John Curtin’s War: An underrated PM who shaped modern Australia

Sworn in as prime minister of Australia just eight weeks before Japan launched war in the Pacific, John Curtin had a gruelling few years as the country’s leader — but in many ways his leadership shaped modern Australia. In the first instalment of a landmark two-volume biography of this most underrated of PMs, John Curtin’s War, … Read on

Tracing your house history: Top research tips

Frederick Yates, carpenter, was the first resident of Marian Guthrie’s house. Who was yours? I recently moved house. On the day before I left my previous home I popped into my neighbours to say goodbye. As we were chatting they casually mentioned that my house was the first in the street. All I knew was … Read on

Readers’ Stories: Places in Time where history comes alive

Places can be portals to the past. From cemeteries and churches, gaols and asylums, to cottages and grand houses, discover where history has come alive for our readers in the latest edition of readers’ stories. Enjoy! Julie: My visit to Goulburn’s Mortis Street Cemetery with my Mum, brought a connection to my German ancestry more … Read on

What’s New Online: Latest family history records, August 2017

From historic newspapers to digitised artworks, parish records to old-school music and more, August 2017 has seen a host of family history and history collections made available online. Here’s our round-up of the latest. Happy researching! Latest Paid Resources Ancestry 1891 England Census (updates) Australia and New Zealand, Obituary Index, 2004–17 (updates) Bedfordshire, England, Land Tax Records, 1797–1832 Bedfordshire, England, Petty … Read on

Readers’ Stories: Tracking Australian Outlaws

Every week here at Inside History, we have the privilege of hearing dozens and dozens of wonderful stories from our readers’ family histories. These snapshots of long-gone people and bygone eras may not have made the history books, but they’re an important part of the fabric of Australian history. And they’re just too good to keep to … Read on

Readers’ stories: Chinese family history connections

Every week here at Inside History, we have the privilege of hearing dozens and dozens of wonderful stories from our readers’ family histories. These snapshots of long-gone people and bygone eras may not have made the history books, but they’re an important part of the fabric of Australian history. And they’re just too good to keep to … Read on

Resource Spotlight: The rich collections of the NAA

For family historians, the National Archives of Australia (NAA) holds a wealth of treasures among its collection, estimated at over 40 million records — many of which are available to search and access online. Here, the National Archives’ Reference team tell Sarah Trevor about the Archives’ popular and lesser-known records, and share their top search tips. IH: … Read on

The Vandemonian War: The secret history of Tasmania’s colonisation

It’s no secret that Britain’s colonisation of Van Diemen’s Land in the early nineteenth century meant upheaval, violence and great suffering for Tasmania’s Aboriginal peoples. But new, ground-breaking research by historian and author Nick Brodie shows that the Black War or Vandemonian War was no small-scale, localised conflict waged by farmers and hunters, but a sweeping campaign of military … Read on

What’s New Online: Latest family history records, July 2017

Historic maps to passenger lists to wartime diaries, 19th-century sewing patterns and children’s books: July has seen an exciting array of family history and history collections digitised and made available online. Here’s our round-up of the latest. Happy researching. Latest Paid Resources Ancestry Anglesey, Wales, Electoral Registers, 1832–1977 Australia and New Zealand, Find A Grave Index, 1800s–current (updates) Australia, University of Sydney … Read on

Australian Desperadoes: The Aussie crims that terrorised 1850s San Fran

In the roaring days of the 1850s California gold rush, a notorious criminal gang of Australians known as the Sydney Coves — San Francisco’s first organised crime gang — made American history. In his new book Australian Desperadoes (Penguin Random House Australia, $34.99), Terry Smyth looks at the mark the Coves made on American history. Here, he tells Sarah Trevor about this … Read on

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