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

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

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

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

Victorian mourning jewellery

The tradition of wearing mourning jewellery to remember a loved one dates as far back as the 1600s. Mourning jewellery is most often associated with the Victorian period, popularised by Queen Victoria’s very public mourning after the death of her husband, Prince Albert, in 1861. For the next 40 years until her own death, Queen … Read on

The first women in Australian Parliament

Dame Enid Lyons and Dame Dorothy Tangney were the first women in Australia to be elected to parliament. In 1894, South Australia became the first governed region in the world to allow equal political rights, allowing women to vote and stand for parliament. Following this, in 1902 the new, post-Federation Australia granted women the right … Read on

The boarding school dream

Words and images courtesy of Christine Perrott From before the Great Depression until well after World War II, Australian boarding schools provided a service for isolated rural families and those whose profession demanded residing out of the country, such as a Patrol Officer in Papua New Guinea or a diplomatic posting. In the days before … Read on

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