ADB: Australia’s First Three Fleets 1787-1791

While having a quite coffee at the National Library of Australia cafe I came across an article in their June 2016 magazine on the Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB). My blog on Parramatta Cemetery contained information on first fleeters buried there, some have headstones but most don’t so it was exciting to discover that theContinue reading “ADB: Australia’s First Three Fleets 1787-1791”

WW1 War Records: Alfred Pendleton & the AIF Project

Alfred Pendleton (1891-1951) AIF Service Number 313 Troopship ‘Thermistocles’ 1917 (SLVic Image H21105) START HERE at the AIF PROJECT and save a lot of time & effort looking for WW1 servicemen. This database uses the records from the Australian War Memorial and the National Archives of Australia and although they don’t identify the source it’sContinue reading “WW1 War Records: Alfred Pendleton & the AIF Project”

Trove Detective: A Turner Bonanza

Who’s Who in this WW1 Turner Family? Whilst perusing Trove I came across images of ‘Two Patriotic Families’ in the South Australian Chronicle dated 24 June 1916. They were the seven Turner brothers and the seven Cooper brothers. Incredibly the Coopers also had pictures of the mother and father. Unfortunately, the names of the TurnerContinue reading “Trove Detective: A Turner Bonanza”

War Records: World War Two Nominal Rolls & Service Records

Brothers Harry & Murray Turner If your looking for the details of Australian Defence Force or Merchant Navy personnel who served in World War Two then start with the World War 2 Nominal Roll. You can start with a search for even just a surname, such as Turner, and the alphabetical list of results willContinue reading “War Records: World War Two Nominal Rolls & Service Records”

War Records: Searching for WW1 Images and Stories

Graeme Lang Wilson  (1890-1915) Lance Corporal G.L. Wilson. 2nd Light Horse Regiment, AIF.   From the Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour Name: Graeme Lang Wilson     Service Number: 230     Rank: Lance Corporal Unit: 2nd Australian Light Horse Regiment     Service: Australian Army Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918 Date of death: 19 May 1915     Place of death: Gallipoli, Ottoman EmpireContinue reading “War Records: Searching for WW1 Images and Stories”

War Records: WW1 Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial

Cecil Edward Turner of Adelaide  Cecil Edward Turner, Service No. 7561, A.I.F. 10th Battalion, (SRSA GRG 26/5/4/42) First World War Roll of Honour – Cecil Edward Turner The Roll of Honour includes those who died while on active service or as a result of that service before April 1921. A ‘Search for a person’ for CecilContinue reading “War Records: WW1 Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial”

War Records: WW1 Portraits at the Australian War Memorial

Cecil Stanton of Penrith Whilst preparing the recent workshops on Trove and Australian War Records Online at Penrith, I discovered this portrait of Cecil Stanton of Penrith at the Australian War Memorial. Many of us do not have photos of our more distant relatives and one such as this would be a great find. TheContinue reading “War Records: WW1 Portraits at the Australian War Memorial”