A South Australian railway history

South Australia was one of Australia’s youngest colonies, and the only colony for which the British made meticulous settlement plans – including a master infrastructure plan – before arrival. When South Australia’s first Governor, Sir John Hindmarsh, was appointed in 1836, global advancements in agriculture, transport and technology were helping the colony to thrive on … Read on

The Lost Boys of ANZAC by Peter Stanley

Australians are fascinated with their nation’s experience of World War I, and particularly with the people who fought and died in that conflict. Our annual observance of Anzac Day, the sustained consumption of books and films about Australia’s military history and, not least, the popularity of family history research all mean that war assumes a … Read on

National Family History Month in August 2014! What are you doing to celebrate?

National Family History Month (NFHM) is held annually in August in Australia and New Zealand. It is an AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations) initiative to promote genealogy and family history in Australasia and was started in 2006 as a week and changed to a month in 2013. More information is on the NFHM website home … Read on

Find your servicewoman in the archives

Shauna Hicks looks at the Australian Women’s Register a resource that may help you locate your lady. The Australian Women’s Register is part of the Australian Women’s’ Archive Project, an initiative of the National Foundation of Australian Women in conjunction with the University of Melbourne. It can be a very quick and easy way to find … Read on

Exciting 3D mapping technology to help uncover SA shipwrecks

Cutting-edge 3D mapping technology could help reveal the secrets of historic shipwrecks along the South Australian coastline. Over 800 shipwrecks remain sunken along the state’s coast, particularly concentrated around Kangaroo Island and in the Fleurieu and Yorke Peninsulas. One of the challenges of uncovering information about these ships – and the stories behind them – … Read on

15 great historic getaways

From convict settlements to historic ports, Indigenous sites to goldrush villages, there’s an array of destinations close to home just waiting to be discovered. Sarah Trevor explores 15 fascinating contenders for the history lover’s dream holiday! New Norfolk, Tasmania Nestled in the scenic Derwent Valley 32km northwest of Hobart, New Norfolk is gifted with dramatic … Read on

Fickle Hand of Fate :: Tragedy in the 5th Australian Pioneer Battalion

Written by Matt Smith, from Battlefield Memorial Travel and Australian War Graves Photographic Archive On the 2nd April 1918; the fine, clear morning that greeted all ranks encamped in the 5th Australian Pioneer lines at Arqueves [1] on the Somme, would by no means have foreshadowed the tragedy that would befall the unit by noon that … Read on

Artworks by a Changi POW – Des Bettany

For Issue 15, our iPad magazine includes some very special bonus material not in our Issue 15 paper edition. We showcase the art of Lancashire man, Des Bettany, who joined the Royal Artillery in 1939 and was captured by the Japanese in 1942, with the fall of Singapore. Des was among the many Commonwealth POWs … Read on

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