Friday, July 7, 2017

2017 NFHM Blogging Challenge

August is not so very far away and that means....


Who's up for a blogging challenge??  Some of us thought a literary theme might be the go given that a few of our more well known authors were born 100  years ago e.g. Ruth Park (okay she was born in NZ but we adopted her as our own), Sumner Locke Elliott, Nancy Cato and Frank Hardy.  

So this is the plan:

Week 1 - Poor Man's Orange - take what you will from this title of Ruth Park's novel published in 1949.  Poor Man's Orange was set in Surry Hills Sydney about a Catholic Irish Family.  Perhaps there were Irish Catholics in your family.  Perhaps your ancestors lived in Surry Hills or Sydney.  Have you got a tale of making do?  Take the theme as laterally as you like or ignore it altogether.  We just want to see you blogging.

Week 2 - Careful He Might Hear You - Sumner Locke Elliott wrote this haunting tale about PS and his aunts, custody battles, secrets...where will this meme take you?  Shot in the more salubrious Sydney suburbs of Darling Point and Neutral Bay than last week's meme, the 1983 movie was captivating.  Is there a story about childhood you want to tell or the Depression?  We can't wait to see what posts it inspires.

Week 3 - All the Rivers Run - Nancy Cato's saga spanned eight decades and four generations.  Your blog post doesn't have to do that but was there a matriarch in your family that inspires you?  Or maybe you want to focus on a particular river that played a part in your ancestors' lives.  Where will your imagination run to?

Week 4 - Power without Glory - Frank Hardy's novel covers a wide range of notorious characters from criminals to Archbishops and politicians, wrestlers to gamblers and everyone else in between.  One of the themes is conscription during WW1 but you can interpret the title as broadly as you like.  Were your ancestors powerful in some way? Legitimately or  not.  Did they have a stoush with the authorities or strong political beliefs? Lets hear their story.

Let's blog every Saturday if we can.  See you then.

And thanks to Canva for the great meme picture.  It reminded me of a neighbour popping their head over the fence for a chat with a kid hanging off them. And thanks to AFFHO and the lovely Shauna Hicks for organising National Family History Month so we can all have so much family history fun. 

PS You don't have to be an Aussie to participate.  We welcome one and all in this great big genealogy family.


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Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

Thanks've given us some thought-provoking topics to wrap our blogging minds around. Love the image and your rationale even more.

Alex Daw said...

Thanks Pauleen...I was worried it was a bit too cheesy..but they are so cute...and well...Australian!

Jana Iverson Last said...


I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Genealogy Fab Finds post at

Have a great weekend!

Sandra Williamson said...

What a great theme. I'm ashamed to say that I haven't read any of these books. Might see if I can read a couple these books this month as a personal challenge. Looking forward to NFHM

Alex Daw said...

Thank you Jana - that is great news. You are very kind. Sandra - you and me both. I think I read Harp in the South but that is it. I look forward to seeing your contributions.

Sandra Williamson said...

Hi Alex, I read the Harp in the South many years ago as well, must have been a school text! I have just finished "Poor Man's Orange". It was a very rich read and certainly gave me a feel for what it must have been like in Surrey Hills, Sydney. It's not the sort of stuff you can find in the records. Now to move on to "All the Rivers Run". Confession, however, I am listening to rather than read the books ... when I get in my daily walk. I already spent too much time sitting.

Alex Daw said...

Oh Sandra - what a brilliant idea. You have inspired me now to see if I can find talking books of the same. Off I go - on the hunt.