WikiNorthia: Documenting Melbourne’s North

After asking our staff who knew about WikiNorthia, and getting a unanimous “no”, I’ve decided that this site needs to get more attention than it does. So let me introduce you to it. Firstly WikiNorthia is a website (a wiki in this case) that is all about documenting life, history (and the present) of everything to to do with Melbourne’s north.

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Highlight: The South Australian Company

Anyone who can trace their history right back to South Australia’s beginnings will have heard about the ‘South Australian Company’. This book (now on CD) tells you the history of this Company.

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Inside History Magazine – Issue 16 (May-Jun 2013) is Out Now

Inside History Magazine Issue 16 is available now and this one is their Irish issue and in it you’ll … discover the best Irish resources online and on site; how to find your convict in the newspaper; learn about the lives of famine orphans; read about the experiences of Irish assisted immigrants in the 1800s; see what our ancestors got up to during St Patrick’s Day celebrations, plus a whole heap more …

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A New Project to Digitise Country Victoria Records

Victoria’s history sits on 9km of shelving in the PROV’s repository at North Melbourne. The problem is, these records are hundreds of kilometres away from the folks in country Victoria, so aren’t easily accessible. Now Archival Access Victoria has come up with a Project that will help everyone. Their plan is to digitise these records for country Victoria …

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Passenger Lists to Queensland 1848-1912

Passenger lists. They are something that every genealogist hunts for. Some are easy to find, while others aren’t and for those ones we swear that our ancestors either swam or arrived via spaceship. But let me tell you about the wonderful thing the Queensland State Archives have done.

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Did Your Ancestor Help Build the Great Ocean Road?

Did any of your ancestors work on building the Great Ocean Road? If so, you’ll be interested to know about a Project that the Portland Family History Group is working on, that is recording details of all of those who worked on, or even those who helped the workers along the way, to enable them to build this iconic part of Australia.

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Highlight: History of the First 50 Years of Freemasonry in South Australia 1834-84

Authored by Charles Glover, this was the first book to be written on the history of Freemasonry in South Australia, and it is one that is ‘highly’ regarded and a noted authoritative work.

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Australian Family Tree Connections – May 2013 Issue Out Now

The beginning of a new month always means that you can expect your magazine subscriptions to arrive in the letterbox, and the May 2013 issue of Australian Family Tree Connections magazine has just arrived in ours. With a whole bunch of articles, a number of Can You Help? queries …

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Tasmania Birth, Death & Marriage Records 1803-1933 Now Online

I discovered “genealogy gold” when I found out that FamilySearch have in conjuction with the Archives Office of Tasmania have just put the images of Tasmanian Births, Deaths and Marriages online. These cover the period 1803-1933, and are there for all to view for FREE!

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Kernewek Lowender – The ‘Biggest Cornish Festival in the World’

The Kernewek Lowender, is a Cornish festival held in the Copper Coast towns of Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo on Yorke Peninsula. Held on the 2nd Monday of May, every two years, it claims to be the ‘biggest Cornish Festival in the world’. 2013 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Cornish festival, and the week long program will run from May 20-26, is designed to …

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ANZAC Day 2013: Special Offers and More

ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that is commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli. It now commemorates all those who served and died in military operations for their countries. I’m just letting you know about some special offers together with ways that you can honour your military ancestors …

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New from Unlock the Past: Australian Military History

Written for genealogists by a military historian “That Elusive Digger: Tracing Your Australian Military Ancestors” is a guide to help you search for Australian military ancestors as well as giving a simple overview of Australia’s military history.

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Highlight: Nothing But Gold, the Diggers of 1852

Australia’s goldrushes are an important time in the country’s history, having changed family life for so many due to migration when they headed to the goldfields, and of course some had good fortune, others bad fortune. And some never returned home. Robyn takes up on a journey to life on the goldfields in 1852 …

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