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Bernard D, 25 September 2012 · # · · Comment

Help us transcribe this diary

We’ve posted previously about the five diaries of W.J.A. “Allan” Allsop held at the Mitchell Library. Since the Buildathon another has come to light, in the possession of Allan’s son John. Thanks to Geraldine Walsh, Mosman Library has a scanned copy of the diary. Help us transcribe it.

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Bernard D, 23 September 2012 · # · · · Comment

Finding your First World War ANZACs

Kerry Farmer gave an excellent overview of WWI family history resources at Mosman Library this week. You can download the handout here:

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Kerry Farmer, 20 September 2012 · # · · Comment [2]

Connecting commemoration projects

Recently I’ve spoken to a number of people involved in projects researching those who enlisted for military service in World War 1. As the centenary of WW1 approaches, there seem to be many commemoration projects underway and these projects seem to be running largely in isolation. What other projects are you aware of?

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Liz Stokes & Virginia Macleod, 18 September 2012 · # · · · Comment

Trawling biographical databases for Doing our bit

A man – Hilda Rix Nicholas, 1921 AWM ART19613

A few weeks ago I joined in the Mosman Library Buildathon to see what a local council library might get up to in starting up their own digital humanities project. This post reports on the experience of a small team (2 of us! Virginia – a freelance historian, and myself, an information professional) trawling through online databases to ‘see what we could see’.

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Bernard, 15 September 2012 · # · · · Comment [2]

A browser for Allsop's diaries

The five diaries of stretcher bearer and despatch rider W.J.A. “Allan” Allsop at the Mitchell Library, collected in 1919 and now scanned and transcribed, are a fantastic resource. But they’re somewhat hidden within the State Library of NSW website and the viewing experience is not the best. See, for example, the album view and transcript of Item 4 on the SLNSW website. How can we bring the diary contents to life?

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