A new book has been launched this month on the 150th anniversary of the Shire of Alexandra, about 90 kms north east of Melbourne, which was proclaimed on September 3, 1869.
The e-book which can be downloaded from the Murrundindi Shire Website features a biography of each civic leader from 1869 through to 1993, many are well detailed and include a photograph.
The project is described as follows: “This is a living document produced as a community project in conjunction with the Sesqui-Centenary of the township of Alexandra, around which the old Shire of Alexandra was centred. Corrections and additions will be gratefully received and will be included in future updates to this electronic eBook.”
Congratulations on all those people involved in this project which should be of great interest to local historians, family history researchers and the wider Murrundindi Shire Community.
I am pleased to be invited to speak to the Ballarat & District Genealogical Society for the Irish Ancestry Group on “Aspects of Irish Family History” this Saturday 9 October and am looking forward to travelling up for the day.
My presentation on breaking down brick walls will include reference to the following online resources:
Geneabloggers (A resource for blogging, telling and sharing family stories)
Trove (for research in Australia before your Ireland research)
Irish Anzacs Database
Irish Census Indexes and records (links)
Census Finder (links)
Ireland Census Search (FamilySearch)
National Archives of Ireland
Cyndislist (Gateway to genealogy websites on the internet)
Coraweb (Australian gateway to genealogy websites on the internet)
Family Search Wiki
A Primer in Irish Genealogy
Irish Genealogy Toolkit
70 resources finding Irish ancestors
Irish Famine Memorial
Ireland Gen Web
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
Find My Past full list of Irish Family History Records
British Newspapers Archive (Subscription website)
Ask about Ireland (Public Libraries directory)
Earl Grey’s Famine Orphans
Clare-Australasia Emigrants Dataset
A visit to Ballarat also avails the opportunity to visit the The MADE Museum new exhibition: The Roses from the heart Memorial. A memorial to female convicts exiled to Australia. This has been an ongoing project since 2003 to create bonnets to remember the lives of over 26,500 women. This exhibition should be of interest to many family history researchers and crafters who may or may not have convicts in their ancestry.
I have recently granted the The National Library of Australia a copyright licence to include this blog in the PANDORA Archive. This licence permitted the Library to copy my publication into the Archive and to retain that copy and provide online public access to it in perpetuity.
Access to publications in the Archive is facilitated in two ways: via the Library’s online catalogue; and via subject and title lists maintained on the PANDORA home page. I believe that a number of Australian family history websites and blogs have been recently added.
Nathaniel Bryceson’s diary is back online.
I visited Westminster Libraries and Archives in London in early 2013 as part of my Margery C. Ramsay Scholarship project. I was privileged to view the original diary of Nathaniel Bryceson which archives staff blogged on the corresponding dates in 2010. They also illustrated the posts with images from their collection. The blog was, for a time, in a consolidated form and accessible on the Westminster website but then it disappeared.
This year, on the 170th anniversary of the Diary – that of a young man- nineteen years old written in 1846, new life has been breathed into it this project.
Westminster’s blog Books and the City announced on January 1st that the diary will once again be blogged on the corresponding dates of the diary (this time I note on a separate WordPress platform – previously it was part of the Westminster website) in addition to also being accessible via a podcast and Nathaniel is now also on Twitter.
For a long time this manuscript sat on the shelves as part of the Archives collection. Transcribing it, researching, placing it online has enabled this unique item to reach a new audience and also attract attention to the collections of Westminster Libraries and Archives. Historical diaries translate well online via a blogging format. Other examples include The Diary of Arthur L. Linfoot set during World War One and the Diary of Samuel Pepys . Many original diaries have also been digitised and placed online. I would love to hear of Australian examples and any efforts public libraries may be doing in this regard.
The wedding party of Ben Owen and Jessie Cumming is photographed on the steps of the caretaker’s cottage, Toorourrong Reservoir. 1893 (City of Whitttleesea Preserving the Past Collection – Yarra Plenty Regional Library)
I was delighted to be invited to speak at the upcoming annual Association of Eastern Historical Societies Conference on Saturday 27 June 2015 at the Karralyka Centre Ringwood. My presentation: Menus, Maps and Manuscripts: story telling via content creation discusses the following websites:
Life and Loves of a Victorian Clerk
Cookbook of Unknown Ladies
Cholera and Thames
West End at War
What’s on the menu?
Flickr State Library of Victoria
Guildhall Library Great Plague 1665
John F Kennedy Presidential Library – Hemingway’s scrapbooks
Australia’s community heritage
Lives of the First World War
Posted in Conference
The Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies (AIGS) presents two prestigious Awards annually for people who have published their family history. The Alexander Henderson Award is for ‘the best Australian Family History’ and the Don Grant Award is for ‘the best Australian historical biography with a family history focus’ submitted for the awards in that year.
More information about the criteria for the judging of the Awards and an entry form, is available via AIGS website.
Entries close for the 2014 Awards on 30 November 2014.
Please consider donating a copy of your family history research with the local public library where your family settled.
In December the The Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) at Old Parliament House in Canberra announced: “We are gradually putting our ‘open access’ oral histories on-line in full. MoAD records and collects interviews relating to Australian parliamentary democracy, political party activism and the story of the Old Parliament House heritage building, which was home to Australia’s national parliament from 1927 to 1988.
Our first batch of on-line interviews include three legends of the Australian Parliamentary Press Gallery (Wal Brown, Rob Chalmers and Bernard Freedman), memories of the 1954 ‘Petrov Affair’, and a long-time policeman Jack Dealy.
You can check out the on-line delivery here:http://oralhistories.moadoph.gov.au/“