Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Australian Dictionary of Biography

The Australian Dictionary of Biography was once a well thumbed addition to Reference collections in Australia's public libraries.  Today the ADB is a valuable free online resource for local and family historians alike.
Search by place name for significant people connected to your place.
The Australian Dictionary of Biography want to add entries for women active 1788-1890, and are asking for your suggestions. All you need to provide is name, profession/significance, birth and death date. The ADB will be applying for a grant to research and write the dictionary entries. Read their August newsletter for further information.
Photo: Unidentified women.  If you can identify these lovely ladies please contact localhistorygene@yprl.vic.gov.au

Monday, August 01, 2016

August is Family History Month

August is family history month. Be inspired by personal stories and learn tips for your own family history research with our free program of events across Yarra Plenty Regional Library this month.
We have a number of events to support our Writing the War exhibition at Eltham Library including Research an Anzac, Researching WW1 Victorian Ancestors and Researching your female ancestors.
Pick up a free @your library flyer and view the program of events or visit the events section of this website.
While you are at the library, access our free e-resources including Ancestry, Find My Past, British Newspapers Archive and the UK News Vault.

Letters from World War One come to Yarra Plenty Regional Library

Alice Mills (Photographer) Percival Langford c 1914 University high School, Parkville archvies
To commemorate the centenary of World War One, Yarra Plenty Regional Library in partnership with Nillumbik Shire Council is presenting a touring exhibition from State Library Victoria exploring the personal stories of ordinary Australians told through their own photographs, letters, diaries and writings.
Writing the war: Personal stories from WWI tells the story of Australia’s involvement in WWI seen through the eyes of seven ordinary Australians from very different backgrounds – a teacher, a nurse, a bank clerk, a farmer, a journalist, an artist and an activist. Their personal experiences are conveyed through personal and published writings, photos, drawings and multimedia which take us from Gallipoli to Egypt, Gaza and the Western Front, and capture a diverse range of perspectives.
Some of these writings helped shape public opinion about the war effort, such as Sir Keith Murdoch’s Gallipoli letter or the writing of pacifist Vida Goldstein. Some were never intended to be read in public, like the diaries of George Auchterlonie which remained in his family’s possession for more than 70 years.
The exhibition due to open at Eltham Library Community Gallery on Thursday 4 August and will also feature the Lemnos Gallipoli Photographic Exhibition, memorabilia and personal materials from Eltham Montmorency RSL, the Australian Army Signals Museums and local history groups.
“These diaries and letters of both prominent and ordinary Australians give us an insight into WWI that is immediate and intimate because it is told in their own words,” says Liz Pidgeon Local and Family History Librarian.
Eltham Library Community Gallery is one of twelve regional libraries and galleries across Victoria who will host the exhibition until June 2017.
Writing the war: Personal stories from WWI is a free exhibition at Eltham Library Community Gallery from 4 August 2016 to 29 August 2016.
On Saturday 6 August Yarra Plenty Regional Library is hosting a special event to formally open the exhibition as well as launch their Anzac Centenary book project Fine Spirit & Pluck, which is a poignant collection of local stories from Banyule, Nillumbik and Whittlesea. The anthology helps to connect us to our past and offer a sense of place in the community in which we live, and which exemplify the fine spirit and pluck exhibited by every Australian.
The exhibition is also supported by a number of events in association with Family History month.
Explore more WW1 resources at State Library Victoria Writing the War
The Writing the war exhibition tour is supported by the Victoria Government through Creative Victoria.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Book Review: A Different Earth

A Different Earth by Max C.S. Beck first drew my attention as I have ancestors who hailed from Cornwall and set sail for South Australia and then trekked overland to the Victorian Goldfields – I expect much like the story of Jane Dunstan and her family: Cornwall to Burra and overland to Gold.
The detailed “fictionalised” account told through Jane Dunstan’s eyes instantly drew me in, perhaps through the refreshing female view and the connection I felt with my own research of my Stevens family. Upon his retirement Mr. Beck decided to explore the family stories in his family history, research, visit the places his family lived and even sailed on a ship before writing this book. His exquisite attention to detail makes for fascinating – and inspiring reading. Jane and her family’s story would have been so similar to so many people from Cornwall and in fact the British Isles and beyond who decided to make a new life in a strange land.
I am pleased that Mr Beck has accepted Yarra Plenty Regional Library's invitation to present at Ivanhoe Library for National Family History Month in August. In the meantime enjoy this interview with Tiffany Truscott from BBC Cornwall

New Genealogy Group at Ivanhoe Library

We are excited to launch a new Genealogy Special Interest Group at Yarra Plenty Regional Library this month.  The group will meet every 2nd Thursday of the month at Ivanhoe Library.
The group will kick off this Thursday evening 5 May at 7pm with guest speaker Liz Pidgeon, Local and Family History Librarian providing tips and resources for getting started with family history research.
Whether you are advanced or a beginner, there is something on offer for all.
The Special Interest group will have its second meeting on Thursday 9 June at 7pm and will be facilitated by Ivanhoe staff member Mary, who is a passionate family history researcher herself and knowledgeable on Library Resources. Mary will be there to guide the group as they share expertise and experiences of researching family history.
Come learn about resources and share your story.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Aspects of Irish Family History - Breaking down brickwalls

Aspects of Irish Family History Seminar of Irish Genealogical Group of the Genealogy Society of Victoria - Breaking down Brick walls
A selection of resources (by no means limited) to help you break down your genealogy brick wall

See also Tracing your [County] Ancestors series, by various authors. (Flyleaf Press)


Geneabloggers – resources for blogging your family history

Catholic ParishRegisters

Genealogy on Facebook (98 Facebook groups listed for Ireland)

British Newspapers Archive (Subscription or access via libraries)

Irish News Archive (Subscription or access via National Library of Australia)

Find My Past (subscription or access via libraries)

Eneclann (professional genealogists)


See also Researching your Irish Ancestry guide at Yarra Plenty Regional Library

5 March 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

New newspapers for Trove

The National Library of Australia is pleased to let you know that the following titles have been added to Trove newspapers over the past few months. Digitisation of these titles was funded by the National Library of Australia with microfilm supplied by the ANPlan partners.
The Australian Workman (Sydney, NSW : 1890 - 1897)
The Bird O' Freedom (Sydney, NSW : 1891 - 1896)
The Dead Bird (Sydney, NSW : 1889 - 1891)
Dutch Australian Weekly (Sydney, NSW : 1951 - 1993)
Dutch Weekly (Sydney, NSW : 1993 - 2004)
The Workers' Weekly (Sydney, NSW : 1923 - 1939)
Balonne Beacon (St. George, Qld. : 1909 - 1954)
The Beaudesert Times (Qld. : 1908 - 1954)
Brisbane Telegraph (Qld. : 1948 - 1954)
The Bundaberg Mail (Qld. : 1917 - 1925)
The Bundaberg Mail and Burnett Advertiser (Qld. : 1892 - 1917)
The Daily Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1903 - 1926)
The Daily Northern Argus (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1875 - 1896)
The Dalby Herald (Qld. : 1910 - 1954)
Dalby Herald and Western Queensland Advertiser (Qld. : 1886 - 1879)
The Evening Advocate (Innisfail, Qld. : 1941 - 1954)
The Evening Telegraph (Charters Towers, Qld. : 1901 - 1921)
Johnstone River Advocate (Geraldton, Qld. : 1906 - 1908)
Johnstone River Advocate and Innisfail News (Qld. : 1928 - 1941)
Northern Argus (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1865 - 1874)
The St. George Standard and Balonne Advertiser (Qld. : 1878 - 1879; 1902 - 1904)
The Toowoomba Chronicle and Queensland Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1875)
Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser (Qld. : 1875 - 1902)
Australian Christian Commonwealth (SA : 1901 - 1940)
Blyth Agriculturist (SA : 1908 - 1954)
Border Chronicle (Bordertown, SA : 1908 - 1950)
Christian Colonist (SA : 1878 - 1894)
Critic (Adelaide, SA : 1897-1924)
The Express (Adelaide, SA : 1922 - 1923)
Glenelg Guardian (SA : 1914 - 1954)
The Pennant (Penola, SA : 1946 - 1954)
Port Adelaide News (SA : 1904)
Port Adelaide News (SA :1913 - 1933)
Quorn Mercury (SA : 1895 - 1954)
Sport (Adelaide, SA : 1911 - 1948)
The Terowie Enterprise (SA : 1884 - 1891)
Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922)
Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser and Miners' and Farmers' Journal (SA : 1875 - 1878)
Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser and Miners' News (SA : 1872 - 1874)
The Coastal News and North Western Advertiser (Ulverstone, Tas. : 1890 - 1893)
Deloraine - Westbury Advocate (Ulverstone, Tas. : 1893 - 1894)
The Derwent Star and Van Diemen's Land Intelligencer (Hobart, Tas. : 1810 - 1812)
King Island News (Currie, King Island : 1912 - 1954)
The North Coast Standard (Latrobe, Tas. : 1890 - 1894)
The North Western Chronicle (Latrobe, Tas. : 1887 - 1888)
The Colonial Mining Journal, Railway and Share Gazette (Vic. : 1858 - 1859)
The Colonial Mining Journal, Railway and Share Gazette and Illustrated Record (Melbourne, Vic. : 1859 - 1861)
The Australian (Perth, WA : 1917 - 1923)
The Avon Gazette and Kellerberrin News (WA : 1914 - 1916)
The Avon Gazette and York Times (WA : 1916 - 1930)
The Blackwood Times (Bunbury, WA : 1905 - 1920; 1945 - 1954)
Coolgardie Miner (WA : 1894 - 1917)
The Leonora Miner (WA : 1910 - 1928)
Narrogin Observer (WA : 1952 - 1954)
The Northam Advertiser (WA : 1895 - 1918; 1948 - 1954)
The Pingelly Leader (WA : 1906 - 1925)
Pingelly-Brookton Leader (WA : 1925 - 1926)
The Southern Districts Advocate (Katanning, WA : 1913 - 1936)
The Sun (Kalgoorlie, WA : 1898 - 1919)
The W.A. Record (Perth, WA : 1888 - 1922)
Yilgarn Merredin Times (Southern Cross, WA : 1921 - 1923)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

11th Battalion A.I.F.

Do you have an ancestor in the 11th Battalion?
Was he in this photo taken on 10 January 1915 at the Cheops Pyramid in Egypt?
The Western Australian Genealogical Society (WAGS) is working on identifying the 703 soldiers in this photo – and have already achieved some success.
For further information visit 11th Battalion A.I.F. Cheops Pyramid