Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Trove Tuesday - Attractive Highlands

Ku-ring-gai's population has increased since this article was written in 1920.

1920 'LAND, BUILDING AND THE HOME.', Sunday Times(Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), 17 October, p. 11, viewed 10 October, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article120523782

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Trove Tuesday - Epitaph for a Convict

Browsing through the Septmeber issue of the Hawkesbury Crier received recently at the Society I found this poem that is also available on Trove. It was published in 1846 in The Launceston Examiner

1846 'POETRY.', Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899), 16 September, p. 8 Edition: MORNING, viewed 1 October, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36246338

Sunday, October 12, 2014

General Meeting - 18th October

Dr Ian Hoskins, who has  worked as an academic historian, a curator and a professional historian in Sydney for 25 years is presently employed full-time as North Sydney Council's  Historian,  will be the guest speaker at our meeting in the Gordon Library Meeting Rooms at 2:00pm on Saturday 18th October.

Ian, who is the author of several books, will diiscuss with members his latest book, Coast: a history of the NSW edge.

For further information on Ian's work and publications please visit his blog at http://ianhoskins.com/

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Maralinga Invitation

The Society just received this invitation. If you are free next Wednesday you may wish to attend.

To whom it may concern,

On behalf of the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, we will be holding a free event for author and journalist Frank Walker who will come in and talk about his book Maralinga. We would be gracious if you could promote the event amongst your institutions and come along!

The details are as follows:

Venue: Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney 2000
Date & Time: Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Technology Special Interest Group this Thursday

The main topic for our meeting on Thursday will be blogging. If you would like to learn how easy it is to set up a blog using the Blogger software please come along to the Society room at 1:30pm. If you are able bring along your laptop and means of connecting to the internet that will allow you to create your blog on the spot. Even if you have no intention of setting up a blog but are inquisitive please join us.

There will be time allocated to answer your tech questions that needs answering or hear about any new tech discoveries you have made.

This will be our last get together for 2014 as your convenor is off on another holiday.  Details of our get togethers for 2015 will be shared on this blog, our Facebook page and in the Society newsletter.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Australian Generations Oral History Project

Members may be interested in the event that we were notified of in e-BULLETIN No. 129 – 10 September 2014  from Australian Historical Societies Inc.

Australian Generations Oral History Project
A number of Australian Historical Association (AHA) members are part of the Australian Generations Oral History Project which has interviewed 300 people living in Australia born between 1920 and 1989. The interviews explore Australian life and society across time, and illuminate generational change and inter-generational dynamics. At a conference in Melbourne in October the researchers will have their first opportunity to share their findings about 20th and 21st century history and memory. Internationally renowned oral and public historian Professor Michael Frisch will deliver the keynote address and the conference will feature academic historians and industry partners who form the project’s research team including Alistair Thomson, Kevin Bradley, Anisa Puri, Katie Holmes, Kerreen Reiger, Seamus O’Hanlon, Christina Twomey, Michelle Rayner and Michael Frisch.
Follow this link for more details about the conference, to be held in Melbourne on 30-31 October 2014:

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Words from our Past

Article by Max Farley reprinted from the Society Newsletter, June 2008

Australia’s beginnings spawned words which had particular
meanings. Knowing them is essential to an understanding of
our past. The following related to the convict era. Some were:

Assigned servants. Convicts assigned by the government
to work for nominated employers such as military men, free
settlers and, at times, emancipists.

Certificate of Freedom. Issued from 1810 to convicts who
had completed their sentences. They were allowed to leave
the colony.

Currency lads/lasses. Australian-born children.

Emancipists. Ex convicts who had completed their
sentences and were thus “free by servitude”.

Assisted Exiles. As transportation became unpopular in
Australia the English conceived the notion of “assisted
exiles”. These were convicted persons who had served part
of their sentences in England and then given conditional
pardons and sent to Australia for the balance of their time.
Many went to Melbourne.

Exclusives. Otherwise known as “pure merinos”. Those
of non-convict origin who saw themselves superior to the
convicts and emancipists.

Free settlers. Persons who came to Australia of their own

Government Servants. Convicts.

Pardons: -(Absolute) Allowed to convicts who had
completed their years of sentence. They could return to
 -(Conditional) Could be awarded to convicts
who had been sentenced to Life and given on the condition
they did not return to England. .

Tickets of Leave. “TOLs” were given to trustworthy
convicts allowing them to work indepenndently within
designated geographic areas.