10 useful websites for convict research

10 useful websites for convict research

Historical research is becoming more and more accessible online, with the new collections being made available. Anyone, at any time, can discover an untold story. Daniel McKay lists ten websites that are making tracing the journey of some long-dead convict across the globe a little easier. 1. Google No, this...
To Make a Bridge. Where did the granite of the Sydney Harbour Bridge come from?

To Make a Bridge. Where did the granite of the Sydney Harbour Bridge come from?

In 1924, John Gilmore and his young family came to Australia  from Scotland to partake in the flurry of industry surrounding the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. He became quarry manager in the small south coast town of Moruya, from whose quarries came the granite that built the famous...
The Forgotten Diggers of Wau. New Guinea in World War 2

The Forgotten Diggers of Wau. New Guinea in World War 2

It was a battle the Australian troops fought against the Japanese, and against all odds amid the treacherous conditions of New Guinea. Here, David Buckwalter remembers the little-known Battle for Wau. About two months before the first shots on Kokoda had sounded a small group of commandos, the 2/5th Australian...
Dream Merchants :: Australia's Greek Cafés

Dream Merchants :: Australia’s Greek Cafés

Every time you drink a Coke, enjoy an ice cream or sweet chocolate treat, go to the cinema, or listen to the latest popular music hit, you can thank Australia’s Greek cafés. Leonard Janiszewski and Effy Alexakis, who have been researching the history of Australia’s Greek cafés for over a...
"Good, fearless soldiers". Craig Tibbitts on the AWM’s Anzac Voices

“Good, fearless soldiers”. Craig Tibbitts on the AWM’s Anzac Voices

The Australian War Memorial’s Craig Tibbitts reveals the story of two brothers who faced the horrors of Pozières in 1916, and looks at why their letters are so important. In 1927 the Australian War Memorial’s Director, John Treloar, wrote to the Reverend John Garrard Raws about the wartime letters of...
Find your servicewoman in the archives

Find your servicewoman in the archives

Shauna Hicks looks at the Australian Women’s Register a resource that may help you locate your lady. The Australian Women’s Register is part of the Australian Women’s’ Archive Project, an initiative of the National Foundation of Australian Women in conjunction with the University of Melbourne. It can be a very quick...
Widely-anticipated British wartime records to be added to findmypast

Widely-anticipated British wartime records to be added to findmypast

One of Britain’s most widely-anticipated 20th-century record sets, the 1939 register, will be digitised within the next two years and added to findmypast. A joint project between The National Archives UK and DC Thomson Family History, the owner of findmypast, will make almost 1.2 million full-colour scans from the register available...
Can you help? An 84 year old woman searching for her mother's grave site

Can you help? An 84 year old woman searching for her mother’s grave site

Can you help? An 84 year old woman searching for her mother’s grave site. Please share the story, add your research hints in comments below and help find her resting place. “”Did you know my mother?” Please help my 84 year old mother Gwen, find her own mother’s grave. Her...
NSW Premier’s History Awards nominations now open until Friday, 2 May!

NSW Premier’s History Awards nominations now open until Friday, 2 May!

Nominations for this year’s prestigious NSW Premier’s History Awards open today. The NSW Premier’s History Awards were established in 1997 to honour Australian historians’ achievements. Past winners include esteemed historians such as KS Inglis, Inga Clendinnen, Patricia Jalland, Christopher Clark and Grace Karskens, to name but a few. Administered by...
Saving Maitland's Jewish Cemetery by the UNE's Janis Wilton

Saving Maitland’s Jewish Cemetery by the UNE’s Janis Wilton

In great news for the heritage of the Hunter region, Maitland Jewish Cemetery has recently been granted State Heritage listing! As we celebrate the good news, we revisit what historian and University of New England professor Janis Wilton had to say about the great work being done to protect the at-risk...
Making (historic) tracks :: discovering the history of Australia's Top End

Making (historic) tracks :: discovering the history of Australia’s Top End

Dorian Mode and Lydia Thorpe discover the recent history of the Top End via one of Australia’s great rail journeys- The Ghan. Named after the hardy Afghan pioneers who, like the Chinese, were the harbingers of multiculturalism in Australia, The Ghan (www.greatsouthernrail.com.au) has a fascinating and rich narrative. You may be...
Long Way Home tours: to tell the personal stories of Australian servicemen and women

Long Way Home tours: to tell the personal stories of Australian servicemen and women

The Long Way Home, a unique theatrical production resulting from a historic collaboration between Sydney Theatre Company (STC) and the Australian Defence Force (ADF), is currently touring Australia. The play, written by Daniel Keene, conveys the personal stories of Australian servicemen and women who have served in Iraq, Afghanistan, East Timor and...
New app explores Sydney's Irish history

New app explores Sydney’s Irish history

A new, free app called Old Irish Sydney, aiming to highlight the city’s rich Irish heritage, has been released in time for St Patrick’s Day. Compiled by the Dictionary of Sydney, with the help of local Irish and Irish-Australian historians, Old Irish Sydney offers a self-guided one-hour walking tour of the...
100 Years of Red Cross in Armidale. UNE seeks information for an exhibition

100 Years of Red Cross in Armidale. UNE seeks information for an exhibition

August 2014 marks the centenary of the Red Cross in Armidale. This organisation was formed in the shadows of World War I and its members contributed to many of the activities designed to support the wounded and sick troops and the innocent victims of the war. The UNE Heritage Centre...
Anzacs & the empire. Robyn Van Dyk on the AWM's Anzac Voices

Anzacs & the empire. Robyn Van Dyk on the AWM’s Anzac Voices

The Australian War Memorial’s new exhibition focuses on the inner voices of the our Anzacs during World War I. Its curator, Robyn van Dyk, explains what will be on show. Letters to a sweetheart; diaries of a hard-fought campaign; postcards scrawled in the trenches, hospitals, ships, and battlefields of war....
Our living legacy. Touring Sydney's Vaucluse House and Elizabeth Farm

Our living legacy. Touring Sydney’s Vaucluse House and Elizabeth Farm

Visiting and wandering through a historic home can prove to be a fascinating and richly rewarding experience even for those with only a passing interest in history. Adam Woodhams tours two historic houses and their gardens for a wonderful glimpse into their past. A well preserved and presented property provides...
From reels to radio. Find out about the National Film & Sound Archive Collection

From reels to radio. Find out about the National Film & Sound Archive Collection

In our goal to uncover as much information as possible on our ancestors we often leave no stone unturned. But have you investigated whether your family appeared in a film or was on the wireless? Genealogist Shauna Hicks looks into Australia’s main media archives. Many of us have ancestors who...
Our Annual 2013 digital edition is out now!

Our Annual 2013 digital edition is out now!

Our Annual 2013 digital edition brings together our most loved stories from the past year. Each one featured here showcases what Inside History magazine is all about — engaging, inspiring articles, with practical tips to help social and family historians, all presented with beautiful images of the highest quality possible....
Round the world and back again :: colonial journal returns to Fremantle

Round the world and back again :: colonial journal returns to Fremantle

In 1829, young newlywed Mary Ann Friend embarked on a two-year voyage with husband Matthew Curling Friend, Captain of the Wanstead, stopping at the Swan River Colony in 1830. Mary Ann documented her seven week stay through diary entries and delicate watercolour paintings in a journal recently acquired by the...
Mission X – the ragtag fleet. Australians sailing under the American flag

Mission X – the ragtag fleet. Australians sailing under the American flag

Inside History magazine talks to Richard Wood, United States of America Gallery at the Australian National Maritime Museum about their new exhibition, Mission X – the ragtag fleet starting on Thursday, December 19. They probably seemed like an ordinary part of the hustle and bustle of Sydney Harbour during World...
Inside History a finalist at the Publishers Australia Excellence Awards

Inside History a finalist at the Publishers Australia Excellence Awards

Inside History magazine has been named a finalist at the annual Publishers Australia Excellence Awards. The only history magazine to achieve a place, Inside History magazine came fourth in the Multi Channel Brand of the Year category. This competitive category received the largest number of entries, making Inside History’s achievement...
Expert Q&A :: Finding your Anzac using the Australian War Memorial

Expert Q&A :: Finding your Anzac using the Australian War Memorial

For our Expert Q&A on Thursday, 7 November we had the team from the Australian War Memorial Research Centre join us to answer your questions about the AWM collections and how to find your Anzac ancestor. Thanks again to Jennie, Dianne, Cameron and Liz for giving us all the benefit of...
Parramatta Female Factory :: Our fair ladies

Parramatta Female Factory :: Our fair ladies

Around one in five Australians are related to women who were incarcerated at the Parramatta Female Factory. The Factory itself is one of our most significant historical spaces; a Francis Greenway building and our oldest convict women’s site. But now its survival is under threat Paula Grunseit spoke to historians...
WW1 centenary to place WA's Albany in the spotlight in 2014

WW1 centenary to place WA’s Albany in the spotlight in 2014

The picturesque and historic coastal city of Albany, Western Australia, will be the focus of international attention next year when it hosts the first in a series of commemorative and community events as the curtain raiser to the Anzac Centenary period. Thousands of Australian and New Zealand troops departed from...
Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia exhibition

Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia exhibition

Today, the Chairman of the National Library of Australia Council, Mr Ryan Stokes, unveiled one of the rarest maps in the world, the 1663 Archipelagus Orientalis (The Eastern of Asian Archipelago). This new acquisition is the first large-scale map of New Holland, created by Dutch East India Company cartographer, Joan...
Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum :: Cedar and steamers

Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum :: Cedar and steamers

Continuing our spotlight on the importance of our rivers for transport, Ron Creber, curator at the Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, talks about the inland river system on the New South Wales north coast. You may or may not have noticed that the major cities, on the Mid North Coast...
Biographical Database of Australia has launched with a new view of the early colony

Biographical Database of Australia has launched with a new view of the early colony

The Biographical Database of Australia (BDA) is a new research tool for historians and genealogists. It’s now available to subscribe and explore! The project aims to collect surviving records of all people who lived in Australia from the 18th to early 20th centuries, and collate their biographies in a fully...
Fair thee well. Family photos found at a Queensland vintage fair!

Fair thee well. Family photos found at a Queensland vintage fair!

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure? This was definitely the case for librarian and genealogist, Jane Harding, when she recently discovered — quite by chance — some priceless family heirlooms at a vintage fair on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. One Saturday morning a few years ago, I cajoled my sister...
Exploring digital history with NLA's Tim Sherratt

Exploring digital history with NLA’s Tim Sherratt

There are a host of online tools emerging that allow you to query data and share research in exciting and innovative ways. Tim Sherratt, the manager of Trove, is one of the developers and digital historians leading the way, with projects including Mapping Our Anzacs and Invisible Australians. Here, Tim looks at...
15 great historic getaways

15 great historic getaways

From convict settlements to historic ports, Indigenous sites to goldrush villages, there’s an array of destinations close to home just waiting to be discovered. Sarah Trevor explores 15 fascinating contenders for the history lover’s dream holiday! New Norfolk, Tasmania. Nestled in the scenic Derwent Valley 32km northwest of Hobart, New...
50 genealogy blogs you need to read in 2013!

50 genealogy blogs you need to read in 2013!

Inside History’s 2nd Annual Genealogy Blog Awards are here! With the help of geneablogger Jill Ball, we’ve compiled our best 50 blogs from around the world. Get ready for “a glorious and unforgettable ride”. Drum roll, please… What makes a geneablog great? Many people’s responses to this question via Twitter...
Pitch In! Become a digital volunteer at State Library of Queensland

Pitch In! Become a digital volunteer at State Library of Queensland

State Library of Queensland is looking for digital volunteers to tag, text correct, or transcribe its significant collections of historic photographs, newspapers, and books. It doesn’t matter if you’re from Thargomindah, Toowoomba, Toowong, or Taipei anyone can Pitch In! State Librarian Janette Wright said digital volunteers were needed to add...
Expert Q&A :: Irish immigration with Dr Richard Reid and Dr Perry McIntyre

Expert Q&A :: Irish immigration with Dr Richard Reid and Dr Perry McIntyre

For our Expert Q&A on Thursday, June 6 we had Dr Richard Reid and Dr Perry McIntyre to answer your questions about Irish immigration in the 1800s. Thanks again to Richard and Perry for giving us all the benefit of their time and expertise. Don’t forget our Expert Q&As happen...
Finding Henry Lawson in North Sydney's streets by Ian Hoskins

Finding Henry Lawson in North Sydney’s streets by Ian Hoskins

He was the “city bushman” whose stories are still loved the country over. North Sydney historian, Ian Hoskins, was surprised by how much his own neighbourhood was reflected in Lawson’s writings and his life… Henry Lawson was born in 1867 and spent his first 16 years or so in western...
Walking through the past. Historypin at the State Library of Queensland

Walking through the past. Historypin at the State Library of Queensland

There’s been lots happening on Historypin since we featured the site in issue 10. Historypin’s Jon Voss reveals some of the exciting projects, including those from the State Library of Queensland which are now online. As readers of Inside History know, there’s been a continuous stream of activity on Historypin from...
Sydney's first water supply. Our Tank Stream

Sydney’s first water supply. Our Tank Stream

Every year about 3,000 people enter the Sydney Living Museum ballot to get on this tour. I’d waited for years to tour the Tank Stream – it’s one of the pieces of Australian history that I heard about early in my life and I’d wanted to see this little waterway for myself for...
Heritage travel :: Western Australian early history by Richard Offen

Heritage travel :: Western Australian early history by Richard Offen

The wondrous and occasionally off-beat history of Western Australia is little known outside its vast borders. Richard Offen, executive director of Heritage Perth, takes us for a whirlwind tour through its historic gems. This article first appeared in our Issue 15: Mar-Apr 2013 edition. WHEN I arrived in Western Australia...
The Beersheba Chargers by Neil Smith

The Beersheba Chargers by Neil Smith

Piecing together war diaries and official records leads military historian Neil Smith AM to discover the heart-wrenching stories of the men and horses of the 4th Australian Light Horse regiment at the Battle of Beersheba. Neil C Smith AM is head of Mostly Unsung, which publishes on a range of...
Why you should use FamilySearch Family History Centres

Why you should use FamilySearch Family History Centres

Families share an enduring bond that reaches across the generations. FamilySearch can help you trace your ancestors with an expert network across Australia and New Zealand. Many dedicated genealogists would be familiar with FamilySearch and no doubt have spent many hours searching its website for elusive ancestors. There are millions...
10 things you may not know about Sydney

10 things you may not know about Sydney

Sydney businesswomen in the 1790s Our earliest known film 6000-year-old discovery in Alexandria Tamarama rollercoaster The mortuary train Sydney’s (unofficial) queen Our hidden lake The man who was hanged on Fort Denison “Professor” Parker, the “champion of Australia” Coffee Culture 1. Sydney businesswomen in the 1790s One of the earliest...
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The Lost Boys of ANZAC by Peter Stanley

The Lost Boys of ANZAC by Peter Stanley

Australians are fascinated with their nation’s experience of World War I, and particularly with the people who fought and died in that conflict. Our annual observance of Anzac Day, the sustained consumption of books and films about Australia’s military history and, not least, the popularity of family history research all mean that war assumes a...
10 useful websites for convict research

10 useful websites for convict research

Historical research is becoming more and more accessible online, with the new collections being made available. Anyone, at any time, can discover an untold story. Daniel McKay lists ten websites that are making tracing the journey of some long-dead convict across the globe a little easier. 1. Google No, this isn’t a joke! Google is...
To Make a Bridge. Where did the granite of the Sydney Harbour Bridge come from?

To Make a Bridge. Where did the granite of the Sydney Harbour Bridge come from?

In 1924, John Gilmore and his young family came to Australia  from Scotland to partake in the flurry of industry surrounding the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. He became quarry manager in the small south coast town of Moruya, from whose quarries came the granite that built the famous bridge. Gilmore’s great grand-daughter, Christine...
Carrier attack: Darwin 1942. A guide to Australia's own Pearl Harbor

Carrier attack: Darwin 1942. A guide to Australia’s own Pearl Harbor

CARRIER ATTACK: DARWIN 1942 By Dr Tom Lewis and Peter Ingman. Avonmore Books. 368pp. $49.95. No one could have predicted the extraordinary scale and ferocity of the attack on Darwin on February 19, 1942. This would be the largest ever Japanese air attack in the South Pacific, and the only time Australia was attacked by...
The Forgotten Diggers of Wau. New Guinea in World War 2

The Forgotten Diggers of Wau. New Guinea in World War 2

It was a battle the Australian troops fought against the Japanese, and against all odds amid the treacherous conditions of New Guinea. Here, David Buckwalter remembers the little-known Battle for Wau. About two months before the first shots on Kokoda had sounded a small group of commandos, the 2/5th Australian Independent Company (AIC), had been...
Dream Merchants :: Australia's Greek Cafés

Dream Merchants :: Australia’s Greek Cafés

Every time you drink a Coke, enjoy an ice cream or sweet chocolate treat, go to the cinema, or listen to the latest popular music hit, you can thank Australia’s Greek cafés. Leonard Janiszewski and Effy Alexakis, who have been researching the history of Australia’s Greek cafés for over a quarter of a century, point...
National Family History Month in August 2014! What are you doing to celebrate?

National Family History Month in August 2014! What are you doing to celebrate?

National Family History Month (NFHM) is held annually in August in Australia and New Zealand. It is an AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations) initiative to promote genealogy and family history in Australasia and was started in 2006 as a week and changed to a month in 2013. More information is on the NFHM website home...
'Through These Lines' tours New South Wales

‘Through These Lines’ tours New South Wales

An original piece of Australian theatre created in conjunction with the World War One centenary, Through These Lines follows army nurse Sister Florence Whiting’s tour of duty. Based on the letters and diaries of Australian Army nurses who served during World War One, the play depicts Sister Florence’s four year journey from her time on the...
"Good, fearless soldiers". Craig Tibbitts on the AWM’s Anzac Voices

“Good, fearless soldiers”. Craig Tibbitts on the AWM’s Anzac Voices

The Australian War Memorial’s Craig Tibbitts reveals the story of two brothers who faced the horrors of Pozières in 1916, and looks at why their letters are so important. In 1927 the Australian War Memorial’s Director, John Treloar, wrote to the Reverend John Garrard Raws about the wartime letters of his two sons, asking if...