Be part of Sydney Town Hall’s history :: Open Day, 3 May 2014

On 3 May, Sydney Town Hall is hosting a special open day as part of the National Trust’s Heritage Festival. Sydneysiders are encouraged to come along and share their memories, stories and any memorabilia they may have relating to Sydney Town Hall for a forthcoming exhibition. Sydney Town Hall, built in the 1880s, is an iconic … Read on

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 bridge. Gilmore’s great grand-daughter, Christine … Read on

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 female business owners in Sydney … Read on

New app explores Sydney’s Irish history

A new, free app called Old Irish Sydney, aiming to highlight the city’s rich Irish heritage, has been released in time for St Patrick’s Day. Compiled by the Dictionary of Sydney, with the help of local Irish and Irish-Australian historians, Old Irish Sydney offers a self-guided one-hour walking tour of the city’s streets and Irish past. … Read on

Love in the age of convicts

Far from the romanticism of today, colonial authorities emphasised pragmatism in convicts’ relationships. Sarah Trevor looks at their private (and not-so-private) lives. If every unmarried man in possession of a good fortune in the early 19th century was naturally in want of a wife, as a tongue-in-cheek Jane Austen assured us, the love lives of the … Read on

Festive season of yesteryear

As families gather and spread good cheer, this time of year offers the ideal opportunity to reflect on our ancestors’ holiday customs. Sarah Trevor delves into Trove to discover snapshots from festive seasons of years past across several communities. From Holly to Gum Nuts Many 19th-century traditions remain prevalent today. Queen Victoria reportedly popularised the … Read on

Mission X – the ragtag fleet. Australians sailing under the American flag

Inside History magazine talks to Richard Wood, United States of America Gallery at the Australian National Maritime Museum about their new exhibition, Mission X – the ragtag fleet starting on Thursday, December 19. They probably seemed like an ordinary part of the hustle and bustle of Sydney Harbour during World War Two. Docked at Pier … Read on

Helping your ancestors :: A history of The Benevolent Society

The past 200 years has seen Australia’s first charity support those in need. Liz Dawes looks at how The Benevolent Society has shaped our community. This story originally appeared as bonus content in the iPad edition of Issue 19. Click here for more. The Benevolent Society is more commonly known as Australia’s first charity, but … Read on

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