Have created a Facebook page titled SheedySpeake for all those interested in the history of the Sheedy and Sheedy Macnamara families.
As we celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday I can’t help but wonder if Dan McNamara ever actually got to know his Dad. He had been hanging round his father’s farm in the 1850’s but after being ‘warned off’ he went away quietly. His father had died in 1842 and it wasn’t just his father’s widow … More My Father’s Son – Danny Sheedy’s rebel dad
Taking a stand against church influence on Australian legal system.
https://jfawcettblog.com/2019/01/19/red-mass-rallys-to-protest-church-influence-over-australian-legal-system/ … More CLAN rallies against catholic’Red Mass’ in protest against church influence on Australian legal system
How can it be that a well-connected Irish bookbinder with a wife and seven daughters, and who worked for decades in the Victorian city of Cork just disappears in every historical record that could tell you who he is.No birth, death or burial records denotes the start and end of James Journeaux’s life: if it … More Ancestors with Secrets
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
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 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
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
In 1925 a grieving widow donated art works to Victorian galleries in the hope her late husband would not be forgotten, and though that’s pretty much what happened Warrnambool however, has a special way of remembering talented Australian Impressionist Tom Humphrey (1858-1922). Warrnambool’s Art Gallery (WAG) is set to rehang Humphrey’s formative work The Way To School’ … More Way To Go! Art Remembering: Warrnambool Impressions of Tom Humphrey
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