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”

Trove Detective: Craig Baynes’ 1950 film ‘Undertow’

Have you visited the National Film & Sound Archive either online, or at their offices in Canberra or elsewhere? While investigating further research on the ballet dancer Queenie Royal, I came across an interesting article on her husband Craig Baynes, who was a film producer. This film review was intriguing and meant I had to visitContinue reading “Trove Detective: Craig Baynes’ 1950 film ‘Undertow’”

From Bowning to Elizabeth Farm, Parramatta NSW

William Swann and his family are rather interesting. William Swann was born near Bradford in England and arrived in Sydney in 1864 after spending nearly four years at sea before he explored outback NSW and worked along the Australian coast. William did not find gold and began teaching in 1876 and continued until his retirementContinue reading “From Bowning to Elizabeth Farm, Parramatta NSW”

Trove Detective: A Real Turner Bonanza

Good news! Top row – Frank, Jack, George & Len Turner Front row – William (father), Syd, Roy & Bill Turner Thanks to George’s grandson, Jonathon Turner we now have this photograph of the Turner Family (about 1919-1920) which was mentioned in a previous blog. All seven sons returned from World War I and areContinue reading “Trove Detective: A Real Turner Bonanza”

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: Hobart: Sailing to the ends of the Earth

Affairs of the Heart. 1920. T.S.N Company’s S.S. Oonah, Built 1888, in original rig.  SLVic. H92.330/14   Hobart is a very long way from London, but would seem the perfect place to escape your recent past and start a new life, unless of course the party you are escaping from deems no obstacle to be insurmountable.Continue reading “Trove Detective: Hobart: Sailing to the ends of the Earth”

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”