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Australia / NSW – Devonshire St Cemetery Reinterment Index
« on: Monday 19 November 18 05:59 GMT (UK)  »
Another fine project by Volunteers  and the NSW State Archives
-  Nine thousand, Five hundred and Fifty-nine entries.

index contains the following fields: surname, first name, date of death, cemetery where reinterred, number, and citation. However details provided in the original register include: number, name of deceased, date of death, cemetery where re-interred, (with division, section, and number), name and address of person to whom exhumation permit issued, and remarks (with the names of others the deceased were reinterred with).

Some tips …. When using the search engine

If for example you already know which cemetery for your ancestor, just enter it under the heading ‘Cemetery where reinterred’  and then click on ‘Number’  to sort all with the same ‘number’  … so if you enter ‘Rookwood’  and then click to order it to sort by ‘number’ it will display by number (DOS numbering !) and then within each ‘number’ will be those who were re-interred as part of the one family group …. So various surnames all belong within that one ‘number’ and they are then listed in alphabetical order.  So for example you may find  maternal grandparents, or in-laws, or others that need further research to determine how they were related…     

And of course with Rookwood, and La Perouse with so many re-interments .... well perhaps best first to use the surname option to notice the 'number' allocated to your ancestor, and then to check for others with that same number...   ;D  ;D  ;D

Good Hunting


Australia / NSW, and the transformed Mitchell Library, Sydney Sat 6 Oct 2018
« on: Thursday 20 September 18 12:59 BST (UK)  »

The Mitchell Library Open Day Saturday 6 October 2018.  They are staging the biggest public display in Library history to celebrate the remarkable transformation of the Mitchell Building. Come along to the free Open Day on Saturday 6 October and be the first to see the new galleries and learning centre. At 10 am join them on the steps of the Mitchell Building for a Smoking Ceremony. You’ll find something fun and interesting to do right up until 4 pm.



It is actually on a typed document....

London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965 

Likely there's an OCR machine involved ... well that's my excuse for the foolishness.

Name:   Do Do
Year:   1945
County or Borough:   Finchley
Ward or Division/Constituency:   Friern Barnet

 ::)  ::)  ::)   HUNDREDS of Do Do resided there in 1945, their names are clearly displayed,  ???

Ancestry has much to answer for
Ditto        "     do     etc  etc   etc

and for  DITTO .... just as bad...

Name:   Nurses Ditto
Year:   1932
County or Borough:   Greenwich
Ward or Division/Constituency:   Greenwich


Australia / NSW 1788-1973 - A history of Medical Administration
« on: Wednesday 08 August 18 09:06 BST (UK)  »
Here is a pdf (226 pages)  second edition with photos, and written histories  covering many/most of the medical facilities, practices, etc in NSW from the first fleet through to the mid 1970s.   226 pages.

May I ask for the thread to be left on the main Australia board for several weeks, and then if thought suitable, moved to the NSW Resources Board.



Australia / FREE TALK IN Sydney, at NSW State Library 3 July 2018 11am – 12 noon
« on: Thursday 14 June 18 07:53 BST (UK)  »

More details ?

The Sydney Wars – Conflict on the Cumberland Plain 1788-1817
 With Stephen Gapps

In letters, diaries, journals and official records of the early colony of New South Wales, conflict with Aboriginal people was often described as ‘war’. Strategically, securing the Cumberland Plain and its rugged fringes that offered ‘advantageous retreating grounds’ was critical to Governor Macquarie’s expansion of the colony beyond the Blue Mountains. The 1816 campaigns that resulted in the Appin Massacre are considered here in the broader context of the long-running ‘open war between the natives and the settlers’, as one colonist described it, from 1788 to 1817.

Stephen Gapps is a Sydney-based historian and museum curator with research interests in public history and early colonial Sydney. He has written extensively on historical re-enactments, military history and the commemoration of the past. His book Cabrogal to Fairfield won a NSW Premier’s History Award in 2011. The Sydney Wars is forthcoming in 2018.

You need to book, there is no charge for booking.


Australia Resources & Offers / NSW Land and Property searchings GUIDES
« on: Tuesday 29 August 17 04:54 BST (UK)  »
I hope this thread can stay on the main Australia board for a while, before it may be considered worthy to be moved to the NSW resources board.

The Registrar Generals Office covered more than just BDMs ... and more than just Land Titles ....

Here's some guides from the former Land Titles Office  now named Land & Property Information

I hope these help with those seeking to marry up information from NSW BDM historic certificates, and NSW Supreme Court Probate files, and NSW historic (civil) parish maps.

Brief History of the Records of the Reg-General  (27 pages)

First Stop Guide to Records of the Reg Gen
(24 pages

Old System
(66 pages)

Searching the Reg Gen’s Maps and Plans
(46 pages)

Torrens title info
(30 pages)

NSW BDM's history of the registry info :

Thread re NSW Geographical Names :

Hoping you will find these links of interest.


Australia / QUEENSLAND 1940 – 1941 what details to expect on Marriage Certs
« on: Thursday 30 March 17 02:04 BST (UK)  »
Quick Question to support the current very long thread re Robert STEVENS and his origins.

Any RChatters familiar with Qld BDM marriage certificate info …. On a 1941 Qld marriage cert, the groom has named both his parents, including his mum’s nee name.   There is NO mention of if either of his parents are deceased.    I am not familiar with Qld marriage act in force at that time, but I know that the NSW Act required the clergy/officiating registrar to confirm if either bride or groom knew if their parent/s were known to be deceased.   

My Question : 
On a 1941 Qld m.c. would you expect to see if any parent of bride or groom were known to be deceased?

(‘dec’ ‘deceased’ or † as usual markings immediately after the name of each parent typical on NSW marriage certificates from about 1899 if person was known to be no longer living). 

Thanks,  (Answers here or on main thread)  :D  :D  :D


Australia / Retiring after 46 years at National Archives of Australia
« on: Friday 17 March 17 03:23 GMT (UK)  »
Canberra Times (newspaper)  online version : 16 March 2017  5:50 pm. 

Not mentioning her by name, for she is still alive, but I am sure her work efforts have benefited many family history buffs.


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