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

Uncovering a mother’s wartime past

After the death of her mother, Elizabeth Cutler discovered a part of her life that was rarely spoken about. In Edition 16 of Traces, Elizabeth shares with us the truths she uncovered… My mother, Cecily Rose Moloney, passed away on 21 June 2016. As I sifted through her belongings, I began to unravel years of … Read on

Smallpox and its devastating impact

Smallpox was a devastating disease. Final figures showed that, on average, three out of every 10 people that had the disease died. Those who didn’t survive were often left with severe scarring. The origin of smallpox is still unknown, but a smallpox-like rash found on three ancient Egyptian mummies has led many to speculate that it … Read on

Sydney’s Department of Lands Building

Located on Bridge Street in the Sydney CBD, this stately building was constructed in 1877 for the New South Wales Department of Lands, and was used as the organisation’s administrative head office. The Department played an especially significant role during the rapid expansion of settlement during the late 1800s. The three-storey building was designed by … Read on

Fitzroy stories part 2: The story of Smith Street

Running along the border of Collingwood and Fitzroy, Smith Street is one of Melbourne’s oldest thoroughfares. This bustling street, made up of wine bars, vintage stores, record shops and galleries, looks worlds apart from its humble origins. It used to be part of a winding dirt track that headed to Heidelberg and was the only … Read on

Sneak Peek: Melbourne’s Pentridge Prison

For many years after its construction in 1850, Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Prison Pentridge was a place of dread. Today, though it has a grim and violent history, Pentridge is an entirely different place. Inmates inside the controversial housing facility have included some of Australia’s notorious criminals – among them Ned Kelly and Chopper Read – … Read on

Fitzroy stories part 1: a First Nations history of Fitzroy

During the 1920s, many Aboriginal people moved to Fitzroy, Victoria, attracted by job prospects and cheap rent. Now replete with wine bars, bakeries and fancy restaurants, Fitzroy was once known as ‘Melbourne’s worst slum,’ but it was a thriving First Nations space with a real sense of community. By the 1940s, Fitzroy had the largest … Read on

Egyptomania in the Victorian era

In the Victorian-era, England was swept with a new craze for ancient antiquities ­– in particular, those originating from Egypt. The fascination has become known as ‘Egyptomania’, and it reveals the culture of curiosity, discovery and exploration that exemplifies the Victorian era. Egypt had entered international news in 1822, when the Rosetta Stone was translated, … Read on

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