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While reading a newspaper from 1831 (researching for another rootschatter) I came across an article deriding the wearing of military attire by civilians, including this:

"Three-fourths of the male company are clothed in military attire; men who never drew a sword in their lives before are there arrayed in scarlet and gold epaulettes, and cheese toasters"

I know what an epaulette is, but was wondering what is a "cheese toaster"?

Monaghan / William REID married Mary ANDERSON, Co Monaghan
« on: Tuesday 09 January 18 01:20 GMT (UK)  »
I've been putting off researching my Irish ancestors but the time has come ...

I have Ann REID born c1839 who travelled to Australia in 1863, leaving from Liverpool on the Wansfell. She married Thomas Mortimer WALTERS (who was also on the voyage) on 28 May 1864 at the Presbyterian Manse in Rockhampton, Queensland. On their marriage certificate it says she was born in Monaghan, her father was William REID (gamekeeper) and mother Mary ANDERSON.

I realise spelling can be quite variable and I"m assuming since they married in a Presbyterian church the family were Presbyterian.

Any help in locating the family would be most appreciated.

Australia / what happened to Arthur Harold KELLS?
« on: Thursday 14 September 17 11:22 BST (UK)  »
My grandfather left his family in Mackay, Qld sometime in the late 1930s, and I'm not sure what happened to him after that. Arthur was born in Greymouth, New Zealand in 1887, avoided conscription and moved to Australia around 1917 (I think) working on boats as a fireman. He married Grace WALTERS in 1924 in Sydney and had 4 children including my mother (the last of her siblings still alive). They lived in Kiama, Campsie and Mackay. I have pretty much all that can be found of him in New Zealand and Australia until 1936, including items on Trove about his being charged with gambling and SP bookies. But after he left the family I'm not sure what happened.

There is a NSW death certificate for an Arthur KELLS in 1963 which I have, but apart from being the same name and age, there is nothing on it which proves this is my Arthur. Except that the informant was Fred Empsom who was apparently a well known Sydney bookmaker and the Arthur who died was caretaker at a house in Lilli Pilli NSW. Was there a connection? I'm not sure. There is also an electoral roll for 1963 with an Arthur KELLS at this address.

I was recently told -by someone I do not know, but who contacted my brother through Geni  (my heckles and suspicions raised immediately as I prefer to do my research) - that Arthur may have gone to the New Guinea gold fields, but I have no idea when.

If anyone can give any insights, suggestions or help as to what may have happened to my grandfather, I would be very thankful.

(Btw, I may not have access to a computer for few days, so please forgive me if I don't respond straight away  :))

South Africa / cape town archives repository
« on: Sunday 05 February 17 11:04 GMT (UK)  »
I'm sure there is a simple answer that I just can't see at the moment.

I can see a number of results for a search on the National Archives of South Africa website that I'm interested in from the 1800s, but can't work out to access the actual files. Do I have to contact the NASA directly, or go through a freelance researcher (which seems a bit annoying as I know which records I want)? Or are the records available online anywhere? Does anyone have any experience with contacting them - are they helpful?

Any advice would be appreciated. I'm a novice when it comes to South African research!

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / photograph in Cape Town for dating
« on: Saturday 21 January 17 03:06 GMT (UK)  »
This may be an impossible task, but is it possible to work out the date of this photograph? It is about 15 x 12 cm on plain card. On the back is written in faint pencil "cottage ... Cape Town". I have attached enlargements of the men and carriage in the photograph if that helps at all.

Any suggestions most appreciated.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Place name in Cape Town - completed with thanks
« on: Saturday 21 January 17 02:32 GMT (UK)  »
I recently discovered a faint pencil marking on the back of a very old faded photograph of a cottage. I can make out "cottage ... Cape Town", but have no idea about the middle word. Possibly ends in "...bray"?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Armed Forces / what type of uniform is this - Queensland before 1900
« on: Wednesday 18 January 17 04:41 GMT (UK)  »
Would any one be able to tell me what kind of uniform this is? I think it is J Raphael JOSEPH who was a doctor in Brisbane from the 1880s to 1900 (but I could be wrong).

Any help most appreciated.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Agnes who on this 1885 will
« on: Sunday 15 January 17 05:11 GMT (UK)  »
Is any one able to guess what this lady's surname is? It appears on the will of Raphael Joshua JOSEPH in 1885, an adopted daughter I had no idea existed, so would love to try to track her down. There's 2 versions on the will.

many thanks in advance

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / date for possible joshua raphael joseph
« on: Thursday 12 January 17 01:01 GMT (UK)  »
Would it be possible to know an approximate date for this photograph, maybe Joshua Raphael Joseph b 1848. And what is going on with his hair?  ::)

Many thanks in advance

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