Wednesday, 22 June 2016

An ANZAC Experience, National Family History Month 2016 & Other News - Genealogy Notes 16 - 22 Jun 2016

A few days spent in Brisbane gave us the opportunity to visit the Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience which is a travelling exhibition touring Australia. It is currently in Brisbane for two weeks, finishing 30 June. Tickets are free but you need to book, probably to keep control of numbers at any one time.
Everyone is given a headset and you wander through listening to the commentary or background sounds. Max's distant cousin Archie Barwick is one of the soldiers who features in the exhibition as his war diaries are very detailed. The diaries have been digitised by State Library of New South Wales so I have looked at them before and it was good to see them used again in this context.

The combination of sound, visual and props makes this quite a moving exhibition because you can almost imagine yourself at Gallipoli or the Western Front.

At the very end there is a section with all the countries that were involved in WW1 and the number of their military war dead. Staggering and that didn't take into account any civilian casualties.

One of my distant cousins Frederick Trevaskis was killed in the 3rd battle of Ypres. I found this part of the exhibition extremely sad as over 6,700 Australians died alongside of him.

Very glad we made the effort and if it is coming to a city near you, make it a priority. The next stop is Mackay so heading up the Queensland coast. Book early as some times were booked out. We ended up late afternoon and went to dinner afterwards at South Bank at the historic Ship Inn built in 1865.

If you can't see it in person there is an interactive virtual tour that you can do. Full details on the website.

While in the South Bank area, we also popped into the Queensland Museum which is another place to spend a good few hours. I can never go past the Queensland dinosaurs and they seem to have added quite a few since I last took my young son there over 25 years ago! Wandering around South Bank also reminded me of Expo 88 which I also took him to, but at 12 months old I suspect his memories of that are a bit vague. Hard to believe that was almost 30 years ago.

After returning home I had to spend quite a while adding lots and lots of events to the National Family History Month website. At the moment there are 98 events across Australia with no events yet in South Australia, Northern Territory or the ACT. Hopefully we will get some soon for those three states and even more events for the other states.

The early bird prize for genealogy/family history societies who add an event to the NFHM calendar closes on 30 June so only one more week. The prize is a gift certificate for any online course from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, from a choice of over 200 courses. The certificate can be used for fundraising eg raffles or lucky door prizes during August or can be used to reward a society member for their volunteer work and presented to them during August.

The NFHM Facebook page is also getting lots of visits but we would always love more Likes. If you haven't visited yet, pop over now and have a look. More information about NFHM and our sponsors and prize giveaway are on the NFHM website.

On 1 July 2016 this blog will be 5 years old. Where did that time go? I've been browsing some of the old posts and its been an amazing few years with lots of new personal genealogy discoveries. Technology and social media are definitely changing how we do family history. This time last year I was talking about changing the format of this blog but that never happened. You may remember I broke my right elbow last July and managed to complicate my life for just about the rest of 2015.

I'm still thinking of a revamp but don't want to tempt fate again this year. With a week to go to my blogiversary I'll give it some more thought. This coming week I have a few work jobs on so not that much time for personal research but there will be a visit to the Brisbane office of the National Archives of Australia coming up in early July. There are quite a few items I want to look at and given my success at Queensland State Archives the other week, I'm looking forward to it.

Until next time, happy genealogy researching.

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