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 12th edition of Traces!
Letters to the editor • What you thought of Traces edition 11
What’s that thingamajig? • Answer: Toy magic lantern, circa 1890s
ATHENAEUM THEATRE, MELBOURNE • Built in 1938 as Melbourne’s first mechanics’ institute, the Athenaeum is now a central part of the city’s longlasting love aff air with art and culture.
‘Everyday in everyway, RAISINS ’ • Natasha Cantwell explores why Victorian Railways were obsessed with dried fruit.
Smallpox and its devastating impact • The smallpox disease had a massive impact on the world, and, more specifically, on Indigenous communities in Australia.
The effect on Aboriginal communities
Samuel Marsden and the problem of anachronism • ‘Historians see the past through a glass, darkly; [anachronism] turns that glass into a mirror’ – J. C. D. Clark.1
A day in the life of a Vernon boy • In April 1880, schooling became compulsory in New South Wales for children aged six to 14. Out on Sydney Harbour, beside Cockatoo Island, the Nautical School Ship Vernon was not impacted by this change in the slightest.
TRENCHES, TREES AND TRIBUTES War heritage in a suburban park • To the children playing nearby, a small relic in their local park probably seems quaint, if they notice it at all. Yet it links Allison Playground in Sydney’s Dulwich Hill with communities across Australia, England, Germany and the Netherlands. All suffered from the horrifically costly bombing campaigns of World War II.
Aerial images and local heritage
The one-armed bandit of the Crutchy Push • Author Roy Maloy explores what was perhaps the most unique gang in Australian history.
The story of Paul Brickhill Bestselling author and prisoner of war hero Part 2 • The story of this bestselling author and prisoner of war continues as we dive into Brickhill's postwar life.
A fatal clash • The Sydney–Kormoran battle: a tale of missing warships, catastrophic loss and open fire on the seas.
THE WOMEN OF CASCADES FEMALE FACTORY • Far from home, their lives were marked by pain, punishment and perseverance.
Resilient in the face of struggle
MY DNA JOURNEY • I am the last person to claim any great knowledge regarding DNA tests. What I have learnt, however, is what a roller-coaster ride it can take you on.
Telling their story • How to bring your ancestors back to life through the power of the written word.
What’s new online? • The latest updates and additions to historical collections available online.
Unravelling the mysteries of CAPTAIN STARLIGHT • When Jane Smith found gaps and mysteries in the biography of Captain Starlight*, she was compelled to discover all the secrets of this notorious bushranger. Here, she shares her research and the extraordinary tale she uncovered.
A taste for the ornate • Traces of long-lost decorative features at Elizabeth Farm provide insights into changing fashions in 19th-century architecture and design.