It’s been quite some time since I have done a snippets post for you, and recently I’ve been coming across all sorts of interesting genealogy and history newsy items that I wanted to share with you. However they are ones that wouldn’t in themselves make up a whole blog post, so I have collected them together to make up a new Snippets post.
If you’re interested in seeing my past Snippets posts, you can find them here.
If you have any news that you would like mentioned in a future Snippets post, please send an email to Alona at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER ON NEW CD
News in the latest Australian History Research newsletter mentions of a pre-publication offer on a new title that they are publishing, “HM Supply Norfolk Island March 1790”. This CD includes an index of the ship’s muster and a biography of the Marines, Convicts and Convict children sent to Norfolk Island on 5 March from Port Jackson, in addition to the passengers of the return voyage to Port Jackson, including some crew of the late HMS Sirius.”
The pre-publication CD-ROM special price is available until to 25 September. The cost: $25.00 plus $2.50 postage, and the CD-ROM will be available in early October 2014. This is not a title that will be available through Gould Genealogy. To order it, you’ll need to do so through the Australian History Research website.
WEBSITE UPDATES AND BLOGS
It is important for societies and groups to have an online presence, and also one that keeps up with the times. There’s two societies who have recently done big revamps of their websites, and both have also now taken to the world of blogging. So take a moment and check them out.
APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR VICTORIAN LOCAL HISTORY GRANTS 2014-2015
The Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) Local History Grants Program 2014-2015 is now open. The Local History Grants Program provides small grants to community organisations to support the cost of projects that preserve, record or publish Victorian local history. Applications for the 2014-2015 round of the Local History Grants Program are now open, and close 5pm Monday 10 November 2014. More information can be found on the PROV website.
NEW AWARD ANNOUNCED
While we’re on the topic of grants, I saw on the History Council of NSW website that a new Award has been announced. The “Deen De Bortoli Award for Applied History”. The purpose of the Award which is named in memory of Deen De Bortoli (1936-2003) is to “encourage historians writing Australian political, social, cultural and environmental history to approach their subjects in ways that use the past to inform contemporary concerns and issues.”
The winner of the award will receive a citation and a prize of $4,000, and will be announced in History Australia, which will publish the citation. The two runners up will each receive prizes of $1,000.
For more information on the subjects for the 2015 Award, or to submit an application visit the History Council of NSW website.
FACEBOOK IS HELPING SAVE HISTORY
I came across a Facebook Group, and although it’s not new, it is new to me, and thought I’d share with you, and that is the “Help Save South Australia’s History from Demolition” page. I’m sure other states have a similar thing, with beautiful old buildings (commercial or personal houses) that ultimately seem to get demolished thanks to a developer wanting to make way for a big new shiny building.
If you’re interested in joining the Help Save South Australia’s History from Demolition Facebook Group, just click on this link.
FAMILY HISTORY BOOKS TO GIVEAWAY
I’m not surprised if you had to read that title twice, and yes it is true. There are indeed some family history books to giveaway, though not from us. Spotted in Adelaide’s Sunday Mail recently was the following entry: “Wilhelm Wilksch family tree books, 150 years in Australia 1839-1989, to give away”. If you are interested contact Leon Wilksch (08) 8562 1510, 0419 824 164.
43RD BATTALION HISTORY
Also in the same Sunday Mail, a guy is “looking for relatives of men who served in the South Australian Infantry Unit, the 43rd Battalion during World War 1. A new battalion history is being researched for publication and you’re encouraged to share stories and any private material (eg. letters, diaries, photos).” If you can help out phone Nick on 0400 361 524.