Kultur & Literatur

Traces Edition 8, 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 eighth edition of traces!

Welcome to edition 8 of Traces. This year, we have seen surging interest in DNA testing for genealogy. According to research undertaken in February by MIT Technology Review, more than 26 million people have taken an at-home DNA test. I am one of those millions! In July, my DNA test data linked me with a United Kingdom–based second cousin who nobody knew existed, and we have shared many emails through which we are both learning about our family. Thanks to my newly discovered relative, I finally learnt the names of my great-grandparents! So, this edition, we take a look at DNA testing for genealogy (page 33), including how to get the most out of your test, and what the future holds for this technology. Also in the Genealogy section, on page 26, we…

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letters to the editor

Another fantastic edition of Traces [edition 7]! I was most excited to find the article on gold rush photographers, the Batchelders, by John Toohey. I have a set of four cartes de visite at home, which I found in my grandmothers’ belongings after she died. Nobody knows who the people are in these portraits, but they are very similar in style to some of the photographs included in the article. Reading the article has inspired me to return to my research into these wonderful photographs! Rhonda M Dear editor, I wanted to write in and thank you for your article on discovering Torres Strait Islander genealogies [page 40]. My husband has Torres Strait Islander heritage, and while I have made great progress researching my own ancestors, his family tree has been a…

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heritage news

New exhibit questions William Bligh’s character The Australian National Maritime Museum has opened a groundbreaking new exhibition offering a radical new take on one of Australian history’s most divisive characters, William Bligh. ‘Bligh – Hero or Villain?’ tells two very different sides of the same story – Bligh as hero, and Bligh as villain – asking the visitor to decide by casting their vote at the end of the exhibition. Bligh’s life was extraordinary – he caused controversy on land and sea as an officer of the Royal Navy, a survivor of a mutiny at sea, and a Governor of New South Wales who was overthrown in a military coup. ‘It’s particularly unusual for a major museum to portray history in such a manner: to question it and present two quite different narratives…

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songs of home

Australia has always been filled with music. For millennia, First Nations people have lived in communities shaped by the sharing of song and dance. In 1788, new music began to fill the air in the country of the Eora, Darug and Dharawal, and of the clans north of Sydney. Within a few decades, a stroll through Sydney Town was accompanied by a soundtrack of Aboriginal song, regimental bands, tavern music spilling out of every public house, bagpipes, rehearsals for the latest amateur concerts, the piano practice of young girls, psalms from churches, and mechanical hits stored on barrel organs. Discovering Sydney’s musical past In a story never before told, the ‘Songs of Home’ exhibition reveals a vibrant musical culture within New South Wales during early settlement. The exhibition explores the first interactions…

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what’s new online?

MyHeritage Australia • Electoral Rolls, 1893–1949: more than 16 million new indexed records Canada • Quebec, Marriage Returns, 1926–1997: more than seven million new indexed records United States • Baltimore, Maryland Passenger Lists, 1891–1943: more than one million new indexed records• Honolulu, Hawaii Passenger Lists, 1900–1953: more than one million new indexed records Visit www.myheritage.com FamilySearch Australia • Cemetery Inscriptions, 1802–2005: more than 1900 indexed records added to an existing collection• South Australia, Immigrants Ship Papers, 1849–1940: more than 21,000 indexed records added to an existing collection Canada • Nova Scotia, Births, 1864–1877: more than 35,000 indexed records added to an existing collection• Nova Scotia, Marriages, 1864–1918: more than 120,000 indexed records added to an existing collection England • Herefordshire Bishop’s Transcripts, 1583–1898: more than 202,000 indexed records added to an existing collection United States • Alabama, Deaths, 1908–1974: more than 19,000 indexed records added to…

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old parliament house, adelaide

THEN Dwarfed by its next-door neighbour, the new Parliament House, Adelaide’s Old Parliament House can be found on the corner of North Terrace and Station Road in the Adelaide CBD. While less stately than its replacement, Old Parliament House is nevertheless a historically and architecturally significant part of Adelaide, being one of the city’s few remaining government buildings built before 1860. A Council Chamber was built on the site in 1843 using a small budget of L200. A very simple brick building, the Chamber consisted of a single room measuring 10 metres by 6.1 metres, which accommodated 50 spectators, as well as reporters. The Council Chamber didn’t measure up to more stately civic buildings nearby, like Government House, so the council held a design competition for a larger, more impressive facility. The winner…