Sunday, March 20, 2011


[1]  Subscription package to Find My Past worth $350
This is an Inside History giveaway not to be missed! Valued at $350, the package includes a 12-month subscription to plus 12 months’ access to its hugely successful UK sister-site,
  • access to more than 50 million records covering Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands
  • 650 million UK records (including the 1911 census) 
  • the records available range from cemetery records and electoral rolls, migration and criminal reports, to military records, almanacs and government gazettes.  
Competition closes 5pm, 26 April 2011.

[2]  In Bligh's Hand by Jennifer Gall

 Win a little piece of history. In Bligh’s Hand brings to life the events of the infamous mutiny in 1789, and the subsequent 47-day voyage taken by Bligh and 18 of his crew as they struggled to reached a safe haven. Beautifully illustrated and fascinating to read, author Jennifer Gall has reconstructed the historic events through pages from Bligh’s own notebook and his list of mutineers. Make this book on Australian history yours forever!

Competition closes 5pm, 26 April 2011.

[3]  Double passes to Not Just Ned at the National Museum of Australia

The National Museum of Australia's latest exhibition explores the history of the Irish in Australia. Journey back to the first arrivals in 1788, the infamous Kelly gang, past politicans, artists and rebels, to the present-day winners of the Rose of Tralee. And we have two double passes up for grabs.

Competition closes 5pm, 19 April, 2011.

For more details on all these terrific prizes, grab a copy of issue 3 of Inside History.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Dictionary of Sydney

The Dictionary of Sydney - Sydney's history online and connected. Its amazing what you can discover on their wonderfully rich site and blog. Geographically, the Dictionary of Sydney includes the whole Sydney basin and spans the years from the earliest human habitation to the present. Find out more about the NSW state capital today!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Issue # 3 is now available!

Inside History is for people passionate about Australian and New Zealand history and heritage, whether it's their family's ancestry, or in a broader social context. Our March/April issue celebrates our Irish ancestry, to coincide with the National Museum of Australia’s latest exhibition, Not Just Ned, opening on March 17. Read how to search for early Irish convicts, and learn about an emotional family reunion from the 1850s. Plus, you could win one of two double passes to the exhibition!

Now’s also the time to celebrate 100 years of International Women’s Day. We’re featuring our favourite photo finds from Flickr of women who stood out from the crowd.

Anzac Day is not far away, and if you’re still searching the records for that elusive soldier, we have some terrific research advice. Plus, we look at how one family preserved their grandfather’s World War I postcards, there’s new research by Michael Flynn on the early life of Governor Arthur Phillip, records for tracing Indigenous ancestors in Victoria, an expert Q&A military special from the Boer War to WWII, and lots more!

Authors to look out for in Issue # 3:
  • UK genealogist :: Else Churchill
  • NZ genealogist :: Christine Clement
  • Australian genealogist :: Megan Gibson
  • Historian :: Michael Flynn
  • Archivist :: Sebastian Gurciullo - PROV
  • Australian genealogist :: Barbara Hall
  • Journalist :: Alice Johnson
  • Author :: Peter Macinnis
  • Military historian :: Neil Smith
  • Preservation expert :: Kay Soderlund
  • Australian genealogist :: Suzanne Voytas
  • NZ genealogist :: Mark Webster

Back issues of Issue # 3 are available online from Inside History ::

Happy reading,
The Inside History team

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Wragge Labs :: Trove Dynamic Graphs

Thanks to Tim Sherratt {@wragge} we can now all get even more from the amazing Trove search engine, brought to us from the National Library.

Irish in Australia

Chinese in Australia

These calculations are based on the number of articles currently available through Trove. The totals were harvested using my TroveTools scraper and the lists of articles are generated using my unoffical Newspapers API. Comments or questions to @wragge