Confessions of a History Nerd

As a teenager, history was one of my favourite school subjects. While my girlfriends were reading about fashion and make-up, I subscribed to an illustrated history magazine! No doubt that early contact with retelling history in an accessible way—combining factual ‘storytelling' with historical images such as political cartoons, posters, newspaper cuttings and photographs—influenced the way I now present history to young people through my Heritage Heroes series.

Melodrama in Meiji Japan - Part One

The Preservation team at the National Library of Australia have recently been working with a number of amazing items that are now on display as part of the Melodrama in Meiji Japan exhibition. Many of these include stunningly beautiful and brightly coloured Japanese woodblock prints, also termed Kuchi-e (pronounced ‘koo-chi-eh’), literally translated as ‘mouth-picture’. A major part of the exhibition were the prints donated by Professor Richard Clough from 2011 to 2014.

Trove kicks premiership goal

What was an 1896 premiership trophy doing in the Fitzroy Football Club Museum in Melbourne when the then VFA club had finished fifth that year?

 That was the puzzle facing Hobart-based football historian Adam Muyt when a member of the Fitzroy-Brisbane Lions Historical Society contacted him realising the trophy belonged to another club, albeit with the same name.

 

Myth-busting Trove corrects record

old building

Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne at the time of the Federation celebrations, May 1901. http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/227707087

The truth is out there – just waiting for Trove to find it.

Trove is proving to be more than just a vicarious time machine or a research tool, its users are discovering real power in the way it can set the record straight and bust myths.

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