The Blue Mountains is a mountainous region just to the west of Sydney, Australia. It is an area that has a rich history and tradition , not only for European settlers but also for the Aboriginal people that have inhabited the area for millennia.
In this interview we meet with Jan Koperberg, the president of the Blue Mountains Family History Society (BMFHS).
Tell us a bit about yourself Jan - how you got into family history research, why you are so heavily involved with it now etc.
This is an English translation of Interview mit Torkel S. Wächter written by Silvia.
Torkel S. Wächter was born in 1961 in Stockholm, Sweden. He studied at the universities of Lund, Melbourne and Leipzig, and at Paideia - The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden and at the Royal Academy in Stockholm. Between 1986 and 1999 he worked as a pilot for SAS. Wächter’s first novel, Roman Samson was published in 1997 by Verlag Natur och Kultur; his second novel, Roman Ciona, an autobiography that appeared in AlfabetaAnamma, was published in 2002 and was nominated for a major Swedish literary award, Augustpreis. Since 2006 he has both Swedish and German citizenship. Torkel is the founder of the website, 32postkarten.com, where you will be able to read 32 authentic postcards sent from Hamburg during 1940 and 1941.
In a week that's seen some fantastic family photography, it's worth remembering that not all shots come out so well.
The website, awkwardfamilyphotos.com, is a haven for all of the less-aesthetically-pleasing shots we occasionally take as families. Whereas in the past, these lingered at the bottom of drawers and in boxes in the closet, now they can be shared for all the world to see.
We've put a few examples down below. If you have any to share, it's time to get yourself over to the awkward family photos site!
Many countries around the world are preparing to celebrate Mother’s Day this coming Sunday – to pay respect and thanks to their family heroines.
The woman that gave everything for her loved ones, the one that is the reason we are in this world.
There is not just one, we all have more than one heroine in our family. It could be a great grandmother that despite war, loneliness, financial difficulties and other life challenges – survived against all the odds.
Or it could be the unconditional support for you and personal strength demonstrated by your own mother during a difficult period in life. By simply spending more time with the women in your family – you’d be surprised at how tough they really are.