How to preserve your family’s historical documents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

Philanthropy in colonial Australia: Caroline Chisholm

Caroline Chisholm was a notable figure during the time of colonial Australia, with her face gracing the Australian five dollar note before Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Born in Northampton, England, she was raised upon Evangelical philanthropy, and this passion was a non-negotiable term in her marriage to Captain Archibald Chisholm of the East India Co. … Read on

Starting your own family tree

Discovering our own family history can be both a rewarding and emotional experience. Whether you’re interested in learning about your ancestors as a fun hobby, or are keen to find out more about yourself and where you come from, starting a family tree is a perfect way to document your journey. There’s an abundance of … Read on

Australia’s first novelist

Henry Savery led an unlucky life, and was constantly saved by his privileged upbringing. While the art of storytelling was something that Indigenous Australians had been practising for thousands of years, Savery’s novel, Quintus Servinton, was the first non-government document to be published after settlement. Quintus Servinton tells the story of Savery’s life; from businessman … Read on

Exploring a part of historic Hobart

Hobart’s Tasmanian Club, on Macquarie Street, occupies one of the city’s many colonial architectural gems – a grand Georgian-style sandstone building once occupied by a bank. Built in 1846 to a design by architect James Alexander Thomson, 132 Macquarie Street was first occupied by the Derwent Savings Bank, which was established by a group of … Read on

Discovering Fremantle Markets

Built in 1897, Fremantle Markets has a rich history that has helped to make it one of the most-visited places in Western Australia. Bound by South Terrace, William Street, Parry Street and Henderson Street Mall, Fremantle Markets is one of only two surviving municipal market buildings in Western Australia. It was designed in the Federation … Read on

Parramatta’s historic Town Hall

Dive into the history of the Parramatta Town Hall, a salmon-coloured building on the edge of Centenary Square located in the centre of Parramatta’s business district. In 1861, Parramatta had its own mayor and council, but no town hall building in which they could meet. For two decades, the council’s operations, as well as civic … Read on

Fitzroy stories part 3: Fitzroy’s historical community spots

With its significance to the Indigenous community and its past as one of Melbourne’s poorest areas, Fitzroy has witnessed some powerful community action. From the Aboriginal Health Service to the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency to St Mary’s Mission, here are some of Fitzroy’s past destinations for those in need. Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency … Read on

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