Women Journalists at War: 7 December 2016

At History House next Wednesday, Dr Jeannine Baker will share stories of trailblazing female journalists. Since Agnes Macready travelled to South Africa in 1900 to cover the Boer War for the Catholic Press, Australian women have fought for the right to report on conflict. In the watershed years of World War II, more than twenty … Read on

Australia’s forgotten colonial artist: The life and times of ST Gill

Colonial artist ST Gill portrayed 19th-century Australia’s bush, towns, goldfields and cities alike in vivid detail. Now, more than 200 of his artworks are on display at the National Library of Australia in Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of ST Gill. Curator Sasha Grishin traces the life and times of this unsung artist, and explains why his work … Read on

Ships, Clocks And Stars: The discovery of longitude

It was a mystery that eluded the best scientific minds for centuries — how to find longitude so ships could accurately plot their course across the seas. David Payne, a curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum, looks at the museum’s new exhibition Ships, Clocks & Stars, and traces the twists, turns and skulduggery that makes the … Read on

Inaugural Historical Novel Society Australasia Conference 2015

Having only just formally established in 2014, the Historical Novel Society Australasia is already in action! This year they will be hosting their inaugural conference at Balmain Town Hall from the 21st to the 22nd of March to celebrate the importance of historical fiction, and bringing history to life through writing. Click here to read the … Read on

Be part of Sydney Town Hall’s history :: Open Day, 3 May 2014

On 3 May, Sydney Town Hall is hosting a special open day as part of the National Trust’s Heritage Festival. Sydneysiders are encouraged to come along and share their memories, stories and any memorabilia they may have relating to Sydney Town Hall for a forthcoming exhibition. Sydney Town Hall, built in the 1880s, is an iconic … 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

“Good, fearless soldiers”. Craig Tibbitts on the AWM’s Anzac Voices

The Australian War Memorial’s Craig Tibbitts reveals the story of two brothers who faced the horrors of Pozières in 1916, and looks at why their letters are so important. In 1927 the Australian War Memorial’s Director, John Treloar, wrote to the Reverend John Garrard Raws about the wartime letters of his two sons, asking if … Read on

Old Masters exhibition at the National Museum of Australia

Rare bark paintings are on display for the first time in Australia in the recently-opened exhibition of Arnhem Land artworks at the National Museum of Australia, in Canberra. Old Masters: Australia’s Great Bark Artists celebrates the genius of master bark painters from northern Australia who worked on eucalyptus bark. Drawing from the Museum’s collection of … Read on

Mission X – the ragtag fleet. Australians sailing under the American flag

Inside History magazine talks to Richard Wood, United States of America Gallery at the Australian National Maritime Museum about their new exhibition, Mission X – the ragtag fleet starting on Thursday, December 19. They probably seemed like an ordinary part of the hustle and bustle of Sydney Harbour during World War Two. Docked at Pier … Read on

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