The Ghost Tattoo

By Tony Bernard A book preview from our friends at Allen and Unwin. The profoundly moving story of a son’s quest to uncover his father’s Holocaust secret. To the outside world, Henry Bernard was a hard-working and beloved family doctor on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Yet he was also a Holocaust survivor whose life was profoundly … Read on

Nabbing Ned Kelly

By David Dufty A book preview from our friends at Allen and Unwin. ‘He lurched through the gun smoke, his head encased in an iron helmet, and started shooting. To the weary police in the cordon around the Glenrowan hotel, he appeared like a monster, or a creature from hell…’For over a century, the Ned … Read on

Australia’s most famous pets

It’s no secret that Australians love their pets, so it’s only natural that many dogs, cats and birds have made headlines for their quirky natures, intelligent ability and overarching loyalty to their owners. Here’s a deep dive into some of our nation’s most unique pets throughout history. Cocky Bennett One of Sydney’s most famous characters … Read on

Australia’s first Olympian

Despite running for Great Britain, Edwin Harold Flack is considered Australia’s first Olympian, and subsequent member of the Australian Olympic Committee, following Federation in 1901. The first Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece, in April 1896, and were pioneered by French educator Baron Pierre de Coubertin. He had been fascinated by the integration of … Read on

The La Trobe Reading Room

The State Library of Victoria’s La Trobe Reading Room is one of Melbourne’s grandest historical spaces. Here, we dive into this landmark’s past – from design to construction and everything in between. Officially opened on 14 November 1913 by Governor-General Lord Denman, the State Library of Victoria’s Domed Reading Room was designed by Norman G. … Read on

Invasion, incarceration and ignorance: Rottnest Island’s dark history

Famous for its beloved native quokkas, Rottnest Island is known as a premium holiday destination, just 19 kilometres from the coast of Perth. While the island now boasts luxury weekend escapes and natural tourist attractions, Rottnest Island has a lesser-known horrific past.  Rottnest Island, also known as Wadjemup by its traditional owners, the Whadjuk Noongar … Read on

Uncover the past and record your family history

In partnership with The University of Strathclyde. The University of Strathclyde offers a world-leading online Genealogical Studies Programme designed to help you with your family history journey. Choose one of the short online classes, which cover a range of topics including Family History Research, Genetic Genealogy and Using Technology in Your Family Tree. Or, join … Read on

How to preserve your family’s historical documents

Researching one’s family history can be an eye opening and invigorating journey of discovery; however, it can be daunting not knowing what to do with the documents and photographs you come across. While most documents will deteriorate at some point, there are ways that you can slow down the deterioration and preserve the memories of … Read on

A brief history of the Daylesford Convent

Regional Victoria is home to many historical buildings and located in Daylesford’s Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens is The Convent, dating all the way back to the gold rush in the 1860s. Exhibiting eight individual galleries, featuring a host of artists (local, national and international) every eight weeks, The Convent also homes a museum on the … Read on

Australia’s deadliest cyclone

Australia’s far north is renowned for its wild weather. Each year, up to 10 cyclones develop in Australian waters, with around six of those hitting land. Unfortunately, some of those cyclones prove to be deadly, too. Australians have witnessed the devastation that came with Darwin’s Cyclone Tracy in 1974, and with Queensland’s Cyclone Yasi in … Read on

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