Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Trove Tuesday - Irish invasions

At the moment I am focusing on my Irish research and revisiting research done years ago which I  had put in the too hard basket.

I am more than 60% Irish so I wonder about my Irish ancestors and the many members of their extended families who came to New South Wales and Victoria in the nineteenth century. The convicts, of course, had no choice in the matter but the others came of their own free will.

Knowing nothing about the numbers who came I turned to Trove to find some contemporary information on the subject. I learnt that over 200,000 Irish came to Australia between 1851 and 1876 and that huge numbers went to the US and Britain - perhaps I should be looking for cousins in those places.

1877 'EUROPEAN INTELLIGENCE.', Advocate (Melbourne, Vic. : 1868 - 1954), 9 June, p. 4. , viewed 03 May 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article170436026

Many Irish arrived earlier than the dates covered in the article above. My Irish convict ancestors including Ellen Moore, Mariner, arrived in the 1820s and my famine orphan, Mary Criggan, on Derwent in 1850. The first three of my Tierney/D'arcy line arrived in 1839 on China.

1825 'SHIP NEWS.', The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 - 1848), 14 July, p. 3. , viewed 03 May 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article37071634
1839 'Shipping Intelligence.', The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842), 21 December, p. 2. , viewed 03 May 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2549634
1850 'PORT PHILLIP.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 6 March, p. 2. , viewed 03 May 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12916203

Saturday, April 30, 2016

A Flea in my Ear

After reading Jennifer Jones' #AtoZChallenge blog post about Yarrawonga the other day I started singing the chorus of a song that I learnt over 40 years ago and I just couldn't get it out of my head, it became an annoying flea in my ear.

Mr Google helped me find the lyrics for "I'm going back again to Yarrawonga" here, and what I discovered was that I only knew the chorus. The original words and music can be seen here in Trove on the National Library of Australia website.

The song by Neil McBeath, a corporal in the AIF in WWI told the story of a Digger who after spending time at the front was returned to Australia. After reading the lyrics I thought it appropriate to bring it to your attention in this ANZAC week.

An early version of the song can be heard by following a link on this page: http://alldownunder.com/australian-music-songs/back-to-yarrawonga.htm

Slim Dusty used perform the chorus of this song but I much prefer the earlier recording.

Friday, April 29, 2016

An Inviting Email

My current state could be described as "bubbling over with enthusiasm". 

A few nights ago I received an email inviting me to take on another volunteering opportunity. It is the sort of volunteering role for which one doesn't volunteer but to which one is invited. I was tickled pink to be asked to take on this role through which I can contribute to genealogical education in Australia.

After an appropriate cooling off period of 12 hours I enthusiastically accepted the role which will see me working with an experienced team of genies.

I'm not sure when I can tell you what I'm doing but I can tell that this old girl is looking forward to her new 'job'.

GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 29 April 2016

Congratulations to all my genimates who have stuck with the #AtoZChallenge. Our penultimate posts should appear today and tomorrow we reach the finish line.

It seems like an eon away that I read so many ANZAC posts commemorating the brave men and women from our families but it was just earlier this week. Watch out for the list of those who responded to the Trans-Tasman Challenge next Monday on the Kintalk blog.

Apologies for my lack of comments on your blog posts, there have been so many recently with the various challenges that have been running that I've barely had time to read them all. I accidentally deleted quite a few from my History-Australia RSS folder so those have gone unread. I really appreciate the facility on Wordpress blogs where one can quickly add a blue star to a post to let the blogger know that you have visited. Have you enabled this on your Wordpress blog?

1. This tip from Pogue might help me find my car in a a carpark.

2. How timely. Someone I know is going to Helsinki soon.

3. If you need a bit more Downton Abbey..

4. An excursion idea for those of us in Sydney.

5. I might borrow this format for some Surname Saturday posts.

6. It's been a while since I visited Hyde Park, I need to visit this new memorial.

7. Not the log I was expecting.

8. Tiphanee responded to another geneablogging challenge.

9. A few geneabloggers' posts from the #AtoZChallenge.

10. And here are a few ANZAC posts that I enjoyed .

A brand new blog that came about as the result of my Blogging Webinar for The Society of Australian Genealogists.

Newtome Blog


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