Australian History News – March 2011

Here is the latest news from Australian genealogy, history and heritage groups. From family reunions, to book launches, town walks, and requests for information or memorabilia … it is all helping to celebrate history …

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The ‘History & Genealogy 2011: Australia & New Zealand’ Handbook has arrived!!!

Unlock the Past’s “History & Genealogy 2011” is now available. It includes over 60 Aus/NZ genealogy and history related articles together with a directory listing of 1700+ organisations, as well as adverts and vouchers that can save you hundreds of dollars.

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Australian Family Tree Connections – March 2011 Issue Out Now

Somehow the year has managed to sneak along to March already (although no-one knows how!!) Anyway a new month also brings us the a new issue of the Australian Family Tree Connections magazine, so that’s means some good reading over a cup of tea or coffee.

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Adelaide’s National Archives Office is on the Move

The National Archives of Australia (NAA) Adelaide Reading Room is officially on the move!! As of 9 March 2011, the NAA in Angas Street, Adelaide will be closed to all who have not pre-ordered records. And it will reopen on …

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Researching and Writing History Seminar brought to you by Unlock The Past

Whether you are a beginner or experienced researcher, or a budding novelist, Unlock the Past’s Researching and Writing History Seminar will provide you with practical information and guidance to use in your current or future projects – or perhaps inspire you to write for the very first time.

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National Library of Australia’s Community Heritage Grants 2011 – Applications Now Open

The National Library of Australia’s Community Heritage Grants (CHG) provides grants of up to $15,000 toganisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, and multicultural groups. Applications for the 2011 Grants are now open, and close 5.00pm Friday 6 May.

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Treasure Trove of Photos of Aussie Soldiers in World War I Unearthed in France

A treasure trove of photographs of Australian diggers taken during the First World War have been discovered in an attic in France, in a major find hailed as ”one of the most important discoveries from World War I” by military historians.

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Ancestry.com.au Brings Family History to Life for Australian Kids

Created by leading family history experts, Ancestry.com.au, has just launched My Place in History. This is a free web-based educational program designed for teachers to assist them in teaching their students about family history. The program brings family history right into the classroom of Australian primary schools by placing the child’s family history at the centre of the learning experience.

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12 “Must-Visit” FREE Websites for Researching Australian Genealogy

The interest in genealogy is constantly growing, and with it comes the availability of more records … mostly online. Here is a list of ‘must-visit’ sites for those who are reseaching Australians. Newspapers, convicts, cemeteries, military records, photographs, shipping records and more are all available online and for FREE.

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The Ryerson Index Makes an Appeal to Australian Local Groups

The Ryerson Index is a website with over 2,800,000 death, funeral, probate and obituary notices from Australian newspapers. The Ryerson Index team have now put the call out to Family History or Local History Societies who are interested in indexing the notices from their local paper, can you help?

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Highlight: The Battle of Vinegar Hill: Australia’s Irish Rebellion, 1804

Among the many Irish criminals transported were those whose crimes were political. The resentment of these Irish political convicts ran deep. This was largely due to the lack of official records, which caused injustice and confusion over the lengths of their sentences. ‘The Battle of Vinegar Hill’ is the story of botched, mini-rebellions failed escape attempts, mutiny, conspiracies, betrayals and personal tragedy.

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Australian History and Genealogy Events 2011-12 Brought to you by Unlock the Past

During 2010 our sister company, Unlock the Past embarked on bringing a number of history and genealogy events to people throughout Australia and New Zealand. Let me tell you what is coming in 2011 and 2012 …

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Highlight: Family History on the Cheap

‘Family History on the Cheap’ highlights numerous tips and tricks for how to get the most from research trips to archives, libraries, family history and local historical societies, visits to relatives, social networking sites, commercial websites and of course, Google.

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