Thursday, November 5, 2015

What's On Friday 6 November - Thursday 12 November 2015

Poppies for Remembrance Day
Taken at Coriole Vineyard McLaren Vale South Australia

Yesterday I received the latest issue of the journal of the Queensland Family Historian - the journal of the Queensland Family History Society Inc.  It is always jam packed with all sorts of information about additions to the library, members interests, seminars and news.  This particular issue features articles written in honour of Remembrance Day.  They cover all sorts of topics from Avenues of Honour and the Battle of the Somme to biographies of members' ancestors who fought in the Great War.   The journal is published quarterly and is just one of the many great reasons to join the Society.  If you were interested in submitting an article for consideration by the Editorial Committee, the following deadlines may be of interest:

15 March
15 June
15 September
15 December

To join the Society or find out more about its activities, click here. If you are a newbie to family history and don't know where to begin, you might want to consider signing up for the beginner's course in research being offered next year over 6 weeks.  For more details go here.

Remembrance Day falls on Wednesday next week. We are a bit excited at work because we are launching our mobile phone app today which the wonderful folks at Zero Blink put together for us. Keep your eye out for it in your Play or Apple Store.  It's the Moreton Bay WWI Once Upon a War Time App. The App allows you to listen to the stories of three fictional characters, find real soldiers from the region, explore local memorials and discover more about an Australian Digger's uniform.  The App was made possible through a Queensland Government Anzac Centenary Grant.  To check out our WWI resources on the library website and catalogue, click here.

I found this rather moving advertisement for Bell Canada on YouTube. It sums up the modern approach to Remembrance Day and hints at a bit of what we're hoping to achieve with our App...If you want to find out more about the history of Remembrance Day in Australia and what it means, The Australian War Memorial has a summary here.

There's lots to do in Brisbane this week family and local history wise - no less than nine local history or family history groups are meeting this week that I know of.  You can find out about all sorts of topics from Post War Architecture to DNA to Irish Immigration.  If I have missed something please comment below so that others can find out about it.  

I hope you find something here of interest, meet like-minded folk in your pursuits and above all carve out some peace in your busy day.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

What's On - Friday 30 October - Thursday 5 November

We're just a bit excited because we've just discovered that Family Tree Frog has been selected for preservation in the Pandora - Australia's Web Archives. A big thank you to State Library of Queensland for recognising us.

You can check out other Family History blogs that have been preserved here.  

This resonates even more strongly with me as I am studying Digital Preservation at the moment.

GSQ have a busy month ahead of them as they are re-locating their premises to Wishart.  The library will be closed from 3pm tomorrow and will remain closed during November. All the best with the move folks.

Here's the calendar for the rest of the week.  Enjoy!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What were you doing in 1985?

Randy Seaver from Genea-Musings invites us to Go Back to the Future.

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1) Since this was Back to the Future week, I have a related challenge:  Do you recall what you were doing in 1985?  Family, school, work, hobbies, technology, genealogy, vacations, etc?

2)  Tell us in a blog post of your own, in a comment on this blog, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.

Thanks for this great meme Randy because I have been wondering what I was doing then.  

So I wasn't married yet...although Robbie and I were living together by that time (sharp intake of breath - my apologies in advance to those who don't approve of that sort of relationship).

We were living in Chelmer at the time in a rental property with a beautiful garden full of orchids.  The house was owned by Graham Nosworthy.  Robert and I were saving furiously for our first home and had $5656.95 saved by early May and $9k by the end of the year.  There was a big storm on Friday 18 January and we had 4 broken windows. This may have been the big storm when the greenhouse was smashed up too.  I note a few storms in my diary that year and blackouts.  It was also the year of electricity strikes in Brisbane. Joh Bjelke-Petersen was the Premier then.

I was working at the ABC and driving a bomb of an old car - a Holden HR which I had owned for a couple of years.  I had been living in Queensland for 3 years and was working shift work in TV Transmission which would have been called Traffic in a commercial station.  Some shifts in my diary are 0715-1615.  Other shifts are 1815-0015.  In July of that year Bruce Paige resigned from the ABC and moved to the commercial channel - shock horror.  I wonder if this is the year Jenny Woodward started doing the weather for the ABC.  I have a note in my diary for some weather auditions in early December. It was the year of redundancies at the ABC and we lost lots of people.  Unsettling times.

Wozzi near the Greenhouse at 88 Leybourne Street Chelmer

We owned a pet - a crazy cat called Wozzi who I'd brought up with me from Sydney but he died later that year on Friday 13 September - a no good, very bad day. It was the same day I think that I broke my little toe on one of the legs of our very uncomfortable slat timber bed.  I cried and cried like a baby. I cried again when I broke it again 3 months later the same way.  We got rid of the bed soon after that I think :) OMG - I think our bed is 30 years old!!!

This was the year I went back to Uni part-time.  My diary is full of dates for enrollment.  It was the year I discovered Sociology.  I liked it so much, I did a double-major.

My sisters-in-law-to-be were not living in Brisbane so there are trips to Maryborough on weekends to see Robert's oldest sister Patricia and babies Jim and Ben and letters to Julie and John who were living in Rockhampton, I think. Pat's husband Terry would come down and stay with us in Brisbane every now and then for work.

Birthdays seemed to have been celebrated regularly with a lamb on a spit.  They were cheap then and a lot of fun to organise.  Spits were made by the menfolk out of recycled materials....leftover wheels from old bicycles and the like.

I've written in the diary on 1 March that it was our Engagement Anniversary so I'm guessing we had been engaged for 1 year.

On 14 March I had dinner with my old school buddy Deborah who was living at 113 King Arthur Terrace in Tennyson - not very far from me in Chelmer.  She was living in a flat at the back of the property and had not yet married Bernie. That happened later in the year.  I have a note in my diary in August that my other old school friend Jill went to Canada for a couple of months towards the end of the year.

My exercise regime in that year consisted of walking with my buddy Loani and her partner Greg and playing squash with friends from time to time.  Loani was pregnant with Ben and I had promised to be there for the birth but defaulted when Ben was late.  I went on holidays to catch up with another old school friend Melissa in Perth instead.

On 1 April Robert's Aunt Alice's husband Billy Binstead died.  There were regular trips to the Gold Coast to catch up with Robert's family.

Movies that I went to see with friends at the time were Amadeus and Mrs Soffel. 

We celebrated my father's 50th birthday that year so I flew down to the Blue Mountains for his surprise birthday party.

Alex at 11 St George's Road Leura wielding an electric knife

I have a note in my diary on 9 September "per light of the age 1864" which i think is a note from a conversation with my mother about researching the McLoughlins and when they came out to Australia.  So I was doing a little bit of family history then.

I can't remember exactly what I was doing on 21 October.  My diary just tells me that I worked 0715-1615 and that it was a Monday.  The weekend before I had been whale watching with a friend from work, Di, and her partner Alan. I think that is when we camped on Stradbroke Island for the first time, completely unaware that we were to spend many more happy times there in the future but in different circumstances.

The camping ground at Point Lookout

That year we had Christmas dinner with Loani and Greg and dear friend Bob.  I worked on that day from 1000-1800.  At the time ABC-TV was in Toowong in Coronation Drive and so I would have just popped round to 23 Lodge Street after work.

I have gone through some old letters from my mother to see if I can piece together any more information.  Amongst other things, she mentioned the purchase of a Magimix on sale for $99.  I am proud to say I inherited the Magimix a few years ago and what's more it STILL WORKS!!

So that's my Back to the Future story.  What's yours?

Thursday, October 22, 2015

What's On - Friday 23rd - Thursday 29th October 2015

The beautiful Local History Centre at Coventry Library Stirling South Australia

After my fabulous weekend last weekend in Adelaide, this weekend I will be a busy bee: catching up with friends, going to a couple of concerts as well as getting on with some important professional development - an online course through Sydney TAFE about maintaining digital repositories. Sometimes it's a relief to go back to work on Monday!  

What about you?  It's all happening at our local libraries and societies.  You could explore your convict ancestry, find out how to use directories and almanacs more effectively, find out about nursing during WW2 or the early business history of Manly.  Brush up your skills in oral history or learn how to read old documents and even a class for beginners.

Mark these events in your diary now so you won't be disappointed. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

What's On - Friday 16th October - Thursday 22nd October

Coffee at Wild Canary, Brookfield Garden Centre
Grab a coffee and your diary and plan the week ahead for all things local and family history wise in Brisbane and surrounding regions....

Friday, October 9, 2015

What's On - Friday 9th October to Thursday 15th October 2015

Helen Smith speaking at In Time and In Place last weekend
I'm still coming down from the "high" that was experienced from attending In Time and Place last weekend.  But there's still plenty to enjoy in Brisbane and surrounds this week in terms of local and family history.

Windsor State School is celebrating 150 years this year and there is a special Heritage Day this Saturday.  

It's Brisbane Open House all this weekend - an opportunity to go on Cemetery Walking Tours, visit Museums and see some of Brisbane's history.  

Next week State Library of Queensland is hosting a special symposium reflecting on how we remember Anzac stories.  

Check out the calendar below.  

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Exciting Find

The Brisbane Art Deco book edited by Kimberley Wilson

Somehow, I'm not quite sure how, but fortuitously...I came across this book - Brisbane Art Deco.  I think it was on Facebook.  The book was launched in June this year at Avid Reader.  Anyway, the Facebook page intrigued me enough to borrow a copy of the book from my local library.  At the time I was really trying to control my spending on books.  There was a bit of a wait list for it at the library and when I finally got it, I didn't really have time to read it.  It was only recently that I borrowed it again and finally delved into it.

It is such a joy to read.  Lots of beautiful photos and great text.

What I love about it, is that it is introducing me to a city that I never knew as a child but only arrived at as a twenty-year old.  It makes me look at the architecture of the place. That's why I love Brisbane's Open House weekend too which is coming up this weekend and that's how I discovered Coronet Court which I got to troop around with a friend last year.  Coronet Court is featured in this book.

On Saturday night, I did my usual "wake up" in the middle of the night and so I decided to read it cover to cover.  Joy oh joy, on page 66, I sat straight up in bed and softly breathed "Oh! Oh! Oh!" as I read the following words...

"owner occupiers Daw and Slack...."   

My husband's great-great grandfather Thomas Daw was a butcher and was in partnership with Frederick Slack.  Hoorah!  I had found one of their shops!  I have to say that it is probably the most uninspiring looking building in the book but I'm still very excited to have found it.

The Brisbane Courier 7 June 1890 - courtesy of Trove, National Library of Australia

I'd been looking in all the wrong places.  I think I annoyed John Oxley Library people at State Library at one time trying to find photos of the streets where their shops were but to no real avail.  

I now realize I should have been looking at Brisbane City Archives so am resolved to go back there and search the archives more thoroughly.

By the way, if you want a copy of the book Brisbane Art Deco, they have sold out online copies.  I found mine at fabulous Folio Books in the city...they had about 30 copies left on Sunday afternoon.  But be quick.  Other retailers like Mary Ryan and SLQ had sold out.  You won't regret it.  It's a beautiful publication.  I paid $34.95.

So that was my exciting find for the week.  What was yours?