The hunter who almost destroyed Australia

English settler Thomas Austin (1815-1871)¬†chose to go to Australia. He was an avid hunter and imported a few rabbits from England. Then, one fateful day in 1859, he released 24 of them into the wild. He reportedly stated that “The introduction of a few rabbits could do little harm and might provide a touch of home, in addition to a …

The first Selfie

Robert Cornelius (1809-1893) was a lamp manufacturer from Philadelphia, USA. In the late 1830s, he started spending much of his free time messing around with photography.

Inventor Behind the Scenes

Born in England in 1770, Sarah Guppy was a mother of six children and an inventor. Among her inventions are caulking that made ships more seaworthy, a kitchen fire hood, a bed that transformed into a home gym, and a design for piling foundation that led to the creation of the suspension bridge.

The One-Cent Magenta

Meet the world’s rarest stamp: the One-Cent Magenta was created in 1856 when instead of the 50,000 stamps set to arrive in British Guiana from Great Britain, only 5,000 arrived. The local postmaster took matters into his own hands and had some one-cent stamps and four-cent stamps printed.