Choosing the right family history software

Choosing the right family history software

Family history database software is invaluable for organising your research and laying it out in a clear, logical manner. The only question is: which is best? The answer, says genealogist Michelle Patient, depends on your research needs. Whether you’re a seasoned genie with years of genealogy behind you, or have...
Exhibition :: Rough Medicine, at the South Australian Maritime Museum

Exhibition :: Rough Medicine, at the South Australian Maritime Museum

By Lindl Lawton, senior curator at the South Australian Maritime Museum ‘To where thy hallowed bones are laid, far from the busy haunts of men’ The words stitched in the centre of Ellen Moger’s piece of embroidery proved sadly prophetic. Ellen packed this memento in her trunk on the Moffat...
A Cup of Tea :: Author Christine Bramble on World War I nurses

A Cup of Tea :: Author Christine Bramble on World War I nurses

The nurses who served in World War I faced many challenges on the front, says researcher and author Christine Bramble – and it’s only recently that their invaluable contributions to the war effort have received the attention they deserve. In the latest issue of Inside History, we chat to Christine,...
Enter our cover image competition and you could win a trip to historic Norfolk Island!

Enter our cover image competition and you could win a trip to historic Norfolk Island!

Do you have an amazing photograph of your ancestor? We are on the lookout for beautiful images to feature on an upcoming cover (or two) of Inside History. Could your ancestor be our next cover star? Many family history researchers have that ‘one’ special photograph: the one that speaks volumes...
Victorian VC winners remembered

Victorian VC winners remembered

Included in a recent edition of Inside History was an article on the Boer War and the Australian recipients of the Victoria Cross. One of these venerated soldiers was Leslie Cecil Maygar from Longwood in Victoria. In the above photograph, Captain Maygar is standing to the left of a group...
A 'Two Bob' Treasure

A ‘Two Bob’ Treasure

In a journey from World War One to present day, Gary Traynor recounts the extraordinary tale of John Thomas Huckle’s lost war medal, sold for ‘two bob’ in 1939 to be miraculously returned to family in 2014: It has been said that all citizens are duty bound to defend their...
Iconic Hydro Majestic Hotel Reopens

Iconic Hydro Majestic Hotel Reopens

Arguably the most grandiose and luxurious Blue Mountains landmark, the Hydro Majestic Hotel is once again open to the public. With a history that traverses two world wars, from the day of its opening in 1904 the Hydro Majestic attracted visitors seeking a decadent escape with spectacular views of the...
Ask  our Experts :: Dating and Locating Photos with Jayne Shrimpton

Ask our Experts :: Dating and Locating Photos with Jayne Shrimpton

Question from Gwyn Gillard: Please could you suggest when this photo was taken. The gentleman in the centre in the pale suit and pale top hat was married in April 1882 in Melbourne and I wonder if this picture could have been taken at his wedding. I would be extremely...
Author Q&A :: The Making of Australia by David Hill

Author Q&A :: The Making of Australia by David Hill

David Hill’s latest offering The Making of Australia, tells the story of Australia’s remarkable development from a struggling convict settlement to a flourishing nation after 1901, through the experiences of the key players in our nation’s history. Hill is currently an honorary associate at the University of Sydney’s departments of archaeology...
Launch of Irish Anzacs Database

Launch of Irish Anzacs Database

The Irish Anzacs Project is a significant research undertaking of the Global Irish Studies Centre at UNSW, made possible by a grant from the Irish government’s Emigrant Support Program. The project aims to identify all Irish-born enlistments in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during the First World War, or as...
New FREE Tasmanian Name Index available

New FREE Tasmanian Name Index available

Have you seen the new Tasmanian Names Index? Enter a person’s name in the search box and you can now find all kinds of records that you can view then and there! This is the first time that such a variety of Tasmanian records are available online, all from the...
Discovering Anzacs :: Records from the Front

Discovering Anzacs :: Records from the Front

Family historians will find more than just service records on the new World War One website, Discovering Anzacs. Inside History looks at what it reveals. With the centenary of World War One looming, the National Archives of Australia is launching a new website called Discovering Anzacs, in partnership with Archives...
The Other Anzacs :: Australian soldiers in WW1's Allied armies

The Other Anzacs :: Australian soldiers in WW1′s Allied armies

Was your ancestor one of the tens of thousands who served in World War One under an Allied banner? Military historian Neil Smith, from Mostly Unsung, explains why their records can be so difficult to find, and which are the best places to look. Australians are well served when it...
Expert tips on decoding your family portraits

Expert tips on decoding your family portraits

Photographs of our ancestors can be one of the most treasured traces they leave behind, often offering details of their age, status, relationships and more, as well as a glimpse into what kind of person they were. But, for those of us not versed in photographic history, family portraits can...
Author Q&A :: Meredith Burgmann & Wendy Bacon on Dirty Secrets: Our ASIO Files

Author Q&A :: Meredith Burgmann & Wendy Bacon on Dirty Secrets: Our ASIO Files

From time to time, we’ll be talking to great Australian authors about what inspired them to start researching and writing their stories. Here, we look at mid-20th century politics, activism and government surveillance in our chat with Meredith Burgmann and Wendy Bacon on their new book, Dirty Secrets: Our ASIO Files....
The discovery of the Verey collection :: Historic Castlemaine photographs

The discovery of the Verey collection :: Historic Castlemaine photographs

In Part One of this special online feature, Emma Sutcliffe looks at how an extensive collection of historic glass plate negatives from the gold rush town of Castlemaine, Victoria, was recovered and restored. Keep an eye out for Part Two, which will be published tomorrow.  There’s something intriguing about staring...
Bob's Your Uncle (perhaps literally!) :: A reader's success story

Bob’s Your Uncle (perhaps literally!) :: A reader’s success story

To our excitement, one of our readers recently emailed Inside History to share a success story that came about thanks to our magazine’s ‘Bob’s Your Uncle’ section in which family historians can appeal for information from other researchers. Here, Debby Gower explains how answering a writer’s call-out in Bob’s Your Uncle helped, eventually, re-unite...
The history and future of the Mitchell Library

The history and future of the Mitchell Library

Plans for the restoration and renewal of the State Library of NSW‘s Mitchell Library were recently revised following public feedback. Paula Grunseit speaks with Richard Neville, the tenth Mitchell Librarian, about change, history, and the future of libraries. Richard Neville began using the Mitchell Library as an undergraduate when he...
Inside History exclusive :: Old map of Bathurst and Cox’s Road rediscovered

Inside History exclusive :: Old map of Bathurst and Cox’s Road rediscovered

Australia’s colonial history continues to unearth surprises. Bathurst historian Robin McLachlan, an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Charles Sturt University, made an amazing discovery among the digitised images of the UK National Archives: an amazing 1815 map, signed by Governor Macquarie himself.  Over the past couple of years I have been working for Bathurst...
How to Ask an Expert :: Help them help you

How to Ask an Expert :: Help them help you

So you’ve got an opportunity to ‘Ask an Expert’ a burning question about that stubborn brick wall stunting your family tree – what next? Inside History‘s own resident genealogical expert, Shauna Hicks, says getting the most out of this exciting opportunity takes preparation and organisation. Here, she shares her tips...
Top 10 Out and About Genie Activities

Top 10 Out and About Genie Activities

As a prolific blogger and long-time family historian from Darwin, Pauleen Cass of Family History Across the Seas knows a thing or two about the joys of genealogy online. But here, instead, she takes a step away from the keyboard and shares with us her top 10 ways to take...
The Myall Creek massacre re-examined

The Myall Creek massacre re-examined

In the latest issue of Inside History magazine, we examine a particularly harrowing episode of Australian history. The Myall Creek massacre in 1838 was an act of genocide in which up to 28 Aboriginal men, women and children were murdered. Revisiting Myall Creek 176 years on, Mark Tedeschi AM QC, the Senior Crown...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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Choosing the right family history software

Choosing the right family history software

Family history database software is invaluable for organising your research and laying it out in a clear, logical manner. The only question is: which is best? The answer, says genealogist Michelle Patient, depends on your research needs. Whether you’re a seasoned genie with years of genealogy behind you, or have just started out on your...
Become a virtual volunteer for International Volunteer Day :: 5 December

Become a virtual volunteer for International Volunteer Day :: 5 December

Have you ever wanted to help out different organisations but feel like you don’t have the time or money to go out and do so? International Volunteer Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985 and takes place each year on 5 December. This day allows for volunteers and volunteer organisations to promote...
Exhibition :: Rough Medicine, at the South Australian Maritime Museum

Exhibition :: Rough Medicine, at the South Australian Maritime Museum

By Lindl Lawton, senior curator at the South Australian Maritime Museum ‘To where thy hallowed bones are laid, far from the busy haunts of men’ The words stitched in the centre of Ellen Moger’s piece of embroidery proved sadly prophetic. Ellen packed this memento in her trunk on the Moffat when she migrated to Adelaide...
Event :: Open House Hobart, Saturday 22 November

Event :: Open House Hobart, Saturday 22 November

As the highlight of the Institute of Architects’ Hobart Architecture Week, Open House Hobart will allow history lovers an exclusive peek inside some of Hobart’s iconic buildings this Saturday 22 November. For just one day only, visitors can enjoy a behind the scenes tour through the city’s history, while locals can gain a new appreciation...
Corroboree Sydney Indigenous arts festival :: 20-30 November, 2014

Corroboree Sydney Indigenous arts festival :: 20-30 November, 2014

Over ten days from 20 November, the Sydney Harbour foreshore plays host to Corroboree Sydney, Australia’s largest Indigenous arts festival celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Locals and visitors will have the opportunity to see over 100 performances by artists, writers, dancers and musicians from around the country. The State Library of NSW is also...
A Cup of Tea :: Author Christine Bramble on World War I nurses

A Cup of Tea :: Author Christine Bramble on World War I nurses

The nurses who served in World War I faced many challenges on the front, says researcher and author Christine Bramble – and it’s only recently that their invaluable contributions to the war effort have received the attention they deserve. In the latest issue of Inside History, we chat to Christine, author of Sisters of the Valley:...
Enter our cover image competition and you could win a trip to historic Norfolk Island!

Enter our cover image competition and you could win a trip to historic Norfolk Island!

Do you have an amazing photograph of your ancestor? We are on the lookout for beautiful images to feature on an upcoming cover (or two) of Inside History. Could your ancestor be our next cover star? Many family history researchers have that ‘one’ special photograph: the one that speaks volumes about its subject’s life and...
Author Q&A :: The Beach They Called Gallipoli

Author Q&A :: The Beach They Called Gallipoli

Awarding winning children’s author Jackie French and illustrator Bruce Whatley have created a beautiful children’s book with a focus on the events that occurred and the soldiers that passed through Gallipoli Beach from April to December 1915. Inside History chats with French and Whatley about their research. Click here to read more about The Beach They...