at 6.12am|
|The sun's George Harrison moment,|
So much of the day was spent working away on the paper interspersed with household chores and grocery errands. Gotta get out sometimes I suppose.
Research in the arts and humanities can be a funny thing. Unlike our friends in the natural sciences, sometimes our 'breakthroughs' occur after months of sifting through archives, many pre-digital. Sometimes serendipity steps in and pieces of the puzzle put themselves together.
It is one of the key reasons I became an academic. I thought quite a bit of the job would involve just that sort of thing. In reality, I do much of my research 'in my spare time' and given my work on Australia-Japan relations doesn't sit within priority frameworks at present, it doesn't receive a lot of institutional support either. It's relegated to 'hobby' status. Nonetheless, I keep doing it, for moments like today.
I have a presentation to make on Tuesday, on this Japanese fellow I've been working on a little recently; spent three months getting acquainted with conditions in the Northern Territory and Queensland and filed a lengthy 200 page report to the Japanese foreign minister--in 1893-4. Regular readers will be familiar with that story.
Anyway, I've not yet found an image of him anywhere. Searched in Tokyo recently and although I found some additional biographical information on him, his was one of just a few entries in the dictionary which didn't include a photo. In the midst of reading some newspaper articles--I came across a portrait of him, taken by well-regarded Brisbane photographer, PC Poulsen, based in Queen Street. Crikey! Just one of those moments where you know, some times research just rocks.
|Putting the pieces together, |
at 6.12pm in my 612 prize t-shirt...
Some days, the circle of research does more than rock, it astounds.