Caleb Cluff

Journalist

Digital journalist, The Courier.

Latest Stories

Joseph Jenkins, the Welsh Swagman

Joseph Jenkins, the Welsh Swagman

A refugee from his own temperament and intemperance, Joseph Jenkins came to Australia in 1868 and recorded the details of his life here for 25 years.

Fantastic outlook for 2017

Fantastic outlook for 2017

If you like wine then this year's vintage may excite you, with predictions of a great harvest.

Alone in Bad Company: Jeff Lang

Alone in Bad Company: Jeff Lang

Jeff Lang’s style of music defies description. He draws on blues and roots music and infuses them with a rich carpet of Australia-inspired stories and characters.

The assassin of Ballarat: a tragedy in five acts

The assassin of Ballarat: a tragedy in five acts

In 1868 a young Irishman from Ballarat took a pistol and aimed it at the Duke of Edinburgh. His action defined the nature of Australian sectarian strife for decades.

Even frogs croaked differently: Ballarat’s Ukrainians

Even frogs croaked differently: Ballarat’s Ukrainians

After the great immigration program of the 1950s, Ballarat found it was home to various groups of what were politely known as 'New Australians'. Among them were the Ukrainian community, who proudly maintained their culture in the new land.

The NCRM: rural dream of a Catholic utopia

The NCRM: rural dream of a Catholic utopia

The National Catholic Rural Movement was a strong force in the life of its Ballarat adherents until the 1960s. What were its aims and why did it fail?

The dome house, hemp and the urbane maverick

The dome house, hemp and the urbane maverick

Originally this story began with the following sentence: “Igloo house. Dome house. Boob house. Ice cream house. Spaceship house.” So it wasn’t necessarily deathless prose.

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