This magazine is for people passionate about Australia and New Zealand's genealogy, history and heritage. Whether you want to explore convict history, find your Anzac, identify photographs or trace your family tree, our trusted expert advice will help you discover your past.
TRACES • UNCOVERING AUSTRALIA’S PAST
Welcome to the eighth edition of Traces!
Letters to the editor • What you thought of Traces edition 7
Songs of home • Uncovering the little-known story of music in the early colony of New South Wales.
What’s new online? • The latest updates and additions to historical collections available online.
OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE, ADELAIDE • Adelaide’s Old Parliament House (pictured here in 1880 and 2019), was the site of pioneering democratic reforms in South Australia. This edition, we take a look at the building’s political, architectural and historical significance.
Australia’s Byzantine trophy of war Part 1 • Unearthed in a trench during World War I, the Shellal Mosaic was an unexpected discovery by Anzacs serving in the Middle East. Timothy Carnovale conducts a cultural autopsy on this priceless Byzantinian artefact.
Brisbane’s year of disaster • In 1864, Brisbane was gripped by disease, poverty and overcrowding, compounding several other disasters that struck that year.
SYDNEY’S ‘SUICIDE BRIDES’ • Dr Tanya Bretherton examines a tragic spate of murder-suicides at the turn of the century, and what they tell us about life in Edwardian-era Sydney.
Australia’s first naturalists • Indigenous people gave Europeans their first views of iconic Australian animals, such as the koala, and helped to unravel the mysteries of thousands of native species.
TAPPING THE ADMIRAL • This edition, Jessica Barratt investigates the curious phrase ‘tapping the admiral’ and its gruesome origins.
Turning genealogy into a career • Many people who become passionate about family history as a hobby think of professional genealogy as a dream job. Not everyone is suited to it, but you might be!
So you want to be a genealogist? • If you’ve been researching your roots for a while and wish to offer your skills to others, professional genealogy could be an exciting new vocation for you.
USING DNA IN GENEALOGY • DNA testing can be a great tool for those just beginning their family history journey, or for the more experienced genealogist. Traces spoke with Ancestry.com about the use of DNA testing in genealogy, how to get the most out of it, and what lies ahead for the technology.
Writing family history for children • In her family history writing course, Hazel Edwards always asks her students why they want to write family history. The common answer is ‘for my children’. Here, the celebrated children’s author gives us her expert tips for turning history into great storytelling for children.
A Chinese farmer in European clothes • Jan See Chin’s legend has been passed down in bits and pieces, but the full tale just begged to be told. I decided I had to document the remarkable odyssey of this remarkable man.
MINA MAGERMAN A Khoisan woman far from home • After committing a crime in the Cape Colony (modern-day South Africa), Mina Magerman found herself on a transport ship to the other side of the world. Kristyn Harman and Kay Buttfield reveal Magerman’s story.
What’s that thingamajig? • Answer: A collar press
Point Hicks Lighthouse • Point Hicks Lighthouse was like an island in the bush for early lighthouse keepers and their families.