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The Memorial’s Guide to ANZAC Day

The Memorial’s Guide to ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day developed from the commemoration of the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who lost their lives on Gallipoli during the First World War. Although the campaign failed, the endurance and sacrifice of those soldiers led to the creation of the “ANZAC legend”. Over the years, ANZAC Day has broadened to include the commemoration of...
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...