Inside History’s exclusive interview with Hollywood star George Clooney on his latest blockbuster, The Monuments Men, delves into the real-life Allied World War II mission that inspired the film. As director, lead actor, and co-screenwriter, Clooney talks about the heroes who rescued priceless historic European art treasures from Nazi looting and destruction, and shares his insights about the value of history. (Plus we ask about what it was like to work with Australia’s own Hollywood star, Cate Blanchett!)
As we approach Anzac Day and the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, we offer several different perspectives to reflect on the grave human impacts of th e war. In a touching story ofloss and grief, we hear how a Sydney family coped with the news of their loved ones’ deaths on the battlefield. Next, the legacy of the war ’s horror on surviving soldiers is revealed through our story on two very different men, their starkly contrasting post-war experiences, and the family connection that later linked them together. It is a timely reminder of the toll that war takes even on it s survivors. We also examine the effect of the Boer War on Australia, and profile the six men who were awarded VCs for bravery under fire.
Venturing further back into the past, examine early Sydney Cove as the first European settlers would have, in a new exhibition from the State Library of NSW. Artist Colony offers a time capsule of the colony’s earliest years through paintings, sketches, manuscripts and awe-struck letters. We chat to the curator and conservator who brought the exhibition to life. This issue meet our groundbreaking scientists who, from the First Fleet through to the 20th century, helped pioneer the discoveries of the world around us.
We examine the crucial yet sorely under-recognised contributions these women made to marine biology, zoology and our understanding of Australia itself. Traverse farther and deeper into your own past with our special guide to tracing female ancestors by renowned author and historian Noeline Kyle. From convicts and crims to public servants and domestic workers, those elusive women on the family tree will be within your sights in no time thanks to this in-depth round-up of family history resources!
Next, expert genealogist Shauna Hicks takes us through the under-utilised treasures of the Australian National University’s Noel Butlin Archives Centre and explains how its diverse range of records can help you on your research journey. Plus, we share tips on Irish family history research and how to solve the dilemma of the ancestor with the common name.
We pack our bags and take a tour around tropical North Queensland, discovering that alongside its tourist delights of reef, rainforest and palm-fringed boulevards, there is a rich, diverse history just waiting to be explored. We delve into the exciting Discovering Anzacs database by the National Archives of Australia and Archives New Zealand.
Meanwhile, Western Australian Genealogical Society (WAGS) reveals its exciting projects underway, and Ku-Ring-Gai Historical Society reports on its ambitious project aiming to compile biographies of all World War I service personnel linked to their area.
Plus, we round up the 45 latest online records you can’t miss.
Whether you prefer to explore archives and libraries, exciting new places, scientific discoveries, or even the latest Hollywood releases, issue 21 of Inside History has something in store for you! Other exciting avenues to explore in issue 21 include:
- A controversial legacy: Who was Governor Arthur Phillip?
- Where to learn more about Henry Lawson’s life and legacy
- The new online exhibition profiling National Council of Women of Australia and their achievements
- A new State Library of WA online portal of Indigenous culture and history
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