THE WORLD (cont...)
ii. Electricity Pioneers’ Tragedy
A tragedy occurred at the Paris World Fair in 1867. All the pioneers in electricity were there, including Swan, Tesla and Edison, attending a demonstration of Edison’s electric light when it exploded, blowing up the entire pavilion, killing all the participants. This set back the invention of electricity for decades. No-one claimed responsibility for causing this tragic occurrence but at the time there were reports of a tall, thin, shadowy figure slinking from the scene.
By 1888 when the Della Mortika sisters are in Melbourne, electricity has still not been invented, although there are rumours that brilliant inventors (who reportedly are on their way to the Antipodean World Exposition that year) are working on a secret new power source. Slanderous stories are going around Melbourne that that power is what is known as “electrickery.”
2.0 THE DELLA MORTIKA WORLD IN 1888
One highly important consequence of these two happenings is that the Victorian era became much more advanced technically. This was accompanied by greater interest in innovation and invention. So much so, in fact, was this the case that even the Queen and her Albert were immersed in invention.