Saturday, June 29, 2013

New Additions to Trove


In the latest issue of The Federation of Australian Historical Societies e-Bulletin (No. 112 - 25 June 2013) we have been notified of the latest additions to the Trove newspaper collection.
The National Library of Australia has announced that issues of the following digitised newspapers to Trove, and further issues will become available shortly.

New South Wales:
  • Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW: 1900 - 1925)*
  • Arrow (Sydney, NSW: 1916 - 1933)*
  • The Bega Budget (NSW: 1905 - 1921)*
  • The Bega Gazette and County of Auckland Advertiser (NSW: 1865) (Digitisation was supported by Bega Valley Shire Library, Library Council of NSW, the NSW Government and the State Library of NSW.
  • The Bega Gazette and Eden District or Southern Coast Advertiser (NSW: 1865 - 1899) (Digitisation was supported by Bega Valley Shire Library, Library Council of NSW, the NSW Government and the State Library of NSW.)
  • The Burrowa News (NSW: 1874 - 1951)*
  • The Campbelltown Herald (NSW: 1880 - 1919)*
  • The Carcoar Chronicle (NSW: 1863 - 1943)*
  • The Catholic Press (NSW: 1895 - 1942)*
  • The Cobar Herald (NSW : 1899 - 1914)*
  • The Cobargo Chronicle (NSW: 1898 - 1944) (Digitisation was supported by Bega Valley Shire Library, Library Council of NSW, the NSW Government and the State Library of NSW.)
  • The Corowa Chronicle (NSW: 1905 - 1928)*
  • Daily Observer (Tamworth, NSW: 1917 - 1920)*
  • Democrat (Lithgow, NSW: 1915 - 1916)*
  • Eden Free Press and Eden District Advertiser (NSW: 1899) (Digitisation was supported by Bega Valley Shire Library, Library Council of NSW, the NSW Government and the State Library of NSW.)
  • Examiner (Kiama, NSW: 1859 - 1862) (Digitisation was supported by Kiama Library, Library Council of NSW, the NSW Government and the State Library of NSW.)
  • Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW: 1850 - 1932)*
  • Gilgandra Weekly (NSW: 1915 - 1929) (Digitisation was supported by Gilgandra Shire Council, Library Council of NSW, the NSW Government and the State Library of NSW.)
  • Globe (Sydney, NSW : 1885 - 1887)
  • Goulburn Herald (NSW : 1860 - 1864)
  • The Goulburn Herald and County of Argyle Advertiser (NSW: 1848 - 1859)
  • The Independent (Deniliquin, NSW: 1901 - 1946) *
  • Kiama Examiner (NSW: 1858 - 1859) (Digitisation was supported by Kiama Library, Library Council of NSW, the NSW Government and the State Library of NSW.)
  • Kiama Reporter (NSW: 1886 - 1887)
  • Labor News (Sydney, NSW: 1918 - 1924)*
  • The Land (Sydney, NSW: 1911 - 1954)*
  • Leader (Orange, NSW: 1912 - 1922) (Digitisation was supported by Central West Libraries, the Library Council of NSW, the NSW Government Country Libraries fund and the State Library of NSW.)
  • The Mirror of Australia (Sydney, NSW: 1915 - 1917)*
  • Molong Argus (NSW : 1909 - 1921) (Digitisation was supported by Central West Libraries, the Library Council of NSW, the NSW Government Country Libraries fund and the State Library of NSW.)
  • Molong Express and Western District Advertiser (NSW: 1912 - 1922) (Digitisation was supported by Central West Libraries, the Library Council of NSW, the NSW Government Country Libraries fund and the State Library of NSW.)
  • The Newcastle Argus and District Advertiser (NSW: 1916)*
  • The Newsletter: an Australian Paper for Australian People (Sydney, NSW: 1900 -1918)*
  • The Northern Daily Leader (Tamworth, NSW: 1921)*
  • The Peak Hill Express (NSW: 1902 - 1952)*
  • The Port Macquarie News and Hastings River Advocate (NSW: 1882 - 1950)*
  • The Queanbeyan Leader (NSW: 1905 - 1916)*
  • Reporter and Illawarra Journal (Kiama, NSW: 1887 - 1894)
  • The Shoalhaven News, Nowra (NSW: 1937)*
  • Southern Argus (Goulburn, NSW: 1881 - 1885) (Digitisation supported by Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Upper Lachlan Shire Council, Yass Valley Council, the Library Council of NSW, the NSW Government and the State Library of NSW.)
  • Southern Morning Herald (NSW: 1920 -1923) (Digitisation supported by Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Upper Lachlan Shire Council, Yass Valley Council, the Library Council of NSW, the NSW Government and the State Library of NSW.)
  • Twofold Bay and Maneroo Observer (NSW: 1860 - 1899) (Digitisation was supported by Bega Valley Shire Library, Library Council of NSW, the NSW Government and the State Library of NSW.)
  • Twofold Bay Telegraph (NSW: 1860) (Digitisation was supported by Bega Valley Shire Library, Library Council of NSW, the NSW Government and the State Library of NSW.)
  • Wagga Wagga Advertiser (NSW: 1874 - 1905) (Digitisation was supported by Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga City Council, The Daily Advertiser and the Wagga Wagga & District Historical Society.)
  • Wagga Wagga Advertiser and Riverine Reporter (NSW: 1868 - 1874) (Digitisation supported by Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga City Council, The Daily Advertiser and the Wagga Wagga & District Historical Society.)
  • Wagga Wagga Express and Murrumbidgee District Advertiser (NSW: 1858 - 1875) (Digitisation was supported by the Wagga Wagga & District Family History Society.)
  • Werriwa Times and Goulburn District News (NSW: 1901) (Digitisation was supported by Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Upper Lachlan Shire Council, Yass Valley Council, the Library Council of NSW, the NSW Government and the State Library of NSW.)
  • Western Herald (NSW: 1896 - 1970) (Digitisation was supported by Bourke Shire Council, the Library Council of NSW, the NSW Government and the State Library of NSW.)
 * Digitisation of these titles has been supported by the State Library of NSW as part of the Digital Excellence Program, funded by the NSW Government.
Victoria:
  • Gippsland Guardian (Vic: 1855 - 1868) (Digitisation was supported by Wellington Shire Council, Wellington Shire Heritage Network and Gippsland Prospectors and Miners.)
  • North Melbourne Courier and West Melbourne Advertiser (Vic: 1895 - 1913) Digitisation supported by Melbourne Library Service.
  • North Melbourne Gazette (Vic: 1894 - 1901) (Digitisation was supported by Melbourne Library Service.)
  • The Record and Emerald Hill and Sandridge Advertiser (Vic: 1872 - 1881) (Digitisation was supported by the City of Port Phillip.)
  • The Telegraph, St Kilda, Prahran and South Yarra Guardian (Vic : 1866 - 1888) (Digitisation supported by the Malvern Historical Society, Prahran Historical & Arts Society, St Kilda Historical Society and Stonnington History Centre.)
  • The Yarragon, Trafalgar & Moe Settlement News (Vic: 1902 - 1922) (Digitisation supported by the Trafalgar & District Historical Society, the Victorian Government and Public Record Office Victoria.)
Western Australia:
  • The Herald (Fremantle, WA: 1867 - 1886) Digitisation was supported by Fremantle City Library.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

What an enthusiastic group!

Last Saturday afternoon the members of our World War 1 Project group met for the first time for a workshop at the Society rooms.



The workshop provided us with an opportunity to introduce the project leaders and for research team members to meet each other. We came together as a group of committed individuals but left as  members of an enthusiastic team.

Researchers were given information on the project background and aim and were given details about the book/s the group hopes to produce. We discussed the project timeline, went through the research pack and style guide provided and examined some samples of work that have already been submitted. 

As the session was collaborative in nature attendees were encouraged to comment and ask questions throughout the event. As a result some of the suggestions have been taken on board and incorporated into our support documents. Thanks to David Wilkins, our military man, for his prompt response in distributing additional materials.

One unexpected outcome occurred when we were going through a sample profile submitted by a team member. Members were quietly reading through the document when one person came to someone in the text by the name of Smith, she explained excitedly "He's mine". Co-incidentally she was sitting next to the gentleman who had written the profile; we could not blame them when they launched into a private tete-a-tete about the serviceman in question.

The researchers were asked if they would like us to organise a writing workshop with Cassie Mercer, editor of Inside History Magazine. As they were positive to this idea we have organised a workshop for August. 

I left the meeting feeling privileged to have been able to work with such a generous and passionate group of people. If you would like to join this project as a researcher/writer please contact Kathe Rieth via email frithie@netdata.com.au. We will organise similar workshops or meetings and provide support  for any new researchers who join us. Any person with an interest in one of our servicemen is most welcome to join our group.

Jill Ball

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Another member joins the blogisphere

As one who is passionate about the value of blogging for genealogy and history I am always excited to find a new Australian blog. I was doubly delighted when I discovered a new blog from a Society member, Ed.

In his blog, Carr Family Search, Ed has already written nine posts on a range of topics  including one post about his involvement with our World War 1 project. It is wonderful to read of the enthusiasm Ed has for this project.



I am sure you will enjoy reading Ed's posts. The URL for his blog is http://ecarr357.blogspot.com.au/

Jill Ball

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Trove Tuesday - married in London

From the Australian Women's Weekly on 1 May, 1937 comes this photo of  former Wahroonga resident, Miss Sheila Campbell. The Weekly on Trove  is a wonderful source of images for researchers.


























The text from the article reads:
MRS GERALD GREGERSON, who, before her recent marriage in London to Dr.Gerald Gregerson of Adelaide, son of Dr. and Mrs. W. J. Gregerson, of Dulwich,  was Miss Sheila Campbell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Campbell, ofWahroonga,Sydney. Dr. and Mrs. Gregerson, who first met when travelling to England last Feb-ruary, leave London in November to make their home in Adelaide. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Learn how to use FindMyPast from an expert

Our Society has a subscription to the FindMyPast database that is at present being underutilised. Our subscription provides access to many records from Australia, Britain and Ireland including  Census Records, Military Records, Police Gazettes, Shipping and Immigration Records.

Joshua Taylor
The Society has received notification that Findmypast’s Lead Genealogist, Joshua Taylor will be touring Australia and New Zealand during July and August giving free talks developed to provide you with the necessary tools to use our subscription and hopefully knock down some brick walls.

Joshua will be presenting at Parramatta on August 10. For full details and bookings please go to: http://www.findmypast.com.au/articles/upcoming-event-joshua-taylor-tour

This event should book out quickly so don't delay.

Shooting through on the Northside

Members and visitors are invited to join us for our monthly meeting on this coming Saturday, 15th June, at 2:00 pm in the Gordon Library Meeting Rooms, 799 Pacific Highway, Gordon.

Peter Kahn, from The Sydney Tramway Museum at Loftus, will talk about a time when Sydney was one of the world's great tram cities. Peter joined the Museum in 1959 and since that time has served in various offices, taken an active part in restoring old trams and regularly promotes the Museum  with talks to community groups.

In its heyday, Sydney’s tram network was the largest in Australia and the second largest in the Commonwealth (after London) and one of the largest in the world, with about 1,600 cars in active service during the 1930s. 


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Trove Tuesday - House Prices in Ku-ring-gai

For our Trove Tuesday post this week we are turning the clock back one hundred years to June 11, 1913.

On Page 20 of The Sydney Morning Herald the following advertisement was published.


The text of the above advertisement follows:

LINDFIELD, RIGHT AT STATION.-New Brick
Bungalow, 5 rooms, and offices. Land 66 x 240,widening to 100ft at rear. Price £1300.
KILLARA.-MANSION AND GROUNDS, close to Sta-
tion, excellent position, 7 rooms, billiard-room,and offices. Land about 2 acres. Price £3500.  
GORDON.-GENTLEMAN'S RESIDENCE, a spreading
Weatherboard Bungalow. Land 280 x 580 (obout),garden, lawns, orchard. Price £1800.

I wonder where these properties are and if they are still standing today.






Friday, June 7, 2013

Time travel

One of the participants in yesterday's workshop on Social Media felt that she had been moved through time.

As a presenter I had a most satisfying session as those who gathered really wanted to learn about social media - they came with open minds and lots of questions which made for an enjoyable time. We discussed Blogs, Facebook and Privacy, Twitter and a range of other social media sites.

I promised to email a list of URLs for the sites we visited and a couple of other resources to those who attended. While I am at it I will share the URLs with you.

After a discussion about social media in general we looked at blogs written by members of our Society.

Carole's Blog    http://heritagegenealogy.com.au/blog/
Cynthia's Blog   http://ceciliainglis.blogspot.com.au/
Jackie's Blog     http://jackievanbergen.blogspot.com.au/
Jenny's Blog      http://jennyalogy.blogspot.com.au/
Jill's Blog          http://geniaus.blogspot.com.au/

Our KHS blog  http://kuringgaihs.blogspot.com

and a really great blog from the UK britishgenes.blogspot.com

We looked at some Social Media Sites, some of their member pages and how to sign up for accounts:

Blogger  www.blogger.com 
Facebook  www.facebook.com
KHS page on Facebook www.facebook.com/kuringgaihs
Flickr  www.flickr.com
Powerhouse Museum page on Flickr  www.flickr.com/photos/powerhouse_museum/
Google+  plus.google.com
NSW State Records Page on Google+
Instagram  instagram.com
Librarything  www.librarything.com
Lake Macquarie and District Historical Society Page on Librarything  http://www.librarything.com/profile/lmdhs
Linkedin   au.linkedin.com
Pinterest   pinterest.com
Twitter   www.twitter.com
Historyweek page on Twitter   twitter.com/history_week
State Library of NSW page on Twitter   twitter.com/statelibrarynsw
Youtube  http://www.youtube.com/
Jill's page on Youtube  http://www.youtube.com/user/bibliaugrapher

A resource I shared was A Guide to Facebook's Privacy Options from the Wall Street Journal.

One of the group, Tony, told us about a free application for downloading videos from Youtube: YTD Video downloader http://ytd-video-downloader-3.en.softonic.com/.

We also discussed the benefits of using free Picasa software, picasa.google.com, for organising, managing and sharing photos. Tony has agreed to join me in a workshop to show members how to use Picasa with their digital image collections. We have scheduled this for Thursday August 8 from 10:30 to 12:00. A booking sheet will appear in the Society rooms shortly.

Jill Ball




Wise words from Lifehacker

These ten tips from the Lifehacker blog will help with your computer and online management.

Top 10 Good Tech Habits Everyone Should Have

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Trove Tuesday - James Godfrey Higgs

Both your Society bloggers, Jackie and I, are involved in the Society's World War 1 project in which we are identifying those servicemen and women with links to our area who served in that conflict.

Jackie and I are working on the team that is co-ordinating the project with the aim of publishing
a book commemorating these personnel. We have a group of over twenty enthusiastic researchers who are writing up the stories of those who were Decorated or Killed in Action. One of the resources we are using in our research is Trove.

In looking for James Godfrey Higgs, one of the men that I am researching I turned to Trove. The first few articles that I discovered were In Memorium Notices in the Sydney Morning Herald from members of his family. That his family were still publishing these notices 15 and more years after James' death demonstrates the depth of their loss.

Sydney Morning Herald 26 August 1929

Sydney Morning Herald 26 August 1930

Sydney Morning Herald August 26 1931
If Society members would like to join the team of researchers on this project please contact khs@khs.org.au and Use "WW1 Project" in the subject line.

Jill Ball