Culture & Literature

Traces Edition 6, 2019

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 sixth edition of traces!

Welcome to edition 6 of Traces, which is once again packed full of Australia’s fascinating history! I received a lot of fantastic articles and ideas from readers this edition, several of which are featured within. On page 17, Melissa Fagan writes about her connection to Brisbane’s iconic McWhirters department store, and Sandy Guy concludes her investigation into the Young Irelanders in Tasmania on page 34. Our Special Feature this edition (page 25) focuses on Bendigo in Victoria – its heritage sites, history and national significance – plus a researcher’s guide to the city. Our Genealogy section features our new Traces writers, Simeon Barut and Kate Hutcheson, who talk you through using maps for genealogy, and finding German ancestors. You’ll find all of your favourites in this edition, too – What’s New Online, Then and…

1 min.
letters to the editor

Dear Editor, The article on nurses and nursing in Australia in Volume 5 reminded me so much of a photo of my wife’s great-grandmother that I felt compelled to share that photo with readers, along with a little information. Helen’s great-grandmother, Florence Ethel Rose, was born in Wagga Wagga on 30 September 1869, a daughter of pioneers. She nursed at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, where she had trained for four to five years and was the head nurse for some time. Royal Prince Alfred Hospital was designed and built in accordance with the then newly developed Nightingale style of hospital design and opened in 1882. The nurses were trained by and worked under the guidance of Miss Lucy Osburn and her team, the first group of nurses to be sent abroad by…

1 min.
heritage news

New National Archives research centre in Perth The National Archives of Australia is moving to Perth’s William Square in Northbridge, with a new office and research centre that opened in March 2019. The new office will incorporate a research centre, seminar facilities, an exhibition space and administration offices. The Archives’s 72,000 boxes of records will be located 15 minutes away at a state-of-the-art specialised facility in Belmont. Royal exhibit opens in Bendigo The ‘Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits’ exhibit at the Bendigo Art Gallery traces the history of the British monarchy through the outstanding collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London. Over 200 portraits and personal artefacts relating to the royal family highlight major events in British (and world) history from the 16th century to the present. Highlights include a dress worn…

4 min.
what’s new online?

My Heritage Denmark: • Denmark Census, 1940: more than 3.9 million records, completing the collection of all 20 Denmark Census record collections from 1787–1940 United States: • Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883–1945: more than two million records containing passenger manifests of ships arriving at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1883–1945.• Port of New York, Index to Discharged or Deserted Crew, 1917–1957: more than 1.2 million records containing alien crew members who deserted or were discharged from their vessel in New York City. There are over 100,000 typewritten cards with images, along with information like names of crew members, their ship, gender and age of discharge or desertion Visit www.myheritage.com Family Search United States: • California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800–1994: more than 48,000 added indexed records• California, County Naturalizations, 1831–1985: 66 new indexed records• Georgia, Confederate Pension Rolls, 1879–1920:…

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flinders street station, melbourne

THEN The first station to occupy the corner of Flinders and Swanston streets in Melbourne was the 1854 Melbourne Terminus, a group of weatherboard train sheds. Melbourne Terminus was the first city railway station in Australia, and the first train journey out of the station was to Sandridge (now Port Melbourne). A single 30-metre platform did the job for 20-odd years, after which a second platform was added, along with passenger access bridges. A telegraph station was built in 1879. The grand station building that still stands today was the result of a government-run competition for the design of a new station building that would replace the old ad hoc collection of buildings. Seventeen entries were received in 1899 and the £500 first prize was awarded to James Fawcett and H P…

4 min.
cycling through time

Rupert, congratulations on your new book Power of the Pedal: the Story of Australian Cycling. What can you tell us about the first bicycles to be used in Australia? It was in the 1870s that the bicycle, then known as a ‘velocipede’ or ‘penny-farthing’ became a common sight, but the first mention of a bicycle in Australia dates back to the 1820s in a Hobart Town Gazette shipping column listing merchandise that arrived on the ship Tiger from London. However, the bicycle’s first boom in Australia came in the 1880s with the ‘safety bike’ from which today’s bicycle originates. These bicycles were faster and cheaper, and were used as a form of transport, recreation and competition. The popularity of the bicycle soared in cities, where they had a big impact on…