This is the research blog of Janine Rizzetti, history postgraduate student at La Trobe University. I am writing my thesis on Justice John Walpole Willis, the first Resident Judge of Port Phillip between 1841 and 1843- hence the name of this blog. What started out as a MA has grown into a Ph.D as I decided to examine not only his time in Port Phillip, but also his career in Upper Canada and British Guiana.
Hence, what started out as a Melbourne-centric history blog has sprouted interests in Upper Canada, the West Indies and 19th century British society more generally. Because I love reading and reassure myself that I need to keep reading non-thesis books too, you’ll also find reviews of a range of fiction and non-fiction books as well. I am based in Melbourne, Australia, and I write about everyday life in my hometown as well.
If you’d like to email me, my address is ‘residentjudge’ (one word, lower case) then @ symbol ‘gmail.com’.