From the highlights of National Family History Month to events commemorating the centenary of the Somme, this July and August there are a whole host of history and family history exhibitions, open days, seminars, talks and more from around Australia and New Zealand. Here are our top picks!
Researching NSW Colonial Volunteer Forces and Militia Using the NSW State Archives
What: Join Gail Davis of State Records NSW for an informative talk on how to learn more about the colonial volunteer forces and militia in the archives.
Where: Tuggerah Library, 50 Wyong Road, Westfield Tuggerah
When: Wednesday 10 August, 10:30am to 12:30pm
More: State Records NSW
The Wrecks of Homebush Bay
What: Did you know that Homebush Bay, in Sydney, has its own ship graveyard? Delve into the history of these abandoned ships at this fascinating talk.
Where: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney
When: Saturday 13 August, 2pm
Cost: $5 for non members, $3 for members
More: City of Sydney Historical Association
Colour in Darkness: Images from the First World War
What: This stunning exhibition showcases an array of special photographs taken largely by Australian personnel who served at Gallipoli, the Western Front and in the Middle East which were then hand-coloured by ‘digger artists’. They offer a unique view into the war.
Where: State Library of NSW (SLNSW)
When: Until Sunday 21 August
Hill End Family History Open Day: A Goldmine of Information
What: Fossick for your goldfields roots at this family history open day in the fascinating Hill End and Tambaroora region. Unearth your family history, discover a new website hosting thousands of records, and learn about the larger-than-life entertainer, miner and all-round character Captain Augustus ‘Gus’ Baker Peirce.
Where: Royal Hall, Hill End
When: Saturday 27 August, 11am to 4pm
More: Hill End & Tambaroora Gathering Group
Ships, Clocks & Stars
What: Trace the twists, turns and skulduggery that led to the greatest scientific breakthrough in modern maritime history – the discovery of longitude – and see an exciting array of nautical navigational instruments.
Where: Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM)
When: Until 30 October 2016
Cost: $20 for adults
Cabinets of Wonder: Extraordinary Collections of Ephemera
What: Journey into a rich array of miscellaneous collections – of records, badges, pocket mirrors, letters, ribbons and much more – at this exhibition presented by the Ephemera Society of Australia.
Where: Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV)
When: Tuesday 12 July until Friday 26 August
The War on Our Doorstep: Australians in New Guinea, 1943-45
What: The Australian military’s operations in Papua New Guinea in World War II were among their most ambitious, large-scale and gruelling. Learn about the lesser-known campaigns of Mandate-at Wau, Salamaua–Lae, Finisterre Range and Huon Peninsula.
Where: Shrine of Remembrance
When: Until Sunday 17 July
More: Shrine of Remembrance
200 Years of Australian Fashion
What: This unmissable exhibition, showcasing over 120 works from the colonial era until today, is the first extensive survey of Australian fashion. Historic designs are presented alongside contemporary fashions.
Where: National Gallery Victoria (NGV)
When: Until Sunday 31 July
Cost: $15 for adults
Research Hands-on Workshops
What: Get practical advice and hands-on tips at these research workshops hosted by the West Gippsland Genealogical Society. They’ll explain how to research and record your findings using their library resources. Bookings required.
Where: 72 Queen Street, Warragul
When: Monday 1, 8, 15 and 29 August
More: West Gippsland Genealogical Society
Family History Feast
What: Family historians, dig in! The State Library of Victoria’s much-loved Family History Feast is back. This year’s action-packed program has a focus on researching occupational records.
Where: State Library of Victoria (SLV)
When: Monday 8 August, 10am to 4pm
Cost: Free, but bookings required
Once Upon a Time: Stories of South Australian Childhood
What: This travelling exhibition from History SA offers glimpses into the lives of South Australian children from bygone years and generations past, drawing upon a variety of historic photographs and artefacts.
Where: Port Lincoln Library, 2 London St, Port Lincoln
When: Until Friday 5 August
More: History SA
Aboriginal ANZACS: from South Australia to the Great War
What: Trace the story of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who fought on behalf of Australia in World War I – before even being recognised as citizens – at this moving exhibition.
Where: South Australian Museum
When: Until Sunday 7 August
More: South Australian Museum
Frédéric Mouchet: The South Australia of the French explorers
What: Retrace the footsteps of 18th- and 19th-century French explorers’ early journeys along the South Australian coastline through historical drawings alongside the contemporary images by French photographer Frédéric Mouchet.
Where: State Library of South Australia (SLSA)
When: Until Sunday 14 August
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