Ballarat, Vic. Photo Rescue: Campbell Family c. 1895

Coincidences & Photographs Was it six degrees of separation or merely a coincidence that this homeless portrait of the Campbell family, which was unearthed in an antique store in Ballarat, has a direct connection to Yass which was also featured in a post regarding coincidences?

Ballarat, Vic. Photo Rescue: Grandmother Marshall’s Grave

Identifying Orphan Photographs It can seem rather daunting to identify & date unknown photographs but there are often clues to be found in the photographs or other resources to help you identify their details, the who, what, where and when. Here’s one of a few I found in Ballarat which you may find interesting orContinue reading “Ballarat, Vic. Photo Rescue: Grandmother Marshall’s Grave”

Christmas Cheer: Time to Keep in Touch

Thinking of you Christmas cards have evolved alongside improvements in photography and printing techniques. Cards can be very useful as images when you don’t have the right picture so think about saving them as they reflect the priorities of the society or times in which they were produced. Christmas cards may include words, verses, motifsContinue reading “Christmas Cheer: Time to Keep in Touch”

Photo Avalanche: A last minute reminder

Keeping It All Together Even though, I thought my photo book was finished this was not quite the case. I nearly forgot to include the school photos! There are often photos that are separate to your main photos or albums that need to be considered if you are trying to put everything in one place.Continue reading “Photo Avalanche: A last minute reminder”

Parramatta, NSW. Exploring Parramatta

Treasuring the Old Amongst the New Parramatta has always been an interesting and historical place. Even though the skyscrapers are now overwhelming, there are still plenty of historical gems hidden away, including Experiment Farm Cottage, Hambledon Cottage, Elizabeth Farm at Harris Park as well as the National Trust’s Old Government House in Parramatta Park, whichContinue reading “Parramatta, NSW. Exploring Parramatta”

Photo Detective: Keepsakes or Clutter?

Preserving and Sharing Family Photographs Now that winter is here, it’s an ideal time to think about that mysterious shoebox (or pile) of family photographs and documents that you’ve been wondering what to do with. Before you decide to declutter or downsize, please take the time to explore the contents of your shoebox to seeContinue reading “Photo Detective: Keepsakes or Clutter?”

Spring Clean Up: Photo Rescue

KEEPSAKES or CLUTTER? Welcome to September and the first week of Spring. Where do we start our Spring Clean up? What about your family photos? Are they languishing in a box unloved and unsorted like this? Their prospects look grim unless they are sorted and labelled or passed onto new owners, family, friends, local librariesContinue reading “Spring Clean Up: Photo Rescue”

Bowning, NSW. Hidden Gems.

Grannie Brown’s Medallion Quilt. Women are often missing in action in our histories. Everyday people doing everyday things don’t usually get much attention, especially women. While recently researching Bowning there was plenty to be found on Trove and elsewhere on the activities of men. In the process, I happened upon Grannie Brown’s quilt at theContinue reading “Bowning, NSW. Hidden Gems.”

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”

Trove Detective: Matron Grace Margaret Wilson (1879-1957)

A Woman to Remember A search on Trove results in this photo of MISS G.M. WILSON, MATRON-IN-CHIEF, AUSTRALIAN ARMY NURSING SERVICE, 1925-1940 together with an obituary and her Death and Funeral Notices which provides some details of her life and the significant influence she had on nursing and the armed services. A FAMOUS ARMY MATRON DIES,Continue reading “Trove Detective: Matron Grace Margaret Wilson (1879-1957)”