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Inside History Magazine‘s Expert Q&A with ANMM, December 2012

On 13 December 2012, my colleague Penny Hyde and I participated in Inside History Magazine’s weekly Expert Q&A hosted on their Facebook page. For weeks prior to the forum, we brainstormed the kinds of questions people were likely to pose. Nothing, however, could have prepared us for the deluge of interesting questions and comments posted over just one hour! One thing certainly became clear throughout this experience, and that is, there is a growing network of people present online who are passionate about all things genealogy and family history. This is an audience hungry for information and willing to delve into the various research tools open to them. We enjoyed ourselves so much, in the end, we’re not sure if we learned more from them, than they did from us!

For a full transcript head over to Inside History’s blog, however, following are a few interesting and useful points to keep in mind:

  • Although the museum is not a repository for State or Commonwealth records, the Vaughan Evans Library and the museum’s collection provides a wealth of information. This includes records such as shipping registers, shipbuilding magazines, shipping histories, personal records and an extensive photographic collection
  • For personal service records, encompassing the Royal Australian Navy, see the National Archives of Australia
  • The Vaughan Evans Library have a range of digitised resources available, including periodicals, our quarterly magazine Signals and some shipping registers
The full transcript to Inside History Q&A, December 2012

The full transcript to Inside History Q&A, December 2012

Useful links:

Many thanks go to those who participated in the forum. These people have exposed the need for the museum, and indeed other cultural institutions who strive toward a similar purpose, to digitise their collections and continue to develop their online presence.

A huge thank you to our friends at Inside History Magazine, whose tireless efforts online have breathed new life into historical research and allowed institutions like ours to showcase our collection and events, as well as share our expertise and resources to new audiences.

Nicole Cama

Curatorial assistant


Nicole and Penny

Nicole Cama and Penny Edwell (the artist formerly known as Penny Hyde) work as Digital Curators at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour, Sydney. We blog about events, people and most importantly - the museum's collection. We hope to open up the museum's collection to virtual visitors, blow off the dust and reveal some of the wonderful objects and stories held in the archives and storage rooms of the museum.

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