Enterprizing replica-ship at Warrnambool

Watching the replica tall-ship Enterprize tack its way today out of Warrnambool’s Lady Bay  is a stark reminder of  the dangerous conditions  Europeans experienced voyaging aboard small-ton vessels bound for Victoria’s coast. There seemed a fair swell up though the Enterprize left Lady Bay in what is relatively calm conditions for this stretch of the coast, … More Enterprizing replica-ship at Warrnambool

Cooking the Books or Invisible Hand of Providence?- missing records in new online Ireland Catholic Church records

The newly-digitized  and online Catholic Church Records of Ireland  (NLI) have finally solved  mysteries surrounding my Sheedy family history on one side of  the family tree,  but missing records  in the collection are confusing  primary research  on paternal great, great-grandmother Hannah Journeaux  and her six sisters of County Cork . I thought the now online church records of St Peters and St … More Cooking the Books or Invisible Hand of Providence?- missing records in new online Ireland Catholic Church records

Lizzie Bushby’s mystery photo album

If the mystery photos in Lizzie Bushby’s Victorian album can be identified they’ll help make sense of the life and times of a young immigrant girl travelling from 19th century Ireland to the remote shores of New Zealand. Lizzie’s album is a time capsule of familiar faces and figures from county Cork’s yesteryears, besides containing photos of family … More Lizzie Bushby’s mystery photo album

Capturing Warrnambool is a Fine Art

The Pavilion on Warrnambool’s foreshore is the latest building to feature in local artist Tim Walker’s new piece, and the familiar figure spent this afternoon cheerfully fielding the usual curious pedestrian questions while putting finishing touches to his latest work. Interruptions are an occupational hazard when the streets are your studio but this 60 year-old artist … More Capturing Warrnambool is a Fine Art

History of 14th AIF Battalion to aid mystery war photo search

“As the centuries pass, there will arise a great craving in Australia for exact and positive information as to her participation in the World War, and the marvelous deeds performed therein by her virile sons.” (Wanliss, N 1929, p.17) Update: 7th June 2016: Click here for MEMBLOG of the men of the 3rd Reinforcements to … More History of 14th AIF Battalion to aid mystery war photo search

Nominal Roll – 14th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements AIF (WW1)

By creating a transcription list of the 3rd reinforcements 14th Battalion I’d hoped to create a tool to identify a mystery war photo but instead found myself with more than I bargained for. Click Here for the Roll Transcript I thought the original nominal roll from Australia’s War Memorial website could lead me to descendants of … More Nominal Roll – 14th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements AIF (WW1)

Where is Beatrice ?

ONE MAN’S SEARCH FOR HIS MISSING SISTER “I’ll not rest until I have found her,” Colin says “She’s my sister and she deserves to know her family.” For over thirty years Colin Elliott has been haunted by a phone call from a missing sister he hadn’t known existed, and now the 82 year old is … More Where is Beatrice ?

Remembering a Postman Soldier

Remembrance Day takes on special meaning this year for New Zealander Christine Bradley, who went searching for her postman grandfather’s missing war medals only to find he was one of the first Australian WW1 soldiers to successfully send a farewell bottle-message home by sea. 58 year-old Christine is tickled pink at finding her Tasmanian-born grandfather … More Remembering a Postman Soldier