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

Author Q&A: Kellinde Wrightson on baby farmer Frances Thwaites

In colonial Australia, Brunswick baby farmer Frances Thwaites – hung for her alleged crimes in 1894 – was as notorious as Ned Kelly. Her tragic life inspired Kellinde Wrightson to write a historical true crime novel, The Notorious Frances Thwaites (Brandl & Schlesinger): the first in a trilogy. Here, Kellinde explains how she researched Frances’ life and times – and why she … Read on

The Verey collection’s railway workers :: Historic Castlemaine photographs

In Part Two of this special online feature, Emma Sutcliffe talks to Frank Mitchell about how an extensive collection of historic glass plate negatives from the goldfields town of Castlemaine, Victoria, revealed the stories of railway employees from the late 19th century. If you missed out on Part One, which delves into the recovery and … Read on

The discovery of the Verey collection :: Historic Castlemaine photographs

In Part One of this special online feature, Emma Sutcliffe looks at how an extensive collection of historic glass plate negatives from the gold rush town of Castlemaine, Victoria, was recovered and restored. Keep an eye out for Part Two, which will be published tomorrow.  There’s something intriguing about staring into the eyes of 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

The life of an Aussie governess

The life of an Aussie governess presented many challenges: rowdy children, unbearable heat, and a distinct lack of dances… but it was better than being a governess in England, as Kate Matthew explains. On Thursday December 20, 1866, Louisa Agnes Geoghegan arrived in Melbourne on the Swiftside. The journey from London had been exactly 12 … Read on

Letters from beyond :: an 1850s romantic mystery

When Joanne Mahony looked into some letters from the 1800s that had been donated to the Melbourne Museum, little did she know that she’d uncover a love story conducted across hemispheres. Joanne introduces us to the players of this romance — Reuben Gatward and his “Polly” — and tells how she traced Reuben’s life. This … Read on

Author Q&A :: Paul Terry – Author of In Search of Captain Moonlite

From time to time, we’ll be talking to great Australian authors about their local history and what inspired them to start writing their stories. This week we talk to Paul Terry, author of In Search of Captain Moonlite. Paul Terry is a producer with 7 Prime, and has worked as a journalist in radio, television … 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 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

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