Traces Magazine – Issue 22 (April 2023)

If you have a love of Australian history and genealogy, this is just what you need. As with all every issue of Traces, this one is packed with high quality Australian history and genealogy-related articles.

Issue 22 recently hit the newsagent shelves, (or your letterbox if you’re a subscriber), so what great articles are in this issue?

Traces magazine Issue 22

In this edition Traces welcomes back some regular writers, and several new contributors.

Karoline Cernoch explores the stunning Waverley Cemetery, and the social and cultural factors that led to its development.

Dr David Waldron shares the grizzly story of Fitzroy’s Hand of Glory, and the folklore maintained by Melbourne’s 19th-century immigrants.

The genealogy section features a fascinating article by Lucy Frost about convict orphans, transported from Australia with their convict mothers, and how to find them in your family tree.

While the cover story, written by Peter Baker, charts the rise and tragic fall of violinist and entertainer Percy Cowan, his wartime service and his enduring friendship with poet Henry Lawson.

There’s another “Vintage Vernacular” article, and a profile of the grand historical estate Edina, with its Scottish connections. But there’s plenty more to discover in this edition’s pages, so if you love Australian history and/or genealogy, do yourself a favour, and grab a copy of Traces.

Available in both printed and digital form, you can subscribe through iSubscribe or Traces magazine directly. You can buy the current issue from some newsagents, and back issues of the magazine from Traces magazine themselves.

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Love Australian History? Get “Traces”

If you love Australian history and/or genealogy, let me introduce you to “Traces“. Traces is a brand spanking new Australian genealogy and history magazine.

Traces magazine, Issue 1

It is exciting to have a new magazine available, because we’ve seen far too many disappear over the past few years, which no doubt is a sign of the times. Anyway call me old fashioned, but I’m a physical paper magazine lover, and I still get excited when a new issue arrives in the mail.

As for what it’s about, the magazine states that …

“Traces magazine is for anyone interested in this country’s history, from ancient Indigenous heritage to European settlement, local history, artefacts and family genealogy.

Launched in December 2017, Traces is the only quarterly printed magazine dedicated to providing its readers with insight into the latest historical research, news, events and heritage projects taking place around Australia. The expert voices of historians, researchers, heritage professionals, genealogists and journalists uncover the fascinating characters and stories of our past.”

Anyway Issue 1 (or Volume 1 as they actually call it) of Traces magazine is an awesome read. As with most of the genie mags I get, I’ve read it from cover to cover. Basically you’ll find 64 pages of interesting, well-written articles.

Some of the topics covered in Issue 1 are …
– Getting started on your family tree
– the wrecking of the ‘Batavia’
– Indigenous convicts
– the Brennan & Geraghty’s Store Museum which really is ‘a store that time forgot’
– discover the history of Silverton, New South Wales
– Caring for your precious textiles
– learn how to date old photos through fashion
– read all about ‘the masher’
– info on the Historic Houses Association of Australia
– discover the wealth of history that is housed in the Prahran Mechanics Institute

Issue 1 hit the newsagents (and letterboxes) in December just before Christmas, and as it is a quarterly magazine, I assume we’ll see Issue 2 arrive sometime in March 2018.

The price of AUD$9.95 per issue is certainly well worth the cost, and of course it is cheaper if you take out a subscription anyway.

For anyone who loved Inside History Magazine, you will love Traces just as much!

For more information, to subscribe, or buy a copy of Traces (if your local newsagent doesn’t stock them) be sure to check out:, and follow them on Facebook to keep up with the latest Australian history-related news.

The End of an Era for Inside History Magazine

It was with excitement and sadness that I received the latest copy of Inside History Magazine this week. I always get excited when it arrives as it’s such a good read, but sadness this time as along with the magazine itself was a letter stating that this would be the last.

Cassie Mercer (founder of the magazine writes) …

“It is with great sadness that I’m writing to let you know that, unless a publisher steps forward to take over Inside History, I’ve decided this issue will be my last. It’s been a difficult decision, on that I’ve only made after careful consideration …  As a sole trader for the past seven years it’s been difficult to break even, and for all the hard work I’ve poured into the magazine, I’ve never taken a salary. Rather, I’ve poured my own money into the business to keep it going and make up for the losses I sustained … “

Inside History Magazine Issue 38 last issue

Issue 38, the last issue of Inside History Magazine

I remember back to the time when the idea of an new Australian genealogy and history magazine was touted, and the enthusiasm and passion that Cassie had for the idea. I remember seeing a list of possible names for the magazine (and for what it’s worth, Inside History was an excellent choice).

I remember when the Inside History Magazine team travelled to Adelaide in 2010 and exhibited at Unlock the Past Expo, and launched Issue 1 of their magazine there, and the buzz it created! it was amazing.

I’ve been a subscriber since the first issue, and over the past 7 years I’ve seen it grow and get better.

The historical articles, the events, the projects, the interviews, the blogger awards, website updates, the latest apps and book – all of that was packed into Inside History Magazine.

Sadly, the reality is that it costs a lot of money to produce a good quality magazine, and when the income isn’t covering costs there’s only so long you can continue. We saw the demise of a few of the UK genealogy magazines a few years ago.

While I’ve said that this latest issue (Issue 38, Autumn 2017) is the last issue, there is still a glimmer of hope, as Cassie said in her letter that she has put the call out to publishers in the hope that someone would keep it going. So we can only keep our fingers crossed and hope that someone does.

I know I’m not the only one who believes that this was Australia’s best genealogy and history magazine. And it will certainly be missed and it leaves a gap in the industry.

And I’d like to send a message to Cassie and her team …

“Your magazine was not only a labour of love, it was a magazine of history lessons in every issue. It was so well written, so well laid out, and produced it was a joy to read. It was a quality magazine all round. Your contribution to the Australian history and genealogy community has been huge, and you should be very proud. And I’d like to wish you and your team all the very best in whatever exciting adventures life takes you on next. And THANKYOU!”

For anyone that wants a copy of the current issue or back issues, I suggest heading to the Inside History Magazine website, and buying them while they last.

So while the magazine may cease, the team at Inside History are looking continue their website and social media channels, so will still be around and keeping you informed of history and genealogy related news.

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