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Genealogy on the go The tools you need when you’re on a research trip; plus the best new apps on the market
The odd blemish Neil Smith looks at the impact of British law on Australian troops serving in the Boer War
A soldier no longer lost How a combination of archaeology, history and science solved a family’s 93-year mystery
Uncovering the lure of the Kokoda Trail Why more people are trekking the track made famous during World War II
How healthy was your ancestor? The worst occupations when it came to diseases in the workplace
Fair thee well… One family historian on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast proves that research breakthroughs can happen in the most unexpected of places!
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In from the cold Did your ancestor serve in Korea? Join historians as they mark 60 years since landmark battles
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A collective history How the Royal Australian Mint is paying homage to our convict ancestry
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There are many wonderful and fascinating stories that we come across here, or that people send in to us, and we’re always hard pressed choosing which ones to feature. But sometimes we hear about events that affect us more than usual. This was the case with the story of Private Alan Mather , a WWI soldier killed in action in Belgium. For more than 90 years his final resting place was not known, until an archaeological dig discovered his remains by chance. Through a combination of history and science he was able to be identified — read how it came about, and his family’s elation, on page 34. We’re continuing the military theme this issue, with features on soldier morale in the Boer War , why more people are journeying to Kokoda , and we highlight an upcoming conference that marks the 60th anniversary of landmark battles in the Korean War, and how you can learn more if your relative was there. Plus, starting on page 42, Helen Smith looks at the occupational diseases our ancestors suffered from, and Mark Webster runs through the technology you need when you’re researching away from home (see page 26). There’s our feature on vintage fairs , and what genealogist Jane Harding found by accident – her story on page 50 will amaze you! Our September-October issue is packed with advice on family history research, tips from our experts , the latest news and events , giveaways and book reviews . And starting with this issue, we’ll be featuring the terrific work being carried out in our history and family history societies around Australia and New Zealand. This issue, the Broadford and District Historical Society in Victoria talks about the relocation of the area’s first printing press from the 1840s. Whether it’s restoration work to an old building, the indexing of records or the notation of graves , we want to hear what your society is up to. Contact me at the details on page 4, so we can showcase your projects .
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How healthy was your ancestor? page 42 My English grandfather, Leslie Smith, was killed in WWII. My grandmother and father emigrated to Australia in 1949 and lost contact with his family. I am tracking forward so hope to contact a living descendent of his older brother, Herbert Edward.
Fair thee well… page 50 I’m focused on identifying who inherited the estates of two spinster great-aunts who I believe were the “keepers” of the family memorabilia. I’d love to track down these collections (if they still exist) in the hope of unearthing photos of key family members.
Genealogy on the go, page 26 I’d like to find out where “Emanuel Castellano, Gent” came from when he arrived in England in the mid 1700s. My grandmother, buried in Auckland, was born Castellano. Our branch thought Italian; Spanish and Portuguese are also possibilities.
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On March 6 each year, Norfolk Island’s residents celebrate Foundation Day, with historical re-enactments to mark the landing of Lieutenant Philip Gidley King in 1788 to form the first settlement. Why not join them in 2012 and have a fantastic holiday on a beautiful island that’s steeped in history! Australian-based researcher, Cathy Dunn, and genealogist Liz McCoy, who lives on Norfolk, have put together a Foundation Day holiday package. The weeklong experience includes return
On the front line Next year marks the 70th anniversary of when Australia stood in the shadow of war. In 1942 victorious Japanese forces swept right up to Australian territory and the very lifeline of the Pacific supply route with the United States was directly threatened. To commemorate these historic events, Military History and Heritage Victoria is hosting In The Shadow Of War: Australia 1942, a conference to be held in Melbourne on April 21 and 22, 2012. Eminent speakers from Australia, Japan and the United States will discuss a number of themes affecting Australia in 1942: Allied and Japanese strategy, the Japanese plans for Australia, the air war including the home front, cooperation with the Americans and other allies, and political response to the threat, among others. Don’t miss the chance to hear so many expert speakers during this two-day event. MORE www.mhhv.org.au
During 1942, Bondi Beach’s famous sand was covered with barbed wire and iron stakes as it was thought to be a potential invasion point. Swimmers could still reach the shoreline to bathe by negotiating their way through the maze of fortifications. The locals nicknamed it the “rat run”.
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I’ve been researching for 20-odd years and still can’t find my great grandfather’s origins or parents. The information I have is that David Doran was supposedly born in 1842 in Geelong, Victoria. This information came from his marriage certificate, along with his parent’s names, Michael Doran and Mary (née Burke). I have never been able to find anything at all about David’s birth or baptism (if in Australia), or any sign of Michael and Mary arriving in Australia in time for him to be born here. The family was Roman Catholic but I was told many years ago that the Roman Catholic records were non-existent for Geelong. I have not been able to find any other children that fit the family either. I would dearly love to know if he actually was born in Australia and if so, what happened to his parents. Nothing on his marriage or death certificates, or his Probate indicate anything about his origins. I do know the family was Irish. I did find a marriage for a Michael Doran and Mary Burke in Castleisland,
County Kerry in 1838 — coincidentally their marriage date of February 25 is the same as David and his wife Flora’s exactly 30 years later, and I wonder if that is a clue? I would dearly love to have my dad’s family history back further than his grandparents. Patsy McMillan Waikari, New Zealand
Shauna Hicks says My first thoughts were that perhaps there was a convict connection with Tasmania as many ex-convicts moved to Victoria when their sentences expired. However, a check of various name indexes online for the Archives Office of Tasmania didn’t return any likely matches with Michael Doran and Mary Burke. A search of BDM indexes for both Victoria and Tasmania for Doran and Burke and all possible spelling variations was without success. Searching for possible deaths for both Michael and Mary Doran without further clues could prove expensive as they are common names and numerous possibilities to work through, and there is no guarantee they died in Victoria.
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I did notice that the Victorian BDMs index does include the Roman Catholic baptisms for St Mary’s Geelong 1842–1854, and a search revealed 36 baptisms to parents Michael and Mary, but nothing matching David Doran or similar. If he was baptised prior to 1842 he wouldn’t be in the index. I also searched the Genealogical Society of Victoria’s Genealogical Index of Names (GIN), which has over three million names, mostly relating to Victoria (a members-only database), and Victorian Police Gazettes but again without success. The only Michael Doran in the Public Record Office Victoria online index to wills was a bachelor who died intestate with no known family. You mention an ongoing family story that the family is Irish, but there is nothing to actually confirm that. David named his children Michael, John and Mary and this may have been after his parents — but maybe not. The Geelong Cemetery Trust records show that there were Dorans living in the Geelong area in the 1850s, but were they related to David and his parents? This brick wall is all about finding David Doran’s baptism (as it is before civil registration) with the only clues the names he gave on his marriage certificate. Or trying to find his parents Michael and Mary Doran née Burke. Searches of all the obvious places don’t reveal any information on this couple. One is left wondering if David was really who he said he was and unfortunately, that’s a question that can’t be answered. All I can suggest is that as new indexes and records are released to check them for the Doran family, and good luck. ✳ Shauna Hicks is director of Shauna Hicks History Enterprises and has more than 32 years experience in Australian, English, Scottish, Irish and Norwegian research. For more details, visit www.shaunahicks.com.au
Death certificates for soldiers
I have a query that I would like help with. My family lost two sets of brothers in France in WWI. I have searched the Australian death records but can’t find any listings of their deaths. When a soldier dies in a war, where are the death certificates issued, if anywhere? All I have are their war records to go by. Thanks for your help. Vicky Kingdom, by email
“These certificates would… only be raised in response to a request for more formal, legally acceptable proof of death”
Neil Smith says It has never been the norm for the Australian or indeed British Army to issue a death certificate following the demise of a soldier on active service. I say the norm, because in the past the Central Army Records Office (see www.army.gov.au ) certainly did provide a form of Certificate of Death in some circumstances, but I stress that the certificates did not provide the sort of genealogical detail of interest to family historians. In fact, the rule was that these certificates would not be issued for such a purpose, rather they would only be raised in response to a request for more formal, legally acceptable proof of death to further matters related to estate finalisation such as insurance or superannuation. On occasions you may find the Army had provided a letter, which is not acceptable legally, to advise an interested person of the death of a serviceman or woman. Again, such is of little benefit to a researcher and nowadays, with the ready availability of internet resources on our fallen, would be quite unnecessary. ✳ Lieutenant Colonel Neil C Smith AM publishes on a range of Australian and British military history. Turn to page 31 for his article on Australians in the Boer War
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Broadford’s broadsheets In this new column, we’ll be featuring local history and family history societies, showcasing the records they hold, and their projects on the go. First up, Broadford and District Historical Society in Victoria, where work is under way to preserve the original newspaper office What is the name of your society? Broadford and District Historical Society Inc.
When did it open its doors? The Society commenced on June 26, 1968.
Does the society have a website? www.broadfordhistorical.org.au
Where are you and what are your opening hours? Our address is 110 High St, Broadford, Victoria, about 90km north of Melbourne. We are open from 9am until 3.30pm Wednesdays (except between Christmas and New Year) and by appointment.
What areas of Australia does your society cover? Our society covers the Victorian
districts of Broadford, Strath Creek, Reedy Creek, Tyaak, Sunday Creek, Glenaroua, Flowerdale, Sugarloaf Creek, Clonbinane and Tallarook.
What is the cost to join? Full membership costs $15 per single and $20 for a family, and is due and payable at the AGM in August of each year. The cost of “subscription only” is $10. This covers the cost of the four quarterly newsletters we issue each year.
Tell us a bit more about your society. Broadford and District Historical Society includes the original newspaper office of the Broadford Courier and Reedy Creek Times. This was established in 1891 and ran continuously as a hand-type set printing office until it closed in 1978. The newspaper was a four-page, weekly broadsheet for all of this time. The original press,
Opposite Broadford residents, Russell Searle and John Brissett, inspect the original, c1840 Clymer Dixon printing press in anticipation of its move from Bendigo back to its first home in Broadford
believed to have been manufactured around 1840, was in constant use until 1960, when it was replaced with an improved model. The newer model has been found to be exceedingly rare in Australia, and the earlier model has only recently been discovered, off site. It is soon to be relocated into our museum when renovations to the building are complete.
What are the five most popular records that Broadford and District Historical Society hold? We have a lot of enquiries about our newspaper and government register collections. Our most popular records are the: 1 Index and transcriptions of the Courier newspaper 2 Broadford State School register 3 Broadford Shire rate records 4 Broadford Cemetery records 5 Courier newspaper collection
Do you have any major projects happening in the next 12 months? Each year the society has a major open day exhibition in Broadford, as part of the Mitchell Shire Australia Day celebrations. Special displays
Above, left The Broadford Shire Rates Book, 1914–15 Above, right The printing office in the Broadford Historical Precinct gets a long-awaited restoration
and demonstrations are on show, and members are in attendance to answer enquiries from the public. Details and photos from our 2011 Australia Day opening are on our website. Broadford’s celebrations each year start around 7.30am and run until about 2pm.
What record at your society is underutilised, but well worth a look? Our photograph collection — it’s quite extensive of the local area. People tend to forget about it, but it’s certainly worth a look.
What is your favourite website for family history research? The most useful online resources are the Public Record Office Victoria (see www.prov.vic.gov.au) and Trove (see www.trove.nla.gov.au).
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ILLIAM ALDRIDGE was a convict transported 1806 muster showed him as a landholder with 11 acres from England to New South Wales as part outside of Sydney. He gained his conditional pardon of the Third Fleet, and arrived on the Admiral in 1809 and his certificate of emancipation in 1811. Barrington in October 1791. He’d possibly been born Aldridge married 16-year-old Kesia Smith, born in Deptford, London, in 1770. in the colony to Irish convicts, “There are no original on May 30, 1814 at St Matthews He was tried on September 12, 1788 at Middlesex Sessions, documents in Australia Church, Windsor, north-west of London, and having been found Sydney. The 1814 muster showed and none has been cited he was a landholder of Windsor, guilty was gaoled immediately in Newgate Prison. Just over a in any book, website or “off stores” and self sufficient. The year later he was moved from muster showed the couple other source referring 1822 Newgate to the Justitia prison living on a partly purchased farm hulk on the River Thames at with residence and 18 acres. to his actual crime.” Woolwich, and was still there According to the muster data in early 1791. The convicts they had four cattle, 20 hogs and on the Justitia were put to work “when health and two horses, with wheat and maize in store. The 1828 weather permitted” in raising gravel from Barking census recorded them living at Richmond on 22 acres. or Woolwich Shoals for use in repairing the Thames Aldridge died in 1832 at North Richmond aged 62, Wall and for “other occasional works”. and was buried at St Peters, Richmond. The first record of Aldridge in Australia occurred in the muster taken from 1800-1802: his name was DOING TIME… IN THE ARCHIVES listed, but with no further information. His sevenWhile Aldridge’s life in the colony is traceable, year sentence expired in September 1795, and the identifying the crime for which he was transported
Previous page Joseph Lycett, View of Windsor, upon the River Hawkesbury, New South Wales, 1824. Courtesy National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
has been problematic. There is very little information available on him that is held in Australia. The British convict transportation registers 1787-1867, available online through the State Library of Queensland (see www.slq.qld.gov.au), shows quite a few entries for William Aldridge, but none for the one transported on the Admiral Barrington. A search of The Proceedings of the Old Bailey London 1674 to 1913 (see www.oldbaileyonline. org) finds 461 Aldridges, but no William Aldridge who fits the dates. The list of convicts sent as part of the Third Fleet that arrived in Sydney in 1791 and available from the Convicts to Australia website (http://bit.ly/mRpXTr) has an entry for William Aldridge: “tried at Middlesex court and sentenced to seven years transportation”. Records held at the Mitchell Library in Sydney list his trial as being on September 12, 1788 at the Old Bailey. The website Convict Stockade (see http://bit.ly/naFgUQ) show a trial date exactly one year later at the Old Bailey. There are no original documents in Australia and none has been cited in any book, website or other source referring to his actual crime. So there is a name and a sentence, but everything else is contradictory: the date (September 12, but either 1788 or 1789) and two courts (either Middlesex Sessions or the Old Bailey), and no mention of why he was transported. This is made more complicated because there were no Old Bailey sessions on September 12, 1788 or 1789, and no William Aldridge listed in the Old Bailey online database. A subsequent visit to the The National Archives in Kew identified no additional records beyond their online material. The next logical place to visit was the London Metropolitan Archives, which I did in 2009.
It was there that I found the breakthrough I had been hoping for. The archives has a hard-copy list of all dates of all courts in its reference collection that is not currently online. On the list was a court session for Middlesex court on September 12, 1788. All the records of the indictments heard that day were bound together with greased parchment and tied with string. They had to be brought from the basement storage area and had been placed in a modern-day cardboard box: the records were covered in thick black grime and had possibly never previously been opened. The record of trial number 220 stated that William Aldridge of Hackney stole “with force and arms” one linen sheet from Thomas Hooper. Aldridge’s crime had been a puzzle to his descendants for many years. Luckily, it’s now known because of this original record of trial held in the London Metropolitan Archives. ✳ While you can’t beat an actual visit to the archives to see what treasures it holds, you can access the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) online catalogue. The LMA also offers a Family History Research Service for those who can’t get there in person. Prices are around $80 per hour. For more information, go to www.cityoflondon.gov.uk and enter search term “London Metropolitan Archives”. ✳ Neil Hall is the co-author of One Family History: 220 years in Australia (Irish Wattle, $50). He lives in London, UK, and Batlow, New South Wales.
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For the very first time the writings of Elizabeth Macquarie, wife of New South Wales governor Lachlan Macquarie, are published in this exquisite new work In Her Own Words: The Writings Of Elizabeth Macquarie is a beautifully produced and illustrated work, with original source documents and modern photographs of places close to Mrs Macquarie’s life. The woman behind “the father of Australia”, Governor Lachlan Macquarie, Elizabeth was a woman of great passion and diverse abilities. In Her Own Words documents her life through numerous personal records; her diary, surviving letters, remembrances of her through the letters of friends and acquaintances, and official colonial records. Through these we gain intimate glimpses of who she was — her wilfulness and stubbornness, and health worries as she suffers through seven miscarriages. An advocate of women’s rights, Elizabeth challenged the male-dominated political structure, stood for better treatment of convicts and indigenous people, and instigated much of the landscape design of Sydney. She was vitally
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One picture… …1000 memories This portrait is of my great grandparents, George and Amelia Hubbard, in my father’s line. George Hubbard was born February 24, 1855 on South Battery Street in Hobart, Tasmania. He was a boat builder in Hobart and later in Glebe, Sydney. He is the grandson of Thomas Hubbard, a lighterman who was transported in 1820 on the Shipley to Sydney and then on the Guildford to Van Diemen’s Land. Thomas married Elizabeth Read in Hobart on January 2, 1828. Elizabeth was transported to Van Diemen’s Land on the Persian and arrived in 1827. Amelia Hubbard, née Betts, was born in Hobart on April 12, 1853, the daughter of Francis Betts and Elizabeth Howell. Francis was transported in 1840 to Van Diemen’s Land on the Asia. Both Francis and Elizabeth died in 1864, leaving 12-year-old Amelia an orphan. My father’s mother died in 1911 when he was six, and George and Amelia (his grandparents) took him in and my father was still living with his grandparents in Glebe in 1936, when he was 31. This was during the Depression, so my father could have been supporting his grandparents, or vice versa. Although it seems ridiculous to say I met someone born in 1855, I did meet George when I was a little girl, because he lived until 1950, well into his 96th year. — Jan Koperberg, Winmalee, New South Wales
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