Kultur & Literatur


Edition 11, 2020

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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welcome to the 11th edition of traces!

We bring you Traces edition 11 at a time of intense global stress. The year 2020 has brought the worst public health crisis since Spanish influenza, almost exactly 100 years ago. Drawing comparisons between the 1919 pandemic and COVID-19 is hard to resist for the history lover. When Spanish flu hit, the medical world wasn’t sure what it was dealing with; scientists had not yet discovered flu viruses. The Australian Government knew enough to cancel events, and introduce travel bans, social distancing measures, the mandatory use of face masks and quarantine laws similar to those we are working with today. Australia’s efforts resulted in a relatively low number of deaths: somewhere between 12,000 and 15,000 for a population of five million. As this edition reaches your letterbox, you might still be waiting…

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letters to the editor

Thank you for another wonderful edition of Traces! My favourite was the ‘Victoria’s ghost towns’ article, as I’m a big believer in ghosts myself. Although it’s not actually about ghosts, it was still an interesting read considering I knew a lot about those towns growing up. The only place I haven’t visited is Mafeking, but going by the author’s description, I’m eager to experience the Grampians regions for more reasons than one, now! My friends grew up in some of these places as well, so I can’t wait to share this article with them – it will be such a blast from the past! Margaret Morris I just want to commend Michael Adams on his article ‘Titanic’s forgotten Australian hero’ in the previous edition of Traces – so well written! I often think…

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heritage news

Australian Museum turns ‘Inside Out’ to share virtual content Through the new portal ‘Australian Museum Inside Out’, the Australian Museum (AM) has opened its ‘virtual doors’ to ensure science and culture remain accessible by curating virtual tours, online exhibitions, school resources, podcasts from scientists and other experts, and even more for curious visitors. ‘We’re thrilled to be able to share our content, developed against a backdrop of 193 years of collecting, in a new virtual way through “Australian Museum Inside Out”, hosted on our popular website,’ says Kim McKay, Director and CEO of the AM – the nation’s first museum. ‘While people are learning from home or working remotely, ‘Australian Museum Inside Out’ provides a free window into the behind-the-scenes experiences that only the AM can offer,’ she says. ‘Our digital team has turned…

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what’s that thingamajig?

Answer: ‘Compressed air’ manual washing machine Created around 1879, the ‘compressed air’ manual washing machine was a fine piece of domestic technology, and it was made in Melbourne! Dirty clothes were placed in the unit with hot water, soap and washing soda, and the washing machine was sealed. From here, the tub would be rocked back and forth manually for about five minutes before everything was properly clean. This object was an absolute gift for families across the country, as washing clothes was often a pretty tedious task. The introduction of this machine – by Echberg, Wolter & Co. – was a huge improvement on the hard work involved in scrubbing dirty clothes against a washboard. Washing machines continued to evolve into what we know today, but at the time, filling and emptying…

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worth a thousand words

The well-known adage ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ is the premise of an exciting new online exhibition that places the public at the centre of the curatorial journey. ‘A Thousand Words’ marks the first collaboration between two of Australia’s leading cultural institutions – New South Wales State Archives and Sydney Living Museums – and features a selection of 100 of the most compelling photographic images from the collections. On display is a diverse range of people, places and events in New South Wales, spanning 100 years from the 1880s to 1980. Unlike a conventional curated exhibition, ‘A Thousand Words’ invites the public to interpret the images through the lens of their own knowledge, experience and imagination via social media and through the online exhibition. It’s an approach that borrows…

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the cathedral of st stephen, brisane

THEN The iconic St Stephen’s Cathedral has a fascinating history dating all the way back to the mid 1800s. Located on Elizabeth Street in Brisbane’s CBD, construction on St Stephen’s Chapel began in November 1848, three years after the land was granted for a ‘Roman Catholic Church, school and parsonage’. The church was built from a design by AWN Pugin (1812–52), an English architect who is widely regarded as the ‘master’ of the Gothic Revival style. Two years later, on 12 May 1850, Father James Hanly held the chapel’s first mass. In 1859, Brisbane became a diocese under the pastoral care of Bishop James Quinn, and, in turn, the humble church became a cathedral. With this came a vision for a grander, more ornate structure, so on 26 December 1863, on the…