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

Ballarat’s? mystery ‘Bell School’

UPDATE 18th MAY 2016. This mystery school identified as the BELL SCHOOL #4309 in Oakover Street, Preston (Melbourne, Vic). READ HERE FOR THE UPDATE   I can easily find my Dad in this old school photo,  but it seems finding the actual Ballarat -based school is another matter entirely! Extensive inquiries and searches have failed to locate the … More Ballarat’s? mystery ‘Bell School’

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

Australia – New Zealand Cricket Test to Remember

The carefully-folded flyer among old Pa’s war effects advertising a 1943 Anzac cricket match just didn’t make sense. Old Pa was a prisoner-of-war then, and surely not in a position to be attending an international cricket match? The flyer promotes an international cricket match, to be played on August 14th and 15th, 1943 though it … More Australia – New Zealand Cricket Test to Remember

AIF Private #511 – John Joseph Hannaford Williams

Private #511, D Company, 12th Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division ALL AUSTRALIAN BRIGADE Just two years after being rescued from a horrendous fire in the Mt Lyall mine in Tasmania, my grandfather’s brother John Joseph Hannaford Williams was among the first to sign-up to serve in the World War 1. John was a Ballarat boy, … More AIF Private #511 – John Joseph Hannaford Williams