Tuesday, July 26, 2016



While looking for something extra for this week's 


I kept coming across mention of the 'Killarney' Private Hospital in Bellingen, NSW. I'd not heard of it till recently and saw the name mentioned constantly from the 1920's era.

 Many birth notices mention it as place of birth, but there were also general patients there. Over some time, a few different Matrons were mentioned. Thanks to the Bellingen and Urunga Museum, I found a photo of the hospital from 1921 and also a photo of some of the nurses in 1920. I would love to know where exactly the Killarney Private Hospital was and who the nurses were.

 If you click to enlarge the photo, you will see names on the bottom of their skirts.. Lill, Matron, Pat and Denny?

In 1943, the following notice appeared in the Daily Examiner, Grafton..courtesy of TROVE.

Daily Examiner (Grafton, NSW / 1915 - 1954), Saturday 31 July 1943

I decided to look further and came across this article in the Bellinger Shire Courier Sun, a long standing local paper..

Tribute to loved local | The Bellingen Shire Courier Sun

 Here is an extract. Nice to know that Killarney lived on.

N.B. Bellinger Shire Courier Sun is not yet digitised by TROVE.

UPDATE: You never know who knows what. I was talking to an older friend of the family just now and telling her about this article I wrote yesterday about 'Killarney'. She knew it well.. and was able to add some extra family information. My much loved cousin, who passed away in March this year, was actually born in 'Killarney.' I knew she was born in Bellingen and assumed that it was in Bellingen hospital... Lesson learnt, never assume, always dig deeper!

Monday, July 25, 2016



needs your help to provide a lot more teddys.

These beautiful Teddys are needed for new owners.. 
children who have been traumatised by any manner, 
perhaps illness or accident, loss of a family member, 
home or any thing that worries them.
During these times, a cuddly friend
can do wonders.

If you are in Australia, 
then you can contact me via comments or email as in About Me and I will forward a postal address for you to send them to.
If elsewhere, why not donate some to your local hospital or children's charity.

Sadly, there are children in need  everywhere.

 Thank you.

Sunday, July 24, 2016


Here's some more great old historical photo's.
Here is the way they parked cars in NYC during the 1930's. 
Wouldn't you love to own this group of cars today?!

A worker helping to build the Empire State Building in the 1930's,
during the Great Depression era.  No safety equipment used here and
very dangerous work.

It took great courage to be a steel worker during this period, where
they weren't required to use any safety lines. 

This crew was working on the Woolworth Bldg, NYC, in 1926. 

In the Paluxy River , in Glen Rose, Texas , they found human AND
dinosaur footprints in the clay.

This is what NYC looked like in the late 1800's.  A busy place. 
I wonder who had the job of picking up all the road apples from the

The USS Ranger....the first Aircraft Carrier.  Just look at the Bi-Planes!

A Normandy Beach landing photo they don't show in textbooks -
Brave women of the Red Cross arriving in 1944 to help the injured
troops, WWII.

Library hidden in a cave, a unique repository of ancient manuscripts
known as the Library Cave . A hidden cache of 50,000 books
and rolls dating from ca. 500 to 1002 AD that were deemed heretical
and hidden in the cave since the early 11th century.

"Second Class Saloon...The saloon that Wyatt Earp and wife owned in
Nome , Alaska between 1887-1901
He knew where the money was!

Atlanta in the Civil War before Gen. Sherman burned the city to the ground.

New Orleans circa 1906. "Italian headquarters, Madison Street ."  The streets were
still dirt!

On July 10, 1913, Death Valley, California hits 134 °F (~56.7 °C), the
highest temperature recorded in the United States . 
You remember "20 mule team Borax"?

A cool photo of the Eiffel Tower , Paris , in 1928.

Baptism in the river. From "Appalachian Life" photographic study.

No other family in American history has suffered a wartime loss like
that of Waterloo's Sullivan family. The Sullivan's gave up their five sons
in a World War II tragedy that has never been forgotten. They all were
serving on the same ship that was sunk. The Navy changed its policy,
after that tragedy, about next of kin serving on the same ship.

lleta Sullivan reads a letter from the U.S. Navy. She received two letters
from F.D.R. in February of 1943. The first informed her of the death of
her five sons in the line of duty, the second sent later requested her
presence at the christening of the destroyer U.S.S. Sullivans named in
their honor.
Can you even start to imagine the grief this poor lady had?

Righting the overturned hull of USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor ,
19 March 1943

Friday, July 22, 2016



Walter Withers




Crinolinemania dangerous fashion?

Logan West Library 

69 Grand Plaza Drive, Browns Plains, Qld, 4118
Site Unseen (Internet Sources for Genealogy)  
Event Type: Adult Literacy 
Date: 15/08/2016 
Start Time: 10:30 AM 
End Time: 11:30 AM
Library: Logan West Library
Location: Meeting Room
Description: How to make the best use of the internet for research and some of the sites which are not so well know which may be of use to family historians. Lady Teviot,Vice President of the Federation of Family History Societies will be visiting New South Wales and Queensland this August from the UK to speak to local libraries, Family History Societies and Rotary Clubs. Lady Teviot has been involved with family history research for over 43 years. 

Queensland State Archives
School admission registers Search procedure 14  Queensland State Archives
This search procedure will assist you to access admission registers for government schools.
If you do not have the school name, follow the steps in 
How to find the name of a school
To begin the search you need the following details: 
school name; or name of the town, or suburb
approximate date of admission.
How to find the school admission register
1. Go to Archives Search (the Queensland State Archives’ catalogue)
2. Open Basic search on the left side of the screen
3. Enter the name of the school (town or suburb) and the word school in the 
Search for box, e.g. Alice Creek School
4. Click View Results -Series category
to view matching school admissions
5. Open the Series search results
6. View itemsand select the matching item/s by date range
7. Scroll to find either digital copies to view or a microfilm number
If digital copies are listed, follow the link to view the digital copies; 
if there are no digital copies, look for a microfilm number to record, and proceed to Step 8. 
If there are neither digital copies, nor a microfilm number, you can order the item by entering
your Researcher ID and table number. 
Print request slip, and the register will be retrieved to the shelves with table numbers 
8. Help yourself to the microfilm in the microfilm room
9. Wind the microfilm to the school admission register. Note: because there may be more than one 
register on the microfilm, look at the film cover to find the register for your research. 
How to find the name of a school
1. Go to the book titled 
Education Department 
- School Inspectors Maps in the finding aids area, bay 
1. It is a thin book with a green spine 
2. Look for the name of the largest town closest to your area of interest. (If you do not know a 
large town near by, seek assistance from the Archivist on duty)
3. Record the book number/s for the town or major centre, e.g. Atherton 23 and 24
4. Record the name of the school from the book. Note: book numbers are stencilled in black 
in the bottom left hand corner of the book covers and the books have red spines
5. If you have found the school name, proceed to How to find the school admission register
. Note: Queensland State Archives does not hold all school admission registers.
Access to restricted school admission registers 
All school admission registers are subject to a 15 year restricted access period.
Access to any closed school admission registers is granted at the discretion 
of the Department of Education and Training. 
Queensland State Archives has a process for applying for access to these records.
Please ask the Reference Archivist on duty for details.



Rags, Rugs, and a Mystery Textile Ranger

A little of the history of the Queensland Irish Association and the Irish Club

Books I'd recommend  ..

The Irish Country Women's Cookbook 

A Terrace of Houses - A Passion of People Brian Dinnan (via Clare Roots Society)
(St. Flannan's Terrace)

OLD TIMERS   David Darcy


The BONE MAN of KOKODA   Charles Happell