Past Articles

When the war was over

Posted by Web Operations on November 6, 2018 in Australia, Military

One hundred years ago, the Great War ended after four years of death and destruction. Cassie Mercer speaks with author Professor Peter Stanley to understand more about what Australian troops were doing in those last few years of the war. The Great War left an indelible mark on thousands of Australian families. Men and women Read More

Top 5 most unusual Australian occupations

Posted by Web Operations on September 28, 2018 in Australia

When the First Fleet landed in 1788, the convicts were skilled in more than 80 different trades and occupations. Some of these trades were useful in starting a colony from the ground up, others not so much. Some occupations stayed in existence, but many are no longer in use. Here are 5 of the more Read More

Welcome to National Family History Month!

Posted by Web Operations on August 1, 2018 in Australia, New Zealand

Why is August to important in family history circles? It’s National Family History Month (NFHM) – an initiative by the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO)! AFFHO is organising and facilitating the initiative via the NFHM website. It is hoped that 2018 is the biggest year yet in terms of interest and number of Read More

Our colonial convict ladies

Posted by Web Operations on June 14, 2018 in Australia, Convicts, Uncategorized

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Parramatta Female Factory, a vital part of our convict heritage. Cassie Mercer looks at the work being done to save and promote the precinct. When Governor Macquarie laid the foundation stone for the Parramatta Female Factory in July 1818, little did he know how important its role Read More

Actor John Jarratt discovers his Chinese ancestry on ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

Posted by Web Operations on April 27, 2018 in Australia, Who Do You Think You Are?

Injustice, hard work and shock revelations are all part of John Jarratt’s family history. “If I found out there was a cold-blooded murderer – that would be very upsetting. But I think beyond that, everything should be fine … hopefully!” So says John Jarratt before embarking on his ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ journey Read More