We have an enthusiastic team of members who are undertaking a project to research, write and publish biographies of the WWI Killed in Action soldiers, decorated soldiers and nurses who are named on memorials in the Ku-ring-gai area.
Here is how Trove helped us link one of our soldiers back to Ku-ring-gai.
Nowell Johnstone SIEVERS didn’t appear on the Australian War Memorial website or the NAA Mapping Our Anzacs website.
Research revealed he was a Captain in the 9th Essex Regiment.
So, how to link him back to Ku-ring-gai?
A search on Trove revealed his death notice and his parents residence as ‘Sydney’.
A search of the BDMs revealed siblings born in NSW but didn't include Nowell.
He was born in the UK in Dec 1890.
Craigmyle in Wahroonga.
Then the death notice of the father in 1932 showed an address of: Garth, Kuring-gai Chase avenue, Turramurra.
Nowell’s father Edward was a Valuer General of NSW and his obituary reads like a who’s who of old Ku-ring-gai names.
Another article from Trove, and one from New Zealand’s Papers Past revealed some more details of his life.
Evening Post, Volume XCIV, Issue 153, 27 December 1917, Page 7