Rookwood Cemetery: Mapping the dead

Posted by Ancestry Team on September 17, 2019 in Australia, Deaths

For anyone with ancestors from Sydney, Rookwood General Cemetery may hold clues vital to your family research. Why? Because it’s the largest cemetery from the Victorian era still in operation in the world, with more than one million burials spread across its 200 hectares. Its vast landscaped gardens have become the last resting place for Read More

Murder she wrote

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 1, 2019 in Australia, Books, Deaths

Family historians know the value of a good murder. A death and some intrigue in colonial Australia often left a great paper trail in the records, one that can reveal all sorts of details when you know where to look. Historian Catie Gilchrist, from the University of Sydney is one such person. Catie has always Read More

Alice Anderson: The most amazing woman I’ve never met

Posted by Web Operations on March 7, 2019 in Australia

When Alice Anderson was found dead in her garage in 1926 it made headlines around Australia. Why? Was it because she was the nation’s first female mechanic – an astute businesswoman who trained and gave female mechanics an opportunity to work in the male-dominated industry? Or was it because her death was a mystery – Read More

Preserving the bad fruit in our family trees

Posted by Web Operations on February 18, 2019 in Australia

For many Australians, stumbling across a convict in your family tree is a joyous occasion; after all, convicts put their blood, sweat and the occasional tear into building this country. However, we often gloss over the fact that many of these convicts were habitual or opportunistic criminals who found their way down under through a Read More

A death less ordinary

Posted by Web Operations on February 6, 2019 in Australia, Famous Faces

I have a confession to make. My interest in Australian history has never really extended to European male explorers. Yes, they performed amazing feats to understand the world in which we live but so did many others – Rose de Freycinet, for example – who are nowhere near as lorded. But I have always had Read More