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January 26, 2013

Australasia through a lens

by vipsinc

Just in time for Australia Day: Australasia through a lens.
Amazing photos and drawings from Australia, New Zealand and other Pacific Islands, going back to the mid 19th century, which were locked away for more than 150 years in the London archives.

Many of the images were displayed at an 1873 exposition in London, which proved to be a well visited exposition as many came to see what life must have been like in the Colonies. Photos a of busy Collins Street, St Paul’s Cathedral, a quiet Bourke Street but also images of Ballarat.

Australasia through a lens:


The 8th Victorian State Family History Conference; “Under the Southern Cross: A Goldfields Experience” on the 4th & 5th of May, with a special dinner on Saturday night the 4th of May, which will be held in the historic Golden Point State School opened on the former Old Post Office Hill. Golden Point State School No. 1493 was completed in 1875 at a cost of £3,188. Under Headmaster Richard Kent it opened on 11 January 1875 with a total enrollment of 920 (465 boys and 455 girls).


During the 2 day Conference, well known speakers will share their knowledge about different aspects of the regions history.

Susan Fayad, Coordinator Heritage, City of Ballarat, has been instrumental in developing the Preserving Ballarat’s Heritage Strategy which has received awards from the Heritage Council of Victoria and Planning Institute of Australia (Victoria).

Greg Gerrand Project coordinator Heritage Collections, State Library of Victoria – Digitisation Projects on: SLV Digitisation of Family History Records.

Jenny Higgins Family History Reference Librarian at the National Library of Australia, will talk about the treasures from TROVE. Using TROVE for family history research.

Anne Beggs Sunter, a well known Ballarat historian, author & heritage activist. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Ballarat. She will discuss the Ballarat School of Mines & Industries (SMB): The First in Australia.

Meredith Blake, the Project Manager, Victorian Collections, Museums Australia (Vic Branch): researching Victorian collections.

Dr Fred Cahir Senior Lecturer at University of Ballarat, will discuss his book:
Black Gold: Aboriginals on the Gold Fields of Victoria, a part of the first history that documents the role of Aboriginal people on the Gold Fields of Victoria during 1850 to 1870. It details their extensive involvement as miners, police, traders, entertainers and activists.

History of the Goldfields, 4 & 5 May 2013 Conference “Under the Southern Cross: A Goldfields Experience” will be held in Ballarat



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