Culture & Literature

Traces Edition 5

Traces magazine delves deep into Australia’s history, from ancient Indigenous heritage to colonial times,convicts, local history, antiques and artefacts, family genealogy and more!

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in this issue

1 min.
welcome to the fifth edition of traces!

The end of 2018 marks the first anniversary of Traces’s first release. Fast-forwad 12 months and I still love sharing a little more about Australia’s past with each edition. In Traces Volume 5, our cover story by Richard James shines a light on Australia’s little-known war with France (page 50). We also investigate the incarceration of Victoria’s ‘lunatics’ and the ‘criminally insane’, with fascinating insights by Jill Giese and Jacqui Sanders (page 22 and 38). On page 10, historian and author Dr Doug Morrissey butts heads with the Kelly Network in two special opinion pieces on the mythos of Ned Kelly. Was he simply a thug and criminal, or were his motives more altruistic? Have a read and make up your own mind. On page 26, you’ll find my firsthand account of Norfolk…

2 min.
letters to the editor

Dear Editor, Thank you for your magazine; I’m enjoying all the Australian content. The story ‘Finding your Anzac’ had a lot of great tips; however, one of the best sources is missing. The AIF Project by University of Canberra gives basic information on each soldier [aif.adfa.edu.au]. You can search under name, regimental number and address (address is really helpful for researching your area). The information is easily printable and is being updated all the time. The Proserpine Historical Museum researched our World War I men with the assistance of some Year 9 students. They found the AIF Project and thus we found men we didn’t have, but should have. Lyn Burke Dear Editor, Love your magazines. My husband gives me a subscription for Christmas every year. I was interested to read about recording family history…

2 min.
heritage news

Bennelong’s burial site to be preserved The burial site of Woollarawarre Bennelong will be preserved after the New South Wales Government announced in November that it has purchased the Sydney property on which it sits: 25 Watson Street, Putney. Bennelong was a mediator between Indigenous people and the first European settlers. New South Wales Housing Minister Anthony Roberts says that Bennelong was one of Australia’s greatest leaders and early ambassadors. Bennelong volunteered for a journey to England with his nephew, and had many high-profile friends during his life, including James Squire, the brewer. When Bennelong died in 1813, Squire buried his friend in an area within his orchard. A committee that includes members from the local Aboriginal community is now discussing the site’s future. Archaeologists discover Cook’s Endeavour Australian and US marine archaeologists believe…

3 min.
what’s new online?

MyHeritage England and Wales • Index of Wills and Probates, 1853–1943: more than 10 million records indexing wills, grants of probates, and letters of administration Canada • Canadian Census, 1921: more than 8 million records describing name, relationship to head of household, marital status, age at last birthday, birthplace, nationality, immigration year, naturalization year, and religion Denmark • Denmark Census, 1787: more than 800,00 records, encompassing the Kingdom of Denmark but not the Duchies of Schleswig and Holstein• Denmark Census, 1801: more than 900,000 records. Visit www.myheritage.com FamilySearch Germany • Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500–1971: more than 79 million new indexed records Ireland • Ireland Census, 1901: almost 900,000 indexed records added to an existing collection Portugal • Aveiro, Civil Registration, 1911–1915: more than 7000 new indexed records South Africa • Transvaal, Civil Marriages, 1870–1930: 75 indexed records added to an existing collection United States • Michigan…

2 min.
mercycare wembley

Then The Sister Martin Kelly Centre, at MercyCare’s Wembley campus in Perth, was built in 1892 for the Sisters of Mercy as a schoolhouse for the Subiaco Boys’ Orphanage. The limestone building, designed by Andrea Stombuco, is surrounded by old olive trees and was officially opened by the Bishop of Perth in January 1893. Between 1901 and 1971, the St Joseph’s Girls’ Orphanage occupied the building. The building was renamed in 1989 in honour of Sister Martin Kelly (1930–1987), who worked tirelessly for disadvantaged children for 30 years. Now After spending several decades in disrepair, the heritage-listed schoolhouse was restored late last year. It is now MercyCare Wembley, a residential aged-care facility and an early learning centre. Significant reconstruction and preservation was required during the building works, including restoring the timber floor, roof cladding, joinery…

4 min.
ned kelly, villain

It seems there is no escaping Ned Kelly and his sordid tale of bushranging and murder. The Victorian Government recently pledged one million dollars of taxpayers’ money to restore, and develop as a tourist hub, Kelly’s birthplace at Beveridge. A vacant block of land at Glenrowan, the site of Ann Jones’ pub where Kelly made his last stand against the police, entered the news recently when it went up for sale. The Beveridge home, a site on the Ned Kelly tourist trail, marks the innocent beginning of a notorious life, while the Glenrowan landmark is a tourist destination that celebrates the scene of planned mass murder. Former prime minister Gough Whitlam’s childhood home was recently demolished without government funding or any official effort made to preserve it. The irony is obvious; Kelly,…