Sheedy Macnamara of Glenomera, Clare

Sheedy Macnamara family of Glenomeara, Clare, Ireland … More Sheedy Macnamara of Glenomera, Clare

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367 Missing Pigeons

Random Aussie history mystery #1953……..was the Woomera blast really to blame for the missing 367 pigeons? Was there really only four escapees?  “Scientists will not allow  the Woomera atom blast to be blamed……..” source: source: TROVE/NLA/Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954), Saturday 7 November 1953, page 1

Giving Thanks for a Fracking-Free Community

  There was an air of quiet celebration at Crossley today in Victoria’s southwest when community gathered to celebrate the successful anti fracking campaign – made famous by its familiar yellow triangle –  which recently resulted in the State’s  government ban on fracking statewide.   Although both Legislation and Regulations are still to be legally enacted for the … More Giving Thanks for a Fracking-Free Community

Mauled English: the fate of James Brabner

With over two decades of experience in researching family history records I really should have seen it coming:  ‘Colonial Maul’  as a death cause for my  ancestor’s brother instead should have read ‘Colonel Maule’, and it was actually the  name of a ship. It had started off as a  really exciting day to finally find a reference to James Brabner, the missing … More Mauled English: the fate of James Brabner

A Grave Matter: Booley family plot at Ballarat’s Old Cemetery

A grassy single plot within the Ballarat  Old Cemetery hides the heartbreak of an immigrant family who fled political unrest in England to seek a new start in colonial Australia,  the proposed new  land of opportunity, health and wealth. No gravestone exists in this  country cemetery  in Victoria’s west to count the mounting death toll as  Suffolk-born Robert Francis Booley (1829-1875) … More A Grave Matter: Booley family plot at Ballarat’s Old Cemetery

Mystery Ballarat School unravelled as Preston Bell School #4309

There is growing accord among the historians at least that our mystery 1938 Ballarat ‘Bell School’ photo   is instead the every well known ‘Bell School’ in  Melbourne’s northern suburb of Preston. In the absence of any evidence that a Bell School ever operated at  Ballarat,   I have to agree with one experienced historian  who says I have … More Mystery Ballarat School unravelled as Preston Bell School #4309