The Cambridge History of Australia launches

The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO officially launched The Cambridge History of Australia today at the State Library of Victoria. The Cambridge History of Australia is a definitive two-volume work that captures the expertise of 67 historians, across generations and fields of knowledge, to present a … Read on

Touring the Past exhibition at Sydney University’s Macleay Museum

Chloe Okoli, a winner of Inside History’s 2nd Annual Genealogy Blog Awards, blogs about 19th and 20th century Australian history at http://chloeokoli.com. In this special guest blog, she takes us through the new Touring the Past exhibition at the University of Sydney’s Macleay Museum, stopping off at a number of important historic sites around Australia … Read on

A Convict in the family :: Sydney Living Museums exhibition on now

A new exhibition presented by Sydney Living Museums takes a fascinating and unique approach to investigating the impact the crimes and transportation to Australia in the 18th and 19th century has had on the course of many families. Comprising 50 large-scale photographs by documentary photographer, Mine Konakci, A Convict In The Family? explores the connection between convict settlers, their living … Read on

Bubonic plague in old Sydney :: A State Library of NSW photo collection

From time to time, we’ll be spotlighting amazing photo collections. Today, we look at the photos taken by John Degotardi Jr., photographer for the Department of Public Works, of the plague in The Rocks, Sydney, 1900. When bubonic plague struck Sydney in 1900, George McCredie was appointed by the Government to take charge of all … Read on

Roses from the Heart :: Female convicts honoured in Ireland

In tribute to Australia’s convict women founders, tens of thousands of bonnets — each symbolising a transported female convict — were taken to Ireland in May as part of The Gathering celebrations. This project, called Roses from the Heart, was initiated by Tasmanian artist Christina Henri in order to commemorate convict womens’ contributions to the founding … Read on

Author Q&A :: Meredith Lake. Faith in Action – the story of Rev. Hammond

From time to time, we’ll be talking to great Australian authors about their local history and what inspired them to start researching and writing their stories. This week we talk to Meredith Lake, author of Faith in Action – the story of Reverend Hammond. Meredith Lake is an historian with a PhD from the University of … Read on

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