Mystery History Search – Ancient Catholic Families of Dublin, Eire.

  Its been a two-decade chase but the story of  Dublin-born mariner  John P. Armstrong is nearly ready for the telling, except I need to know a little more about his family back in Ireland and so would like to hear from descendants or researchers of the following Dublin families, of the 1700-1800 era:  CORBALLIS  / CORBALLY, … More Mystery History Search – Ancient Catholic Families of Dublin, Eire.

Radio Restoration Hurdle

I couldn’t leave this old beauty behind at the flea-market so brought it home with the aim of restoring it. Mind you I have no idea what I am supposed to be doing, but my biggest problem is I am having trouble identifying the model, so if anyone is familiar with make or model would … More Radio Restoration Hurdle

Long Weekend Autumn Color

  This year’s  warmer start to autumn  in Victoria’s south-west has  purple and pink starring in the garden. As colour is important to gardeners, and not everyone can get away this holiday weekend it’s nice to get a geek at  someone else’s garden.  Certainly the beckoning sun means photography is way more fun than weeding.           … More Long Weekend Autumn Color

Lost in the AfterLife

  With blistered feet and juggling two maps as well as a camera and my handbag I came to an abrupt halt, lost among a sea of higgledy, piggledy-laid graves. The 42 hectare (106 acre)  Melbourne General Cemetery is a bewildering place for the uninitiated, particularly for this country girl after a four-hour early morning drive. The lass at … More Lost in the AfterLife

Warrnambool Bookworms Fundraising for Kids

 Warrnambool book-lovers are quietly adding to a fundraiser champion’s tally to help The School of St Jude provide free education to children from the village of Meshono, on the outskirts of Arusha city in Northern Tanzania.  After thirteen years in the making The School of St Jude is celebrating its first graduating students thanks partly to the likes of Warrnambool … More Warrnambool Bookworms Fundraising for Kids

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

‘Camperdown Cruise’ Rockabilly Weekend Delight

Over the last four days Camperdown in Victoria’s south-west has been packed with visitors streaming in for some retro-fun, proving its Camperdown Cruise Rockabilly Weekend a draw-card festival event. Think 50’s pin-up girls, burlesque and rock ‘n roll shaking off winters’ blue in an colourful October-fest! Its a perfect and somewhat rollicking introduction to summer in … More ‘Camperdown Cruise’ Rockabilly Weekend Delight