Help Save Australia’s Convict Heritage, Sign the Petition Now

The Parramatta Female Factory Precinct is the location of Australia’s first purpose built convict establishment for women and children. Despite this important history, the Precinct has not been recognised as a National Heritage site. The Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Association is preparing a national heritage listing application, and needs your help by signing a petition.

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Australian Family Tree Connections – January 2011 Issue Out Now

The January 2011 issue of the ‘Australian Family Tree Connections’ magazine is out now, and as usual, contains an interesting mix of articles. From mining, to convicts, from emigrant ancestors to DNA tests … it’s worth a read!

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Inside History – Issue 1 (Nov-Dec 2010) Out Now

Apart from it being very well presented, the Inside History magazine, is packed with terrific advice, research tips, interviews and more. Issue 1 includes articles on a family with 24,000 descendants, Perth’s 14th century church bells, the latest project on the First Fleet, Reg Sprigg a well-known Australia geologist … and so much more.

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Australian Medical Pioneers … when Leeches, Enemas & Forks Were the Cure

One of Australia’s medical pioneers, Dr Bell was born in Ireland in 1815 and studied medicine in London, prior to arriving in Australia in 1839. Dr Bell became aware of the difficulty experienced by colonists in obtaining medical assistance in outlying areas. He wrote ‘The Settlers’ Guide’ to enable those in medical need to help themselves or others in times of difficulty.

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Australian Family Tree Connections – December 2010 Issue Out Now

The December 2010 issue of the Australian Family Tree Connections magazine is out now. This issue contains an interesting mix of articles for when a quiet moment presents itself during the busy Festive Season.

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“Inside History” … A New History and Genealogy Magazine for Australia and New Zealand

I’m so excited to announce that Australia now has a brand new history and genealogy magazine. Called “Inside History” it was launched at Adelaide on Monday 8th November during the History and Genealogy Roadshow, and this is one stunning magazine!! Its 80 pages are packed with advice, articles and expert tips on genealogy, and stories on Australia and New Zealand’s varied history.

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Season 3 Who Do You Think You Are? Australia, Coming Soon

The BIG news just announced is that Who Do You Think You Are?: Australian Edition Season 3 will begin screening on SBS on Sunday the 28th of November. Following the lives of six more Australian celebrities, you will be able to watch each, as they are taken on a journey to find their roots!!

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Circus History: the St Leon Troupe on YouTube – 1959 footage

Mark St Leon, Australia’s premier circus historian has advised us of some rare footage of the “St Leon Troupe” that has just come to light, which he has now put on to YouTube.

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‘City of Adelaide’ Clipper to Return from Scotland

At 145 years old, the City of Adelaide is the oldest surviving clipper. After making 23 voyages from London to South Australia in the 1800s, the ship has been sitting in Scotland in a shipyard for years. It is now set to make its way back to South Australia one more time – this for for good.

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‘Scots in Geelong and District to 1860′ an Award Winner

The “Scots in Geelong and District to 1860″ CD-ROM produced by Pam Jennings and Susie Zada, has WON the “Best Community Research, Registers and Records” category in the Victorian Community History Awards

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R.I.P. Marianne Eastgate MA (Hons) Dip FHS

The sad news of Marianne’s passing, has been forwarded on to us from Rosemary Kopittke at the Queensland Family History Society. As she knew Marianne very well, it was appropriate that she write a few words …

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SA 175 Years – History Grants Up For Grabs

2011 marks the 175th anniversary of the foundation of South Australia. To help commemorate this significant event the South Australian Government is offering grants to assist community groups to acknowledge this important milestone.

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Australia’s Saint: Mary MacKillop

Mary MacKillop’s canonisation will be featured on Foxtel’s History Channel. The station has commissioned a new documentary “Blessed Mary: A Saint for All Australians” to commemorate the historic canonisation of the revered nun in Rome on October 17. Hosted by Alan Jones, the hour long special will premier on Sunday October 10, at 7pm.

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