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New exhibition reimagines  Cook’s 1770 encounter. At the Australian National Maritime Museum

New exhibition reimagines Cook’s 1770 encounter. At the Australian National Maritime Museum

The story of James Cook‘s voyage along the Australian east coast is one we all know well. Historical perspectives of Cook’s first interactions with Aboriginal people have been told through the artworks and diary entries of Banks, Cook and his crew. But what if you had an opportunity to hear the story from different perspectives?...
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...
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...
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 female business owners in Sydney...
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 mother was born Hilda Josephine...
Issue 20 subscription offer :: Win 1 of 3 Ancestry.com.au memberships

Issue 20 subscription offer :: Win 1 of 3 Ancestry.com.au memberships

And the winners of the 3 World Heritage subscriptions to Ancestry.com.au are…… Congratulations to: P. O’Brien, GLENFIELD, NSW E. Byrne, RANDWICK, NSW P. Wood, NORTHGATE, SA ======================================================================================= Subscribe for the chance to one of three 12-month World Heritage memberships! With help from our friends at Ancestry.com.au, we are giving you the opportunity to win one...

Searching for James Stanley Freeman

I am looking for information on Private James Stanley Freeman, service number 2029 of the 5th Pioneer Battalion. James was from Wauchope, New South Wales, and joined the AIF aged 21 on 26 October 1915 at Holdsworthy. After returning from the war he lost his life in 1931 in a mining accident at Valla Gold...