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

Harnessing the River Murray: History of the lock builders

One hundred and one years ago today, the foundation stone was laid at Lock 1 in Blanchetown, South Australia – the first step in a wildly ambitious engineering project that set out to harness the mighty River Murray by building locks and weirs. Life in these lock-building communities, such a crucial part of our Murray River … Read on

Author Q&A: Catherine Bishop on colonial-era businesswomen

Though tricky to trace in the historical record, the businesswomen of colonial Sydney led fruitful and fascinating lives, as historian Catherine Bishop – author of Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney – tells Sarah Trevor.  IHM: What inspired you to research colonial businesswomen in Sydney? Catherine: They kept inconveniently popping up! I was … Read on

A taste of the past: Jacqui Newling on Australia’s food history

Convict hominy to grand Regency feasts, exotic spices to native foods – historically speaking, Australia’s culinary culture is more bountiful than you might think. In our current Nov-Dec issue, Inside History chats to Jacqui Newling, resident gastronomer at Sydney Living Museums and author of Eat Your History, about Australia’s collective food history. Here’s a preview of … Read on

Author Q&A: Tanya Evans on the history of the disadvantaged

Researching the histories of the disadvantaged is more challenging than researching the fortunate, Dr Tanya Evans tells Sarah Trevor – but also more fascinating. In this extended interview, Tanya tells us more about her new book, Fractured Families: Life on the Margins in Colonial New South Wales (NewSouth). IHM: What inspired you to start researching and writing about the … Read on

The Myall Creek massacre: the trial and aftermath

In issue 23 of Inside History, we explored the aftermath the Myall Creek massacre – one of the most harrowing episodes of Australian history, in which up to 28 Aboriginal men, women and children were murdered. Here, Mark Tedeschi AM QC, the Senior Crown Prosecutor for New South Wales, looks at the trials that followed … Read on

NSW History Week 2014 calls for event registrations

Want to be part of NSW History Week 2014? The History Council of New South Wales is calling for prospective History Week events to be registered by Friday 18 April 2014. NSW History Week 2014 will be held from 6 to 14 September. This year the theme is the Great War and its impact both … Read on

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