For Australian history lovers and genealogy buffs you’ll be pleased to hear that Issue 4 of Traces magazine is out now.

Being a quarterly magazine, it does seem ages between issues, but then again, it also makes it so exciting when it finally arrives. As with the previous issues, this one contains 64 pages of high quality history and genealogy-related articles.

It starts off with Heritage news followed by a round-up of the latest records online. There’s a “Then and Now” article on the Tasmania’s Arthur Circus in Battery Point.

You’ll find articles on the Strehlows’ epic journey to Horseshoe Bend, the real-life Crusoes of Sunday Island, the Emu war. There’s an article on Sydney’s Eora women who fished in the harbour long before European settlement. It’s 250 years since Captain James Cook and his crew set sail from Plymouth and travelled ‘farther than any other man’ and the National Library of Australia “Cook and the Pacific” exhibition is on now for everyone the view and learn more about Cook and his voyage. The exhibition is free and runs through until February 2019.

You’ll read about preservation work being undertaken by volunteers at Farina, South Australia in a bid to preserve its history. Traces magazine introduces readers to some of the bygone and present-day laws and punishments that really are truly stranger than fiction.

Meet Lillian Armfield, who in 1915, was one of two female policewomen in Australia. Read the story of the ‘unusual demise’ of Vera May Spark. Genealogists will love the article Freemasonry and how useful these records can be for your research. Freya Andrews shares her experience of collecting and preserving her grandfather’s memories, and with November 2018 being the 100th anniversary since the end of World War I it seems timely to have a guide on ‘Finding your ANZAC”. Peter Monteith writes about Australian ‘enemy aliens’, people who had migrated to Australia from the nations with which Australia was at war.

The magazine finishes up with an article on Ernest Scott’s Library. He was on of Australia’s early historians and left his books to the University of Melbourne, and Laura Ryan writes about restoring and preserving aged books. You’ll even find an article on “polkmania”.

“Launched in December 2017, Traces is the only quarterly printed magazine dedicated to providing its readers with insight into the latest historical research, news, events and heritage projects taking place around Australia. The expert voices of historians, researchers, heritage professionals, genealogists and journalists uncover the fascinating characters and stories of our past.”

If you love Australian history and/or genealogy, do yourself a favour and grab a copy of Traces.

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