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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.


Hi Sydneysiders,

Some history books are dull, hard to follow the author's theme, and simply not interesting.  BUT, Naomi Parry and Brad Manera with Will Davies and Stephen Garton, have put together an absolutely fantastic, relevant, responsible and infinitely interesting history about ordinary NSW families and WWI.   Naomi Parry is presenting a FREE lecture about the writing of their book.

RAHS Day Lecture Writing New South Wales and the Great War
Wednesday 1 March 1pm - 2pm
 History House 133 Macquarie Street Sydney
 Presenter - Naomi Parry
Cost: Free
Naomi Parry, co-author of New South Wales and the Great War, will discuss the impact of the First World War on the ordinary citizens of NSW, not just in the theatres of combat but at home in our cities, towns and rural communities, and reveal some of the treasures from the collections of the State Library of New South Wales, State Records NSW, the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park and regional libraries and museums

(RAHS - Royal Australian Historical Society).

RAHS website :  I would expect bookings would be essential.

May I please ask our Moderators if they will leave this on our Australia board rather than on the Events Board.


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