Snippets for September 2019

September Snippets 2019

Written during “the rains” on Tuesday 17th….let’s hope it continues…….


Descent – SAGS September

The Indomitable Miss Jane Skillicorn (Croker Prize Winner) – in 1850 four ships sailed into Lyttelton Harbour, their mission was to establish a British colonial outpost in Christchurch.

My Family Tree and the DNA Chainsaw Massacre – seeking out the Elderidge family

What’s in a Name? A Family Excavation – Matthew St Leon, colonial circus proprietor was in Brisbane 1882 and John Leon Jones who came from Wales in 1840s.

Three Tips for GOOGLE Searching

Archival Anecdotes. From State Archives and Records.

Book Notes – “Whaler by Providence” by Patrick Norton and “The Mystery Aussie; Jan See Chin” by Pamela Lee Wong.

Highlights from the Manuscript and Image Collection – Indentures and the Malet Family History Book.

Moruya & Dist. Hist. Soc. Inc. September

Police Matters in Moruya District 1904/5 extracts from the NSW Police Gazette

Museum Exhibitions “Unpicking Time”

Cemetery Toragy Point, South Head, Moruya – is a peaceful spot near where the river enters the ocean – a drowning tragedy in the Moruya of five men George Harrington, James Heritage, William Edwards, William McGleish and Robert Sharpe have graves there – stories and lots of illustrations.

Syd Just Needed a Post Hole in Toragy Cemetery – Sydney Jost Post dies in July 1988 – he was well known and much liked, a retired Clerk of Petty Sessions – red tape and Council regulations

Moruya Hall Memories mainly from the 1950s.

Spanish ‘Flu in the South East of NSWI had a little bird, its name was Enza, I opened the window, and in-flu-enza”….about 101 years ago a deadly form of influenza swept the world. Resulting in the deaths of 50-100 million people!!

A Voyage with the Mails – an interesting 63 page book recently donated to the library – tells of the journey from London to Gibraltar, Gonraltar to Suez, then Suez to Brisbane – interesting pictures and autographs

History – RAHS September

A Tale of Two Morgues: Sydney’s Deadhouses- the one at Circular Quay and the later one at Devonshire Street – a curious story here!!

Effect of the 1918-19 Spanish Influenza Pandemic on Picture Shows and Theatres in NSW – January1919 the NSW Government issued a proclamation requiring the immediate close of picture shows, all other places of entertainment, churches and school in the Sydney area.

Exploring History through Maps – why create maps? – Keeping it simple -interpreting historical events through maps.

Into the West: The Movement of Spanish Flu into Far West NSW Boarder Towns and Beyong……the early spread of the virus….initial cross-border solidarity….impact of border quarantine….arrival of shearing season…influenza crosses the border….

Tragedy at Mascot: Sydney’s forgotten aviation disaster – July 1945 the Liberator crashed into Tempe Council Tip -when it not the viaduct, a large portion of the fuselage was catapulted beneath it rupturing fuels tanks.

Book Notes – “Ettie’s Diary; Woodford Academy 1910-1912” and “Snapshots of a Village: An Illustrated History of Shoalhaven Heads once Jerry Bailey”

The Argyle Bulletin August

Identities…TKhe Death of Mr. Philip Pinn….some reminiscences

Recollections of Old Goulburn….Richard Teece….Miss O’Flanagan, in a manner quite genteelly performed upon the pino for the bushranger O’Mealey….

After Fifty Years…Goulburn Re-visited…The Red Boot….The Covered Wagon

Mixed Snippets and Reminiscences of a Cobb & Co. Coach Driving, “Brummy” Richards of Goulburn.

Recollections South Coast History Society Inc. February.

Can the Rabbits – rabbits became a serious problem in the NSW South-East – the various methods to control them also, How to Can a Rabbit.

Wings over the Valleys: Aviation on the Far South Coast 1911-1939 – background; winds over Tathra – the march of the Aeroplane – Bega Aerodrome – after the war – the “Southern Cloud” disappears, March 1931. Smithy comes to town – Adastra Airways and the first airmails – demand for air transport – lots of local information.

Nurses of Australia: The Illustrated Story a book review.

The Kalaru Brick Kilns – the first of these were built in 19139 – good article with photos.

Koori Heritage Stories -written by Carley McGregor, Indigenous Officer at Bega Council – the book highlights the significant roles that Aboriginals played in industries such as timber milling, pea and bean picking and fish canning on the South Coast.

The Wallaga Lake Bridge….used in filming ‘Unbroken’ in 2014 – and – The Bemboka General Store – its history – Lance Redgrave and Nicholas Hobbs 1920-1930s.

Kith & Kin September

Matilda McNally….born 16/10/1915, daughter of a convict and a free woman….

The Junior Red Cross….during WW1 the JRC was founded by Eleanor McKinnon after whom the home at Cronulla is named….

Fleshing out Family Biographies….newspaper sources….court trials and proceedings…

The Endeavour Botany Bay FHS September

The Mary Wortley Montagu Mystery – an interesting and intriguing story.

Kate Lobb (nee Coombs) – Sutherland’ Pioneer midwife of the early 1900s – born in Kiama in 1866 of English parentage – during her time as a midwife in the Shire, she saw the establishment of electricity and reticulated water supply.

Florence Mary Roseby 1864-5, re-interred at Woronora from Devonshire St. Cemetery -extension of the Sydney railway saw many “residents from Devonshire Street Cemetery” moved elsewhere.

The Weir Family of Bolivia, NSW – the Weir family including an unnamed infant arrived in Moreton Bay on 1/5/1849 – according to family history, Joseph Weir had been given letters of introduction to Mr &Mrs Broughton, relatives of the Fairfax family, their contacts in Sydney.

Robert Ritchie ‘a the Nepean River’ c1770-1849 – a tabletop grave at Woronora Cemetery bears the inscription: Sacred to the memory of Robert Ritchie who departed this life at the Nepean Rive 19th November 1849 aged 89 years. Also his wife Ann Ritchie who died 1 January 1865 aged 68 years. Story of another Upheaval after Death!

1914 – Wind Power in Woolooware…windmill electricity had been around for many years…..regulations of the millsaisl still troubled electricians.

Glamorgan FHS September

Beyond the Horizon – article on migration. Immigration to Merthyr Tydfil, the Melting Pot, Pt.1- the English, the Scots

Journey’s End – George Pope (South Wales) and Ann Bradley (English) married in 1887 in Liverpool. Ann was widowed at the age of 44 with four child to support.

19 Gold Sovereigns – A story of a Dutch girl who was given gold sovereigns to play with!

My Family’s Journey into Glamorgan – Harris/Fishlock/Greenaway and Ackland.

Evacuees’ Tales – Stories of two small girls and then two small boys who were evacuees from London during the bombing years.

Murder and Mayhem in Glamorgan – 1945 – a Canadian soldier, Howard Joseph Grossley was found guilty of murdering Lily Griffiths.