Smith Journal · A quarterly, Australia-based publication that takes unexpected, interesting, funny and sometimes complicated stories and tells them the way you would to a bunch of friends at the pub.

So – we recommend taking a week off work to explore some of the jaw-dropping footage just released from Princeton Uni's archive. Some of these recordings were deemed so fragile, they came close to never seeing the light of day at all. 

Thinking about getting some ink? Or just after some audacious advice for 2018? Check out these pearls of wisdom from Sailor Jerry, the father of the old-school American tattoo (not to mention a rather tasty brand of spiced rum)... 

We kind of fell in love with this story of a group of totally untrained classical musos – including a young Brian Eno – who, despite being terrible, ended up becoming a minor hit. 

Cross Country Photography

Monday January 08, 2018

It’s been a while since a photographer has made us sit up in our seat and say “Whoa”. Kevin Russ just broke the drought.

An Italian widow decided that one grave just didn’t cut it for her dearly departed. So she got a whole complex built, complete with concrete, bronze, glass, ebony and ivory, granite, brass, copper and marble.

Scientists have just invented an algorithm that sifts through patterns of the stars to help identify whale sharks. Confused? Intrigued? So are we…

Food That Plays Music

Thursday January 04, 2018

Just when we thought gastronomy couldn’t get any weirder, a Swiss design student has gone and created a playable record made from chocolate. Just don’t go spinning it in a hot nightclub.

How They Made Wallpaper in the 1960s

Wednesday January 03, 2018

We’ve uncovered a gem from the British Pathé vaults: a weirdly mesmerising short film about the old art of hand-blocked wallpaper printing.


“Work more and better. Don't get lonesome. Wash teeth if any.” The singer’s resolutions from 1943 are full of good advice, if only we could make it stick.

Smith's New Year's Drinking Guide

Saturday December 30, 2017

Here's what our writers will be drinking this NYE to cap things off.