Monday, November 23, 2015

Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial

The Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial Ballarat
The Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial in Ballarat is a national memorial of national significance, unusually situated outside Canberra. It is on a number of Heritage registers. It includes 36,200 names and associated stories. There are 4,500 names where final resting places are known and 8,500 names where no known grave exists.
The Memorial committee met in 1996. At that time, there was no official list of POW’s. Details had to be searched individually by examining service files and other records. About 50 or so new names are added each year as the research continues. Japanese records were acquired in 1999.
Memorial designed by Peter Blizzard. The angle of the memorial is at 30 degrees, considered as optimum for viewing. The memorial opened in 2004 by the Governor General Cosgrove. The memorial includes panels arranged by war including Boer War – 291 names, WW1 – 8 panels of 4200 names 9 panels for WW2 – 4200 names. One man is listed for both WW1 and WW2.
A lone pone from Gallipoli has been planted near the Memorial.
Visit the website where a lot of information about the names listed is added and updated. Education kits have also been developed for primary and secondary teachers.
View our list of true life accounts of Australian Prisoners of War.

UK 1939 Register

The UK 1939 Register has been released by Find My Past to great fanfare.  Yarra Plenty Regional Library provides Find My Past library edition as a free genealogy e-resource for family history researchers on any PC in every library.  Access along with our other e-resources  via our website via Browse - Family History - e-resources.
Unfortunately the UK 1939 register is not available via the Library Edition but only to individual pay as you go users.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Search historical Victorian BDM free

The Victorian historical birth death marriage indexes are now online to search for free! The date range for deaths has been extended to 1988. The date range as I understand it, is as follows:
Births to 1914
Marriages to 1942
Deaths to 1988
Go to: Births deaths marriages Victoria

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Book review: Lists of Note

Lists of Note follows on the footsteps of Letters of Note compiled by Shaun Usher.  This is a delightful book to dip in and out of for an interesting treat.  Many of the lists would be of interest to family history researchers and include:
George Washington’s slaves
Reasons for admission – West Virginia Hospital for the insane

Others include:
The cowboy code by Gene Autry
The 50 Dwarfs by Walt Disney
Frankly My Dear.. Selznick International Pictures
Houdini’s Scene and Prop list
How to attain smartness Edna Woolman Chase
President Roosevelt’s List of Birds

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

New newspapers on Trove

The National Library of Australia is pleased to announce that the following newspapers, digitised by the National Library through the Australian Newspaper Plan program, have been recently added to  Digitised newspapers and more on Trove. Many of these newspapers are currently being added to Trove and further issues will become available shortly.

New South Wales
Chaser (The) (Glebe, NSW : 1999 - 2005)
Enterprise (The) (Katoomba, NSW : 1913)
Record of the Blue Mountains (The) (Katoomba, NSW : 1924)

Bowen Independent (Qld. : 1911 - 1954)
Evening News (The) (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1924 - 1941)
Pittsworth Sentinel (Qld. : 1919 - 1954)
Truth (Brisbane, Qld. : 1900 - 1954)

South Australia
Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 - 1912)
Gadfly (Adelaide, SA : 1906 - 1909)
Journal (The) (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1923)
Millicent Times (The) (SA : 1891 - 1905)
Pioneer (The) (Yorketown, SA : 1898 - 1954)
Port Adelaide News (SA : 1878 - 1883)
Port Augusta Dispatch (SA : 1877 - 1880)
Port Augusta Dispatch (SA : 1884)
Saturday Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1929)
South Australian Gazette and Mining Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1847 - 1852)
South Eastern Times (The) (Millicent, SA : 1906 - 1954)
Times (Victor Harbor, SA : 1987 - 1999)
Whyalla News (SA : 1940 - 1954)

Colonist (The) (Launceston, Tas. : 1888 - 1891)
North West Post (The) (Formby, Tas. : 1887 - 1916)
Tasmanian (The) (Launceston, Tas. : 1871 - 1879)
Tasmanian (The) (Launceston, Tas. : 1881 - 1895)
Tasmanian Daily News (The) (Hobart Town, Tas. 1855 - 1858)
Tasmanian Tribune (The) (Hobart Town, Tas. : 1872 - 1876)
Tribune (Hobart, Tas. : 1876 - 1879)

Bell's Life in Victoria and Sporting Chronicle (Melbourne, Vic. : 1857 - 1868)
Church of England Messenger (Melbourne, Vic. : 1905)
Church of England Messenger (The) (Melbourne, Vic. : 1870 - 1876)
Dandenong Journal (The) (Vic. : 1927 - 1954)
Hamilton Spectator and Grange District Advertiser (South Melbourne, Vic. : 1860 - 1870)
Melbourne Leader (The) (Vic. : 1861 - 1862)
Tocsin (The) (Melbourne, Vic. : 1897 - 1906)

Western Australia
Beverley Times (The) (WA : 1905 - 1977)
Evening Star (The) (Boulder, WA : 1898 - 1921)
Laverton Mercury (Laverton, WA : 1899 - 1919)
Meekatharra Miner (WA : 1909 - 1918)
Southern Cross Times (The) (WA : 1920 - 1940)

Monday, August 31, 2015

Book Review: Lost Relations: fortunes of my family in Australia's Golden Age

“Genealogy offers a gateway into an extended family, linked vertically through time rather than horizontally in the present.  In a world of confused and multiple identities, it promises a deeper sense of who we are.”
Historian Graeme Davison has written the saga of his family in the recently published: Lost Relations: fortunes of my family in Australia’sGolden Age”.   His family’s history is similar to many, with origins in England, family seeking new beginnings, part of an exodus to Australia helping to shape the country we know today.  The author has woven contextual and local history into the narrative of his ancestor’s lives, which you certainly would expect from an historian.  It greatly enriches the story he tells and is a great example for family historians endeavouring to tell their own stories.

Endnotes for each chapter are included at the back of the book, but only listed in a very general way.   It is lovely to see the author’s female ancestors being celebrated in the happy informal photograph showcased on the book cover.  This book is a terrific inspiration for any family history researcher to research and tell their family story. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Family History Month

National Family History Month is an initiative of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations. Family history and genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies around the world. Family history is the second biggest subject on the web with sites receiving billions of hits per year. There are over 250,000 Australians who are members of family history related organisations so the month has broad appeal across Australia. YPRL supports this program again in 2015. Check the events link for information on what is happening in your local library.
Highlights include:
Anzac Research Day
Research your WW1 Anzac 
Watsonia Library
Saturday 1 August
11.00am – 12.00noon
Military historian Neil C. Smith of Mostly Unsung Military History Research and Publications will provide tips on researching your World War 1 Anzac.
Photo Restoration
Watsonia Library
Saturday 1 August
1.30pm – 2.30pm
Photographs provide an important link to our past. They provide us with an historical record and priceless, irreplaceable memories of family and special events. Photo Restorer Carol Heath will provide advice on how copying and restoring old and / or damaged photographs, ensures they are there for future generations to enjoy.
Anzac Writing Workshop
Watsonia Library
Saturday 8 August
10.00am – 1.00pm
Do you have a local Anzac Story to tell? Have you researched a World War One soldier? Attend our writers’ workshop and learn how to weave your research into an interesting story and learn more about YPRL’s book project.
How To Preserve Your Family Treasures
Eltham Library
Saturday 8 August
3.00pm – 4.30pm
Bring in a family treasure and Conservator Debra Parry from Melbourne Conservation Services will give advice and tips on how to look after it properly.
Please limit your treasures to one piece each.
The Argus: Icon of Melbourne
Rosanna Library
Tuesday 11 August
10.30am – 11.30am
The Argus, once a Melbourne daily newspaper till its closure in 1957 remains a valuable historical resource on Melbourne and Australia. Janet Creed recounts its history, her personal family connection and her own work on the Argus Indexing Project.
Research your German Family History
In partnership with Whittlesea Cultural Heritage Program
Thomastown Library
Saturday 22 August
10.30am – 12.30pm
German represented one of the major groups of arrivals in the early waves of arrivals in the early history of immigration to Victoria. Michael Rumpff of the International Settlers Group special interest group of the Genealogical Society of Victoria will provide tips on starting your German family history.
Following the seminar join the Friends of Westgarthtown and visit one of Victoria’s best preserved German settlements at the nearby Westgarthown Pioneer Precinct.
Family History Software Into The 21st Century
Mill Park Library
Tuesday 25 August
11.00am – 2.00pm
Doug Elms from ViCGUM will provide advice and information on the popular genealogy computer programs used to organize your family history research.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

DVD Review: Birdsong

Beautifully and accurately filmed, Birdsong moves slowly but powerfully and gradually draws you in.  This UK production is a nice change from the usual fast faced, action packed war dramas with a terrific supporting cast, costumes and sets.
The book became a classic after it was published in 1993.  This first interpretation of it on film as a television mini series was released in 2012. Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne is superb in this war drama that mixes between his life and love affair in France before the war and his experience as an Officer on the Somme battlefields.
I first learned of Sebastian Faulk’s Birdsong when a family history researcher I had been collaborating with alerted me to it.  My Great Grandfather’s brother had been a tunneller in World War One.  He had enlisted in his 40’s following time spent on the Western Australian goldfields.  The author’s description of the tunnellers work and environment portrays conveys to me what the tunnellers had to go through, the mini- series also depicts this well.  I could not help but think about my Grand Uncle while I watched this depiction and marvel that he at least physically survived the horrors of the trenches, tunnels and battlefields of war.