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.
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.
Police officers and civilians at Fortitude Valley Police Station; 1880. Queensland Police Museum. http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/216544257
A policeman’s lot was certainly not a happy one in colonial Brisbane, a rough frontier town with an exploding population and alcohol fuelled violence.
I first discovered the letters of Banjo Paterson's mother Rose—around which my new book Looking for Rose Paterson: How Family Bush Life Nurtured Banjo the Poet is based—in the course of my PhD research some 16 years ago. I was searching the National Library's Manuscript Collections for correspondence and diaries that might provide evidence about what kind of music Australian pioneer women played, and where and when they performed.
Photograph from the Australian Women's Weekly of 24 April 1943 shows Dulcie Edwards working as a logger. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article46447618
What did you do in the war, Mummy?
A whole lot more than most people think, or remember, according to some Trove-driven research emerging out of New England, in northern New South Wales.
John Pocknall from the Molong Historical Museum with Julia Hickie, Assistant Director Trove Data Discovery and Delivery, at the Trove Roadshow event in Orange.