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

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

Tracing family in Eastern Europe: A heritage trip to the homeland

Tracing your grandparents’ long-lost relatives is one thing; journeying to their birthplace to meet with them first-hand is quite another. In her previous article for Inside History, Elisa Jakymin recounted how she and her sister Anna pieced together the story of her grandparents’ emigration from wartorn Eastern Europe and reconnected with the family members who’d remained. Here, she reflects on how the … Read on

Threads of the past: 1860s tapestry returned to its rightful owner

In 1860s Cambridgeshire, England, a girl named Elizabeth Bangle gave her cousin a beautiful tapestry. In 2017 Australia, the long-lost descendants of these two cousins reconnected — and the tapestry found its new, rightful home — thanks to some determined family history research and a call-out in Inside History. Christine Marshall Cox reports. Imagine my surprise before … Read on

From the family tree to an Honours degree: A UNE student on studying history online

While growing up, Karen Filewood helped her mother with the family tree; now she’s embarking on her own research projects as an Honours student at the University of New England (UNE). As part of her studies she’s pursued the topics that most fascinate her: from scouring lone grave burials in her local area, to investigating a tragic yet little-known nineteenth-century steamship disaster, and more. … Read on

Escaping postwar Eastern Europe: an Australian family history

Where to begin tracing your family history when your father has grown up with no known relatives beyond his immediate family — and knows little about his roots in wartorn Eastern Europe? Faced with this dilemma, Elisa Jakymin and her sister Anna reached out to an overseas genealogist for help. Here, she recounts the discoveries that followed, tracing the impact of World War … Read on

Author Q&A: True Stories from Gurindji Country, NT

Earlier this year marked the 50th anniversary of the decisive Wave Hill Walk Off, in which 200 Gurindji men and women – stockmen and servants – protested against unfair work and living conditions. In the new book Yijarni: True Stories from Gurindji Country, editors Erika Charola and Felicity Meakins bring together compelling oral accounts of not only the … Read on

Author Q&A: Graeme Henderson on Australia’s historic shipwrecks

In his new book Swallowed by the Sea, leading maritime archaeologist Graeme Henderson delves into an array of shipwrecks around Australia’s coastline, from as far back as 1622 to as recent as 2010. Here, he shares his insights into researching and diving historic shipwrecks with Sarah Trevor – and recounts his thrilling first foray into maritime archaeology at … Read on

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