Joseph Bruce Sinn, 25th Infantry Battalion

Indigenous Australian, Joseph SINN, 25th Infantry Battalion Joe SINN, the son of John and Minnie Sinn (nee McGuinn), from Gayndah, enlisted to serve for his country in August 1915 while troops were still engaged in operations on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Joe left Brisbane aboard HMAT Ionus in December 1915 bound for Egypt. Troops at this … Read more

Help us collect political ephemera from the 2020 Local Government Elections

Can you help us collect non-Brisbane electoral ephemera? The State Library of Queensland has a significant and historical collection of ephemera.  This material, which is generally regarded by most of us as “throw away” items, provides a unique perspective into Queensland’s social life, popular culture and political viewpoints. Political ephemera is an area of particular … Read more

International Mother Language Day: 21 February 2020.

Friday 21 February marks International Mother Language Day – a day set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness of the loss of Indigenous languages across the world. Since 2000, International Mother Language Day highlights key issues for traditional languages – the 2020 theme is “languages without borders”. The theme highlights that local, cross-border … Read more

Researching family history with the Torres News

example of family History

The Torres News is a fantastic resource for Torres Strait Islanders researching their family history. This newspaper has been digitised and is available online on Trove Newspapers. Here I am going to demonstrate a basic family history search. First I will search the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies [AIATSIS] Mura Collections … Read more