Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Trove Tuesday - Generous Roseville Women

The Methodist (Sydney, NSW ; 1892-1954) is now available via Trove. A report from this week in 1927 tells of the activities of the Roseville Methodist Ladies.

1927 'Roseville.', The Methodist (Sydney, NSW : 1892 - 1954), 19 November, p. 15, viewed 22 October, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article155364282

Friday, November 14, 2014

Perth Cemetery Information Online

The Society received this information from the Federation of Australian Historical Societies in their e-Bulletin No. 131 - 1 November 2014

New East Perth Cemeteries website launched
In a partnership between the Friends of Battye Library (the Western Australian collections in the WA State Library) and the National Trust, a new website has been made available giving details of 9,056 of the estimated 10,000 individuals buried in the East Perth Cemeteries between foundation in 1829 and closure of the cemeteries in 1899. Using a multitude of sources and building on the work of others before them researchers Lorraine Clark and Cherie Strickland have uncovered many previously unknown facts - such as the number of stillbirths buried among the 2929 babies under 18 months.
With a grant from Lotterywest to cover their costs, the two have photographed all memorials, and complied biographical information about the majority of those interred in the cemeteries from the newspapers (with thanks to Trove), data held within the Registrar Generals files, correspondence within Police Registers, and State Gardens Board review documents, which contained many letters from families wishing to be buried alongside their loved ones. Perth Gaol Occurrence Books, Convict General Registers, and Department of Lands records all provided information. Chipper Funeral Directors records, filmed by the Latter Day Saints, contained valuable information pertaining to previous internments and addresses of next of kin. One of the last sources consulted - which proved invaluable - was the Colonial Hospital Admission Registers owned by the Royal Perth Hospital Museum. All the information collected is now available on line, thanks to the National Trust, at www.eastperthcemeteries.com.au. An article summarizing the findings of the two researchers is also available on the Friends of Battye Library website

Monday, November 10, 2014


Of interest to those in our family history group will be this free event in the city.

Author and academic Dr Noeline Kyle who is an Emeritus Professor at Queensland University of Technology and an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney will be presenting a talk on November 25 at The Sydney Mechanics School of Arts.

Full details can be found on the SMSA website.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Trove Tuesday - Weston Obituary

The Canberra Times on November 3 1935 published this obituary for a Turramurra resident, Thomas Charles George Weston (1866-1935).

1935 'OBITUARY.', The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), 3 December, p. 2, viewed 10 October, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2402635
Further information on Mr Weston can be found in an article in The Australian Dictionary of Biography http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/weston-thomas-charles-george-9054

Sunday, October 26, 2014


In the RAHS eNewsletter 2014 October Issue 2 received by the Society there was information about  a survey being conducted by The National Library of Australia. If you are a user of the New South Wales Government Gazette you might respond to the survey.


The National Library of Australia, in conjunction with the State Library of New South Wales, is working towards making a digitised version of the New South Wales Government Gazette from 1832-2001 available through the Trove Newspapers Service.

The Library is conducting a short online user survey on use of government gazette materials to help us better understand why and how people use government gazettes for information, so we can align with those needs.

The survey consists of 15 questions and aims to find out:
- which government gazettes you consult and how frequently
- the kinds of information you are seeking
- if there is a difference in your use of print or microfilm gazettes and online gazettes
- which ways for finding information in government gazettes are most useful to you, and
- how you would prefer to make use of what you find.

Click here to access the survey, which is open until Sunday 2nd November.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Trove Tuesday - Attractive Highlands

Ku-ring-gai's population has increased since this article was written in 1920.

1920 'LAND, BUILDING AND THE HOME.', Sunday Times(Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), 17 October, p. 11, viewed 10 October, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article120523782

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Trove Tuesday - Epitaph for a Convict

Browsing through the Septmeber issue of the Hawkesbury Crier received recently at the Society I found this poem that is also available on Trove. It was published in 1846 in The Launceston Examiner

1846 'POETRY.', Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899), 16 September, p. 8 Edition: MORNING, viewed 1 October, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36246338