The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is 40!

  Nicole Cama talks about the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. (The following is an edited article, which first appeared on The Dictionary of Sydney website. It accompanies a podcast of Nicole talking to Nic Healy from 2SER Breakfast.) The first¬†Mardi Gras parade in Sydney was held on 24 June … Read more

History Matrix

  …In this occasional series about members‚Äô blogs, we introduce HistoryMatrix, the electronic journal of Dr Bruce Baskerville. Bruce maintains four blogs ‚Äď HistoryMatrix is the ‚Äėhistory‚Äô blog; mrbbaskerville is the place he opines; ¬†Sepia Green is a blog for reviews; and, Green Plaques is a grant project to create an archive of commemorative plaques … Read more

Camden History Notes

  ‚Ķthis post introduces PHA NSW and ACT member, Ian Willis‚Äô blog, Camden History Notes. Camden is a town southwest of Sydney, situated on land belonging to the Dharawal (Tharawal) people. Ian‚Äôs blog presents stories about the district‚Äôs¬†people, its history, heritage and traditions. He draws on the memories and experiences of local families, local identities, … Read more

Access to records: user expectations in the digital age

  Christine Yeats represented the PHA NSW&ACT at an Australian Society of Archivists seminar, Forging Links, on 18 October 2016. This post is based on her presentation at the seminar‚Ķ Today, people from across the globe can get online access to an ever-increasing number of records. Does this render obsolete the expert advice and assistance … Read more

Illuminating local history

  … by Ian Willis ‚ÄėGet to know your neighbourhood ‚Äď you could be in for some surprises!‚Äô says PHA member Katherine Knight, after picking up one of the volumes in the Kingsclear Books Pictorial History Series. A number of PHA members, including myself, have written for Kingsclear about particular localities, regions or local government … Read more

The Chinese in NSW

  Over the summer, Kate Bagnall¬† created an online exhibition about the Chinese in NSW. Here’s how she did it: I used¬†¬†Trove lists¬†and a nifty online exhibition framework built by Tim Sherratt. The list feature in [the National Library of Australia’s]¬†Trove allows registered users to create their own collections of items. They‚Äôre a handy thing … Read more