Thursday, August 27, 2015

What's On - Friday 28 August - Thursday 3 September 2015

Tingalpa Cemetery
Sit down a while and plan your week ahead...there's sure to be something here that takes your fancy....don't forget to check the calendar for the last week of #NFHM too.....

Saturday 29 August


Hear speakers on the Betty Shanks murder and the Brisbane Arcade Murders - Book Launch: Oxley-Gatton Murders: Exposing the Conspiracy - Launch of new Archaeology Exhibition: Disaster at the Commissariat Store.  Cost $20 (RHSQ Mmebers) $25 (non-Members) 


The best apps/blogs for Family history – Shauna Hicks.  YouTube: Education for genealogists, history for genealogists and other interesting bits – Judy Lofthouse. Family History in the Cloud – Geoff Doherty $20 (Members) $30 (Non-members)


The Family Tree Maker (FTM) User Group shows members in a user-friendly way what they can achieve using the program to display their family trees. At our meetings we discuss a topic related to FTM. For example, the topic may be Reports: how they are made up and how users can set them up. Your suggestions or questions about the day's topic (or anything else about FTM) are welcome.

Sunday 30 August

9:00am - 9:00pm Jill Ball's GeniAus GeneaGala Hangout

Join GeniAus and genimates from all corners of the globe online for a day of amusement, education and networking. You are invited to join in and share a favourite resource or software application, promote your society, share your geneatriumphs or ask a question of those on line.  Watch/Join in at the three session links below.




Tuesday 1 September


Discuss the history of Bulimba and surrounding suburbs. If you have a passion for local history, come and join in.

Wednesday 2 September


Come and discuss the history of Coopers Plains and the surrounding suburbs.

Thursday 3 September


Discover Google products that can provide tools and improve searching methods to enhance your family tree research.



Family historians are invited to bring their project to the library and search for their ancestors for a couple of hours in congenial company. Bookings required.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Sepia Saturday293 - 22 August 2015



This week's prompt from Sepia Saturday gave one much food for thought - pun entirely intended. One thought much about whether one had photos of cafes or canteens or shopping but one realised that one has posted them before here.  I decided instead to focus on historical photos from Queensland and boy, did I get distracted again.
  
First of all I found this photo:



Employees at the Hope's Body Works canteen , Fortitude Valley, Brisbane - courtesy of John Oxely Library State Library of Queensland.
It's pretty amazing - right?  My first thought was - Oh God!  How hot would that be in summer????? That building is clad in corrugated iron.  It must have been winter when this was taken - the workers are wearing fair isle vests and overalls and flanellette shirts. No-one looks too happy.  Check out those enormous teapots and the enamel mugs.  I reckon all the paper on the table is from the local chippy or fish and chip shop. It's funny how sitting communally at trestle tables is quite the done thing now in restaurants isn't it?  Not all restaurants to be sure - but some.  

So that photo led me on a chase to find out all about Hope's Body Works which had the fabulous motto Hope Springs Eternal...Charles Hope, the owner of the company started out making leaf springs and his autobiography bears the same title.

If you want to read more about Charles Hope and his life go here.

Hope's Body Works was located in Fortitude Valley just on the edge of what is now a thriving shopping precinct.






Here are some more photos....


Assembling Austin cars in Hope's Body Works, Brisbane, 1935-1939 John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Studying blueprints in Hope Body Works factory, Brisbane John Oxley Library State Library of Queensland
In the late 1930s and 40s, Hope Body Works also produced what was called Cold Flame Regrigerators.  You can see lovely photos of one of these on the Museum of Victoria's website here.

Now you would think that Hope Body Works and photos thereof would be enough to fill a blog post but no, I had to go off and find out about Green Studios which took the photos of Hope Body Works.  I found the most beautiful photo of Green Studios employees in, wait for it.....a cafe....one of the most famous ones in Brisbane.....here it is...

Staff of Green Photographic Studio celebrating the marriage of Mary Grey, left of photograph at Rowe's Cafe. From left to right seated, M. Grey; Col Williams; Connie Richards; Harry Green; Mrs Green; Elsie Preece; John Gibbons; Monica McWilliam. Standing left to right: Joan Mandsley; Ernie Hollywood; Norma Bowyer;? John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Isn't it a beauty?  Now of course I am eager to identify when this photo was taken and who was in it.  When I researched Green Studios, I found the following articles....

New Lighting Equipment for Brisbane Studio. (1938, October 23). Sunday Mail (Brisbane) (Qld. : 1926 - 1954), p. 11. Retrieved August 24, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article98005939


It's not a very clear copy of the article but at least we know that the studio was in the Strand Buildings and that the owner was Mr Green, presumably Harry Green in the photo above taken at the Rowe's Arcade cafe.
Then there was this article 

Books were 'dummies'. (1951, October 26). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved August 24, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article50239851 
Oh dear ......but I also thought this was interesting......a bit of diversification....I wonder if this ever got off the ground. Does anyone remember a picture theatre at Newmarket?


Advertising. (1946, July 15). The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), p. 6 Edition: CITY FINAL LAST MINUTE NEWS. Retrieved August 24, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article188723384

Henry or Harry Burrington Green was born in 1900 to Henry Charles Green (Accountant) and Clara Burrington.  He married Maude E. Gray (Paddy) also known as Costello on 20 August 1924.  

Family Notices. (1949, August 20). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved August 24, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49686095



Maude was born in 1901 to Florence Ellen Forrest and Gilbert Steel Gray (Steel after his mother Susannah Steele) in 1901.  Unfortunately Gilbert Steel Gray died in 1902 and Florence remarried in 1904 to Alexander John Costello.  Alexander Costello was a chemist and achieved some notoriety for selling a publication called "Know Thyself" in 1934.

BOOK DECLARED TO BE OBSCENE. (1934, November 27).The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved August 24, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article35635283

Honestly, I could go on....but really...I have to get to work....see what comes from one photo prompt!  If you wanted to see the pamphlet/booklet for yourself you can go and check it out at the State Library of Queensland as per here.   I suspect the subject matter may be very similar to this publication written and published by Bishop Samuel Fallows in 1911 which you can find online here.

But my unanswered question really is ...who was Mary Grey?...and do you think she is really Mary Gray?  Will we ever know????

Thursday, August 20, 2015

What's On - Friday 21 August - Thursday 27 August 2015

YININMADYEMI Thou didst let fall artwork by Tony Albert in Hyde Park Sydney to commemorate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who served in the military

It's been another full week as part of National Family History Month and we're getting a bit excited where I work as we draw closer to another milestone on our WWI project.  I've taken the liberty of including the DVD launch next Wednesday in the list of events below.  

This week I went to my first A Night in the JOL and was delighted to meet Les Tobin whom, up til now, I've only met virtually on Jill Ball's GeneaHangouts on air.  We enjoyed seeing the Distant Lines exhibition on Level 2 of SLQ.  It is magnificent and I'm definitely going back again for a better look.

I am also delighted to report that the Mander Jones publications awards were announced at the Australian Society of Archivists Awards on Tuesday night in Hobart.  The lovely Saadia Thomson-Dwyer from Queensland State Archives won the the national award for the best publication that uses features or interprets Australian archives.  If you haven't seen her book The Banyo boys 1914-1918 : biographies of the men from the Banyo district who served in the great war (including a short history of the Banyo Memorial School of Arts Hall) you can get hold of it at our library service here.  Congratulations Saadia - well deserved!

Finally I was really pleased to hear on ABC Radio yesterday morning that you can now do Organ Tours at Brisbane City Hall. To book click here.  They're held every fortnight on a Tuesday afternoon from 1:30-2:30 and are free.  Yay!

Friday 21 August

1:30pm - 3:00pm Genealogy Online - Wynnum Library
Learn how to search for your ancestors online. Beginners and more advanced participants welcome. Bookings required.

2:00pm - 3:00pm Ancestors in Church - Burpengary Library
Using Church Publications – Shauna Hicks explores an underutilised resource that can provide information on our ancestors not likely to be found elsewhere.


Saturday 22 August

10:00am - 3:00pm QFHS Open Day
QFHS provides assistance to anyone tracing their family history. Visitors will have the opportunity to ask volunteers where to begin and take a tour of our library and resource centre. 

10:00am - 12:00pm Newspapers For Family History - Stones Corner Library
Newspapers provide a wonderful, often untapped, resource for family historians, providing accounts of events not recorded elsewhere. Learn where to look, how to search and discover unknown gems about your family in this presentation by the Genealogical Society of Queensland. Bookings required.


Sunday 23 August

Want to discover how to use DNA in your genealogy. Come along to see what you can do.



Monday 24 August

10:00am - 11:00am Skeletons in the Family Closet Albany Creek Library
Discover how convict, prison and asylum records can help unearth family skeletons. Family history expert, Shauna Hicks discusses resources that can be useful in your research.


Tuesday 25 August

10:00am - 11:00am Family History Group and Skeletons in the Family Closet - Strathpine Library 
Discover how convict, prison and asylum records can help unearth family skeletons. Family history expert, Shauna Hicks discusses resources that can be useful in your research.

1:00pm - 3:00pm Family History Group at Caboolture Library
Are you interested in researching your family history or genealogy? Would you like to swap research tips with other enthusiasts? Could you use some advice or assistance?

1:00pm - 4:00pm Family History Group at Bracken Ridge Library
Are you interested in researching your family history or genealogy? Come along to swap research tips or seek advice in family history. Everyone welcome.



Wednesday 26 August 

10:00am - 11:00am Skeletons in the Family Closet - Deception Bay Library
Discover how convict, prison and asylum records can help unearth family skeletons. Family history expert, Shauna Hicks discusses resources that can be useful in your research.

Meetings are held at our rooms 15A William Street, Beaudesert, on 4th Wednesday of each month, commencing at 10.00am.

2:30pm - 4:00pm Anzac Avenue: An Ideal Memorial DVD Launch Redcliffe Library
As part of Council's World War One commemorations, please join the Mayor for the launch of a new DVD, Anzac Avenue: an Ideal Memorial.The DVD describes the construction of the Avenue and is narrated by William McInnes. Bookings are required.


Thursday 27 August 

10:00am - 12:00pm Genealogy for Beginners - Caboolture Library
Having problems researching your family tree? This hands-on session will get you started in family history, tracing your family tree and highlight family history and genealogy resources available in the library and online.

10:00am - 12:00pm Family History Group - North Lakes Library 
Are you interested in researching your family history or genealogy? Would you like to swap research tips with other enthusiasts? Could you use some advice or assistance?

10:00am - 12:00pm Trades and Professions - Wynnum Library
Searching for information on the work life or career of a person? Learn about the many records held in the Queensland State Archives that can help you to find out more about trades and professions in Queensland. Presented by staff from the Queensland State Archives. Bookings required.


Have a great week everyone!



Thursday, August 13, 2015

What's On - Friday 14th August - Thursday 20th August


Cemetery Tour Redcliffe April 2015
I hope you are enjoying National Family History Month - there's certainly plenty on to pique your interest.  Don't forget to tick off Shauna Hicks 31 Activities for Researchers, will you? 

Here is a just a taste of what's out there:

Friday 14 August 


We all have them, these tough research problems that defy any solution. Come along to hear a presentation of some strategies to assist in solving 'brick walls'. The presentation will be followed by a one-on-one clinic (11.00 am-12.30 pm) with QFHS experts who will work with you to advise on ways that may help with these intractable problems. Once you have registered, we will provide further information on the one-on-one sessions. $11 members $15 non-members.  Book online.

Saturday 15 August 


Are you a new member?  Is it a while since you have been to the Library and Resource Centre?  QFHS conducts monthly welcome and orientation sessions for Society members. Sessions are designed to assist you to understand the extensive facilities and resources available. Bookings essential.



The Master Genealogist for Windows (TMG) is a computer program described as the complete family history project manager. The TMG software assists users to manage and organise data, images, charts, forms, to-do lists, research logs, and more. Our group caters to the needs of all users, from novice to advanced.

Sunday 16 August 

10:00am-12:30pm GSQ Writing Group

The aim of the group is to provide a forum in which members can learn more about the writing, editing, and publishing processes. Each meeting will include discussions and presentations. Guest speakers will be invited from time to time. Members are invited to submit pieces of writing for comment and suggestions by other members. Stories will be published in forthcoming editions of the Society's journal Generation.

Monday 17 August 


Discover how convict, prison and asylum records can help unearth family skeletons. Family history expert, Shauna Hicks discusses resources that can be useful in your research.Book at any library.


Jan Partridge,  a member of the Oral History Society (Qld),  will speak on the importance of Oral History.  Members $12.00 Non-members $17.00


Discover how convict, prison and asylum records can help unearth family skeletons. Family history expert, Shauna Hicks discusses resources that can be useful in your research.Book at any library.


Southern Suburbs Branch’s first general meeting in 2015 is on Monday 19 January and our guest speaker is Annabel Lloyd, from Brisbane City Council Archives whose topic will be ‘Researching your Family Home’. The meeting commences at 7.30pm at the Upper Mt. Gravatt Scout Den, down Carson Lane which runs off Logan Road between the Upper Mt. Gravatt State School and the Progress Hall, Upper Mt. Gravatt.


Tuesday 18 August


Discover how convict, prison and asylum records can help unearth family skeletons. Family history expert, Shauna Hicks discusses resources that can be useful in your research.Book at any library.




Using Church Publications – Shauna Hicks explores an underutilised resource that can provide information on our ancestors not likely to be found elsewhere.Book at any library.




Delve into the large collections of original letters, postcards and diaries related to the First World War that State Library staff and an army of volunteers have meticulously itemised and digitised.  Join Dr Robert Keane, Associate Professor W. Ross Johnston and Dr Robert Hogg as they explore Queensland’s experience of The Great War through the gems they’ve discovered in State Library’s collections and elsewhere.

For those looking for more insights into the First World War, attend a special tour of the Distant Lines exhibition in SLQ Gallery on level 2 led by guest speaker Dr Robert Hogg at 5.30pm.

Wednesday 19 August



Guest Speaker Jim Gibson is well known in the Society as a keen researcher of wooden churches. Some years ago he became interested in researching individuals on the Honour Boards in the churches. Two articles written by Jim appeared in the February 2015 edition of the Queensland Family Historian. Visitors welcome.

Thursday 20 August

2:00pm -3:00pm Ancestors in Church Arana Hills Library

Using Church Publications – Shauna Hicks explores an underutilised resource that can provide information on our ancestors not likely to be found elsewhere.Book at any library.


The guest speaker this month is Barry Searle from The Local Bulletin.  Barry has lived in the Western Suburbs for 35 years and has been publishing The Local Bulletin for 19 years.  He prints 24,000 copies of 52 pages each month.  Over the next few years the publication run will start to reduce as the new website becomes more popular.  Within 5 years he anticipates that The Local Bulletin will only be available from paper stands and local newspaper outlets. He is working to make all the past editions available on line which will be a great research tool for local historians!   Barry loves the local area and is passionate about history.

Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

What's On - Friday 7 August - Thursday 13 August

Tingalpa Chapel 
Once again, my weekly post seems a little redundant in the face of the fabulous National Family History Month calendar.  Please do make sure you check it out first as the list below will really only be some highlights and other bits and bobs that I have rather hurriedly put together, with my usual obvious biases :)

Friday 7 August


At each meeting, we demonstrate the Family Tree Maker program. If you wish, bring your personal computer, tablet or smart phone and follow us on the big screen.



The North Brisbane Branch of GSQ holds its meetings on the first Friday morning of each month (except January) at the Brisbane North Area Scouting Centre at 23 Sicklefield St Alderley. Doors open at 8.45 am. North Brisbane Members are able to borrow from our extensive library of books, magazines, fiche and CDs for a small fee.

Saturday 8 August

9am - 4:30pm Queensland State Archives Public Reading Room open

Queensland State Archives is open on the second Saturday of every month.


If you are researching family who migrated from Ireland, you are welcome to attend. We share our knowledge and take time discussing our research.

Sunday 9 August 



Convict Connections aims to provide a specialist forum for members with a particular interest in convicts and our colonial heritage, to share and exchange information, achieve a wider knowledge of our colonial beginnings and foster a greater appreciation of those who suffered the horrors of transportation.

Tuesday 11 August


Interested in your family history or genealogy? Would you like to swap research tips with other enthusiasts? Could you use some advice or assistance in researching your family tree? Would you like to know more about the genealogy resources at your local library (including Ancestry.com)? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, come and meet with your local Family History Group. Everyone is welcome to these regular meetings.


Discuss the history of the Richlands and Inala area.  No bookings required.


re you interested in researching your family history or genealogy? Come along to swap research tips or seek advice in family history. Everyone welcome.


Discuss the history of Bulimba and surrounding suburbs. If you have a passion for local history, come and join in.  Bookings required.

Wednesday 12 August 


Learn how to research your family history with the genealogy resources available in the library. Presented by Elenor Chambers.

Thursday 13 August 


Using Church Publications – Shauna Hicks explores an under-utilised resource that can provide information on our ancestors not likely to be found elsewhere.

Enjoy your week!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Sepia Saturday 290 - 1 August 2015


Alan Burnett from Sepia Saturday says


What better way to spend the day? Book into a smart hotel, relax with a glass of whatever you fancy, sit back and think about design. Our Sepia Saturday theme image this week comes from the Flickr stream of the Internet Book Archive and features an advert for the Hotel Ostend in Atlantic City, NY. When I look at the illustration I think about hotels, obviously, but I also think about design because, to me, it is a beautifully designed illustration. What you see when you look at the illustration is the starting point for your post for Sepia Saturday 290 - post you posts on or around Saturday 1 August 2015 - and whichever way you interpret the theme will be quite acceptable.

 Oh I do love Sepia Saturday, so I do.  I get to learn so much and go places I've never been and find things I never knew existed.  I hope you do too. So, perhaps rather predictably given my origins, my hotel of choice today is.....drumroll


The Canberra Brisbane's Palatial Private Hotel
John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Copied and digitised from an image appearing in The Queenslander annual, 1 November 1937, p. 3 Image number: 702692-19371101-s003b

Oops!  This is meant to be sepia isn't it?  Okay then, how about this?


Sketch of the Canberra Hotel Brisbane 1935
John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Sketch of The Canberra hotel located on the corner of Edward and Ann Street in Brisbane. Purported to be, ' Australia's largest, most modern, best equipped and most successful hotel.' in 1935.Negative number: 196954

Isn't it beautiful?  Of course it doesn't exist anymore, like many old hotels in Brisbane.  Myles Sinnamon from State Library of Queensland has written an excellent blog post here about its history and what stands in its place now.

I'm not sure that I can improve on Myles blog post but I will add this little delight that I found when searching Trove for bits and bobs about The Canberra. Myles notes that it was a temperance hotel and that it was a very popular hotel in the city for country people.

To give you an idea of the sort of people who stayed there or even lived there I found the following entry in A biographical record of Queensland women : a representation of every sphere showing, activities and interests, social, philanthropic, historic, scholastic, sport and travel published in 1939 which you can view here.


Jessie Jane Buchanan died in 1944 on 3 May.  She wasn't living in The Canberra at the time but had moved to her daughter's home in Ascot.  She was 94 years old and 5 months according to the death notice in the Courier Mail.


Family Notices. (1944, May 6). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved August 1, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article42039392



Jessie was buried with her husband in Plot 315 of Portion 7 of Toowong Cemetery and I just happen to have the Toowong Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions edited by Joan Ainsworth to hand (as you do).  This is what it says:

1) John Alfred BUCHANAN d. 19 Oct 1886 aged 42; and his wife Jessie Jane BUCHANAN d. 4 May 1944 aged 95 2) Charles Pakenham BUCHANAN d. 22 Sept 1924 aged 49; Captain Joseph David BUCHANAN 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance d. 21 Dec 1915 aged 35; Elsie Waverley BUCHANAN d. 16 Sept 1941 3) Also his children Lily Elizabeth Barbara b. 14 Oct 1876  d. 18 Oct 1877; John Alfred b. 24 July 1878  d. 4 Feb 1880; John P. BUCHANAN d. 21 Jan 1958.

So you can see how information changes over time.  The death notice says Jessie Jane died on 3 May at the age of 94.  The tombstone says it was the 4 May and she was 95.  

A search of the Deaths index on Qld BDM Index online shows that Jessie Jane Buchanan's parents were Thomas Fraser and Barbara McKenzie.  With this information we can then search the Marriage Index.  We've got no idea when Jessie Jane and John Alfried got married, but given John Alfred died in 1886 and Lily his daughter was born in 1876, I made the date range 1870 - 1886.  I discovered a Jessie Jane Mary Fraser marrying a John Alfred Buchanan in 1873.  

And so now we can check births for the Fraser family and the Buchanan family.

We discover if we put in a date range of 1840-1870 that Jessie Jane was one of at least 8 children.  Four of them would seem to be born in 1854 but I'm going to guess that they were baptised rather than born in 1854.  They were:

Margaret
William
Anne and
Jessie Jane 

Other siblings included:

1856 Elizabeth
1858 Thomas
1865 Catherine Mackenzie
1867 John

If we check the birth/baptism index for children born to Jessie Jane and John Alfred Buchanan we find:


  1. 1874 Charles Packenham (who died 1924)
  2. 1877 Lily Elizabeth Barbara (who died in 1877)
  3. 1878 John Alfred (who died 1880)
  4. 1880 Joseph David (who died 1915)
  5. 1883 Jessie Susan (the daughter in whose home Jessie Jane died and wife of Dr T McKenna)
  6. 1885 Kathleen Maud (who is known as Maude according to the bio and married TP Power)
  7. 1887 Ida John Alfreda (known as Yda who married EE Edwards)
Elsie Waverley and John P Buchanan must have been born after 1915.  So at least 9 children

How did John Alfred Buchanan die?  A search of Trove reveals the following:

The Late J. A. Buchanan. (1886, October 30). The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), p. 708. Retrieved August 1, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article19808767


When Trove is searched for Jessie Jane Buchanan we find some really interesting information about the estate left to Jessie Jane when John Alfred died.

LOCAL NEWS. (1887, February 7). Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Qld. : 1860 - 1947), p. 2. Retrieved August 1, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article146780042



SUPREME COURT. (1887, October 1). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 7. Retrieved August 1, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3480066
So Jessie had quite a bit of money to manage.  

I did find an engagement notice as follows:


Family Notices. (1889, May 18). Queensland Figaro and Punch (Brisbane, Qld. : 1885 - 1889), p. 18 Supplement: SUPPLEMENT TO QUEENSLAND FIGARO.. Retrieved August 1, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84756641

However I cannot find a marriage recorded in the Qld BDM index so I think Jessie may have got cold feet or re-considered.

Jessie dedicated the altar in St Stephens Cathedral to her husband:


The Brisbane Courier. (1887, October 24). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 4. Retrieved August 1, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3481764


Dig a bit further and using the search term "Mrs JJ Buchanan" rather than "Jessie Jane Buchanan" and we find that Charles her eldest son was in fact, the Mayor of Brisbane.  


Some Queensland Mayors and Mayoresses of 1908. (1908, February 15). The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), p. 26. Retrieved August 1, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article21818066



We also discover a photo of her son Captn. (Dr) J.D. Buchanan



Captain Joseph David Buchanan, 2nd Light Horse Fld Ambulance AAMC, AIF. Born Brisbane, Qld. Single; Medical practitioner, of Brisbane, Queensland. Next of kin: Mother; Jessie Jane Buchanan (nee Fraser). Father; John Alfred Buchanan (deceased), of 'Edenville', Hamilton Road, Brisbane, Queensland. Died of wounds S.I. at No. 1 AGH, Cairo, Egypt, on 21 December 1915, aged 35. Grave: Cairo War Memorial cemetery. (Information taken from: Anzac Officers died at Gallipoli, retrieved 19 December 2012 from http://www.anzacs.org/index_ab.html#BNames) Copied and digitised from an image appearing in the Daily Mail, 1 January 1916, p. 9  John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

And here is an earlier photo of Jessie Jane when she was on the The Committee of Management of the Brisbane Hospital 1914.


Page 25 of the Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 3 April, 1915.John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland
When I googled Erneton, Wickham Terrace (as mentioned above in the article about Charles, I get some really interesting results; Somerville House for one - a very famous girls school in Brisbane which was located at Erneton for a while before it moved to South Brisbane.  Who knew?  

Then I hit the jackpot...an obituary for Barbara Fraser - Jessie Jane's mother here.  At this point I thought I'd better check the Australian Dictionary of Biography but had no joy looking for either the Buchanans or the Frasers.  Reading of this Wikipedia article about Somerville advises me that Erneton was next to Garth House on Wickham Terrace and looking at this photo, I'm thinking it is across the road somewhere from the Windmill.  

There is a charming article in Trove commemorating the housewarming of Erneton in Wickham Terrace in 1888.






Evening Party at Mrs. Buchanan's. (1888, October 20). Queensland Figaro and Punch (Brisbane, Qld. : 1885 - 1889), p. 3 Supplement: THE LADY SUPPLEMENT TO QUEENSLAND FIGARO. Retrieved August 1, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84132371


Addendum: I have just figured out with the aid of Ancestry and looking at the 1906 Electoral Roll that Erneton would have been at 269 Wickham Terrace where the Brisbane Private Hospital is now as per this map. It too has gone sadly and replaced with a fairly ordinary (in terms of design) building ..sigh.



Perhaps its best just to finish off with this nice little article celebrating Jessie Jane's 88th birthday:


The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), Monday 13 December 1937, page 21 courtesy of The National Library of Australia
Ouf!  That's enough. I've probably bored you senseless...for other, perhaps more concise, stories go here.

PS I feel I must add that my mother used to carry a reading lamp with her whenever we went to stay in a hotel complaining bitterly that this was a basic item that most hotels overlooked.  She would have liked The Canberra I dare say.  One of my besties takes a magnified mirror with her when staying away from home.  I laughed when walking into the bathroom of the hotel I was staying at in Bali recently to discover the much sought after mirror screwed to the wall.  Deborah would have given 5 stars to that resort for its mirror alone.




What do you like to see in a motel/hotel?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

What's On Thursday 31 July - Friday 6 August

Garden Door in Bali

Oh my goodness....we are on the threshold of National Family History Month initiated by AFFHO and what treats lay in store when we open the door! To find out what's on in Queensland in August click here.  If you want to participate in Shauna Hicks' 31 Genealogy Activities for August click here.

Here is a glimpse of what else is on around the traps:

Friday 31 July

6:00-7:00pm The Bicycle in War Time Redcliffe Library

Bicycles played an integral role in the Boer War, WWI and WWII. Jim Fitzpatrick, author of The Bicycle in Wartime, gives a fully illustrated talk on the role of bicycles in war

Saturday 1 August 

9:00am-12:30pm Newspapers: People, places and events Qld Baptists Conference Centre Gaythorne QFHS $15 members $20 non-members


Sue Reid Convenor QFHS Education Sub-Committee and Stephanie Ryan from SLQ will deliver an informative session on search strategies for digitised newspapers on Trove and other gateways as well as accessing papers in other formats e.g. paper and microform.

10:00am-2:00pm GSQ Open Day 

Free tours of the Library and Resource Centre every half-hour.Enjoy a cuppa and chat to ou rknowledgeable volunteers.Discover something new about your family.Displays by GSQ Interest Groups.

10:00am-12:00pm Ashgrove Historical Society at Ashgrove Library

Maria McLennan will talk about her mother, well-known and much loved local historian, Meta Truscott. Maria will refer to a selection of Meta's diaries, some of which staff will make available from the Fryer Library, University of Queensland.

Sunday 2 August 

10:00am -2:30pm English/Irish Group at GSQ

The aim of the Group is to assist members with their research into their English, Welsh or Irish ancestry through discussion, guest speakers and acquisition of resources.

Monday 3 August 

10:00am-11:30am Women @ War in Brisbane During WW2 Albany Creek Library

Women played important roles during WWII, both at home and in uniform. They gave their time, energy and some even gave their lives.

1:00-3:00pm DNA for Beginners Wynnum Library

How can DNA help you find family? Are you planning to submit a DNA sample for testing to assist in your research? This session is a primer for those intending to take DNA testing for all male and all female lines. Presented by Chris Schuetz, Queensland Family History Society Inc. Bookings required.

Tuesday 4 August

Members and non-members are welcome to join us in our library to do some research and get some assistance on problems and brick walls. There is no charge for research on these days.

10:30am-12:00pm Bulimba and District Historical Society

Discuss the history of Bulimba and surrounding suburbs. If you have a passion for local history, come and join in.

Wednesday 5 August 

1:00pm-3:00pm Researching WWI Ancestors Noosaville Library

Chrissy Fletcher, founder of Adopt-A-Digger project, will guide you through the process of researching a WWI soldier or nurse, including finding military records, cemetery and battle information. This is a Family History Month event. 
Free. Bookings required.

6:30pm-8:00pm Coopers Plains Local History Society

Come and discuss the history of Coopers Plains and the surrounding suburbs.

Thursday 6 August 

6:00pm-7:50pm Family History Up Late Wynnum Library


Family historians are invited to bring their project to the library and search for their ancestors for a couple of hours in congenial company. Bookings required.

6:30-8:00pm Family History Group Arana Hills Library

Meet with your local Family History Group. Everyone is welcome to these regular meetings.


Have a great week everyone!