Shamrock in the Bush 2013: Celebrating Irish Heritage in Australia

“Shamrock in the Bush” is a weekend with a difference. Now in its 21st year, this is a gathering for those with a love of history and culture which is unashamedly (although not exclusively), Irish in flavour!

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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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The Forgotten Times Issue 2 Available Now

Back in December 2012 I advised you about the first edition of The Forgotten Times magazine, which was a brand new, free genealogy and history magazine. Now I have the pleasure of advising you that Issue 2 of The Forgotten Times is now available, it is online, and it is still FREE.

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UK’s National Archives Launches New Australia Collection

An amazing collection of thousands of images relating to Australia, and dating back 150 years, shows the growth of the colonies, has been discovered in a London archive. The Australia Collection was released last week by the UK’s National Archives, in time to coincide with Australia Day on 26 January, these images of Australian towns, buildings, landmarks and people dating back as far as the mid 19th century.

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Help Transcribe the National Archives of Australia’s Records with arcHIVE

Do you have some spare time? Would you like to see more Australian records readily available online? If you answered yes to both, the National Archives of Australia (NAA) are looking for people like you to help transcribe their records. While they already have millions of records online and searchable using RecordSearch, there are still throusands (if not millions) more unindexed.

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DNA & the Pandora Shipwreck Project

A new web site details the search for the living male descendants of the 35 men who died on the Great Barrier Reef in 1791 during the wrecking of the Pandora. The intention is to find matching DNA (Y) signatures to sequences recently obtained from 3 skeletons recovered from the Pandora wreck in the 1990s.

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Highlight: Tales from Bush Graves

For this highlight, let me introduce you to a new book that has recently been published. Tales from Bush Graves recounts the stories of 218 people who met their death in the Queensland bush, with most of these were caused by fever, accidents, suicide, and murders. The stories have been reconstructed from the actual inquests, with many including newspaper accounts of the day.

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Women’s History Month 2013: Seeking Founding Mothers

As the 20th Century dawned and the Australian nation was born, Australian women led in democratic reform, making the new nation among the first where women had the same rights as men to vote and to stand for public office. The theme for the next Women’s History Month Australia in March 2013 is ‘Seeking Founding Mothers’, identifying women involved in shaping Federation and the Australian Constitution in 1901 …

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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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FOR SALE: Parade Magazine, Australia’s Early History Magazine

Issued monthly, Australia’s ‘Parade’ magazine claims to have “25 great, true stories from history” in every issue. While I wasn’t personally familiar with Parade magazine prior to recently … trust me, if you’re into Australian history, you WILL find these fascinating.

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Bay to Birdwood ‘Classic’ Car Rally – 25 September 2011

South Australia’s ‘Bay to Birdwood’ car rally is the world’s (not just Australia’s, but the world’s) largest most continually staged historic motoring event … now that is truly something to be proud of. This year’s event is being held on Sunday 25 September 2011.

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Australian History News – June 2011

June has been a busy month for Australian history news … we have everything from historic clocks and fountains, to new archives and museums opening, a request to help identify photos, and more award winning museums.

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Australian History News – May 2011

It’s the end of May already, and as expected HEAPS of stuff has been happening in the genealogy and history scene around this country. This month we have snippets on the histories of water skiing and a hospital, repairs of pioneers graves, a colonial buildings exhibition, tours, school anniversaries, the opening of a new family history centre, reunions, and a new interest group … oh, and don’t forget the gold coins that have just been discovered.

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