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  • NSW Will Books 1800-1952 have been released on Find My Past (at a cost), although many years of probate packets can be inspected at the NSW State Records Office - see more
  • Family History Month is set for August 2015 - see the website for details of the activities in each state as well as giveaway prize - see more
  • Vic, Index to Probate Registers 1841-1989 is now searchable via FamilySearch - see more
  • Vic, Wills & Probates 1841-1925 are free to view online via PRO Vic - see more


  • more often, indexes released by the large subscription website are available for free, via the State Record Office, for example, NSW Teachers' rolls, 1869-1908. The index is free to search with a nominal fee for photocopy of the information - search the index here
  • the registered wills of NSW are to be digitised, copies of the handwritten wills 1800-1924 and typed copies of wills 1924-1952 will be made available online by FMP - read the full media statement
  • for those of us with ties to Queensland, the long wait is over with a new search and online order facilities introduced for BDMs in QLD - you can read more here
  • NLA Digitised Newspapers continues to lead the way as the most progessive and accessible historic newspaper web-site in the world with now over 8.8million pages available to search, correct, label and tag - see the coverage here
  • FamilySearch continues to add Australian content to its online search facility. The latest is Tasmania Miscellaneous Records 1829-1961 which includes criminal and occupational records - read more here
  • Australasia through a lens - an online exhibition of images from the UK Commonwealth Office, comments are sought - see more on the National Archives website
  • NSW BDM office releases a smart phone App for their Family History Indexes for iPhone/iPad & Android - you can find it in the AppStore or on GooglePlay - it works very well - see more on the BDM website
  • Help the Australian National Archives to transcribe and reformat digital copies of documents to enable searching and indexing easier - by doing so you will be rewarded with copies of publications or files - see arcHIVE for details


  • NLA reaches milestone with one million pages of Australian newspapers now available online >> more
  • Who is buried in Pheasant Wood, the lost diggers of Fromelles >> more
  • Forgotten Australians, History Project - over half a million children experienced care in an institution in the 20th century, including those who came here as ‘child migrants’ >> more
  • Celebrating 60 years since commencement, 2/3s of the 100,000 people who worked on the Snowy River Hydro-electric Scheme were migrants >> more & more
  • Australia's largest cemetery, Rookwood, with over 1 million burials, becomes searchable >> more
  • Brisbane celebrates the 150 anniversary of the proclaimation of its municipality >> more
  • Vessels of Hope, is a tribute to the convict women of Australia, by conceptual artist Christina Henri at the Hawkesbury Regional Art Gallery to 13 Sep >> more
  • Who do you think you are? new series features Ron Barassi, Sigrid Thornton, Ben Mendelsohn, Maggie Beer, Christine Anu and John Butler, starts 27 Sep >> more
  • Calling all descendants of Tasmanian convicts, your assistance is requested in a new project >> more
  • The campaign to establish a Memorial to the Australian service personnel of the Boer War of 1899-1902 needs your support >> more
  • Community Heritage Grants up $15,000 available >> more
  • Gallipoli, the first day : an interactive 3D site about the landing on 25 April 1915 >> more
  • Fromelles, who is buried at Pheasant Wood? Dept of Defence releases details of 191 possible names >> more
  • Letters of a Nation, Australia Post celebrates 200 years and calls for submissions of historical letters >> more
  • Seminar, The Scattered Children of St Patrick : Irish in Australia >> more
  • Mapping the Great South Land >> more
  • a love letter to a WW1 soldier sparks public plea >> more | AWM
  • Shake your family tree at the National Archives around the country >> more
  • The Floating Brothel aired again on ABC1 >> more


  • The first ever national Australian history & genealogy expo is taking place 7-8 Oct in Adelaide [link]
  • Bridging the Past & Future : The Society of Australian Genealogists is hosting the 15th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldy [link]
  • Grey nomads on mission to restore abandoned outback graves [link]

  • One of my favourite web-sites, Trove Newspapers has undergone a major interface revision with improved image viewing, text correcting and a new zone for Government Gazettes [link]
  • The free Ryerson Index reaches in excess of 5 million entries, covering 295 newspapers [link]



  • Backyard History Hunt continues to turn up fascinating items from Australia's history >> more
  • Australia commemorates HMAS Sydney >> more
  • 400th military medal returned to family >> more
  • National Library launches online Digital Newspaper Collection >> more