Monday, April 16, 2012

Launch of special iPad edition for State Library of NSW

A fantastic new iPad app lets you look inside the vaults of one of the world’s great libraries - click here to download for FREE.

Inside History magazine has just launched a special iPad edition which allows users to explore, share and interact with the State Library of NSW’s unrivalled collection like never before.

“Inside History magazine is thrilled to be working with the talented team at the State Library to launch this unique tour of arguably one of the world’s great libraries,” says Cassie Mercer, Inside History editor.

“I was nine when I first visited the State Library of NSW from the country, and I still remember being mesmerised by the Mitchell Library's extraordinary leadlight windows and the seemingly endless levels and shelves of books stacked up to meet them. I feel like I grew up at the Library,” says Ms Mercer

This special edition brings together short films, photo galleries and highlights from staff curators and guest writers who reveal the intimate history of objects, their creators and owners.

Many intriguing questions are answered, like why the Macquarie Collector’s Chest was created and how the original 1644 Tasman map ended up in Paris and then at the State Library.

The feature story on the current major exhibition, Lewin: Wild Art, takes you into the world of a young illustrator, John Lewin (1770-1819), who was inspired by Australia’s flora and fauna to develop his own remarkable style. And this issue is sumptuously illustrated with Lewin’s beautiful artwork.

Users can go behind the scenes as State Library of NSW conservators restore 3,500 glass plate negatives from the gold rush, discovered in a garden shed in Chatswood in 1951. This extraordinary find proved to be the most important photographic documentation of goldfields life in Australia.

“From displaying Matthew Flinders’ logbook and journal on board the Queen Mary 2 as it retraced his circumnavigation, to utilising new technologies, the State Library continues to explore new opportunities to ensure as many people as possible have the chance to engage with the Library’s remarkable collections,” says NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive, Alex Byrne.

“Inside History is an active champion of the State Library and, with our shared passion for making history interesting and accessible, we jumped at the chance to jointly launch this special iPad edition. It’s a wonderful addition to our extensive online offerings and we hope it makes people wonder what else might surprise from in the vaults of the State Library.” says Dr Byrne.

Download the FREE app here for your chance to win an original illustration of Paul Keating from the pen of Daily Telegraph cartoonist, Warren Brown.

For more information please contact:
Ben Mercer, Inside History magazine, 0405 272427,

Vanessa Bond, State Library Media & Communications Branch
(02) 9273 1566, 0411 259 898,

Saturday, April 14, 2012

How To - Renew my subscription

We very much hope you've enjoyed reading Inside History and would like to renew your subscription. There are a number of ways you can renew, to ensure delivery of Inside History magazine straight to your door:
  • Post a completed renewal form to us
  • Our address is PO Box 406, Erskineville, Sydney, 2043
  • Find a renewal form in each issue. In Issue 9, see Page 71
  • You can call us on 02 9590 9600 and renew over the phone, or
  • Go online and buy a 6 or 12 month subscription
  • Remember, subscribers get free postage*

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  • Issue 11; Jul-Aug 2012 will be posted to your address

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And now we're also available on iPad at nearly 40% less than our paper magazines - click here to order. Just remember, that subscriptions can only start from the "Latest Issue" or the issue that is currently in the newsagents - you are not able to purchase a subscription starting with a future issue. If you already have the latest issue as a paper magazine and don't want to duplicate, then please wait for the next edition to be released before subscribing for either 6 or 12 months.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

New Page :: Place your ads on our Billboard

Are you looking to connect with other descendants or historians? Each issue we feature who and what people are researching. If you need help finding others from your family or surnames, are having a family reunion, looking for contributions for your research project or are seeking memories and items for your exhibition, then we'll tell our readers about it.

Your ad will appear in both our print and iPad magazine, and we'll post your ad to our Bob's Your Uncle blog page, and on our Facebook page. Lots of researchers have been linking up through "Bob's your uncle"!

To place an ad, email contribute[at] or call the office on 02 95909600. Adverts are FREE!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Recipe For Murder - Sydney thallium murders in 1940-50s

Recipe For Murder, the winner of the NSW Premier's History Award is playing again tonight, Thursday April 5th, 9.30pm on ABC1

A brilliant documentary that tells the true story of three Sydney women who poisoned their way into the pages of the city’s newspapers back in the 1940s and 50s. We'll be watching!

Recipe For Murder - 90 sec Teaser from Sonia Bible on Vimeo.