Finding your convict ancestor

Between the years of 1788 and 1868, more than 160,000 convicts were transported from Britain to Australia aboard 825 ships. With so many people sent to Australian shores over the course of 80 years, it can be a daunting task trying to locate your ancestor among the masses. In edition 13 of Traces, we provide … Read on

Everyday in everyway, raisins

Diving into Traces edition 12, contributor Natasha Cantwell explores the Victorian Railways and the obsession with dried fruit. It’s 1925, and the world’s busiest passenger station is promoting raisins in a big way. If you think that might be a hard sell, you need to take a look at the beautiful kiosk that once greeted … Read on

A day in the life of a Vernon boy

Diving into Traces Edition 12, contributor Sarah Luke explores the life of schoolboys of the Nautical School Ship Vernon. In April 1880, 140 years ago, schooling became compulsory in New South Wales for six- to 14-year-olds. Out on Sydney Harbour, beside Cockatoo Island, the Nautical School Ship Vernon was not impacted by this change in … Read on

Tracing the fathers of illegitimate children in Scottish court records

Discovering the father of an illegitimate child can be difficult, and almost impossible. Often, only the mother’s name is shown on the birth record leaving the researcher no clue as to the father’s identity. For those of us with Scottish ancestry, however, there are some useful records that may help uncover the father’s name. For … Read on

Black Jack Anderson: terror in Middle Island

Middle Island is known for its pink lake that attracts tourists from all over the world to see its distinctive hues. Its remote beauty and rugged landscapes are also steeped in fascinating history, having once been the home of Black Jack Anderson. John ‘Black Jack’ William Anderson was an infamous whaler and Australia’s only recorded … Read on

Sneak peek: Country, Kin and Culture

Thanks to our friends at Wakefield Press, here is a sneak peek into Country, Kin and Culture – Survival of an Australian Aboriginal Community, written by Claire Smith. A subtle and sophisticated social system Indigenous Australians have always led sophisticated and culturally rich lives. The structure of Indigenous societies at contact was founded on the … Read on

Sneak peek: Out of Copley Street – A Working-Class Boyhood

Thanks to our friends at Wakefield Press, here is a sneak peek into Out of Copley Street – A Working-Class Boyhood, written by Geoff Goodfellow. I’ve always been an early riser, particularly through summer. As a young child, barely of school age, I shared a bedroom with my older sister at the front of the … Read on

Sneak peek: Thwack! The glorious sound of summer

Thanks to our friends at Wakefield Press, here is a sneak peek into Thwack! The glorious sound of summer, written by Ashley Mallett. David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd possesses a quizzical – almost comical – face, which immediately brings a smile to your face. Apologies to Rowan Atkinson – or maybe it is a compliment – for … Read on

Sneak peek: Kristen Coelho

Thanks to our friends at Wakefield Press, here is a sneak peek at a foreword about Kristen Coelho, written by Wendy Walker. Kristen Coelho typifies what it is to be a maker of thrown pots today. She is a part of a lineage of Australian artists, who draw inspiration from the English studio tradition and … Read on

Uncovering the real Christian Henry Schultz

Diving into Traces Edition 11, contributor Kelli Schultz uncovers the life of her great-uncle Christian Henry Schultz, during the first World War.    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 … Read on

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