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”

Rydalmere, NSW. Finding the Female Orphans of Parramatta

Who were the children of the Female Orphan School? Joseph Lycett, Female Orphan School near Parramatta, 1825. NLA 135702032 Fortunately, April Collison wrote a booklet on the history of the Female Orphan School (FOS), in 1986, which has been the starting point for all research into the school, its staff and pupils. She tells usContinue reading “Rydalmere, NSW. Finding the Female Orphans of Parramatta”

Bowning, NSW. Beginnings & Endings

The State Records of New South Wales holds an amazing assortment of archives. While exploring the School archives I came across this wonderful photograph of Bowning Public School  from about 1900 in their Photographic Collection. Bowning Public School, c. 1900. SRNSW 15051-a047-001628 What can we see? It looks like a garden working bee. How manyContinue reading “Bowning, NSW. Beginnings & Endings”

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 became a family affair with different family members helping out. To some, it seemed likeContinue reading “State Records NSW: J.F. O’Reilly: Successful Fossicking”

State Records of NSW: Fossicking for John F. O’Reilly

A Touch of Gold    Still searching at the State Records of New South Wales for information on John Francis O’Reilly. I have previously mentioned the Teacher’s Rolls where I found John teaching at Manly Public School from May 1898 to December 1900. With no trace of John in the Manly Public School Photos inContinue reading “State Records of NSW: Fossicking for John F. O’Reilly”

John F. O’Reilly: A Sea of Children’s Faces

Teaching at Manly Public School    Time to check out the Teachers Rolls and school records at the State Records of New South Wales. The obituary for John F. O’Reilly in The Argus, Melbourne mentions John was a teacher between 1898 and 1900. We can look up the State Records online index of teachers rolls forContinue reading “John F. O’Reilly: A Sea of Children’s Faces”

1841 Map of Australia & New South Wales by William Baker.

Crossing Boundaries.  While looking for information on the 1841 NSW Census for Yass, in the Lachlan Land District, I came across a rather tantalizing map at the National Library of Australia. Closer examination of the fine print revealed that the map was dated 1841 but was not from the census but for a report to theContinue reading “1841 Map of Australia & New South Wales by William Baker.”