Remembering the Past Australia

Step Into the Past

Every generation has a story to tell. These stories contribute to our richly layered history, they capture the human spirit and connect us with our past.

Ever wondered about where your family came from or how history impacted your ancestors? Remembering the Past Australia is a unique online family history reference centre and heritage archive bringing meaningful resources and stories from our past to today’s contemporary audiences.

Family History eHub

At Remembering the Past Australia we believe that family history is an exciting journey of discovery. You never know who and what surprises you will find as you travel back through time! Whether you’re a beginner or already on your journey of discovery, the Family History eHub can help you discover more about your ancestors. Designed to connect family historians with Australian sources, finding aids, family history topis and fellow researchers, this exclusive virtual reference centre puts Australian family history information at your fingertips.

A Window Into the Past

Explore Australia’s rich heritage, the fascinating stories, memories, recipes, poems and more. Our heritage archive offers a collection of articles, pictures, yarns, tales, recipes, and more. Enjoy reading about:

  • First hand accounts of the way life was in early Australia

  • Flashbacks to events as they made the news

  • The exploits of our bushrangers, their crimes and the manhunts as justice caught up with them

  • Significant events that happened in the growth of our states and country

  • Our ancestors homes with unique recipes, advice and handy-hints

Whether you want to better understand your ancestor’s lives, or just love history, this collection shed’s light on our distinctive heritage and history.

Our Aim

As online genealogy platforms grow, we have more access than ever before to information about our ancestors. In spite of this, one of the biggest challenges facing many family historians is finding the right repository online and navigating confusing websites. This was the inspiration for developing the Family History eHub, established by Australian family and social historian, Lorraine Newland.

Lorraine is passionate about helping people in their search for their own ancestral roots and putting their ancestors’ lives into context with the times and places they lived. Having studied Genealogy with the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) and Family History with the University of Tasmania, Lorraine specialises in scholarly genealogical research. Her clients include academics, authors and reporters. Lorraine is also the author of The Australian Family History Companion to Online Research and is an Australian ambassador for the international genealogical company Findmypast.

Remembering the Past Australia’s aim is to unlock the invaluable knowledge of our country’s rich record collections and to build a resource to drive well-informed family and social history research in Australia.


“Let no-one say the past is dead, the past is all about us and within”

Oodgeroo Noonuccal


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Putting Australian family history at your fingertips.



Our Aim

Remembering the Past Australia’s aim is to unlock the invaluable knowledge of our country’s rich record collections and to build a resource to drive well-informed family and social history research in Australia.

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