My geminate Carmel has challenged us to join in a geneameme inspired by last Tuesday’s ANZAncestryTime on Twitter. Like all good family historians, I love a browse through a cemetery even when frustrated because I can’t find who I’m looking for. So, with no further ado, here are my responses. A beautifully tended plot or … More Carmel’s Gravetales Geneameme
On Australia Day 2017 we reflect on our pride in our country and also, for many of us, our status as descendants of immigrants. Some will have First Australians, others will have early convicts. Some will be part of the early settlers in the colony of New South Wales or Van Dieman’s Land. For me, … More Australia Day and My Immigrant Ancestors
This photo gave me an instant connection to some from my 3rd cousin’s photo albums. This particular cousin, Nora, has provided me with so much information over the years: old histories, photos of my Kunkel ancestors and our mutual O’Brien relatives. I owe her an enormous debt in terms of what she’s given to my … More Sepia Saturday 258: Meeting the GI Cousin in Sydney WWII
Growing up as a child in Queensland, we had a large Queensland nut tree in our back garden. Now known as macadamias, these nuts make you work hard to get to their delicious centres (unless you buy them stripped bare). First you have to work through the hard protective casing around the nut, unless it’s … More Mixing my metaphors: Macadamias and Glass Slippers
There’s been a great response to my impromptu Australia Day 2014 geneameme “C’mon Aussie”. I had intended it to be quick and easy given quite a few people are preparing for next week’s Unlock the Past Cruise. However, judging on people’s comments, it’s obvious that it wasn’t quite the quick outing I envisaged. It caught … More Australia Day 2014: C’mon Aussie Compilation
Earlier this week I posed a geneameme challenge to encourage Aussie bloggers to celebrate Australia Day 2014. It’s been great to see all the responses so far, which I’ll collate and post early next week. Meanwhile here’s my own response to the challenge.Since my roots go deep in Queensland soil, perhaps my family tree should … More Climbing your family’s gum tree – or Moreton Bay Fig
G’day cobbers, how’re you going? Hope you’re feeling grouse. Australia Day is coming up so it’s time for another dinkum-Aussie challenge. Since quite a few of us are gearing up for the next Unlock the Past cruise, I thought I’d make it a quick and easy geneameme for those who wish to participate, eh. Let’s … More Australia Day Challenge 2014: C’mon Aussie
The prompt for week 20 in the 15 month series of Book of Me is “Home”: Home means different things to different people, so this week we are going to explore what it means to us: What does it feel like? How do you recognise it? What makes it home -people, place, time. This will be … More Book of Me: Home is where the heart is.
This week’s Sepia Saturday image took me back to the days when my Dad and I used to go fishing off Magnetic Island. Not quite alone and isolated but a sense of being cut off from the world…as evidenced by the fact I have no photos. My image, on the other hand, couldn’t be further … More Sepia Saturday 193: Splendid Isolation
The Dry Season in Darwin brings interstate visitors with family links to the Territory and one of the bonuses is that some of them are expert family history presenters. Today we had the privilege of once again hearing Susie Zada, a dynamic and experienced family historian and professional researcher. I first heard Susie speak a … More Visiting speaker to Darwin: Susie Zada. What did I learn?