Behind history's greatest art heist :: Monuments Men DVD giveaway!

Behind history’s greatest art heist :: Monuments Men DVD giveaway!

In our March-April issue, Inside History spoke exclusively to George Clooney about his history-inspired film, The Monuments Men. The first week of September sees the film’s release on Blu-ray and, to celebrate, we’re giving away 10 copies of the DVD.  To enter, simply send us an email to hello[at]insidehistory.com.au with your answer the question below or leave...
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...
'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...
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....
Anzac Girls book and documentary :: We speak to author Peter Rees

Anzac Girls book and documentary :: We speak to author Peter Rees

A combination of a strong family connection to the Great War and a lifelong love of history inspired Peter Rees to write Anzac Girls: The extraordinary story of our World War I nurses, the book on which the upcoming ABC TV series is based. Paula Grunseit reports. By the end...
The railway workers in the Verey collection :: Historic Castlemaine photographs

The railway workers in the Verey collection :: Historic Castlemaine photographs

In Part Two of this special online feature, Emma Sutcliffe talks to Frank Mitchell about how an extensive collection of historic glass plate negatives from the goldfields town of Castlemaine, Victoria, revealed the stories of railway employees from the late 19th century. If you missed out on Part One, which...
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...
The infamous HMAS Sydney/Emden battle of 1914 :: We talk to Mike Carlton

The infamous HMAS Sydney/Emden battle of 1914 :: We talk to Mike Carlton

What if things had turned out differently for Mike Carlton and he had become a naval officer instead of a journalist and author? It’s something he still wonders about as he tells Paula Grunseit during a conversation on all things naval history – plus his latest book, First Victory: 1914 - HMAS...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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Review :: The Railwayman's Wife

Review :: The Railwayman’s Wife

Publisher: Allen & Unwin | Review by Joanne Shoebridge, Morning presenter on ABC North Coast. When a single, random act changes Anikka Lachlan’s life forever, she buries herself in books. When a war poet returns home without meaning and a doctor struggles to shoulder the burden of lives he couldn’t save, it takes time, the...
Review :: Coast - A History of the New South Wales Edge by Ian Hoskins

Review :: Coast – A History of the New South Wales Edge by Ian Hoskins

Publisher: NewSouth Books | Review by Lisa Walker, for Byron Bay Writers’ Festival In these days of sea-change and the fight for sea views, it’s hard to imagine a time when we shunned the beaches. But our obsession with the coast is a relatively recent one, according to historian, Ian Hoskins. Prior to the turn...
Call-out for clues to Pyrmont Bridge control cabin's past

Call-out for clues to Pyrmont Bridge control cabin’s past

In preparation for a major heritage restoration, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority is appealing for any stories, memories, information or memorabilia relating to the historic Pyrmont Bridge control cabin. The state heritage listed Pyrmont Bridge is the oldest surviving electronically operated swing span bridge in the world. These bridges are movable, rotating horizontally to allow for...
Issue 22 subscription offer :: Win 1 of 5 War Popular Penguin box sets

Issue 22 subscription offer :: Win 1 of 5 War Popular Penguin box sets

Subscribe for the chance to win one of five box sets of the War Popular Penguins collection! In this centennial year of World War One’s outbreak, Penguin is showcasing the breadth of literature inspired by the Great War in a special khaki-coloured collection called the War Popular Penguins. Ten acclaimed military histories comprise this important...
New State Library of NSW awards announced for libraries

New State Library of NSW awards announced for libraries

In exciting news for librarians around New South Wales, the State Library of NSW has recently announced new award categories focussing on libraries. These Honours aim to recognise those who make vital contributions to Australian culture through libraries. They will be awarded later this year by the Library Council of New South Wales, which is the...
State Library of NSW creating the largest  collection of digitised newspapers in Australia. Over 4.5 million pages.

State Library of NSW creating the largest collection of digitised newspapers in Australia. Over 4.5 million pages.

Over 4.5 million pages of historical newspapers are now fully searchable online as part of the State Library of NSW’s major initiative funded by the NSW State Government to fast track the digitisation of its entire newspaper collection. This first major milestone in the State Library’s extensive $22.4 million digitisation program is providing local and...
Review :: Anzac's Long Shadow: The cost of our national obsession by James Brown

Review :: Anzac’s Long Shadow: The cost of our national obsession by James Brown

Publisher: Redback | Review by Russell Eldridge, for Byron Bay Writers’ Festival It’s about time a book like this came along, as a counterweight to the bronzed Anzac hero-worship culture that engenders a lop-sided, jingoistic view of Australia’s armed forces. This is not an anti-military book. Far from it. Brown is a former Army officer...
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?...
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