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Dictionary of Sydney project and database
"The Dictionary of Sydney is a groundbreaking project to produce a new kind of history of Sydney: online, growing and changing, covering every aspect of human life.
The Dictionary contains new historical writing enriched with other resources – images, maps, sound, music, oral history, film, documents and pointers to important objects in Sydney collections.
Contributors include academics, professional historians, heritage specialists, local studies experts, genealogists, enthusiasts, volunteers and readers."
View the dictionary/database online - http://www.dictionaryofsydney.org/about.html
[text taken from Dictionary of Sydney website]
Photo: S.S. Ormiston sailing under Sydney Harbour bridge. The bridge is still under construction. Sydney city skyline and Circular Quay are in the background. (Source: Picture Queensland)
Launch of Connected Histories database - UK
"Connected Histories provides an integrated search facility for interrogating 11 major electronic resources in early modern and 19th-century British history."
Electronic resources include:
- British History Online
- Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540 - 1835
- London Lives 1690 - 1900
- John Strype's Survey of London Online
- The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Online, 1674-1913
- House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
In September 2011 several additional resources will be added.
Some resources searched by the database are fee-based.
Text Queensland : a treasure trove of historical resources
Text Queensland is a unique and dynamic collection of full-text, searchable, digitised sources on Queensland's colonial and state history.
- Pugh's Almanac
- Government Gazette
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"Hebrides People" project and website announced
The Hebrides People project and website has been announced. The website will contain a variety of genealogical records including family trees and oral histories.
For more information see Chris Paton's Scottish GENES blog - http://scottishancestry.blogspot.com/2011/07/major-hebridean-project-announced.html
Was your ancestor in the Queensland Parliament?
"The Queensland Parliament’s Re-Member project is a fully searchable online database of biographical information on the parliament’s first members. The database will be updated to ultimately present information on all former members of the Queensland Parliament."
Did you know that some early members had convict backgrounds?
- Patrick O'Sullivan (1818-1904) - MLA
- Kevin Izod O'Doherty (1823-1905) - MLA and MLC
- William Henry Groom (1833-1901) - MLA and Speaker
What is Picture Queensland?
"Picture Queensland" includes images digitised from the photographic collections of the State Library of Queensland's John Oxley Library and Queensland cultural institutions. "Picture Queensland" was launched initially in 2003 and continues to grow as digitised images are added to the collection.
The photographs in "Picture Queensland" depict various aspects of Queensland life including the settlement of early pioneers, the prominent people who have shaped our history, the built environment and the fashions we have worn through the years.
The collection benefits Queensland students, researchers and lifelong learners, publishers and authors, genealogists and enthusiasts of all ages who have an interest in, or need to research, any aspect of Queensland's history or development. A collection, previously restricted to 'walk in' clients, is now available to anyone who can access the Internet.
Image: View of the Bellevue Hotel, Brisbane, ca.1900 (Source: Picture Queensland)
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Portal
Launched in December 2010, the State Library of Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Portal brings together information on resources, events and collections of interest to Aboriginal people, Torres Strait Islanders, Indigenous Knowledge Centres and other public libraries, and general users interested in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander related matters.
Auckland Star newspaper now on Papers Past
Editions of the "Auckland Star" newspaper (1870 -1903) have been digitised and can be viewed online through Papers Past - http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/
"The Rodney and Otamatea Times, Waitemata and Kaipara Gazette" (1901-1945) is also another recent addition to the site.
Was your ancestor an inventor? - new database
Did you know you can search over 100 years of Australian patent applications online?
The AusPat database now contains over 1.6 million patent applications starting from 1904 to current day.
For more information read Anna Salleh's article
or visit the AusPat database -
Launch of Irish Landed Estates Database
The Connacht and Munster Landed Estates project was launched on 20 May.
"The Landed Estates Database provides a comprehensive and integrated resource guide to landed estates and historic houses in Connacht and Munster, c. 1700-1914. The aim of this guide is to assist and support researchers working on the social, economic, political and cultural history of Connacht and Munster from c.1700 to 1914."
Spirits of Gallipoli project
"The Spirits of Gallipoli" project and website is gathering biographical details on the soliders of the Australian Imperial Forces who are either buried or commemorated at Gallipoli.
Their data has been gathered from numerous sources including newspapers.
Image: Australian soldiers relaxing outside their tent, Gallipoli (Source: Picture Queenslander)
For more family history news and events check out the State Library of Queensland's Family History Nnub - http://slq.nnub.net or follow us on twitter.
FindMyPast now available at State Library of Qld
Pay-per-view family history website FindMyPast (UK and Australian editions) is now available at the State Library of Queensland. Access is free and available for use in our public reading rooms.
FindMyPast's databases include:
- English census records 1841 to 1911
- Passenger lists leaving the UK 1890 to 1960
- British Army Service Records 1760 to 1913
- Assorted Australian police gazettes, directories and electoral rolls
Come and visit us today:
State Library of Queensland, South Bank
Australian Parliament Hansard online from 1901
The complete Hansard of the Australian Parliament can now be viewed online from the first sitting of Parliament in 1901 to current day.
The project was funded by the Department of Parliamentary Services
Sample of significant speeches:
First substantial speech in the Parliament by William Henry Groom (MP for Darling Downs and former convict) - 21 May 1901 - http://tinyurl.com/3mv33az
First Aboriginal member of parliament Sir Neville Bonner (Liberal, Queensland) sworn into the Senate - 17 August 1971, first speech - http://tinyurl.com/3tl6fe2
Photo: William Henry Groom - Member for Darling Downs 1901 (Source: Picture Queensland)
Koori Mail newspaper - back issues now online
You can now search back issues of the Australia-wide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander newspaper "Koori Mail" online -
This website covers editions from 1991 to 2011.
Launch of Queensland WWII Historic Places website
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Queensland WWII Historic Places website launched
A website which will map more than 1000 Queensland sites of significance from World War II has been launched in Brisbane today ahead of annual Anzac Day celebrations.
Queensland WWII Historic Places website contains over 500 citations on defined places and will document the location of up to 1000 additional sites of significance within the state.
Photo: Anzac Memorial, Brisbane, ca. 1939 (Source: Picture Queensland)
National Library of China launch genealogy portal
The National Library of China has launced a new genealogy portal called "Our Roots Network" - http://ouroots.nlc.gov.cn/
According to AsiaOne News the site provides access to digitised genealogical documents and charts. Users can also register and input their own family trees onto the website. For more information read the article at http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest+News/Asia/Story/A1Story20110407-272280.html
Unfortunately there is no English language version. Google Translate or Yahoo Babel Fish can be used to decipher some of the text.
Photo: "Children in traditional Chinese costume, Cooktown, Queensland" - taken from Picture Queensland.
Irish Archives Resource
This new website allows the user to search across the collections of a number of Irish archives. These include:
- Guiness Archive
- Royal College of Physicians
- Irish Film Archive
- Longford County Archives
- Dublin City Archives
- Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
- University College Cork Library Archives
Irish Archives Resource
British Postal Service Appointments now on Ancestry
Did your ancestor work for the British Postal Service?
Ancestry has just released the British Postal Service Appointment Books from 1737 to 1969.
Free onsite access to Ancestry is available at the State Library of Queensland.
Access is also available at some local societies, libraries and archives.
Check out the State Library of Queensland's Family History Nnub -http://slq.nnub.net
National Archives (UK) launch Discovery Service
The National Archives (UK) has launched a new search facility to provide easier access to records. The "Discovery service" has been released in beta.
The new service enables you to filter search results by subject, date and series origin.
NZ births, deaths and marriages - online vs microfiche
Did you know...
The State Library of Queensland holds indexes to New Zealand births, deaths and marriages on microfiche from c.1840 to 1990.
There are also indexes available online, however they are limited to the following years:
- Births 1840-1910
- Deaths 1848-1960
- Marriages 1848-1930
Longreach Leader newspaper online
The National Library of Australia have digitized the Longreach Leader newspaper from 1923 to 1938 and can now by searched at http://newspapers.nla.gov.au/
Alternatively the State Library of Queensland hold the Longreach Leader on microfilm from 1923 to 2008.
Image: Longreach Club building, Longreach, Queensland, ca. 1894
UK - The National Archives Labs
The following text is taken directly from The National Archives Labs website:
"The National Archives Labs is a new venture which aims to be a more interactive and engaging way for our customers to influence the development of our innovations. The National Archives Labs is a test area for you to try out our new ideas without affecting the main website and to allow you to tell us what you think. Your comments and feedback will help us identify which projects should be integrated into the main website."
New Website: French civil records
Essential for anyone attempting to trace their French ancestors through civil records. This site links to all the regional archives in France as well as covering overseas territories and old French colonies.