Forgotten heroes of the Australian Voluntary Hospital

This is a sneak peek into edition 26 of Traces! By John Ramsland At the outbreak of war in 1914, there were many young Australian doctors and nurses in the United Kingdom receiving specialised training in a variety of hospitals. More than 100 of these medical professionals volunteered with the Australian Voluntary Hospital in France. At … Read on

The dashed hopes of the Aldershot smelter

This is a sneak peek into edition 26 of Traces! By David Huggonson The Queensland Smelting Company, near Maryborough, began with high hopes, plenty of investment and sound management. The venture was, however, short lived. In July 1888 in London, the Queensland Smelting Company was formed to treat the refractory ore that was resistant to standard gold … Read on

Louisa Seddon, New Zealand’s secret ‘queen’

This is a sneak peek into edition 26 of Traces! By Rick Giles More than just support for her husband, former premier Richard Seddon, Australian-born Louisa Seddon was an influential giant of New Zealand politics. Richard and Louisa Seddon married on 13 January 1869, and were one of New Zealand’s great power couples. Richard, who became New … Read on

Old Colonist mosaics inscripted

This is a sneak peek into edition 25 of Traces! By Beth M. Robertson, Manager of Preservation, the State Library of South Australia A unique collection of photographic mosaics depicting South Australian colonists has been inscripted into the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register. On 16 December 1871, businessman (and former convict) Emanuel Solomon placed an … Read on

Memories of a Melbourne childhood

This is a sneak peek into edition 25 of Traces! By Lorraine Evans On special occasions, my extended family would gather together at Gran and Pop’s to celebrate. There was always plenty of laughter and fun, and Aunty Sally was always the loudest in the room. Before she passed away at the age of 83, Sally wrote … Read on

Affairs of honour

This is a sneak peek into edition 25 of Traces! By Mel Tasker On the chilly winter morning of Friday 17 August 1832, a merchant and a newspaper man stood facing each other on the grounds of Richmond House, Fremantle, in Western Australia. Each carried the heavy burden of societal expectation – and a duelling pistol. … Read on

Acts of bravery – lives saved at sea

This is a sneak peek into edition 24 of Traces! By Olivia Niethe For more than 140 years, the Royal Shipwreck Relief and Humane Society of New South Wales (now the Royal Humane Society of NSW) has recognised bravery in saving human life, and reminds us that heroes are the everyday people who walk among us. … Read on

Minnie Berrington’s opal dreams

This is a sneak peek into edition 24 of Traces! By Marianne van Velzen Why would a good-looking, upper-class English girl choose to spend her life working as an opal miner in one of the most barren and unforgiving places in the world? That’s exactly what London typist Alice Minnie Florence Davies-Berrington did in 1926 when … Read on

Researching Chinese-Australian family history

This is a sneak peek into edition 24 of Traces! Through years of research, Mandy Gwan has discovered many details about her Chinese ancestry. I’ve known since I was a little kid that I have Chinese ancestry; it was never a secret. But I have no memory of being sat down at Grandma’s kitchen table with … Read on

Memories of the Australian milk bar

From an explosion of milkshakes and sodas to the emptying of iconic storefronts, the history of the classic Australian milk bar might not be what you expect. You’ll probably never see a bag of lollies as low-priced as they used to be from the milk bar around the corner. The milk bar was a staple … Read on

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