Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Trove Tuesday: A Gold Mine of Family History

After a rather long hiatus, I am back blogging! And there is so much to catch up on. But one very big highlight for me is the addition of the Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate on Trove. Both my paternal and maternal lines spent considerable time (covering multiple generations) in the Newcastle and Hunter region, so I have been waiting for this paper to be released for years!

I started by searching for mentions of my third great grandparents, Charles Wardley and Elizabeth Caroline Ellen Rufford and their family.

I found so much! 771 results. Some sad, some happy. There are family tragedies, family triumphs, and family celebrations. Not to mention plenty of community and church involvement.

I was always told that Elizabeth Caroline Ellen had run the Sunday School in Boolaroo - and now I have newspaper articles to corroborate that.

1899 'DISTRICT NEWS.', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) , 23 October, p. 3, viewed 7 July, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article135380644
Charles and Elizabeth's eldest daughter Alice was the first bride in the new Boolaroo Church of England church.

1906 'BOOLAROO.', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) , 22 March, p. 7, viewed 7 July, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article140965055
And wonderfully, an article about Charles and Elizabeth's Golden Wedding Anniversary!

1935 'GOLDEN WEDDING.', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) , 6 August, p. 12, viewed 7 July, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article138130373

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Trove Tuesday: A Riebe Girl Under Attack

Riebe girls. They're survivors. They're strong.

We're strong.

My mum and her three sisters, and their daughters - we're all "Riebe Girls" (translation: don't-mess-with-me-or-my-family-or-you-will-be-sorry).

We stick up for ourselves and our families, and we stand up for what we believe.

Seems like we've had good reason ... (and Miss Mary Riebe may just have heeded the same advice we've been given over the years - God gave you knees for a reason, girls):

1899 'ITEMS OF NEWS.', Kalgoorlie Miner (WA : 1895 - 1950), 2 January, p. 4, viewed 24 September, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88156682
Miss Mary Riebe was my great-great-grandfather's sister. And A. Janeczek was their uncle (their mother's brother).

I had previously written about the Janeczek's during the A to Z Challenge in April.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Trove Tuesday: Elections (The Monday After)

Most of you now know that I am a political junkie and government relations professional in my “other” life, and this Trove Tuesday post has a distinctly political feel to it.

On 10 December 1949, the Liberal Party (with their Country Party coalition partners), led by Robert Menzies, won government with 74 seats in the House of Representatives (out of a total 121).

On the Monday morning, the Sydney Morning Herald had this to say:

1949, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 12 December, p. 1, viewed 17 September, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page1032031

On 7 September 2013, the Liberal/National Coalition, led by Tony Abbott, won government with a predicted 90 of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives.

And on the Monday morning, this is what the Sydney Morning Herald had to say:

2013, The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 September, p. 1.

I use Trove for my genealogy, but I also use it to read about past elections and compare community concerns to now.

Funny how the same issues get raised again and again...