Many people go their entire lives knowing little about their relatives’ childhoods and formative experiences.
If you skirt the small talk and dig a little deeper, you’ll be surprised at what you might learn.
National Library of Australia.
There is not a single historian, publisher or archivist on the review panels whose feedback will help shape Australia’s new cultural policy
A 19th century image of Parihaka, New Zealand, with Mount Taranaki in the background.
While tracing his own family’s journey from Ireland to Aotearoa New Zealand, Richard Shaw encountered how much ‘selective amnesia’ about the colonial past still shapes our lives today.
Tracing our ancestors’ connections to colonialism and industrialisation can help us personally connect with the climate crisis.
Understanding how our ancestors may have benefited from industrialisation and colonialism could help us become more climate-friendly citizens.
Compared to previous censuses, the 1921 data shows more children in education.
Census data is kept under seal for a century. The 1921 records will be the last we see until 2052.
My family is Mauritian, but when I take a DNA test, Mauritian didn’t even rank as an ethnicity. It can’t. Everyone from Mauritius is from somewhere else, or from many places at the same time.
Family Camping at Phillip Island, Victoria, 1951. Photographer: Leslie E. Chambers.
We surveyed 1461 Australians and discovered many are museum regulars — but it’s family history that has broad appeal.
These images of Cherine Fahd’s grandfather’s funeral were tucked away in a brown paper envelope for decades. As a society, we too often keep grief hidden from view.
Rarely seen in the family album are photographs of funerals, burials and the suffering of those who are left to mourn.
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DNA testing is helping reveal people’s unknown royal ancestry.
Taking care of business. Will Trump be hands off?
One cymbal manufacturer has survived 400 years, but most in-house companies fail to survive through the generations.
Modern debates around breastfeeding would be eerily familiar to someone from the 18th or 19th century.
The Fashionable Mamma, James Gillroy, 1796. The British Museum.
Regular controversies over breastfeeding might seem like a quirk of contemporary life. But 18th and 19th century clothing reveal that women have been handling the issue of visibility and practicality for centuries.
Memoirists who write about divorce, addiction or suicide can start important conversations – and leave families feeling exposed or humiliated. Where do you draw the line?
True stories that enrich our public sphere are often drawn from the intimate and shared lives of their authors. Where is the line between rattling social proprieties and respecting others’ privacy?
Marina Picasso is planning on selling a number of her grandfather’s works in the upcoming year.
Over the last nine years, more money has been spent on Picasso than on any other artist. How much does Picasso’s granddaughter stand to earn? And why are some in the art world concerned?
Grandfather Edward, grandmother Maud and great uncle Jimmy.
From an early age, I was fascinated by any story about war. Being born in 1969, and being a child in the 1970s, a large number of my “play” options were linked to the war. I read comics such as Warlord…