Yesterday's Chip Paper
About This Show
Fortnightly(ish) podcast delving into incredible, macabre and bizarre stories from historic newspapers.
Violet and Jim are two amateur researchers based on opposite sides of the Atlantic, Violet in London and Jim in New York, and every couple of weeks or so they get together via the magic power of the internet to discuss the stories, poems and letters to the editor that they’ve found in the archives.
Whether it’s global headline-making stories completely forgotten today or unusual reporting of famous events, it’s always guaranteed to be downright bonkers.
Most Recent Episode
16. Terror in Tasmania: the Alexander Pearce story
On episode 16 of Yesterday's Chip Paper, Jim regales Violet with the terrible tale of Alexander Pearce, an Irishman sentenced to transportation in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) in the early 19th century. A repeated escape artist, Pearce and his companions took off one fine day and made good their escape from camp. The events that took place in the following weeks would be murderous, terrifying and life-ruining.
For our letter and poem, Violet found a missive from an irresponsible psychic and a poem about a shrill child who meets a tragic end.
Yesterday's Chip Paper is a fortnightly (bi-monthly) podcast that delves into the world of historical newspapers, unearthing tales of murder, mischief, mayhem and more.
Newspaper archives used in this episode:
British Newspaper Archive www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/
TROVE (National Library of Australia) trove.nla.gov.au/
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