R.I.P. Ron Austin

It is with sad news that I advise of the passing of Ron Austin, one of Australia’s great military historians.

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Help Make Australian BDM Certificates Cheaper

We all know that Australian BDM certificates are ridiculously expensive, but why is this so? Why do we have to pay $30-$40 per certificate, when we can order others from the UK for about $15.00? It doesn’t seem right. Inside History Magazine have started a petiton in a bid to get not only the price of Australian BDM certificates dropped, but also with the aim to make them easier to order.

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South Australian History Grants 2012-13 are Now Open

It seems to be the season for history grants, and now it is South Australia’s turn, as the South Australian History Fund grants for 2012-13 are now open. This annual fund, which totals $35,000 in funding from the Government of South Australia and is administered by History SA, has three categories: Projects, Publications and Research.

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Victorian Community History Awards 2012 are Now Open

News from the Public Record Office Victoria is that applications for the Victorian Community History Awards for 2012 are now open. These Awards recognise excellence in historical method, and the range of award categories acknowledges that history can be told in a variety of formats with the aim of reaching and enriching all Victorians.

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58 Victorian Organisations Awarded Local History Grants

A BIG congratulations to the 58 Victorian oganisations who have just been awarded Local History Grants. The money used by them will go toward projects which will aid in preserving different aspects of Victoria’s history.

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Inside History Magazine’s Top 50 Genealogy Blogs List

Issue 10 of the Inside History Magazine arrived this week, as always it is packed with amazing articles. One that I found particularly great was an article written by Jill Ball (aka @geniaus on Twitter), titled 50 Genealogy Blogs You Need to Follow. Reading through the list, I can personally verify that so many of them are a great read, as I follow them myself.

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Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner: Where Can it Be Used?

Now the Flip-Pal mobile scanners are starting to get out there … but where can they be used? We need your help as we’re wanting to create a list of organisations (societies, archives, museums and similar – big or small) which do (or don’t) allow use of the Flip-Pal scanners on their premises. This list will make it easier for users.

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Introducing ‘History Queensland’ Magazine

Let me introduce to you a new magazine that has hit the streets “History Queensland”. Issued quarterly, the first issue came out in November 2011, with Issue 2 released in February 2012. And really, the name really says it all! It is a magazine that contains articles and information about Queensland’s history.

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A Few Highlights from SA’s About Time History Festival 2012

South Australia’s big history event (or should I say history MONTH), officially called the ‘About Time History Festival’ is being held throughout May 2012. From Victorian style funerals, to antique appraisals, even devonshire teas and discovering the meaning behind strained glass windows, and playing curator for a day, it’s all on in May!

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Wanted: Australia’s Missing Newspapers

Have you heard about the “Australian Newspaper Plan”? I’m guessing most of you said no, so I’m going to tell you about it. It is a collaborate project organised by the National Library of Australia in a bid to locate historical newspapers that are missing in their collection.

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64 New Projects to Honour Australia’s War History

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants worth close to $170,000, will fund 64 projects across Australia will commemorate Australia’s wartime history and honour those who served, and continue to serve, Australia in wars, conflicts and peace operations.

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Season 4 Who Do You Think You Are? Australia, Starts March 27th

For those of you who’ve been hanging out for the new 4th season of Who Do You Think You Are? Australia TV show, it’s starting very soon … Tuesday March 27th, 7.30pm, SBSONE to be exact. Following the journey of six more Australian celebrities as they discover their history and where they came from. Those in this 4th series

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Australian Genealogy and History Snippets – February 2012

Thanks for the feedback on last month’s Australian Genealogy and History Snippets post. I’m glad you liked it, and that you found it informative. So, that brings us to my second Australian Genealogy and History Snippets post. This one covering news etc from February 2012. It’s not meant to be comprehensive in anyway, but rather it is bits that I’ve recently come across and would like to share with you.

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