Category Archives: Family Stories

Trove Detective: Samuel Young’s Diary: A Dark & Stormy Night in the Gippsland Forest, 1902.

Cold Comfort in the Darkest Hour Bridge over Snowy River, Orbost (Harvey, 1890) SLVic H2009.100/119 After the child has put on his oldest clothes, the horses which are tethered outside the bank, are mounted and the brothers ride off at … Continue reading

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Trove Detective: Samuel Young’s Diary: By Royal Mail Coach

Day 3: Roughing the Track from Cunninghame to Orbost Thursday, March 27, 1902.                                                       … Continue reading

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Trove Detective: Samuel Young’s Diary: Crossing the Gippsland Lakes, 1902.

Still Day 2:  Sale to Cunninghame aboard the ‘Omeo’ Wednesday March 26th, 1902.                                                        … Continue reading

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Trove Detective: Samuel Young’s Diary: To Sale by Rail, 1902.

Day 2: Melbourne to Sale by Train Wednesday March 26th, 1902.     Rail. River. Lakes. Wonderful to relate the child (Samuel) rose at 6.30 a.m. (what would D. think). After breakfast, he caught the train leaving for Sale at … Continue reading

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Trove Detective: Samuel Young: A Journey Back in Time.

Day 1: Beaufort to Melbourne by Train. Many thanks to Samuel Young’s family who have kindly given permission to use Samuel Young’s Diary here on Explorers Tree blog. We hope you enjoy this delightful tale of the perilous journey undertaken … Continue reading

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John F. O’Reilly: Thanks to the National Archives of Australia

Patience and Perseverance Rewarded. Among the newly scanned records from the National Archives of Australia (NAA) is this photo of John F. O’Reilly, the Superintending Engineer for the Postmaster General’s Department. Recently I had requested information or a photo from the … Continue reading

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Trove Detective: John F. O’Reilly’s Family Notices.

Looking Back with Hindsight Now that I have discovered so much about John and Maude O’Reilly it’s hard to look back and remember how much family history research has changed over the last decade or so. The internet has it’s … Continue reading

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State Records NSW: J.F. O’Reilly: Successful Fossicking

At the Forefront  of Technology    Way back in the dark ages before online genealogical indexes and searches existed many family history enthusiasts spent umpteen hours trawling through piles of old books, musty documents, microfiche and microfilms. Sometimes, this even … Continue reading

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Trove Detective: Maude O’Reilly, A Talented Artist

Trove: An Australian Treasure Trove is an extremely valuable resource and it’s free, thanks to the National Library of Australia. The digitised newspapers may need editing but if we all do a little when we visit it helps everybody. It … Continue reading

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Trove Detective: John F. O’Reilly: Just a Little Trove Magic

Perseverance Rewarded.      Still struggling to find where John O’Reilly was buried. His marriage certificate showed his name as John Francis Benedict O’Reilly, an electrical engineer living in Petersham when he married Catherine Maude Wormersley, a dressmaker at St … Continue reading

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