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The Life And Times Of John Patrick Dwyer
John Patrick Dwyer could justifiably have rallied against the fate that orphaned him in a wild place at six years of age, burdened his life with type 1 diabetes and deprived him of children. Yet, he seems to have reserved any anger for collegial medi
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Welcome To The 11th Edition Of Traces!
We bring you Traces edition 11 at a time of intense global stress. The year 2020 has brought the worst public health crisis since Spanish influenza, almost exactly 100 years ago. Drawing comparisons between the 1919 pandemic and COVID-19 is hard to r
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Finding Your Ancestor’s Burial Location
There is a range of reasons visiting the gravesite of an ancestor can be beneficial in the exploration of your family history. Often, people were buried close to their family members, so if you have information on one ancestor but don’t know the full
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Letters To The Editor
Thank you for another wonderful edition of Traces! My favourite was the ‘Victoria’s ghost towns’ article, as I’m a big believer in ghosts myself. Although it’s not actually about ghosts, it was still an interesting read considering I knew a lot about
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Giving Trove Room To Grow
Your average 10-year-old bears little resemblance to their baby selves, but surprisingly, Trove has not changed much in the past decade. Despite growth spurts, new skills learnt, and an ever-bigger circle of friends, Trove is trying to fit into a ver
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What’s New Online?
• Pernambuco Deaths, 1930–2017: more than 3,100,000 indexed records added to a new collection • Electoral Rolls, 1881–1935: more than 2,800,000 indexed records added to a new collection Visit • England Births and Christenings, 153
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Heritage News
Through the new portal ‘Australian Museum Inside Out’, the Australian Museum (AM) has opened its ‘virtual doors’ to ensure science and culture remain accessible by curating virtual tours, online exhibitions, school resources, podcasts from scientists
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Australia’s Oldest Synagogue
As president of the board that manages the daily concerns of the synagogue and its congregation, Jeff Schneider is in the place of worship frequently enough, with his mind set to do a task. Yet, he says he often finds his eyes gravitating to the orig
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What’s That Thingamajig?
Answer: ‘Compressed air’ manual washing machine Created around 1879, the ‘compressed air’ manual washing machine was a fine piece of domestic technology, and it was made in Melbourne! Dirty clothes were placed in the unit with hot water, soap and was
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Worth A Thousand Words
The well-known adage ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ is the premise of an exciting new online exhibition that places the public at the centre of the curatorial journey. ‘A Thousand Words’ marks the first collaboration between two of Australia’s
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The Cathedral Of St Stephen, Brisane
The iconic St Stephen’s Cathedral has a fascinating history dating all the way back to the mid 1800s. Located on Elizabeth Street in Brisbane’s CBD, construction on St Stephen’s Chapel began in November 1848, three years after the land was granted fo
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A Pioneer Printing Family
Australia’s convict history has always fascinated me. Sitting in history class, I was captivated by the stories of those transported to the other side of the world, sometimes just for stealing a handkerchief or a piece of cheese. I was shocked by the
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Influenza Pandemic Of 1919
The Great War was still raging when the first signs of the flu began to appear. The distance and slow transport meant that Australian authorities had time to consider their options while the epidemic spread through other countries. The Australian Gov
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Finding Details In Aircraft Disasters
In 1936, Mount Garnet was a pretty roug-hand-ready place. A tin-mining town that had seen better days, it lies approximately 80 kilometres west of Innisfail in North Queensland. That October, the settlement was hemmed in by bushfires, worrying reside
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Finding Details In Disasters
It can be easy to overlook aircraft accident reports as simply technical documents; however, even brief investigations recorded a wealth of local detail. When supplemented by coroners’ reports, local studies collections and newspaper accounts, they c
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Navigating History On Screen
I love devouring ‘creative interpretations’ of history, watching theatre, film and television dramas set in the past, and reading historical fiction. I’ve found that unpicking why filmmakers might have made certain choices can be a useful tool in the
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Uncovering the real Christian Henry Schultz
Two years ago, I was fortunate enough to be gifted several folders full of letters mostly written by my great-uncle to his parents during World War I. These had been handed down to my father’s cousin, and when hearing that I was researching our famil
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Melbourne’s Most Notorious Woman
Hannah Mitchell was born in England in 1877, where she got a midwife certification, and came to Australia with her husband and three children in 1913. After her husband was killed in the Great War, she set up her clinic in Richmond, advertising herse
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The Story Of Paul Brickhill Bestselling Author And Prisoner Of War Hero Part 1
Paul Brickhill simply, and fairly suddenly, disappeared from the publishing industry and was slowly forgotten about by readers. But why is this so? The superficial bare bones of Paul’s life from 1916 to 1991 are as follows. Paul Brickhill was born in
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Department Of Lands Building, Sydney
Located on Bridge Street in the Sydney CBD, this stately building was constructed in 1877 for the New South Wales Department of Lands, and was used as the organisation’s administrative head office. The Department played an especially significant role
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The Barracks today
Located in Sydney, Australia’s oldest city, the Hyde Park Barracks is a must-visit destination for people of all ages. More than 200 years old and a site of exceptional significance, this fascinating building holds the key to understanding the convic
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Australia’s Floating Jails
There is a classic narrative in Australia that convicts spent their days in penal colonies like Port Arthur and Norfolk Island, which struck fear into the hearts of convicts and settlers alike. But what many people don’t know is that many convicts we
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Victoria’s Ghost Towns
Prior to European settlement in the 1870s, much of south-eastern Victoria, including the Strzelecki Ranges, which extend to around 100 kilometres between west and east Gippsland, was cloaked with enormous trees and dense, jungle-like undergrowth. Thi
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Arltunga Northern Territory
Located around 16,000 kilometres from both Darwin and Adelaide, and 110 kilometres east of Alice Springs, Arltunga was the first European settlement in Central Australia. The town was named after the Arrernte Indigenous Australians, who had been livi
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Titanic’s Forgotten Australian Hero
At 11.40 pm on 14 April 1912, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic and sank less than three hours later, resulting in the loss of more than 1500 lives, but while there have been hundreds of books and dozens of movie
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Eaglehawk’s Great Sacrifice
Unlike other war memorials dotted across Australia, there are no names etched into the hard granite memorial that stands outside Eaglehawk Town Hall; however, testament to the commitment made in the Great War by the people of ‘the Borough’ is the one
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Eaglehawk Men Acknowledged For Acts Of Valour In The Great War
Schoolteacher Frederick Baxter enlisted at the age of 22 in February 1916. He was promoted to officer and awarded the Military Cross in early August 1918 for the capture of an enemy strongpoint in fighting on the Somme. Just 21 days later, he was rec
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A Little Token, True And Tender
During and after World War II, grief for lost loved ones was often kept private. One small medallion, however, represented a public token of silent suffering. The Mothers’ and Widows’ Badge was awarded to women whose husbands or children had been ‘ki
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Perth’s Wicked Stepmother
Born on 10 August 1871, Martha Rendell was reported to be the kind of stepmother that would put Cinderella’s to shame. Convicted in 1908 for murdering her de facto husband’s 15-year-old son, Arthur, and suspected of killing her two young stepdaughter
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