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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Thursday, 3 August 2017

The Shirttail Mess : "Much tormented with Ticks" . . and Occam's Razor

The Shirttail Mess : "Much tormented with Ticks" . . and Occam's Razor: "Friday, May 26th, 1775. Proceeded up the River. Met 2 Canoes bound to Redstone. Shot an old Buffalo Bull that had his ears mar...

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Friday, 28 July 2017

17C American Women: 1590 John White's Return to Roanoke Where All Had ...

17C American Women: 1590 John White's Return to Roanoke Where All Had ...: John White's Drawing of the Outer Banks and Roanoke 1584 Return To Ronoake of John White (1590) John White's Map of Roanoke ...

Help Us Protect Hunting & Gun Ownership In Australia.




Help us protect hunting
The Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party on on the attack after new regulations have been delivered. Here is how it will affect you and what you can do to help. 
The Liberal - National New South Wales Government has released a consultation draft of the proposed Firearms Regulation 2017 and Weapons Prohibition Regulation 2017.
In a move reminiscent of John Howard’s 1996 gun reforms, these are some of the most draconian regulations ever.
These regulations, if passed in their current form, will affect every licensed firearm owner, hunting club and firearms dealer in New South Wales.
Here are just a few ways these new regulations will hurt law-abiding firearms owners:
Forcing all hunters and private landowners to supply private personal details to New South Wales Police before being allowed to hunt on private land (clause 32, 34 Draft Firearms Regulations 2017).

Refusing a firearms license or permit even if someone is innocent of an offence under the Firearms Act (clause 11, 23 Draft Firearms Regulations 2017).

Squeezing law-abiding firearms dealers out of business through further regulation and restriction (clause 41 Draft Firearms Regulations 2017).
As they’ve always done, the Government are punishing law-abiding firearms owners for the actions of criminals.
They know full well that the increase in law-abiding firearms owners is largely due to the increase in recreational hunting. They’re attacking legitimate hunters from safely going about their business and slowly trying to kill off all licensed firearms ownership.
Regulations, unlike Bills and Acts, do not have to come before the Parliament to be voted on. They are put in place by the the Minister for Police, National Party MP Troy Grant.
You can help RIGHT NOW.
The draft Firearms Regulation 2017 and draft Weapons Prohibition Regulation 2017 have been released for public consultation.
The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Monday 31 July 2017.
Please click on the following links for the:
Let the Government know that you don’t appreciate being treated like a criminal in waiting.
There is no set format for submissions if you wish to make comments and you can keep your comments private if you choose so.
Email submission to (preferred option): firearms@mpes.nsw.gov.au
Our Loose Cannon writer, Firearms Lawyer Simon Munslow, has written a document which will assist you in writing to your local politicians and the NSW Police Minister to put the heat on the government over this issue.  You can download Simon Munslow's Correspondence Guide here.
Post submissions to:
Firearms Submissions
Office for Police, Department of Justice
GPO Box 5434
SYDNEY NSW 2001
Submissions must be received no later than 5.00pm Monday 31 July 2017.

Monday, 24 July 2017

The Shirttail Mess : About

The Shirttail Mess : About: The Shirttail Mess is a group of like minded individuals in the mideast and midwest (Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois etc...) w...

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Update On Our Group's New Forum.


Well the help people still haven't replied, either there are a lot of complaints, or they are just bloody useless. I gave up trying to change the forum via their board, & found another way. I have not done too badly considering, & it looks as though the forum is usable. More problems may arise, but if they do I will work on it. Better than having to start a new forum elsewhere & lose all those years of posts & information. The new forum looks different to the old one, I have installed new & different images in some of the sections. Check it out for yourselves at: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/eighteenthcenturylivinghistory/index.php?sid=75d999d1f3064aa04a403a813cc2cb2a


Friday, 14 July 2017

NOTICE TO ALL NECLHG MEMBERS. TAPATALK HAVE TAKEN OVER & STUFFED UP!!!

Our official forum has been taken over by some mongrel service called TAPATALK. I have been unable to change anything on the new forum & I am unable to log in to their complaints department & feed-back forum. So it looks as though we are dead in the water!!! I will see if there is another service we can move to, but all those years of work & information that has gone into our old forum will be lost. I honestly don't know if I have the energy or the enthusiasm to start all over again.

IF this new service should come good, if this is just a glitch, then I will go to work & try & change things back as close as I can to what we had before. WATCH THIS SPACE as they say!
Regards, Keith.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Ogdensburg Founder's Weekend kicks off Friday with ghost stories, mock battles, camp life, demonstrations

OGDENSBURG -- French and Indian War re-enactors, period craftspeople and artisans will rendezvous on Van Rensselaer (Lighthouse) Point this coming weekend for the annual Founder’s Weekend Re-enactment and Colonial Trade Fair. A full schedule of military re-enactments, camp life demonstrations and primitive skills workshops are scheduled for July 14, 15 and 16.
http://northcountrynow.com/featured_events/founders-weekend-kicks-friday-ghost-stories-mock-battles-camp-life-demonstrations

Market fair set at Johnson Hall

JOHNSTOWN — An 18th- century market fair will be held at Johnson Hall State Historic Site, 139 Hall Ave., on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. 
Throughout both days, colonial sutlers (vendors) will offer their wares for sale.
Demonstrations of 18th-century daily life will add to the event, including an encampment, period dram (tavern) demonstration, and colonial toys and games. In the slave quarters, culinary historian and hearth cooking specialist Lavada Nahon will demonstrate open-hearth cooking and interpret historic African and African-American food ways.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Classic Educational Videos - Captain John Smith Video

Classic Educational Videos - The Mayflower Colonial Video

Classic Educational Videos - The New World Colonial Video

Life in Colonial America

Building a nawi

Saturday, 8 July 2017

17C American Women: 1606 Instructions for the Virginia Colony

17C American Women: 1606 Instructions for the Virginia Colony: Captain Smith and his adventurers In the 1st decade of the 17C England began a second round of colonizing attempts. This time jointstock...

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Monday, 3 July 2017

Sunday, 2 July 2017

17C American Women: The Evolution of the Virginia Colony 1611-1624

17C American Women: The Evolution of the Virginia Colony 1611-1624: Almost from the start, investors in the Virginia Company in England were unhappy with the accomplishments of their Jamestown colonists. They...

Friday, 30 June 2017

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

17C American Women: Food Eaten by Early Virginia Colonists

17C American Women: Food Eaten by Early Virginia Colonists: The animal bones from food supplies found in a pit dating prior to 1610 reveal that the 104 men and boys who landed at Jamestown survived pr...




Tuesday, 27 June 2017

18th Century Period Fire Lighting Methods. Ebook.

Authors, historical, living history, authenticity, flint and steel, burning glass, reading glass, fire-bow, Mountain men, woodsmen, woodsrunners, books, reading, experimental archaeology, plant tinder, fungi tinder, tinderbox, fire lighting, 18th century, 17th century, 19th century, survival, Indians, primitive, fur trade, French and Indian War, Revolution, historical trekking, long term wilderness living, colonial, Australia, North America, cooking, heating, Reenacting, Reenactment, 

Primitive Fire Lighting-Flint & Steel & Fire Bow.

Title: Primitive Fire Lighting
ID: 9784776
Category: History
Description: “Primitive Fire Lighting”, is a hands on guide to how to make fire with flint and steel and fire bow. This includes some history, a variety of methods, tinder plants identification, and tinder production, tips on fire place construction and use, how to prepare and lay a fire, wet weather fire lighting and magnifying glass fire lighting. The skills and methods in this book will be of interest to a wider range of readers including survivalists, historical re-enactors, bush-walkers and campers, historical–trekkers and even historical novel writers. Although the plant identifications list is mainly Australian it also has some information for England, Europe and America.
Publisher: Keith H. Burgess
Copyright Year: © 2010
Language: English
Country: Australia

Table of Contents
Illustrations. 4
FOREWORD. 6
FLINT AND STEEL FIRE LIGHTING. 8
PLANT FIBRE TINDERS: 11
TINDER PREPARATION. 15
Tinder preparation-charring: 15
OTHER FLINT and STEEL FIRE LIGHTING METHODS: 16
Emergency methods: 17
A WORD ABOUT BLACK POWDER: 17
THE CAMPFIRE FIREPLACE: 18
READING GLASS/MAGNIFYING GLASS FIRE LIGHTING 20
WET WEATHER FIRE LIGHTING. 21
A FINAL WORD OF CAUTION. 23
FIRE-BOW FIRE LIGHTING. 24
Introduction 24
FIRE-BOW FIRE LIGHTING. 25
A Brief Overview. 25
The Parts of the Fire-bow. 26
The Bow. 26
The Drill Piece. 27
The Fireboard. 29
The Tinder-board. 30
The Bearing Block. 31
The Bowstring. 32
Tinder. 32
Making Fire. 32
Making Cordage. 37
The Step for making Cordage. 38
AFTERWORD. 40
Fire steel suppliers. 45
About the author. 45

5.83" x 8.26", saddle-stitch binding, white interior paper (60# weight), black and white interior ink, white exterior paper (100# weight), full-colour exterior ink.
Cost: Book $11.00 US. Plus P&P. Download $7.00 US








Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Getting dressed in the 18th century. Ladies.

Southern Cross Free Trappers Newsletter Vol. 59, June 2017


17C American Women: 17C British Woman by Wenceslaus Hollar (European-b...

17C American Women: 17C British Woman by Wenceslaus Hollar (European-b...: Wenceslaus Hollar (Czech artist, 1607-1677)  'Ornatus Muliebris Anglicanus. The severall 'Habits of Englishwomen, from the Nobilit...

Pirates and Privateers History Page.


Stories & Articles Here: http://www.cindyvallar.com/pirates.html

Monday, 19 June 2017

Thursday, 15 June 2017

17C American Women: 17C British Woman by Wenceslaus Hollar (European-b...

17C American Women: 17C British Woman by Wenceslaus Hollar (European-b...: We have few depictions of women in the 17C British American colonies, but the prints by Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677) allow us to see the...

Museum of Appalachia Independence Day Celebration & Anvil Shoot


While most Americans celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, we mark the occasion by using gunpowder to launch a 200-pound anvil sky-high! Join us as we carry on this pioneer tradition. 
Anvil shoots are scheduled for:
10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. 

Monday, 12 June 2017

17C American Women: Sir Walter Raleigh & Roanoke Island, North Carolin...

17C American Women: Sir Walter Raleigh & Roanoke Island, North Carolin...: In 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618), English adventurer to the new world, writer, & favorite courtier of Queen Elizabeth I, is behea...

17C American Women: Sir Walter Raleigh & Roanoke Island, North Carolin...

17C American Women: Sir Walter Raleigh & Roanoke Island, North Carolin...: In 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618), English adventurer to the new world, writer, & favorite courtier of Queen Elizabeth I, is behea...

18th Century Brass Tinderbox with Burn Marks Inside.


This is claimed to be an original 18th century brass tinderbox. Note the burn marks on the inside of the lid, suggesting that this tinderbox was indeed used for snuffing out smouldering tinder. This indicates that this item was used for preparing tinder & for making fire from the tinder whilst it was still in the tinderbox.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

17C American Women: The Chesapeake Headright System Increases Numbers ...



17C American Women: The Chesapeake Headright System Increases Numbers ...: Both Virginia and Maryland employed the “headright” system to encourage the importation of the servant workers, that they so desperately nee...

Colonial Williamsburg plans tomahawk throwing range in Historic Area

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has submitted a proposal to the city’s zoning board to construct a “tomahawk/axe throwing range” in the Historic Area at the old military encampment site at 311 East Nicholson Street.. (Courtesy Google Maps)

Australian Survival and Preppers..: Testing For Edible Plants.

Australian Survival and Preppers..: Testing For Edible Plants.: I will eat berries that are known to me, other flora I will test first before eating. Personally I would not bother testing for edibili...

Monday, 5 June 2017

The King's 8th Journal.


This blog can be found here: http://kings8thjournal.com/category/articles/

17C American Women: Portrait of an 17C New England British-American Wo...

17C American Women: Portrait of an 17C New England British-American Wo...: Portrait of Mary Mason of New England, by unknown artist, C. 1670.

The “Catawba Deerskin Map.” LIBRARY OF CONGRESS/2005625337

The “Catawba Deerskin Map.” LIBRARY OF CONGRESS/2005625337

"Once Upon a Time": The work of Jacob Sell the Elder.

"Once Upon a Time": The work of Jacob Sell the Elder.:            The Elder (1741-1825) was the patriarch of the Sell gunmaking family and almost certainly the father of Ja...

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Into the West - Part 6 (Ghost Dance)

Into the West - Part 5 (Casualties of War)

Into the West - Part 4 (Hell on Wheels)

Into the West - Part 3 (Dreams and Schemes)

Into the West - Part 2 (Manifest Destiny)

Into the West - Part 1 (Wheel to the Stars)

17C American Women: The Chesapeake Tobacco Economy - Indentured Servan...

17C American Women: The Chesapeake Tobacco Economy - Indentured Servan...: The Chesapeake was immensely hospitable to tobacco cultivation. Profit-hungry settlers often planted tobacco, before they planted corn; seek...

Friday, 2 June 2017

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

History BBC documentary Colonial House EP08 Judgment Day english subtitles

History BBC documentary Colonial House EP07 The Reckoning english subtitles

History BBC documentary Colonial House EP06 Shake Up english subtitles

History BBC documentary Colonial House EP05 Regime Change english subtitles

✪✪ History BBC documentary Colonial House EP04 The Outsiders HD english...

History BBC documentary Colonial House EP03 City of God full HD english ...

History BBC documentary Colonial House EP02 Harsh Reality full HD englis...

History BBC documentary Colonial House EP01 A New World full HD english ...

Monday, 29 May 2017

"Once Upon a Time": The Jumonville Skirmish

"Once Upon a Time": The Jumonville Skirmish:                        Jumonville Glen In 1753, 1,500 French soldiers entered the disputed Ohio Valley area and established seve...

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Some Of My Equipment. Crusoe's Plunder.

I called this image "Crusoe's Plunder". I have always loved the thought of being able to collect anything & everything I wanted from a wrecked ship.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Australian Survival and Preppers..: Firearm Owner’s Freedom at the Cross Roads.

Australian Survival and Preppers..: Firearm Owner’s Freedom at the Cross Roads.: Thoughts For The Week. Firearm Owner’s Freedom at the Cross Roads. The NEW ‘NFA’ will impose the worst restrictions on our rights si...

The Road Not Taken, By Robert Frost. For my young friend Swamp Fox who has just graduated.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost


School of the Ranger

Friday, 5 May 2017

An 18th century Asian sword has been found on a Welsh riverbed!



© Provided by Independent Print Limited The sword features a distinctive wavy blade patterning that helped Mr Evans identify its origins (Gavin Evans)

The Kris sword has a distinct ornate bird on its handle, which may be made of bone (Photo: Carmarthenshire County Museum)







Thursday, 4 May 2017

New TV Series Coming on the Jamestown Settlement.

Jamestown stars...above from left, Niamh Walsh, Naomi Battrick and Sophie Rundle.

The girls arrive to the Jamestown colony from Britain.

Early Maps Of Australia.

A close-up of the rare map found in Italy of early Australia.

The map of Australia by Dutch cartographer Joan Blaeu, dated 1659.

Remains of 18th Century Walled Garden Found in Scotland.

Remains of an 18th Century garden have been found at Culzean Castle during excavation works to install a new drainage system.

Monday, 1 May 2017

The Modern Reenactor: Evidence Versus Preference

The Modern Reenactor: Evidence Versus Preference: When Historical Evidence Isn't Good Enough This has been on my mind recently--it's one of those things that also just keeps resu...



Talking about research, there is plenty of primary documentation on people not shaving in the early to mid 18th century. As far as not being the norm, & flooding reenactment events with over representation of Indian influenced woodsmen & the like, I think everyone has the right to be what ever they want to be. If there is documentation that a certain persona existed, then that is good enough. We only read about a small percentage of woodsmen & woods-women that existed, there must have been many more that simply did not survive or made it into the history books. 
Regards, Keith.
http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/
http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/search?q=beards

Rare 17th-century wall maps

A hand-coloured map by Briton John Speed dating from the 17th century, showing the provinces of Ireland (Sotheby’s/PA)

A hand-coloured map by Briton John Speed dating from the 17th century, showing the provinces of Ireland and map of Great Britain (Sotheby’s/PA)


Archipelagus Orientalis sive Asiaticus (1659) (Sotheby’s/PA)

Asiae Descriptio Novissima (1659) (Sotheby’s/PA)

18th century Double ended Marrow Scoop.

https://www.barnebys.com/auctions/lot/441869474/an-18th-century-double-ended-marrow-scoop-marks-rubbed/