August 2023 Snippets from Our President John Sparks

TRACES Edition 23 2023
Central Station, Sydney….. “Sydney’s heritage-listed Central Station, and the two terminals constructed before it on traditional Gadigal land, reveal the city’s rail transport history, which dates back to 1855.” ……then….now… photos
Inspiration from heritage…. “textile artist Julie Ryder drew inspiration from original, hand-embroidered world maps. The maps were made by women in the 18 th and 19 th centuries as a way to learn both geography and sewing skills.”

The Dudleys: Lives in Performance….. “a family whose members spent their lives immersed in the world of music, theatre and film.”….Grace Edith Dudley…Maurice de Lacy Dudley….Alice Marion Dudley….

The New Zoo; from circus cages to swirling stages….. Melbourne Zoo Message in a bottle… “Can a castaway note find its right owner – again?”

Murder in The Rocks…. “a tragic murder of a young child in colonial Sydney, and the ensuing court case that gripped the nation.”…..written by Peter Baker a retired lawyer from Sydney who has a keen interest in Australian and family history.

Researching your Welsh ancestors… “welsh migration tto Australia accelerated during the gold rush of the 1850s….”

The difference between White and Wong … “the lifestryle and cultural choices of a Chinese-Australian family in colonial Australia…. The dilemma… religion and spirituality…..dress….education and literacy….The Verdict!

Finding Fannie Starr….. “a set of 19 th century letters passed down through a family set …. On a quest to uncover the identity of Fannie Starr and her “Dear Uncle”

Isabella Mary Kelly: the real story….
“born in Dublin, daughter of a doctor….not tall but strong and stockily built…. She broke in her own horse which had been living wild in the bush…In 1854 Kelly charge Charles Skerrett with stealing six of her cattle…

‘Doing the Block’ in Melbourne… see and to be seen was the principal purpose of’ ‘doing the block’

GHOSTRBUSTER Campbelltown Dist. F H S. July 2023

My Convict Ancestor/s. ….John Nichols, Mary Carrol, Ann Pugh – 1 st Fleeters

Thomas Peisley – my convict ancestor

The Dillon Boys …. “came from a very poor family from Limerick, Ireland…..Edward had a change in fortune when he married very well…


Sarah Ann Trim, O B E… “Mother of the Flying Corps”
Sister Ellen Savage… “experienced nurse.. “awarded the George Medal in recognition of her valour and unselfishness w the sinking of the hospital ship Centaur

Tamworth Tornado – 9 th January 1914…. “a catastrophe unprecedented in the history of Tamworth…
Extracts from Daily Leader…..

Believe it or not !!!!

Famous conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte was once attacked by a horde of bunnies! He had requested that a rabbit hunt be arranged for himself and his men. When the rabbits were released from their cages, the bunnies charged toward Bonaparte and his men in an unstoppable onslaught.

Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine. In 1834, it was sold as a cure for an upset stomach by an Ohio physician named John Cook. It wasn’t popularized as a condiment until the late 19 th century!

The most famous female serial killer was a Hungarian Countess, Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed.
She was accused of torturing and killing over 650 young women. Most of them were between the ages of 10 and 14

Russia ran out of vodka celebrating the end of World War II! When the long war ended, street parties engulfed the Soviet Union, lasting for days—until all of the nation’s vodka