The new year arrived, and so did the latest issue of Traces Magazine. Now up to Issue 9, Traces is the perfect read for Australian history lovers and genealogy buffs.

As with all issues, this one is packed with high quality history and genealogy-related articles.

This issue’s cover story is all about family secrets, and Janeen O’Connell writes about what deeply hidden secrets she has discovered in her family.

Also in the genealogy section Dr Kate Bagnell writes about tracing the lives of early Chinese families in colonial Australia, and there’s an article on Elizabeth Morris, as a followup up to an earlier article written about her in Traces magazine, and tips on how to write a non-boring family history.

Then and Now features Hobart’s Tasmanian Club on Macquarie Street, and still on the topic of Tasmania, read about the “Landscapes of Production and Punishment” Project that’s being done by Dr Richard Tuffin.

John Barry writes about violent times in colonial Yass, New South Wales in the mid 1850s, and recounts one such case.

There’s Part 2 of the story of the Shellal Mosaic which was unexpectedly unearthed in a trench in WWI, by Anzac’s serving in the Middle East, and an article of post-war Training Scheme records at the National Archives of Australia. And read about amateur historian Lambis Englezos who has made it his mission to find and commemorate hundreds of missing Australian soldiers in Fromelles.

You never know what you’ll find in a pile of ephemera, and that is proven again when a family found a bunch of receipts for music lessons for two daughters datin back to the late 1800s. You can read about the discovery ad the daughters themselves in the article written by Megan Martin and Nicole Forsyth.

You may be familiar with the phrase “Yes, we have no bananas”, but do you know the story behind it? What about “There he goes with his eye out!” or “How are you off for soap?” You can find these and the stories behind them and other vintage catchphrases in this issue.

You can read about  “Cranky Bella” who is feted as being Melbourne’s greatest pickpocket, as well a the ghost towns of the Central Goldfields in Victoria

As always, plenty of great reading!!

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

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