Last week I had the pleasure of participating in the “Girls Make History” Workshops at Deakin Waterfront. It was presented by Deakin Contemporary Histories Research Group and the Master of Applied Learning and Teaching.
As part of my workshop I promised to provide a number of links for further research.
Starting with some of the case studies I used:
- Search the Geelong & District web site for … Squatters … there are numerous pages relating to Anne Drysdale and Caroline Newcomb.
- Grannie Ferris and the Newington Private Cemetery.
- Grannie Ferris – the Don Grant Memorial Lecture at the State Library – includes the discussion on tracing female ancestors and the Midwife and Nurse registers.
- Sewerage (and building) records.
- Sparrovale Farm (without the “W”
Some other links that will help with your research – PLENTY here to keep you occupied for some time:
- Victorian Government Gazette – and many other links for Victoria and across Australia – the austlii (Australian Legal Information Institute) site (don’t forget to go back to the Home page and investigate the numerous other links – as well as the State Library of Victoria Government Gazette site
- Public Record Office Victoria – so many avenues to search for digitised records online as well as huge indexed databases of Public Records
- TROVE – particular the digitised newspapers.
- Geelong & District database – more than 1.7 million records for our region.
Enjoy your research!
I greatly appreciate that my time participating in the “Girls Make History” program was sponsored by Louise King Funerals for Women.
Back on 25 September 2016 I posted a blog with the above title minus the last bit … [ – WINNERS! ] .
The new title with its addition says it all – the Geelong Cemeteries Trust won the 2016 Premier’s Sustainability Award for the category of Environmental Protection.
Congratulations to the Geelong Cemeteries Trust. And for all of you family history researchers make sure you look at the GCT online searchable database for the large number of cemeteries that come under their care.
You’ll also find some very useful background information on their research page.
By “our” I mean Ocean Grove – a lovely corner of Paradise on the Bellarine Peninsula – right beside Bass Strait.
Because it’s unique in Australia, it really is wider than our “local” history so I’ve put it up on my Geelong and District Blog and decided it should also be here.
And there is no denying that the annual even drew the crowds – just look at the photo!
A VERY unique and important part of our history!
It’s not often that these words are all part of one story but they are! The Geelong Cemeteries Trust is a finalist in the Environmental Protection category of the 2016 Premier’s Sustainability Awards.
The Queenscliff Moonah Memorial Walk is a magical area in the Queenscliff Cemetery – read about this project of the Geelong Cemeteries Trust.
And while you’re looking at the Geelong Cemeteries Trust web site, have a look at the cemeteries managed by the Trust – then do a search for your ancestors as most of these cemeteries are indexed and mapped on the GCT Deceased Search site. Also read about researching burials during the early years of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery.
Don’t forget to vote for the GCT Moonah Memorial Walk.
Since I presented the 2016 Don Grant Memorial Lecture for VAFHO (Victorian Association of Family History Organisations at the Family History Feast at the State Library of Victoria I’ve received a heap of emails. Many saying how much they enjoyed my presentation and others asking when the presentation would be put online on the SLV web site.
- I would like to thank everyone for their very kind emails and comments.
- I would like to say how much of an honour it was to be invited to present the annual Don Grant Memorial Lecture
- It was also a great honour to have Don’s widow, Lorraine, his daughter Ally, and his grand-daughter in the front row for my presentation.
My presentation titled ‘Grannie Ferris: midwife, nurse, doctor and undertaker‘ is now online on the State Library of Victoria web site. Above is a photo of the formidable looking Grannie Ferris.
Some of my presentation related to the registers of Nurses and Midwives appearing in the Victoria Government Gazettes – this was the subject of an earlier blog I published on these registers.
During my presentation I also mentioned the two web sites from which you can download these detailed registers:
- Victoria Government Gazette 1836-1997 – State Library of Victoria
- Victorian Government Gazette 1843-1999 – Austlii – Australasian Legal Information Institute
A special bonus for family history organisations who are members of VAFHO:
Send a USB to VAFHO with a stamped self-address envelope requesting a copy of the files mentioned in the presentation and the earlier blog site. These files have been updated through Acrobat so that you can search ONCE in the folder containing all of these 70+ files – the search will search each individual file.
Enjoy! And thank you to VAFHO and SLV for inviting me to present the 2016 Don Grant Memorial Lecture.
Have you ever pondered “how old is history” and then is Hobart history? [ It’s all about #sun7 ]. If something annoyed me last year and it’s changed in the meantime does that make it history? If we don’t record it, this history will be lost forever!
What am I babbling on about?
This might seem trivial and perhaps it’s due to my lack of sleep and a frantic period in my life – packing up all household goods after more than nine years and downsizing. That’s why I’m having a garage sale tomorrow [Saturday 30 April] – and I’m exhausted already!
I’m even having to sell a huge part of my library – reference, local history, genealogy, architecture etc. If I get time tonight I might update the list – there’s a HEAP more to add – but will I be up all night anyway? I guess if there’s a particular book you want it’s always worth asking if I have it for sale – yes, it’s a BIG library!
So what has all this got to do with Hobart and what’s been driving me nuts for some time!
I think I have a personality best classified as ‘méthode Poirot’ – that’s how Poirot often solved his cases – if it was out of order then it was a clue. I’m into order and method – I’m also a “list” person – I create lists about anything and everything. Is that why I live and breathe databases and indexes?
Okay – back to HOBART. If you ever watch Sunrise on Channel 7, do you pay attention to that strip across the bottom of the screen? I’ve even researched it – an official name could be Chyron but it’s also referred to by a variety of names such as ‘info strip’ or ‘news ticker’ and so the list goes on.
During Sunrise it’s an orange strip in 3 sections – the largest section on the left has News, then there is weather info and then the time. My angst is with the weather which itself includes three components: city, expected temperature, and a weather symbol. It’s in alphabetic order but actually it isn’t and that’s where poor old Hobart becomes part of history.
I’m sure we all remember when Tasmania has been left off the map of Australia – not once but numerous times – just Google ‘Tasmania left off map of Australia’!
I’m fairly certain [could be wrong – it has happened on the odd occasion] that I first noticed this last year.
Let’s go through the capital cities of Australia in alphabetical order: ADE, BRI, CAN, DAR, HOB, MEL, PER, SYD.
On Sunrise [ #sun7 ] – it went like this: ADE, BRI, CAN, DAR, MEL, HOB, PER, SYD. It drove me nuts for ages and just when it was getting too much to bear, recently it changed to: ADE, BRI, CAN, DAR, MEL, PER, HOB, SYD !
Why does this matter – I’m sure Hercule Poirot would have something to say about this. But if you’re buzzing around doing things and just glancing at the screen now and again waiting to check on the MELBOURNE forecast – it comes after HOBART – doesn’t it? Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo !
Should I let such a small thing bother me? Of course not. But it DOES !
Did someone at #sun7 suddenly realise that HOBART shouldn’t come between MELBOURNE and PERTH and fixed it? Fixed it even worse????
OK – I’ll get off my soap box – I needed a little light relief before a HUGE day today and tomorrow and now I’m laughing VERY loudly.
Of course I now have a new problem – I have to keep watching that tricky little Chyron waiting for someone to fix it … will they???
At 5.00 pm on Monday 22nd February 2016, TROVE will be closed down.
BUT before you panic, it will reappear with the much anticipated new version – Trove 7 – on 25 February 2016.
I know many of us blame TROVE for missed sleep, missed housework, and a myriad of other “missed” things, but you may need to soak up even more TROVE before it’s offline for a couple of days.
Then make the most of those couple of days to catch up on all the things you’ll miss from the 25th February when you start playing with and enjoying Trove 7!