Finding Family

One woman's obsession with family history.

Unless, like me, you’re slightly obsessed with vintage advertisements, you may find yourself dismissing ads as a source to further enhance the stories of your ancestors’ lives. While searching through pages of ads may at times be cumbersome, often the gains far outweigh the inconvenience. So, what can you find by exploring advertising in relation …

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The Australian Women’s Weekly on Trove has always been a favourite resource of mine for accessing wonderful, full colour images of historical advertisements. While I once ‘print screened’ different sections of the images and then painstakingly pasted them back together on Paint, a recent discovery of the magazine being a ‘Trove Spotlight’ has resulted in …

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Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. ~Henry James Throughout the years Australians have had many different brands of tea to choose from and while some have faded into obscurity, others have remained and have become iconic brands. Bushells is …

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As I sat on the bus sucking on a Butter-menthol and hoping that the scratchy feeling in my throat wasn’t the onset of a cold (incidentally, it was) I got to thinking about the history of cough lollies which included (of course) historical advertisements. Cough lollies (also known as throat lozenges – though I’ve never called …

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Lifebuoy soap (though not invented by them) was promoted by the Lever Brothers in England in 1895. It was propelled into the advertising world with ads claiming that it would save you from illness and protect you from germs (hence the name) due to its antiseptic nature. Early ads focused on the fact that it …

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