What does history study offer for future employment?

By Associate Professor Nathan Wise, Public and Applied History, University of New England (UNE). As university study has steadily become more accessible to Australians, the requirement for courses to emphasise the specific ‘workplace skills’ they impart and ‘employability’ aspects has also increased.  My particular views on the issue of employability stem from the career uncertainties … Read on

Finding Australia’s missing soldiers

In Edition 9 of Traces Magazine, Lambis Englezos discusses his search for hundreds of missing Australian soldiers in Fromelles. On 19 July 1916, almost 2000 Australian troops were killed when attempting to attack German trenches in Fromelles, France. Encompassing all those who were killed, unaccounted for, wounded or taken as prisoner, 5533 Australians were directly … Read on

On the immeasurable value of local historical expertise

As an undergraduate student in the early 2000s, one of my first original historical research projects involved documenting the history of a local war memorial. Being new to the idea of ‘archival research’, I approached my lecturer for advice, and they suggested that I start with the local historical society. As I stepped through the … Read on

Writing a non-boring family history

Here is your sneak peek to an upcoming article from Traces Edition 9. ‘Writing a non-boring family history’ written by Hazel Edwards dives into the world of uncovering your ancestor’s history and turning it into a piece of compelling writing. Have you discovered something captivating in your family history? Have you thought about sharing it? … Read on

Victorian ‘insanity’ in the 19th century

Why did Victoria have such a high rate of insanity? A new book illuminating the world of Melbourne’s early lunatic asylums recently won the Victorian Premier’s History Award. Jill Giese, clinical psychologist and author of The Maddest Place on Earth, spoke with Tracesabout an intriguing slice of colonial history. When I stumbled on an 1876 eyewitness account of … Read on

The treasure in Trove

By Associate Professor Nathan Wise, Public and Applied History, University of New England (UNE). Over the past decade, Trove has risen to become one of the most valuable resources for Australian historians and genealogists. At face value it is an easy-to-use search engine that researchers can use to find resources relating to aspects of Australian … Read on

Ghost signs

Once you know where to look, it’s amazing how many clues about the past are hidden within plain sight, in seemingly everyday objects and locations.  Today, Melbourne’s laneways attract international attention for their trendy restaurants and cafés, but to the discerning visitor, they are also a treasure maze of hints about Melbourne’s history as a … Read on

Accessing Personal Service Records for family research

Twenty years ago, historians could travel to the National Archives of Australia (NAA), Canberra, where they could request the Personal Service Records of individuals who served in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during the First World War. Today, those records are digitised and available online via the NAA website (naa.gov.au) under the B2455 series number; … Read on

Recaptured, by William Cotter

Port Arthur, Van Diemen’s Land, 1840 He has struggled through the surf of mist, Heard the wind trample the hills, The gullies drum like tambourines, Felt the cold, companionable earth beneath his feet And smelt, through the leaves of the eucalypts, The brief, disorientating drug of freedom. But, now, in the damp, stone walled darkness, … Read on

Expert tips on tracking your roots

Traces spoke with Ancestry.com for some expert tips on family history research. Here is their best advice: Talk to your relatives: It seems simple, but you might be surprised by how much information your grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles might have that they’ve never shared, only because they were never asked. Ask them what they … Read on

Finding your ancestor’s burial location

Finding and visiting the graves of your ancestors can be an essential step in your family history research, whether to pay your respects or to look for further information about your lineage. So, where do you start when it comes to finding the burial location of an ancestor? Death certificates A great place to begin … Read on

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