This was originally 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.
However, blogs tend to take on a life of their own and this blog is no exception. 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. I could change the name of the blog, I suppose, but instead I like to think of ‘judging’ in terms of commenting on the books I read, the exhibitions I visit, the movies and plays I watch.
I am based in Melbourne, Australia, and I write about everyday life in my hometown as well. Having lived nearly all my life in and around Heidelberg, and as secretary of the local Heidelberg Historical Society, there’s an emphasis on Heidelberg in particular. I am well and truly ‘resident’.
If you’d like to email me, my address is ‘residentjudge’ (one word, lower case) then @ symbol ‘gmail.com’.