Sunday, March 25, 2012


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

[1] A Very Short War, from Madman Entertainment 

  1. Kerryn Dixon-Ward, Parkdale VIC
  2. David McAndrew, Alexander Heights WA
  3. John Sparrow, Eumundi QLD
  4. Elizabeth Pardy, Cootamundra NSW
  5. Roslyn Allan, Paddington NSW

[2] Who’s Been Sleeping In My House? from ABC TV

  1. Glenys Hatch, Marangaroo WA
  2. Robert Hocking, Abbotsford VIC
  3. Daniel Anderson, Canadian VIC
  4. Julie Regan, Inverell NSW
  5. John Sutton, Bathurst NSW

Thanks to our amazing supporters - ABC TV, Madman Entertainment and CONTI Bros Films - for making our Issue 9 giveaways possible!


Our Issue # 9 giveaways! Win one of 10 DVDs!

[1]  A Very Short War - Madman Entertainment & CONTI Bros Films

Cliff Carpenter was a pioneer Australian aviator, a young man who lost his life in a Sunderland aircraft over the skies of Norway on the first day of the German invasion. Through his letters home we are exposed to a fascinating and intriguing insight into the spirit of the times as World War II beckoned. A Very Short War follows Cliff’s nephew as he unravels the story of an uncle who made the ultimate sacrifice so far from home. The DVD also features an extended interview with Nancy Bird-Walton and a slide-show of the construction of Cliff’s homebuilt aeroplane. Read more of his story on page 42 of Inside History Issue 9; Mar-Apr 2012 - our ANZAC edition.

We have five copies of A Very Short War, valued at A$24.95 each, to give away. To enter the draw, simply tell us the answer to the following question:
  • Q. What type of plane was Cliff flying in over Norway?
Send your name and contact details to Inside History, A Very Short War Giveaway, PO Box 406 Erskineville NSW 2043 or email by 5pm, April 29, 2012.

[2]  Who’s Been Sleeping In My House?  ABC TV

We loved the series on ABC recently, but if you missed  it now’s your chance to fall in love with house history!

Journey around Australia with archaeologist Adam Ford as he delves into public records, cellars and even mangroves to uncover the real story of beloved family homes in  Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland. Each of the eight episodes is a fascinating detective story  — a combination of Time Team + Grand Designs + Who  Do You Think You Are? that will have you wanting more!

ABCTV is giving Inside History readers the chance to win one of five DVDs of Who’s Been Sleeping In My House?, worth $19.95 each. To enter, simply tell us the answer to the following question:
  • Q. How many episodes are there in the series?
Send your name and contact details to Inside History, ABCTV Giveaway, PO Box 406 Erskineville NSW 2043 or email by 5pm, April 29, 2012.

Thanks to our amazing supporters - ABC TV, Madman Entertainment and CONTI Bros Films - for making our Issue 9 giveaways possible!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

New WDYTYA? Series 4 starts March 27!

Comedian and TV host Shaun Micallef has a confession. Soon after he was approached by SBS to be part of series four of Who Do You Think You Are?, he broke one of the golden rules for program participants: don’t go searching the internet for family details.

He only did a little bit of digging and although the bizarre family story he unearthed is not included in his episode, it appealed to his sense of humour, with the distance of many years after the fact of course…

Why did he decide to participate in the hit show? Micallef says, “The approach from SBS made me think about it. I’m 49 and I’ve never really stopped to turn around and look back. I’d never really sat down and talked to Mum and Dad about our family history or their lives. It was all a bit of a mystery.”

Read the full interview with Shaun Micallef as he discusses family secrets, and why he was thrilled to be part of the upcoming new series in the current issue (Issue 9; Mar-Apr 2012) of Inside History. You can grab your copy at newsagents around Australia, order online or download our iPad version.

Want to know more about the new Australian series of Who Do You Think You Are? Series four premieres at 7:30pm, Tuesday March 27, on SBS ONE with Shaun Micallef’s family story. The series will include six episodes all up and will include (in televised order):

  • Episode 2 :: journalist Kerry O’Brien, 
  • Episode 3 :: actress Melissa George, 
  • Episode 4 :: actors Vince Colosimo,
  • Episode 5 :: John Wood, and 
  • Episode 6 :: sportstar Michael O’Loughlin.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Issue 9; Mar-Apr 2012 now available on iPad!

Our ANZAC edition, Issue 9; Mar-Apr 2012, is now on the iPad app store. Just like print, it's packed with photos, tips and tools for all historians.

Did you miss Issue 8 or Issue 7? Both these back issues are available for iPad as well! All you need to do is download our free app and then you can buy individual copies at A$8.49! That's a 20% saving on the print copy price! Plus you get to save on bookshelf space and you always have your Inside History with you, as part of the library in your handbag!

And now you can also get 6 or 12 month subscriptions and you won't miss another edition. You'll be prompted each time we release a new issue and it will be downloaded to your iPad, for 36% less than the same subscriptions on our print magazine. Find out more on the iPad app store!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Issue 9; Mar-Apr is now available online

Inside History is for people passionate about Australian and New Zealand genealogy, history and heritage. In our Issue 9; Mar-Apr 2012:
  • Read the latest on the new Australian series of Who Do You Think You Are?
  • Your memories of World War II
  • The mother who saw seven soldiers go to war
  • Why your Anzac may be missing from the records
  • What life was like for an Aussie governess
  • We reunite a family with a photo from 1883
  • Off the tourist track: secret history in Victoria’s goldfields
  • Last chance to tell us your favourite history book!

And much more – in fact, 76 pages of terrific features, practical information on family tree research, chances to network with other genealogists, competitions and product reviews.

Issue 9 is available in newsagents nationally from Monday, 12th March. You can also request us at your local newsagent, and we'll make sure that our next Issue 10; May-Jun 2012 is sent there for you!

Authors to look out for in Issue 9:

  • :: Brad Argent @Brad_Argent
  • Historian :: Kate Bagnall @baibi
  • Author :: Hazel Edwards @muirmoir
  • Journalist :: Miranda Farrell
  • Journalist :: Paula Grunseit @PaulaGrunseit
  • Australian genealogist :: Barbara Hall @Irish Wattle
  • Australian genealogist :: Shauna Hicks @HicksShauna
  • Journalist :: Rebecca Jones
  • Military historian :: Michael Martin @RegimentalBooks
  • Historian :: Kate Matthew
  • Genealogist :: Joan Matthews 
  • Military historian :: Neil Smith
  • Museum curator :: Tracy Sullivan @austhistomuseum
  • Journalist :: Emma Sutcliffe @littleriveremma
  • Historian Bill Young

Have a sneak peak inside our new magazine; Issue 9; Mar-Apr 2012.