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. 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 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 … “ 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...