Articles by: Ann Copeland

Portrait of an unidentified young woman, photograph by Louis Grouzelle, (between 1880 and 1890?]

Who’s that girl? Dating a 19th century photograph

July 28, 2021

Family matters, Research tips & tricks:

When browsing through collections of old family photographs it’s not unusual to come across images of unknown people and places. But how do you discover who these nameless ancestors are?

One method is to work out when the photograph was taken – once you have a rough time frame, you can compare the details of the sitter to ancestors in your family tree and hopefully find a match. This can be a complicated task, but every family historian likes a good challenge!

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A taste of home

October 20, 2020

Family matters:

When we think about Victoria’s food culture we usually associate it with the post World War II migrants who settled here. Their recipes, ingredients and food production techniques helped transform… Read More ›

The voyage of the Hercules

The voyage of the Hercules

August 12, 2020

Family matters:

In the 19th century the voyage to Australia was long and arduous. Emigrants faced the constant threat of disease and malnutrition, the danger of storms or shipwrecks, and the possibility… Read More ›

EBooks for Family Historians

EBooks for Family Historians

March 2, 2020

Family matters:

Did you know that the State Library provides access to over 16,000 eBooks on a wide range of topics?  Our eBooks can be accessed by anyone within the Library and,… Read More ›

Family, possibly the Newtons, out on a drive in the country.
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Why can’t I find my ancestor?

August 9, 2018

Family matters:

When searching for family history records it’s not unusual to encounter ‘brick walls’ or barriers. Learn strategies for dealing with some of the common obstacles you may face when researching Victorian records.

Using the Victorian Police Gazettes to research your ancestors

Using the Victorian Police Gazettes to research your ancestors

January 19, 2015

Family matters:

The Victorian Police Gazette present a fascinating and unique view of social and family history in Victoria. Not only does it provide a detailed record on the history of policing in Victoria but it also include valuable information on individuals – the police, the criminals and the victims.

Digitised Australian military records

Digitised Australian military records

January 16, 2014

Family matters:

A number of ongoing digitisation projects and website developments by Australian and New Zealand archive agencies means that family historians will now have greater access to the military records of their ancestors. Here are… Read More ›

Salt beef, tinned carrots and haggis – the 19th century ships diet

Salt beef, tinned carrots and haggis – the 19th century ships diet

September 28, 2012

Collections, Family matters:

The current library exhibition Gusto! a culinary history of Victoria, explores the role food has played in Victoria’s history.  One food topic that’s of great interest to many family historians is… Read More ›