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Wordless Wednesday April 29, 2015

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The Hamilton Spectator needs you! April 24, 2015

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There are only a few hours left to pledge your support to get the Hamilton Spectator digization project up and running.

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Support Inside History and the National Library of Australia in their campaign to crowd fund this iconic regional newspaper. Here’s the link to the Pozible site: http://www.pozible.com/project/191002#p2

Time’s running out…. make your pledge now!

Wordless Wednesday April 22, 2015

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Wall art captured in Canberra during AFFHO Congress 2015

Wall art captured in Canberra during AFFHO Congress 2015

The GeneaDictionary April 19, 2015

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The wonderful Jill Ball aka Geniaus has the most amazing collection of words, phrases, inventions and descriptions of a language that is devoted to the world of family history and genealogy – there are some classic terms explained, new ones you never would have imagined and a whole heap that you recognise as having crept into your own daily use lexicon.

Tim Sherratt (@wragge) couldn’t contain his delight at having discovered there was a whole list of Trove related words that had evolved as the Trove user community had grown over the past few years. Carmel Galvin (@crgalvin) has created this great list in her Troveictionary.

So here I was this morning taking a look around to see what else I could find in the way of free online courses for those amongst us who have caught the study bug. Quite a few of the students who completed the UTAS course on Family History have gone on to study other subjects like ‘Introduction to Technology for Healthy Living’ and FutureLearn‘s courses on WW1 – quite a few including myself are currently engaged with World War 1: A History in 100 Stories being presented by Monash University.

I found a site that was offering a course on researching British Army nurses. Of course it was necessary to share this information with my fellow students which I did via Twitter and on the Family History course’s Facebook group page.

In the process of keeping to the character limit for Twitter, I coined the term “genistudents” – in my head I defined it as family historians and genealogists who improve their knowledge through online study. It also struck me that there are a number of us who have become quite addicted to the online delivery model and can’t help signing up immediately a new course pops up!

Knowing of Jill’s GeneaDictionary, I just had to pop over to her blog and check whether it was already there….. and, lo and behold, it isn’t!

So… distraction for the day complete, I must get back to that study or I will fall behind!

 

Women of Empire Exhibition – Capitol Theatre, Bendigo April 17, 2015

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Last week, my friend Sonja and I went to visit “Women of Empire” Exhibition in Bendigo, Vic.  The exhibition closed here in Bendigo on Wednesday but as it is touring (and growing) over the next few years, a review is still relevant.

A major project of the Dressing Australia Museum of Costume, this exhibition looks at the role of women during the years of WW1.  It examines the careers and contributions of many women and vividly illustrates just how they would have been dressed at the time.

One of the outstanding features of these beautiful costumes is the size… or should I say, lack of size.  Those waists were waspishly thin, those shoes tiny and narrow and the women whose clothing was on show certainly weren’t tall.  It is remarkable to see how we have grown in just 100 years.

On the day we visited, curator Fiona Baverstock was on hand to talk about some of the pieces, to tell us about the touring future of the collection and to explain the wonderful carpet of poppies that stretched across the carpet.  I had noticed that on display were a number of large framed embroidered pieces and postcards that were sent or brought home by servicemen. However, there were none of the embroidered postcards that were a feature of wartime correspondence.

A quick trip back the next day and Fiona had four embroidered postcards to display for the rest of the exhibition in Bendigo. It is envisaged they will also be part of Kyneton’s and Ballarat’s exhibitions in the coming months. A future post will describe these items… and hopefully find families with whom they will be reunited.

 

Screen shot of Women of Empire website

Screen shot of Women of Empire website

Where you can see the exhibition in the next few months:

*RANDWICK AND BONDI JUNCTION, SYDNEY

Monday 20 April 2015 – Sunday 31 May 2015

Bowen Library, Anzac Avenue, Maroubra & Waverley Library, Sydney

KYNETON VICTORIA

Friday 5 June 2015 – Sunday 21 June 2015

Kyneton Museum, Piper Street, Kyneton

Telephone – (03) 5422 0333

BALLARAT VICTORIA

Friday 11 July 2015 – Sunday 19 July 2015

St Patrick’s Hall, Ballarat

Ticketing details to be advised

For information call 03 54 68 7418

 

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