A capital place: The history lover’s guide to Canberra

The secret’s out: Lonely Planet recently picked Canberra as the third best city to visit in 2018, marking the city’s renaissance as a tourist destination. But what does it offer for history lovers? In this article from issue 31 of Inside History, Sarah Trevor explores the capital, from the hallowed halls of its grand civic institutions, 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

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

Hooked on history: A career in researching & teaching public history

We all love learning more about the past, but what opportunities are out there for pursuing history at the tertiary level? Here Sarah Trevor chats to Janis Wilton, a public historian and Inside History contributor, about her wonderfully varied career in history, her love of teaching and her advice for people looking to pursue their passion for the past. Janis … Read on

Exciting updates to the NAA’s immigration photographic database, Destination: Australia

If you or your family were snapped arriving in Australia after World War II, the pictures might feature in the National Archives of Australia’s recently refreshed website Destination: Australia – sharing our post-war migrant stories. Following an exciting makeover and ‘refresh’ of the website, you can also search and filter the records, photographs and stories … Read on

Badge, Boot, Button: How uniforms shaped Australian society

What do athletes, the armed forces, (some) convicts, police, cabin crew, referees, nurses and lifesavers have in common? Uniforms. They’re not just items of clothing, argues historian Craig Wilcox — author of new book Badge, Boot, Button: The Story of Australian Uniforms — but also a barometer of social change. If you’ve ever wondered about how … 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

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

On This Day: 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog’s landing in WA

Today marks the 400th anniversary of one of the earliest European landfalls on the Western Australian coastline. On 25 October 1616, Dutch sea captain and explorer Dirk Hartog landed on Cape Inscription, on what is now known as Dirk Hartog Island in Shark Bay, Western Australia, aboard the Dutch East India Company ship the Eendracht. This was the … Read on

114 years on: The tragic Mt Kembla mine disaster

The Mount Kembla mine disaster – 114 years ago today – was a horrific explosion that claimed the lives of 96 men and boys. Here, Jamie Radford revisits this tragedy.  Although coal mining has contributed heavily to the Illawarra region for more than 100 years, it has also been the cause of two of the saddest days … Read on

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