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

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

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

Mapping Your Ancestors: An expert Guide to Historic Property Records

Where, oh where, could your ancestor be? In the May-June issue of Inside History magazine, genealogist Carole Riley – an expert in New South Wales land research – outlines where to find, and how to use, land and property records, parish maps and plans to pinpoint your ancestor. Here, we share a preview of her … Read on

Where there’s a will :: Inside History’s guide to historic wills

Hundreds of thousands of New South Wales Will Books, from 1800 to 1952, are now available online for the first time on Findmypast. To celebrate this exciting collection, Inside History has put together a guide to historic wills. In our latest issue, Jan-Feb, you’ll find tips and tricks on getting the most from wills from State … Read on

The Myall Creek massacre re-examined

In the latest issue of Inside History magazine, we examine a particularly harrowing episode of Australian history. The Myall Creek massacre in 1838 was an act of genocide in which up to 28 Aboriginal men, women and children were murdered. Revisiting Myall Creek 176 years on, Mark Tedeschi AM QC, the Senior Crown Prosecutor for New South Wales … Read on

Review :: The Railwayman’s Wife

Publisher: Allen & Unwin | Review by Joanne Shoebridge, Morning presenter on ABC North Coast. When a single, random act changes Anikka Lachlan’s life forever, she buries herself in books. When a war poet returns home without meaning and a doctor struggles to shoulder the burden of lives he couldn’t save, it takes time, the … Read on

Review :: Coast – A History of the New South Wales Edge by Ian Hoskins

Publisher: NewSouth Books | Review by Lisa Walker, for Byron Bay Writers’ Festival In these days of sea-change and the fight for sea views, it’s hard to imagine a time when we shunned the beaches. But our obsession with the coast is a relatively recent one, according to historian, Ian Hoskins. Prior to the turn … Read on

New State Library of NSW awards announced for libraries

In exciting news for librarians around New South Wales, the State Library of NSW has recently announced new award categories focussing on libraries. These Honours aim to recognise those who make vital contributions to Australian culture through libraries. They will be awarded later this year by the Library Council of New South Wales, which is the … Read on

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