On the State Records website we have uploaded several podcasts and accompanying slideshows presented by staff at Open Day back in August. As you know, the theme of the day was travel and transport and these presentations cover a broad selection under this category: from convict transport to railroads, cars and road construction.
What can you listen to?
1. The train that Thought it Could: Blue Mountains Railways
Looking at the development and expansion of the railway line through the Blue Mountains and how arrival of the Great Western Line saw a period of rapid growth for the towns along the railway.
Presenter: Suzanne Upton, Archivist, Public Access
2. Sentenced Beyond the Seas: Convicts transported to NSW, 1788-1801
State Records’ Sentenced beyond the Seas project revealed tales of convict fraud, the origins of Australia’s love of beer, executions and more. Join Janette to hear the tales of our earliest convicts from 1788 to 1801.
Presenter: Janette Pelosi, Senior Archivist
3. I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad: Family history gems in transport records
Highlighting some of the government transport employee records we hold such as railway personal history cards and registers of Tram employees. We also look at some Maritime Services Board records concerning qualifications and licensing.
Presenter: Gail Davis,Senior Archivist, Research, State Records NSW
4. Here Come the Cars!
Stories from the early history of Automobiles in NSW told through the eyes of prominent and seedy characters of NSW History. A showcasing of hidden automotive treasures of State Records NSW.
Presenter: John Cann, Archivist, Public Access
Still to come
Carrying the Load: Transport in NSW during WWII
Despite the popular view that Australia was unprepared for war, material in the State archives proves NSW had been involved in national planning for many years before the ‘surprise’ attacks of 1942.
Presenter: Jennifer Sloggett, Archivist, Archives Control