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Mystery notation on 1907 Qld birth certificate
« on: Sunday 26 May 19 14:46 BST (UK) »
Does anyone know what these mean?

These symbols are on a 1907 Queensland birth certificate which I downloaded today. The bottom image is beside the mother's name, and the other is beside a note written in the border. The baby was illegitimate if that has any bearing. I have googled for possible explanations but found nothing.

Additionally, the birth certificate was not the usual foolscap orientation, rather it was laid out horizontally across two pages. I have not seen one like this before.

Apologies for the blurry images.

Thanks for any suggestions. Fingers crossed that this works*:
*it worked, but image is sideways - sorry.

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Re: Mystery notation on 1907 Qld birth certificate
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 26 May 19 15:02 BST (UK) »
I am very NSW centric,  so not much chop on Qld.  BUT that looks like a stamp for the Honorable East India Co .... and of course 1907 and Qld is wrong  century and wrong colonial jurisdiction...

Probably too late at night for me  ::)

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Re: Mystery notation on 1907 Qld birth certificate
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 26 May 19 15:09 BST (UK) »
It is used just like an asterisk telling you that the note is in reference to the mother's name.

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Re: Mystery notation on 1907 Qld birth certificate
« Reply #3 on: Monday 27 May 19 04:27 BST (UK) »
Thanks JM - but it is hand written rather than a stamp.

It is used just like an asterisk telling you that the note is in reference to the mother's name.

Debra  :)

Debra, thank you. That makes perfect sense. Mystery solved.  :)

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Re: Mystery notation on 1907 Qld birth certificate
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 28 May 19 01:37 BST (UK) »
 ;D  Yes, now looking at the image on a puter instead of an e-reader,  definitely not a stamped impression, I ought to have known that ... shhhh ... senior moments perhaps...

Debra is of course spot on, that's an asterisk.   :-[  :-[  ::)  ::)

 I need specs just for e-reading late at night....

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Re: Mystery notation on 1907 Qld birth certificate
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 28 May 19 02:42 BST (UK) »
It's not an asterisk as we know it today.

The image was poor too JM, so that wouldn't have helped.  ;)

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Re: Mystery notation on 1907 Qld birth certificate
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 28 May 19 04:35 BST (UK) »
It's not an asterisk as we know it today.

Ruskie, glad you posted this as I've never seen an asterisk like this before either i.e. I've learned something new!....those down-unders  ::)  ;D

Dundee...thank you!

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Re: Mystery notation on 1907 Qld birth certificate
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 28 May 19 06:12 BST (UK) »
It is an odd one - I wonder if the symbol has a name?

I thought it must have had some deeper meaning (possibly) related to illegitimacy ... unfortunately not. :)

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Re: Mystery notation on 1907 Qld birth certificate
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 28 May 19 06:32 BST (UK) »
I thought it must have had some deeper meaning (possibly) related to illegitimacy ... unfortunately not. :)

It may have been an artistic note which had 'deeper meaning' to himself  :-\

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