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Within a few years of arriving in Melbourne in 1849, John Maloney, an illiterate Irish labourer, had bought a small weatherboard cottage in the fast-growing city. He and his siblings decorated it with Staffordshire china, dined on chicken and beef, and fastened their clothes with carved bone buttons.

The story of the Maloneys—and their neighbours in the bustling working-class area known as ‘Little Lon’ (bordering Little Lonsdale Street)—has been pieced together from excavations in the Melbourne CBD. It forms a centrepiece of a permanent exhibition, The Melbourne Story, at the Museum of Victoria.

Australian academics have developed an internationally recognised tool for defining the ‘creative economy’—and used the new methodology to establish that half a million Australians work in the dynamic sector, more than in mining and agriculture combined.

What if you could harness the power of supercomputers, along with the latest computer science techniques, to determine whether an unknown play was written by Shakespeare—then use the same methodology to diagnose cancer?

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