Access 200 Million Immigration Records FREE until Sunday

Ancestry.com.au have just announced that they are giving you FREE Access to 200 million immigration records until Sunday, 26 August 2012 (11.59pm AEST). The collections cover Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, the United States and Europe, and they include passenger lists, convict transportations, passport records, naturalisation records, border crossing lists, crew lists and a whole bunch more.

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Join Scott Hicks and Help Save South Australia’s Historic Films

A story in The Advertiser last weekend was about how Director, Scott Hicks is lending his star power in a bid to help save historic South Australian films that are at risk of being lost forever. The State Library of South Australia has a film collection which includes Super 8 and 16mm films. To preserve and share the more than 7500 films, the Library’s In-House Digitising project requires a $200,000 digital film scanner.

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Australian History News – August 2012

It has been quite a while, but I’ve decided to resurrect my Australian History News series of posts, as I enjoy finding out bits & pieces of genealogy and history news, and passing it on to you. In this one we have details of a free book on one of Queensland’s pioneers, a new User Group, more funding for one of Australia’s top convict sites, a new project for another group, and more societies join in on social media.

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Findmypast Introduces the World Collection

Findmypast have just introduced their new World Collection subscription which gives you access to search collections from Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the United States in one place for a single fee. Subscribing to the World Collection gives you access to over a billion records, with that number growing rapidly. And until August 31 2012, they are offering an introductory 10% discount off new subscriptions.

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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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Find Out What the National Library of Australia Has [VIDEO]

Want to find out what the National Library of Australia has to offer without even taking a step outside of your house? Now you can with the new videos that the National Library of Australia have created, which will help viewers started using their collections and services. You’ll learn how to access their readings rooms and galleries, research your family history, use online resources and order copies from the collection.

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National Archives of Australia Seeks $92 Million for Preservation Facility

The Canberra Times had an interesting article on the National Archives of Australia seeking $92 million to upgrade their facilities. According to the report the NAA Mitchell storage facility has become so decrepit that tape is being used to hold down floor tiles which could contain asbestos. It is our our NATIONAL Archives for goodness sake!!

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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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Two More Unlock the Past Books Due Soon

The Unlock the Past authors have busy putting pen to paper (or should I say fingers on keyboards?), and have been busy writing a whole host of new books. Two of the new books are due within 1-2 weeks, and are now available for pre-order. Interestingly both of these new books relates to land records, one for Australia and New Zealand and the other for Scotland.

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Find & Connect – Australian Orphanage and Child Migrant Records

Don’t you love it when you hear of new projects that start up, and you can see the potential for it to not only be huge, but so useful to others as well! This is how I feel about Find & Connect. This is a project that is designed to connect forgotten Australians, former child migrants, orphans and those in Children’s Homes to their families as well as information and resources …

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Update on Trove’s Historical Australian Newspaper Digitisation Program

Back in July 2011 I posted Trove’s digitisation schedule of historical Australian newspapers, now they have released an update on this list, and have included the schedule for newspapers in 2012-2013.

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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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