Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Issue # 5 Giveaway Winners Announced

The entries have gone into the draw and the winners are! Congratulations to:

[1] Games from Historical Houses Trust NSW
  • L Story, Brassall, QLD
[2] John Gould & Australia: The Business of Nature
  • B Johnson, Claremont, TAS
  • E Chappell, Glen Innes, NSW
[3] 1835: The Founding of Melbourne & the Conquest of Australia
  • H Whiting, Coolangatta Qld
  • J Watson, Fern Tree Gully, VIC
All our winners will receive a confirmation email and their prize in the mail very soon.

Thanks to our amazing supporters :: Historic Houses Trust NSWNational Library of Australia and Black Inc Books for making our Issue # 5 giveaways possible!

[1]  A little piece of history - games from Historical Houses Trust NSW

What better way to way to beat the winter chill than with some fun family games we all love? And one lucky reader will win all three, thanks to our friends at Historical House Trust.

There's Hopla, Beetle Game and the Educated Monkey, a bestseller at the HHT museum shops in Sydney. Invented in the US in 1916, this clever chap will help little historians to remember their times tables just as kids did in the 1920s! Just move the metal frame at the bottom, and the monkey will tell you the answer to your calculation. Clever!

How do you win all three games? Simply send your name and contact details to Inside History, HHT giveaway, PO Box 406, Erskineville NSW 2043 or email by 5pm, August 30, 2011.

If you can't wait to see if you've won, order these games, and much more, by visiting

[2]  John Gould & Australia: The Business of Nature by Roslyn Russell

A driven - and a self-made man - the Devon-born John Gould carved out a career in natural science which led him and his wife to Tasmania in 1838 and then the mainland to document the wildlife. Exquisite artwork by Gould's artists, alongside his own expert commentary, was the result. This wonderfully illustrated book examines the life of the man often considered to be the "father of Australian ornithology".

To win one of two copies, send your name and contact details to Inside History, John Gould Giveaway, PO Box 406 Erskineville NSW 2043 or email by 5pm, August 30, 2011.

A big thank you to the National Library of Australia for supporting this great Gould giveaway!

[3]  1835: The Founding of Melbourne & the Conquest of Australia by James Boyce

In his latest book, James Boyce brings to life the settlement of Melbourne, form its illegal beginnings to the conquering of the Australian frontier. With a fresh and poignant approach, he looks at the government power plays that resulted in the flood of settlers to the area, and looks at the characters who play an important in the area's history.

To learn more about Boyce and his most recent work, read our interview on page 61 of Issue # 5 of Inside History magazine.

To enter, send your name and contact details to Inside History, Unlock the Past Giveaway, PO Box 406 Erskineville NSW 2043 or email by 5pm, June 28

A big thank you to Melbourne's Black Inc Books for supporting this giveaway!

Terms and conditions:
Entries close 5pm, 30/08/11. Winners will be drawn at random and notified on 06/09/11. The prize is not transferable and not redeemable for cash. Please indicate if you'd like to opt out of our mailing list. Inside History won't ever share your details with a third party.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Issue # 5 is now available!

Inside History magazine is for people passionate about Australian and New Zealand genealogy, history and heritage. In our July-August edition (issue 5):
  • It's census time! How can you help family historians in the future?
  • Discover the secrets to dating old photos
  • How to research the history of your house
  • We take a look at Tilly Devine’s neighbourhood
  • How to find Chinese ancestors
  • Tracing postcards from the 1870s
  • Subscribe and receive 25% off at Blurb
  • And much more!

Issues # 1, # 2, # 3, # 4 and # 5 are available online now! Order now online.

Issue # 5 is available in newsagents from 15th July 2011. For Western Australian readers, IHM will be available on Monday, 18th July.

Authors to look out for in Issue # 5:
  • Historian :: Kate Bagnall
  • UK genealogist :: Else Churchill
  • NZ genealogist :: Christine Clement
  • Australian genealogist :: Megan Gibson
  • Australian genealogist :: Barbara Hall
  • Librarian :: Jenny Higgins
  • Journalist :: Ben James
  • Journalist :: Alice Johnson
  • Ephemera collector :: Pieter Koster
  • Family historian :: Neil Hall
  • Health microbiologist :: Helen Smith
  • Dress historian :: Jayne Shrimpton
  • Historian :: Mark St Leon
  • Journalist :: Kirsten Wade

Have a sneak peak inside our shiny new magazine; Issue # 5, July - August.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Libraries - find yours today

We love libraries here at Inside History Magazine. Is it the smell, what we've discovered there in past visits, the excitement of the hunt, our hunger for learning and new ideas or is it the brilliant, giving people that tend to work in libraries? Probably all of the above but one thing we're very sure of, our communities and society overall would be much the lesser without them.

If you haven't been to your local library lately, then here's a taster of what they very likely have to offer to everyone in their communities, and most of it is free of charge.
  • Read for free - hardcopy and ebooks
  • Magazines and newspapers for free
  • Find your family history for free
  • Free periodical searches
  • Free internet and Wi-Fi
  • Borrow DVDs for free
  • Listen to CDs for free 
How do you access these services? Getting a library card is simple. Just visit your local library, complete an application form, show your ID and access to these and more free services will be yours.

Find your library today, with the National Library of Australia or contact your local council.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Byron Bay Writers Festival Giveaway

So, it's cold outside. You like reading, you like reading in your PJs, you like reading in bed with a cuppa... I'm thinking you might like escaping the cold and getting away to Byron Bay! For the Byron Bay Writers Festival in August! The main event is on 5-7 August 2011 but workshops start on 1 August. Inside History magazine is a proud supporter of the festival.

To celebrate our involvement in the festival, Inside History is giving away two 3 day [Friday-Saturday-Sunday] passes to the festival! Normally worth $215 each, they are free to one lucky Inside History follower and a friend.

All you need to do is TWEET this blog post and reference @insidehistory, or LIKE our page on Facebook, by 5pm (EST), Friday 8th July and you’ll go into the draw, for the intelligent escape to Byron. Don't forget to tell your friends to like our page to increase your chances!

The festival had its beginnings in 1997, and has now grown to include a guest list of over one hundred writers in lectures, lunches, panels, launches and readings. The festival focuses on share though and the joy of writing, and aims to provide forum for discussion and the celebration of creativity. All in beautiful Byron Bay, on the New South Wales Far North Coast. A place special to us, as my husband grew up in the area, and his family were one of the first settlers there in the 1860s, near what is now Lennox Head.

The Byron Bay Writers' Festival is organised by the good people at the Northern Rivers Writers' Centre.

Follow the festival on twitter at @bbwritersfest and facebook at Byron Bay Writers Festival to get program, ticket and other updates or just because it looks nice!

Terms and conditions: Entrants need to tweet this blog post or like us on Facebook by 5pm (EST) Friday 8th July 2011, to go into the draw. For tweeps, remember to add @insidehistory so we can see your tweet! Prize does not include transport to the festival or accommodation while in Byron Bay. Entrants must be aged 18 and over. Prize is not redeemable for cash.