Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Branches Leaves & Pollen gets a Makeover

So, as you may have noticed, I've made an attempt at changing the look of the Branches Leaves & Pollen blog!

I was also toying with the idea of moving over to WordPress (.org not .com) because I think I've done a pretty good job on this website and thought it was about time Branches Leaves & Pollen got a makeover in time for its second blogoversary later this year.

Anyway, I thought I would get some feedback (at the suggestion of another reader - thanks Louise)! Please let me know if you like the new look (or not), and feel free to leave comments below! Oh, and I must give some credit to Jill aka Geniaus for her post from a few months ago about her own mini-makeover, which got me thinking...



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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Trove Tuesday: CAUTION - do not marry my son!

I was trying to a find mentions of a certain convict using Trove, when I came across this little notice...

1838 'Advertising.', The Sydney Monitor (NSW : 1828 - 1838), 30 April, p. 2 Edition: MORNING, viewed 27 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article32159906
It immediately intrigued me, so I dug a little further.

And apparently it was not unusual for this family to advertise their 'dirty' laundry in the papers. A few years earlier, Warren Kerr had advertised that he would not pay any of his wife's debts!

1833 'Advertising.', The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831 - 1842), 17 January, p. 3, viewed 27 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12846093
A quick check of the NSW marriage records suggests that Charles Kerr wasn't married until 1840 (if it is the same Charles Kerr, of course). There were no marriages for a Charles Kerr until then, anyway.





1840 'Family Notices.', The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831 - 1842), 27 March, p. 2, viewed 27 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12860826


Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Trove Tuesday: Edward Wardley MRCS

This Trove Tuesday post is also a Wardley One-Name Study post!

Edward Wardley was born about 1813 in Bermondsey, Surrey, England to William Waldegrave Wardley and his wife Mary.

His father, William Waldegrave Wardley, was a government official – holding eminent positions such as secretary for excise in Ireland, and collector of Sallop. William Waldegrave Wardley died on 16 February 1853.

Edward Wardley qualified as a Member of Royal College of Surgeons in 1842, after completing a Certificate in Midwifery in Dublin in 1841.

Edward Wardley, his brother Waldegrave, and their sisters Lydia and Nancy, appear in a shipping notice in the SMH on 3 November 1853 arriving per the Windsor on 2 November 1853.

1853 'SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE. ARRIVALS.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 3 November, p. 4, viewed 20 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12950083

In 1857, he was declared by the New South Wales Medical Board as a qualified medical practitioner. I suspect that he was practicing in Victoria in the intervening period, but I am yet to confirm this. 

1857 'CORRESPONDENCE.', Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932), 18 July, p. 2, viewed 20 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article115560827

He held a number of key positions in the New South Wales medical community – including Assistant Medical Officer at Tarban Creek Asylum and Superintendent of the Parramatta Lunatic Asylum. (See 1867 'LOCAL NEWS.', The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893), 4 June, p. 3, viewed 20 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18729896; 1868 'GOVERNMENT GAZETTE[?].', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 8 February, p. 5, viewed 20 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13155675; 1868 'GOVERNMENT GAZETTE NOTICES.', Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875), 8 February, p. 5, viewed 20 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60850225)

He wrote to the newspapers often defending the asylums or the inmates, and appears in court records giving evidence, and later in his life, he published four books, or pamphlets, including the fictional (but semi-biographical) Confession of Wavering Worthy in 1864, Abolition of Capital Punishment Considered in 1869, 'Lectiones Tarbanae' or Tall Talk at Tarban in 1870, and Some Phases of Insanity and its Treatment: Popularly Considered in 1871. (See 1870 'NOTICES OF NEW BOOKS.', Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875), 9 March, p. 4, viewed 20 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60891989; 1870 'NOTICES OF NEW BOOKS.', Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), 7 March, p. 4, viewed 20 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article107128647)

Edward Wardley was an advocate for the inmates of lunatic asylums, making recommendations to the Colonial Secretary for improvements and new treatments. (See 1870 'DEPUTATIONS TO THE COLONIAL SECRETARY.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 23 July, p. 5, viewed 20 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13213421;  1870 'ENLGARGED ACCOMMODATION FOR THE INSANE.', The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893), 28 July, p. 4, viewed 20 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18746996)

Edward Wardley died on 20 May 1872 at his home The Vineyard at Parramatta. With his death the colony lost “a good and faithful servant”. 

1872 'No title.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 22 May, p. 5, viewed 20 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13257863

One day I hope to write a much more complete biography of this man, and I look forward to being able to read his books in the State Library when I can find some time.

I wonder if his insights from almost 150 years ago will have any relevance today.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Trove Tuesday: Chaine des Rotisseurs

The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is an international gastronomic society that I am a member of. We usually get together every couple of months, and last night we had a divine dégustation dinner prepared by head chef Jeremy Bentley at The Devonshire in Surry Hills.



I have recently been appointed the Vice Chargée de Presse for the NSW Bailliage, and thought I would check Trove to see if my predecessors had been successful in getting any news coverage. I found a news report from 1957, a few interesting social pages from the '80s and apparently we even a sponsored horse race!

Well, my research has certainly has given me a bit to think about! Does the Women's Weekly even still have a social page? (I probably should know that if I'm going to be in charge of our press relations... hmm).

1981 'Going Places With JILL GRAY.', The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), 15 April, p. 18, viewed 6 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57568829

1980 '[No heading].', The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), 20 August, p. 14, viewed 6 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4391033
1981 '[No heading].', The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), 1 April, p. 19, viewed 6 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4401379
1981 '[No heading].', The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), 23 December, p. 18, viewed 6 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4402728