Kultur & Literatur

Traces Edition 9, 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 ninth edition of traces!

Welcome to edition 9 of Traces, the final edition of the year. This summer will be extra special for my family and I, as we have just added a new twig to the family tree! While I have been on maternity leave getting to know my new daughter, the wonderful Traces team has crafted this edition for you, and it’s jam-packed with interesting history to take you through the Christmas and new year period. This year, Canberra sadly lost two culturally significant Aboriginal scar trees that were felled by mistake, while in Victoria several 800-year-old sacred Djab Wurrung birthing trees are under threat due to construction of the Western Highway. While many ancient historical sites have been destroyed recently, here at Traces, we were excited to be celebrating the long-overdue ban on…

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letters to the editor

Further to a reader’s comments in ‘Letters to the editor’ in Edition 8 regarding the Edition 7 article about the Batchelder brothers, readers of your excellent magazine might enjoy reading An American on the Goldfields: The Bendigo Photographs of Benjamin Pierce Batchelder by Mike Butcher. This remarkable book has an abundance of high-quality sepia images of Bendigo’s early days, captured by a Batchelder employee, together with a fascinating account of the history of the Batchelder brothers. Ross O I have been a huge fan of Traces magazine since its first edition, and I just wanted to thank you for putting together such a wonderful and informative publication. As well as the great stories, as a professional historian I especially love the ‘What’s new online?’ section to help keep me up to date! Marianne…

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heritage news

Heritage listing for Melbourne’s Federation Square Federation Square in Melbourne’s CBD, one of the city’s most popular public open spaces, has been added to Victoria’s heritage register for its cultural significance to the state as an iconic memorial to federation. The listing comes just two years after the state government announced that parts of the square would be demolished to make way for an Apple store. Public criticism quashed the proposal and lead to this year’s recognition. Climbing Uluru banned In October this year, the ban on climbing Uluru officially came into force. The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board, which comprises eight traditional owners and three national parks representatives, made the decision to ban climbers in 2017, due to the cultural and spiritual significance of the site. Environmental and safety concerns…

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what’s new online?

MyHeritage Australia • World War II Nominal Roll, 1939–1945: more than 2,000,000 indexed records added to a new collection France • Nord Civil Marriages, 1792–1937: more than 5,000,000 indexed records added to a new collection Netherlands • Civil Deaths, 1811–1965: more than 11,000,000 new indexed records added to an existing collection • Civil Marriages, 1811–1940: more than 8,000,000 new indexed records added to an existing collection • Church Baptisms, 1580–1811: more than 5,000,000 new indexed records added to an existing collection • Civil Births, 1811–1915: more than 5,000,000 new indexed records added to an existing collection • Church Burials, 1601–1811: more than 3,000,000 new indexed records added to an existing collection • Church Marriages, 1580–1811: more than 600,000 new indexed records added to an existing collection • Nord Civil Marriages, 1792–1937: more than 1,000,000 pages from newspaper titles added to a new…

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hobart’s tasmanian club

1846 Built in 1846 and designed by architect James Alexander Thomson, 132 Macquarie Street was first occupied by the Derwent Savings Bank, which was established by a group of Hobart citizens and officials. Under the direction of former Indian Army Captain Charles Swanston, who was responsible for implementing the overdraft system into Australian Banking, the bank prospered and attracted overseas money in large sums. The bank suffered during the depression of the early 1840s, which precipitated the first wave of bank failures in Australia. Six banks failed during this time, including the Derwent Savings Bank, which had begun offering mortgage finance to borrowers, and was only able to continue operation until 1849 by borrowing from other banks. When these other banks refused to continue lending, the Derwent Savings Bank was liquidated, and…

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recapturing port arthur

Port Arthur, Tasmania, is one of the best-known reminders of Australia’s convict past, conjuring dark images of incarceration and punishment from the founding years of our nation. Between 1830 and 1877, Port Arthur operated primarily as a destination for male convicts who reoffended in the colony – men regarded as the worst of their kind, requiring extra punishment, close surveillance and unceasing labour. It was a place where the lash, leg-irons and solitary confinement were used to correct their crooked paths. Using both archival and archaeological analysis for the Landscapes of Production and Punishment project, a more complex picture of the Port Arthur convicts is emerging, as we’re now understanding more about them as workers, not just prisoners. By matching historic maps and records with fresh archaeological analysis, we’re mapping the places…