How the Freddo Frog was born

The confectionary market boomed following World War I, leading to the making of the iconic Freddo Frog. World War I stopped the importation and trade of metal moulds for chocolate in Australia, as well as ingredients for confectionery. Meanwhile, an incentive had begun in 1915 from the Australian War Contingent Association (AWCA) in London to … Read on

Australia’s first skyscraper

ICI House created monumental change in the architectural history of Melbourne, becoming the first skyscraper in what is now the city’s famous skyline. A stagnant series of events from the early 20th century would eventually lead to the construction of Australia’s first skyscraper in 1958. ICI House, or Orica House as we know it today, … Read on

The new zoo: from circus cages to swirling stages

This is a sneak peek of edition 23 of Traces! By Natasha Cantwell, Public Record Office Victoria Great leaps forward in design at Melbourne Zoo over the years were followed by tentative steps backwards, or even baffling moves in a whole new direction. These breakthroughs and missteps of the19th and early 20th century can tell us … Read on

Finding Fannie Starr

This is a sneak peek of edition 23 of Traces! A set of 19th-century letters passed down through her husband’s family set Kate Hobbs on a quest to uncover the identity of Fannie Starr and her ‘Dear Uncle’. When I began researching my husband’s family history, I was given photocopies of four very old letters, … Read on

Message in a bottle

This is a sneak peek of edition 23 of Traces! By Dr Peter Hobbins, Australian National Maritime Museum Can a castaway note find its rightful owner – again? There it was: a message in a bottle. It had washed ashore on the beach on 27 June 1951 between Aram Cove and Boatswain Point, a sparsely … Read on

Members get more with Museums of History NSW

In partnership with Museums of History NSW Celebrate the stories of New South Wales’s most significant historical houses, museums and collections. A Museums of History NSW membership unlocks an historical experience unlike any other. Members can access 13 stunning properties and the extensive collections that make up New South Wales’s rich history – including more … Read on

The University of Strathclyde’s new genealogy institute

In partnership with the University of Strathclyde. An initiative to promote world-leading genealogy education, events and research has been launched at the University of Strathclyde. The Strathclyde Institute for Genealogical Studies has been established, with the aim of delivering academic excellence through the creation of new courses and research opportunities to run alongside the university’s … Read on

Percy Cowan: Light in dark times

This is a sneak peek of edition 22 of Traces! By Peter Baker In May 1926, Percy James Bevin Cowan – a violinist, entertainer and friend of the poet Henry Lawson – lay in a tent in the bush on the Manly Harbour foreshore with a fever and uncontrolled coughing. Boatbuilder James Verrall had granted … Read on

Fitzroy’s Hand of Glory

This is a sneak peek of edition 22 of Traces! By Dr David Waldron On 25 January 1875, Melbourne’s newspapers were abuzz with a grisly discovery in the slums of Fitzroy North: a ‘Hand of Glory’. In a small cottage on Batman Avenue, an elderly woman, Margaret Connor, passed away in a state of extreme … Read on

Edina – a hidden gem

This is a sneak peek of edition 22 of Traces! Within walking distance of Bondi Junction is one of the few late Victorian mansions left in Sydney, yet few people know it exists. Michael Waterhouse introduces us to this hidden gem, known as ‘Edina’. Surrounded by trees and houses, and backing onto a busy road, … Read on

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