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Edition 14, 2021
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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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Executive Media Pty Ltd
4 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
welcome to the 14th edition of traces!

Hello, fellow history lovers! I hope you are all ready for some truly insightful new articles, because the 14th edition of Traces has so much to offer. On page 8, Philippa Moore shares the story of a scandalous Hobart Town love triangle that proved that one of the colony’s most successful women was never allowed to forget her covict past. On page 13, you will find Dr Peter Hobbins’s latest offering, a fascinating account of a 19th-century typhoid epidemic that left rich historical information in its wake. In our Genealogy section, on page 39, Brad Argent from Ancestry explores military records and gives helpful advice on uncovering records from international forces. In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March, we take a look at some of history’s inspiring female leaders. Renowned…

1 min.
letters to the editor

Edition 13 really blew me away, especially reading about the Great Fire of Melbourne. I have ancestors that would have experienced it firsthand, and this article compelled me to look into their history further to discover whether and how they were affected. Heather Smyth Thank you for giving us such a broad range of topics in your magazines – there are so many areas of our rich history for us to reflect on and imagine how life was in those days. There’s something to interest everyone! Annette Hearn I really enjoyed the inclusion of the Women in History section in the last edition of Traces. As an architect, it was really interesting to read about Marion Mahony Griffin and her work in the field. George Baker Please, please, please don’t ever stop feeding us the wonderful…

3 min.
heritage news

New silo art in Paringa immortalises locals and landscapes A new large-scale artwork is brightening up the Murray River landscape in the regional South Australian town of Paringa. The latest addition to the silo art trail, the artwork features four historically significant locals – Pearl Wallace, Australia’s first female riverboat captain; David Jones, better known as Possum due to his habit of sleeping in trees and raiding beehives for honey; local bush legend George Disher, who was famed for ‘backwards writing’; and Sister Elaine Balfour-Ogilvy, a World War II nurse who was executed by Japanese soldiers at Banka. These famous faces are complemented by motifs of iconic landmarks and scenes of nature. Remarkable find underneath ancient Aztec temple In late January, the Mexico National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) announced the discovery…

1 min.
what’s that thingamajig?

Answer: a symphonion, circa 1889 Pictured is a symphonion, also known as a polyphon or a great German music box. This clockwork mechanical music box, circa 1889, played 641-millimetre-diameter perforated metal discs and was made in Germany. Mechanical music boxes such as this were very popular in Europe and North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This symphonion was once found in the music department of Cole’s Book Arcade on Melbourne’s Little Collins Street, and would play when a penny was dropped into the slot. The metal disk inside had small projections on its surface, which would pluck metal prongs as it turned, sounding different musical notes. The symphonion was acquired after the closure of Cole’s Book Arcade in 1929, and is still in operational condition. If you have an…

2 min.
macquarie arms hotel, windsor

THEN Built in 1815, the Macquarie Arms Hotel, in Windsor, New South Wales, owes its existence to Governor Lachlan Macquarie. In 1811, he gave Richard Fitzgerald, an exconvict, a large allotment in Thompson Square on the condition that Fitzgerald would build an inn that was at least two storeys high. This was to save the government the cost of building such a large structure. On 15 July 1815, the Sydney Gazette announced the erection of the inn, which was opened two weeks later by Governor Macquarie. In the late 1830s, the hotel was occupied by the 73rd Regiment redcoat soldiers who were stationed at Windsor, and it became known as the ‘Mess Hotel’. While the soldiers occupied the upper floor, there were convicts chained up in the cellar below, despite having spent…

8 min.
something of a scandad: a hobart towan love triangle

Maria Riseley came to Hobart Town in 1805 under interesting circumstances. She had arrived in Sydney the year before on the ship The Experiment after being sentenced to seven years’ transportation for stealing almost a year’s salary’s worth of goods from her employer’s house. After working briefly as an assigned domestic servant, Maria ended up pregnant and back in the Parramatta Gaol, destined to lose her baby to an orphanage and resign herself to a life of hard labour and limited, if any, freedom. Her fortunes, however, soon changed, and in unexpected ways. Shortly after Maria gave birth to her daughter, Caroline, Edward Lord, an officer in the marines and rising star in the government of Van Diemen’s Land, turned up at the gaol in search of a ‘companion’. He selected…