Last night while trawling Trove for some further stories on the Henny family of Dungog for my other blog I came across this amusing story. It gave me a good chuckle as I imagined the event, and hope it raises a laugh for you also. A Dungog version of the Melbourne Cup perhaps. … More Trove Tuesday – a little Dungog humour
This week’s Sepia Saturday image brought to mind many trips to see the Cape Byron lighthouse. In particular I was reminded of a weekend there with colleagues at work. Little did I know at the time there may have been an indirect family connection, and we may even have been staying in the same lighthouse … More Sepia Saturday: Lighthouse lives
Our good friend Trove has done it again! I mentioned in my East Clare post last week that I was waiting on a new release news story which looked tantalisingly optimistic. It’s now been released and has exceeded my hopes. Regular readers will recall my excitement back in late December when I found a clue … More Trove does it again – Bridget Widdup and the Florentia
In the early months of 1915, two young brothers enlisted to serve their country in the First World War. It’s unlikely they felt they were going to fight to defend “home” and the “motherland” as their grandparents and uncles were German-born, not unlike my own Kunkel relatives. Perhaps they felt they needed to defend their … More Two brothers go to war: Les and Fred Fisher
My East Clare Emigrants blog has been neglected since the cruise but today I was determined to add a story, and the one I’d selected was about Mary Ann Morton, nee Massy. One thing led to another, as it does, and eventually I also followed up her husband, James Morton. An Irishman born in Ballymena, … More Trove Tuesday: James Morton of Ballymena, County Antrim and Grafton, NSW.
I am participating in the A to Z 2012 blog challenge throughout April. My theme is a genealogical travelogue or a travel genealogue (I’m not sure which), but sometimes like today it involves a simple travelogue as well. U is for Urana (New South Wales, Australia) My 2xgreat-grandmother Mary O’Brien from County Clare, and her … More U is for Urana and Ubud
I am participating in the A to Z 2012 blog challenge throughout April. My theme is a genealogical travelogue or a travel genealogue (I’m not sure which). H is for Hughenden Hughenden is a small town on the road between Mt Isa and Charters Towers and Townsville. We’ve visited in passing a few times but … More H hops into Hughenden, Herston, Hastings Point and H ships
If you have Irish ancestry in Australia, there’s a good chance that at some point you’ve referred to an index of Irish Assisted Immigrants to New South Wales (NSW) 1848-1870, available in most family history libraries around Australia. I doubt I was alone in thinking, when I first used the index, that this was another … More Thoughts on “Farewell My Children” by Dr Richard Reid: Irish migration to Australia 1848-1870