A haunting tale

‘Truganini’, by Cassandra Pybus, tells the haunting story of the extraordinary Aboriginal woman behind the myth of ’the last Tasmanian Aborigine’

Reflections on early historical thinking

Dr Nathan Wise Associate Professor in Public and Applied History University of New England At UNE, teaching commences in this first week of March for our Trimester One units. In our foundation history unit, HINQ100: What is History?, there is a remarkable blend of students with diverse backgrounds and experiences. There is the typically large group of … Read on

UNESCO World heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks reopens

More than 200 years old and a site of exceptional significance, this fascinating building holds the key to understanding the convict origins of colonial Australia, its impact on Aboriginal nations, and the shelter and care of immigrant and destitute women.

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

The 1975 Tasman Bridge disaster

At 9.27 pm on Sunday 27 January, a star-crossed bulk iron ore carrier, the Lake Illawarra, struck Hobart’s Tasman Bridge, knocking over two of its concrete pylons along with 127 metres of road that they had supported. The incident The consequences were devastating and immediate: five people in cars plummeted to their deaths in the … Read on

The man who mailed himself from London to Perth

Reg Spiers was once a champion javelin thrower who represented Australia at the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth, but he is better known as the man who mailed himself from England to Australia than for his athletic prowess. When Spiers failed to qualify for the 1964 Australian Olympic Team, he impulsively set out for London … Read on

Popular baby names of the last 100 years

 Trends and fads come and go – and baby names are not immune. Interestingly, some of the most common baby names from 100 years ago are making a reappearance on today’s top baby name charts in what is known as the 100-year return. Choosing a baby name is no easy task. For some families, culture … Read on

The construction of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road

It’s nearly the school holidays and, in Victoria at least, that means thousands of travellers will be making their way down one of the state’s most iconic roads – The Great Ocean Road. While images of this stretch of famous coastline have been made famous on postcards and calendars worldwide, the history behind it may be … Read on

Starting your family tree

Assembling a family tree can be a daunting task, especially as we are so often faced with more questions than answers. As long as you know how to harness the many resources at your disposal, uncovering your roots can be a rewarding and fascinating experience. Here are some tips to get you started. Start with … Read on

Three tips for restoring Art Deco furniture

Looking back in time from a 21st century vantage point, there’s perhaps no era that better evokes a sense of nostalgia than the 1920s. Thousands of immigrants – many of them women – were drawn to Australia by the promise of job opportunities, decent wages and a better life, and luxury goods were becoming more … Read on

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