Berrima, NSW. The Beauty of History

If one tries to think about history, it seems to me – it’s like looking at a range of mountains. And the first time you see them, they look one way. But then time changes, the pattern of light shifts. Maybe you’ve moved slightly, your perspective has changed. The mountains are the same, but theyContinue reading “Berrima, NSW. The Beauty of History”

Trove & Amplify: Care to Transcribe?

As we rely more & more on the internet, we also depend on a vast army of volunteers who help to transcribe automated transcriptions on sites such as the National Library of Australia’s Trove for Newspapers or the State Library of New South Wales’ Amplify for oral history recordings. The Australian Museum also has DigivolContinue reading “Trove & Amplify: Care to Transcribe?”

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?

Rydalmere, NSW. The Female Orphan School Survives

Echoes of another time and place Female Orphan School Parramatta, RG 2019. How often have you driven over the Parramatta River on James Ruse Drive? If you are heading north you may catch a glimpse of the Female Orphan School which has stood there since it first opened in 1818. As it faces the riverContinue reading “Rydalmere, NSW. The Female Orphan School Survives”

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”

Trove Detective: Meeting Queenie Royal, a lovely lady.

A Story with No Rhyme or Reason I met Queenie Royal when I was a small child. We had lost our dog. It was very dark and stormy that day. My brother and I kept knocking on doors asking if anyone had seen our dog. Many houses later, we came upon a suburban oasis withContinue reading “Trove Detective: Meeting Queenie Royal, a lovely lady.”

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 Nominal Rolls at the Australian War Memorial

Miracles Do Happen! Harold George Turner,  Service No. 5185, 1st Divisional Signal Company (SRSA GRG26/5/4/779)  Do you have a name, service number or unit for the First World War or other conflicts before searching for them on the Australian War Memorial‘s website? If not, a surname, some time and good luck will hopefully find this informationContinue reading “War Records: WW1 Nominal Rolls 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”