On 16 October 2015 I delivered a talk on behalf of the Dictionary of Sydney about Darlinghurst Gaol – its stories and most famous inmates.
‘Beyond the bulb: the innovation of light’ explores the history of Australian innovation around light and light-based technologies.
There were many trade marks registered during World War I, and as products were endorsed by the brave men of ANZAC, businesses were able to leverage this for commercial gain.
A range of designs were registered during World War I from quirky children’s toys, to patriotic badges and buttons, medallions of hope for peace and tokens of remembrance.
Faced with the reality of World War I, some Australians channelled their energies toward devising innovative solutions to aid the war effort.
The Alexander was the largest and most notorious convict transport in the First Fleet. During its eight-month voyage to Botany Bay in 1787–88, it carried 25–33 crew and 195 of ‘ye worst of land-lubbers’.
The 350-ton barque Prince of Wales was the last ship to join the First Fleet on its epic voyage to Botany Bay in 1787–88.
The second lady of the First Fleet voyage to Botany Bay in 1787–88, Lady Penrhyn, enters the annals of history as the slowest ship with the largest number of female convicts.
On 17 February 2015 I had the pleasure of presenting at and attending the exclusive Sydney media launch of Sony PlayStation’s highly anticipated, historically immersive game, The Order: 1886.
On 3 November 1927 scenes of ‘indescribable horror’ unfolded during Sydney’s worst maritime tragedy. Photographer Sam Hood was there to capture its devastating aftermath.
One of photographer Sam Hood’s many prominent subjects, David Carment was known for his distinctive long beard and love of the now historic yacht – Athene.
A previously unidentified Sam Hood photograph led to the discovery of a family whose past is steeped in music and sailing. This is Frank Albert’s story.
At about 2pm on 24 April 1915, 5,000 Australian troops marched through streets of Sydney, and one of the city’s most prolific photographers, Sam Hood, was there to capture it all.
The wonder of Grace Darling’s 1838 rescue of nine shipwreck survivors captured hearts the world over. Nicole Cama shares the story of the ‘Heroine of the Farne Islands’ and its tragic conclusion.
When you think of the kinds of things you might find in the collection stores of the Australian National Maritime Museum, a photograph of a Japanese flapper might be the last thing you would expect.
Respected by the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Harry Houdini, the great Chinese magician Long Tack Sam stunned Australian audiences with his acrobatic feats and magic tricks. But his story lay forgotten for a long time.
Paper I presented at The Museum Computer Group’s UK Museums on the Web at the Tate Modern, London in November 2013. The theme of the conference was ‘Power to the People’.
An early 20th-century cigarette card depicts the mesmerising Australian swimmer and star of stage and screen, Annette Kellerman, an aquatic actor who took her world by storm.
Guest presenter and historian for the Dictionary of Sydney breakfast segment on 2SER radio.
After working as an artist liaison and personal assistant on the inaugural exhibition, I worked as a web content coordinator for Sculpture at Sawmillers Exhibition 2014.
Chosen from the most viewed Sam Hood photographs on Flickr Commons, the exhibition #HoodsHarbour pays homage to an online community of devoted researchers.
Lord Howe Island was the exotic locale for an early Australian ‘talkie’, and the launching place for a disastrous voyage that claimed two of its actors.
Online sleuths help museum curators to identify images that have lain anonymous for decades in archives and storage cabinets.
A trail of misfortunes destroyed Captain Edward Robert Sterling’s beloved fleet of giant sailing ships.
Australia was a foreign yet promising place for the thousands of Italian migrants who sought to build new lives here after the devastation of World War II. Nicole Cama shares her grandparents’ story of love and hope after they took the ‘proxy plunge’.
National pride swelled upon the arrival of HMAS Australia in 1913 — and her scuttling just over a decade later stirred outpourings of emotion. Nicole Cama tells the story of Australia and its role in the country’s nationhood, 100 years after the flagship first arrived.
A century ago photograher William Hall captured the beauty and industry of the Hawkesbury River in New South Wales. Nicole Cama followed in his footsteps and fell equally in love with the surrounds.