Kultur & Literatur

Traces Edition 7, 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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welcome to the seventh edition of traces!

Welcome to Edition 7 of Traces. I have been very happy to see that some of Australia’s most significant Indigenous heritage sites are currently gaining well-deserved recognition. Both Victoria’s ancient Budj Bim eel traps, and Western Australia’s Murujuga rock art are being considered for World Heritage listing. Aboriginal heritage sites are poorly represented among those listed in Australia. Out of our 19 World Heritage locations, Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta are the only two that recognise ‘living’ Aboriginal culture – so the nomination of two new important heritage sites is wonderful news. Read more about Budj Bim and Murujuga on pages 5 and 16. On page 6, you’ll also find out about a brand new school resource kit that is introducing kids to the history of Australia’s stolen generations, and helping them to…

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letters to the editor

My favourite story in Traces edition 6 was ‘Alice Anderson’, by Loretta Smith. I enjoyed it because it shows how strong women can be when they follow their ambitions, have a passion for the things they do best and always try new things. Alice Anderson is a wonderful example of this. She proved that women can be as capable as men. Alice is an inspiring woman who truly deserved the promotion, ‘a woman of rare achievement’. She is a wonderful role model and I wish more women could be like her: strong and courageous. Julia Tocher Julia’s letter has won her a copy of In a Great Southern Land, by Mary-Anne O’Connor. My favourite article from edition 6 was ‘Cantonese Connections’. As a young widow, my great-grandmother married a half-Chinese man born in…

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heritage news

Budj Bim Indigenous eel trap site on verge of World Heritage listing A sophisticated 6600-year-old aquaculture system developed by the Gunditjmara people in Victoria is being considered for listing as a UNESCO World Heritage site. If successful, the site will be the first in Australia listed exclusively for its Aboriginal cultural value. The Gunditjmara people constructed an advanced system of rock channels and weirs to control water flows from Lake Condah, which allowed them to trap and farm migrating eels. It is one of the oldest aquaculture systems in the world. The 200 recorded stone house sites in the area prove that people were living a sedentary life, challenging the idea that all Aboriginal people were hunter-gatherers. A master plan for sustainable tourism, which includes boardwalks and viewing platforms, has also been…

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school kids discover stolen generations history

Developed by the Healing Foundation in consultation with stolen generations members, teachers, parents and curriculum writers, these new educational resources aim to promote greater understanding about an often overlooked part of Australia’s history in a safe and ageappropriate way. The Healing Foundation’s Chair, Professor Steve Larkin, says that sharing the truth of Australian history is an important part of healing for the thousands of children who were forcibly removed from their families between 1910 and the 1970s. ‘Despite the traumatic impact that the stolen generations policies continue to have on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, very little about this chapter of our history has been taught in schools – particularly from an Indigenous perspective,’ says Larkin. The kit includes professional learning tools for teachers, along with suggested lesson plans that…

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what’s new online?

MyHeritage Norway • Norway Census: more than 6.8 million census records from 1891, 1900 and 1910 Visit www.myheritage.com FamilySearch Australia • South Australian Immigrant Ship Papers, 1849–1940: more than 49,000 indexed records added to an existing collection United Kingdom • Northumberland Parish Registers, 1530–1950: more than 6000 indexed records added to an existing collection• England and Wales National Register, 1939: more than 42 million indexed records added to a new collection United States • Colorado Statewide Divorce Index, 1900–1939: more than 2000 indexed records added to an existing collection• Connecticut, World War I Military Census of Nurses, 1917: more than 100 indexed records added to an existing collection• Florida, World War I Navy Card Roster, 1917–1920: more than 100 indexed records added to an existing collection• Georgia Deaths, 1928–1942: more than 1000 indexed records added to an existing collection• Georgia,…

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brown’s mart, darwin

THEN The original Brown’s Mart building, on the corner of Smith Street and Harry Chan Avenue, was designed by architect and government secretary JG Knight, who also designed the Town Hall and Courthouse. Built in 1885 using Chinese labour, the building was first opened as Solomon’s Emporium (for Vaiben Louis Solomon, who later became premier and treasurer of South Australia). It was said to be the finest stone store in Darwin (then known as Palmerston) at that time. The structure is 80 feet by 30 feet by 17 feet (24 metres by 9 metres by 5 metres), with a corrugated-iron roof, and is built of porcellanite stone, a hard, dense rock that looks similar to unglazed porcelain. Solomon operated his emporium here for two years, and then from 1887 to 1910, the building…