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.
Welcome to the fourth edition of Traces!
What’s new online? • This year’s newest updates and additions to historical collections available online.
ARTHUR CIRCUS • In this edition, we visit the only street to bear the name ‘circus’ in Australia: Arthur Circus, in Battery Point, Tasmania. Read on to find out about this residential area over the past 170 years.
The Strehlows’ epic journey to Horseshoe Bend • When Lutheran pastor Carl Strehlow fell gravely ill in 1922, his wife, Frieda, and teenage son, Theodor, carried him across Central Australia on an epic journey to find help. Award-winning author Stephen Orr retells the story of this heroic expedition, which went on to become an Australian literary classic.
The real-life Crusoes of Sunday Island • In 1878, a wandering family of settlers made a home for themselves on a remote, uninhabited Pacific island, and survived there for more than 30 years.
The Emu War • In 1932, the Royal Australian Artillery launched an offensive in the rural outskirts of Perth. The enemy? Emus. Freya Horton Andrews delves into this bizarre chapter in Australia’s military history.
WITHIN EARSHOT OF THE WATER • Sydney’s Eora women fished the harbour long before European settlement, their carefully crafted nets as intricate and beautiful as English lace.
Cook and the Pacific
Farina, South Australia • If you travel roughly 600 kilometres north of Adelaide to a dry and sandy spot, just a stone’s throw away from the Oodnadatta Track and on the doorstep of the desert, you might see smoke unfurling from the chimneys of Farina, a town that was abandoned more than 30 years ago. Drawn perhaps as much by the town’s captivating history as by the tranquillity that surrounds the area, teams of restoration volunteers have been making a yearly pilgrimage to the small town since 2009. Their aim is to preserve it from ruin while offering visitors real-life encounters with the past.
John Boyle O’Reilly and the end of convict transportation to Australia
Let the punishment fit the crime: strange and stranger Australian laws • Australia’s criminal past is an intrinsic part of the national psyche. Traces uncovers some bygone and present-day laws and punishments that are truly stranger than fiction.
Lillian Armfield: pioneering policewoman • When Lillian Armfield joined the Women’s Police in 1915, she was one of just two female police officers in the country. Dr Leigh Straw introduces us to this determined and pioneering policewoman.
The unusual demise of Vera May Spark • In 1916, Raymond Dawson shot and killed his girlfriend, Vera May Spark. But was it an accident?
What’s that thingamajig? • Answer: an iron travel bath
Finding a freemason • Freemason records can often provide the genealogist with a wonderful insight into the life and times of long-lost relatives. Rob Hamilton, an authority on all things freemasonic, shares how a few old pieces of memorabilia helped to shine light on a mysterious ancestor.
Women lost in time • When Caroline Hardie and her sister inherited their mother’s genealogical notes, the pair decided to continue to research from where she had left off.
The art of memoir, the most precious family heirloom • Recording elderly relatives’ stories is a bittersweet labour of love. Freya Horton Andrews shares her experience of collecting and preserving her grandfather’s memories.
Digital magic illuminates the past
Finding your ANZAC • November 2018 marks 100 years...