Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Trove Tuesday: More Time... Less Payment for Income Tax!

For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you will know that last night, instead of writing up a post for Trove Tuesday, I was doing my dreaded tax return. So I just thought I'd share a humorous article that appeared in the Australian Women's Weekly in May 1940 about income tax. It finishes with a great little poem from the Scottish Bard, Robert Burns:

If by taxes you're oppressed,
Forget it all and give it best.
Tax-gatherers ere this hae died,
And not a citizen yet cried.

1940 'More TIME... less PAYMENT for Income Tax!.', The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), 25 May, p. 21, viewed 30 October, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article51279387

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Trove Tuesday: Using Newspapers to "Value Add" to Your Family History

On this day a century ago... the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald looked like this:

1912 '[No heading].', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 23 October, p. 1, viewed 23 October, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page1289517
My favourite take out from the 1912 edition is this great little advert about "The Cult of the Corset", with corsets called names like 'Marcelle' and 'Nadine':

1912, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 23 October, p. 1, viewed 23 October, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page1289517

Today, it looks like this:

2012, The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 October, p. 1, scanned 23 October 2012.
And I was surprised to find this little gem on the front page, in amongst all the serious news about cuts to the baby bonus and euthanasia:

2012, The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 October, p. 1, scanned 23 October 2012.

Even if you don't find your ancestors named in newspapers, you can still look up key dates and find out what else was happening locally, nationally, or globally, on the day they were born, married or died. Newspapers really give genealogists and family historians an opportunity to flesh out their family history.

For example, on this day in 1912, the SMH reported that Great Britain had declared its neutrality in the Balkan War. What if it had declared war instead? Wouldn't that be an interesting addition to your family history:

"My grandfather, Jacob Smith, was born on 4 August 1914, the same day that Great Britain declared war on Germany, starting the 'war to end all wars'."*

Or even just knowing the weather for that day can be an interesting addition to a story:

1912, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 23 October, p. 1, viewed 23 October, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page1289517
Using this article from the SMH, and a birth record, you could write:

"My grandmother, Ida Mae McDonnell, was born on a sultry and unsettled day in Sydney. She was born at 9am on 23 October 1912, during her parents' first spring in Australia after emigrating from Ireland."*

Rather than writing the more bland:

"My grandmother was born at 9am on 23 October 1912 in Sydney, six months after her parents emigrated from Ireland."*

How have newspapers helped you "value add" to your family history? Do you stop looking if you don't get a hit on their name? Why not read a newspaper from the day your grandfather was born and see what else was happening in his neighbourhood, in his country, in his world. And if you haven't joined in on Trove Tuesday yet, I invite you to see what you can find and write up a quick biography with some "flesh" from what you find on Trove, and either post it here as a comment, or start a blog (if you don't already have one).

* these people are the product of my imagination, and in no way do they represent real people, alive or dead.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Trove Tuesday: John William Breakwell

John William Breakwell is my third great grandfather, he emigrated with his wife, Emma Carter, and their children from Birmingham to Sydney on the 'Nineveh' in 1877.

These are his death and funeral notices from the Sydney Morning Herald in 1893.

His funeral notice marked UAOD has made me intrigued ... Not a fraternity I had come across before, the United Ancient Order of Druids is something I'm going to have to have a closer look at. A cursory glance at Trove tells me that there is plenty of material on them, so look out for another post about the UAOD! Or if you know something about them, or about John William Breakwell, please leave a comment below.

1893 'Family Notices.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 3 May, p. 10, viewed 15 October, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28262196

1893 'Family Notices.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 6 May, p. 1, viewed 15 October, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13904364

1893 'Family Notices.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 15 May, p. 8, viewed 15 October, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13925005

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Trove Tuesday: Eather Ellen Buchanan (nee Culla)

I mentioned Eather Ellen Buchanan (nee Culla) in an earlier post about the death of her husband, William Buchanan, and I was so excited when I found their gravestone during a lunch break wander through Sandgate cemetery that it was on Twitter straight away.

Headstone of William Buchanan and his wife Eather Ellen Culla (Por: BAPTIST  Sec: ANW  Lot: 1)
Photo taken on 20 December 2011 by Amy Elizabeth Houston, All rights reserved.

Ellen outlived her husband by 42 years, remaining a widow until her death. And despite moving to West Ryde, she returned to Sandgate to be buried with her husband after the funeral in West Ryde Baptist Church. Here are the death and funeral notices that I found on Trove.

1954 'Family Notices.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 19 April, p. 12, viewed 9 October, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18421253

1954 'Family Notices.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 20 April, p. 18, viewed 9 October, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18421435

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Trove Tuesday: Weddings at Christ Church Lavender Bay

In March, I will be getting married at Christ Church Lavender Bay. It is a beautiful little church on the hill overlooking the harbour, and the congregation is so welcoming, we have been worshipping there for about nine months, so when we got engaged it seemed like the obvious choice (especially since my family church meet in a school hall).

Since I was too busy spring cleaning over the weekend to do any Troving, I thought I would do a quick search for weddings at Christ Church - and there are THOUSANDS of results.

Here are a couple of the articles I found that I enjoyed reading... somehow, I don't think my wedding will get the social pages write up like these ones.

1924 'WEDDING.', Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1885 - 1954), 29 April, p. 6, viewed 2 October, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article61146610

1939 'SYDNEY BRIDE-ELECT.', The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), 11 October, p. 17, viewed 2 October, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article40909325

1907 'Family Notices.', The Age (Queanbeyan, NSW : 1904 - 1907), 5 November, p. 7 Edition: AFTERNOONS, viewed 2 October, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article31184813