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                                                                      11th March, 2006







Phone No - 5428 2018

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Welcome to our new Members – Debbie Gray and Karen Wood

Welcome back - Janet Tremaine




Guest Speaker –

Saturday 25th March (1pm) – Hilda McLean – Friends of Toowong Cemetery (All members are welcome to attend, and may bring one guest)


Next meeting is Saturday 8th April at 1 pm


EASTER 2006 – The Club rooms will be closed over Easter – Friday 14th April, Saturday 15th April and Monday 17th April, 2006.


OPEN DAY – Saturday 29th April – volunteers will be required to show visitors around the premises - if you can spare an hour or two if would be greatly appreciated - thank you


MEMBERSHIP FEES – Just a little reminder that Membership fees become due on 30th April, 2006 (unless you joined the Club after 1st January, 2006 in which case they are not due until next year, 2007).


NOTE; Our AGM has been rescheduled and will now be at 1 pm on Saturday 17th June, 2006 – to be followed by a Monthly General Meeting.



Yes it is census year again for Australia.  Don’t forget to ‘tick the box’ for the census to be ‘saved’.




As you all probably know, our premises were subjected to a break in and robbery sometime between our talk by Lawrie Strange on Saturday and opening on the Monday morning.


Through the efforts of some, the damage will be repaired.  Unfortunately the monetary loss cannot be replaced, as the claim would cost almost as much as was taken.  On a brighter note, the thieves contained their damage to entering both the premises and the new office.


Lawrie Strange gave a very interesting presentation on shipwrecks off the Queensland coast.


Once again, I encourage all members to support your club through the fundraising enterprises as this allows us to purchase new research materials. Note that the Easter Raffle is in progress and will be drawn in April. Now more than ever, we need your support.


If anyone has some time to spare, please consider being a volunteer in the office.  If you do, please see any of the duty persons or your committee members.


Do not forget that the Anniversary Hindsight is available and that if you require extra copies, see the rostered duty person.  There are also anniversary mugs available.


Happy researching,





David Jimmieson

Vice President

Elaine Elms


Janet O’Flaherty


Helen Eaton


Joanne Beeston

Assistant Librarians

Jane O’Brien, Chris Ryder & Glenys Gordon

Publications Editor (Hindsight & Newsletter)

Elaine Elms

Webpage Co-ordinator

Chris Ryder

Cemetery Records

Julie Saunders

Publicity Officer




Doug C. – Every Wednesday morning & 2nd Saturday morning

David – Every Monday afternoon, every Friday morning, & 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Saturday morning

Janet – Every Monday morning & 2nd Saturday morning

Elaine – Every Wednesday afternoon

Jackie – Every Monday afternoon (Thank you Jackie for volunteering to join the Library Duty Roster)

Jane – 3rd & 4th Saturday morning

Pat V. – 2nd Wednesday morning

Coral – 2nd Wednesday afternoon

Trevor – 4th Wednesday afternoon

Gloria – 1st Saturday morning & 4th Monday morning

Glenys – Every Monday morning

Joanne – Every Friday morning & 1st, 3rd & 4th Saturday morning

Doug S. – 1st & 3rd Friday morning


We are in need of more members to volunteer for ‘duty’.  It is not hard – it is just a case of being there to assist new members and visitors.  Ideally we would like to have two duty persons per session.  At the moment, most days, we have just one person ‘on duty’.



(BBC2 English Programme)

If you want to watch episodes of this very interesting family history programme, the videos are available for members to borrow…please enquire at the office.



Roma Waldron has started an “Australian Wide Index”.  There is a sample of the format at the office - please ask to see it, as it is an exciting venture.  She has asked for contributions for the Index, in the format of Surname, Given Name, Birth, Death, Burial Date, Father, Mother and Spouse.  It is envisaged that it will take a couple of years to produce.  For more information, ask at the office.




The Monthly raffles have now started. Tickets are $1.00 each and the prizes will be drawn at the March meeting.


Don’t forget when you buy your raffle ticket/tickets you can nominate your preferred item for purchase.


1st prize has been donated by the Good Guys – it is a backpack with picnic set, rug, etc.

2nd prize is a horse key rack donated by Janet

3rd prize is a small teddy bear and an Anniversary mug.



EASTER RAFFLEDonations of Easter type products would be greatly appreciated for this Fundraiser…donations can be left in the library… be drawn on 8th April.


Thank you for your support in our fundraising efforts…with your continued support, the Club will acquire many more resources to help you in your quest.  Don’t forget if you ‘find’ a resource that would be a welcome addition to our library, please let office staff know. 


Thank you to EZYDVD (of Morayfield) for the donation of T-shirts to be used for future raffles.  All donations to the Club are gratefully accepted.



Laminating - $1.00 per A4 sheet (see office staff)



Don’t forget to get your recipes in for the new book/books.  There is no limit to how many recipes you can submit, but once the book is full, it is full.  We have to limit the number of pages to approx. 80 or it becomes unmanageable for us to produce.  Leftover recipes will be kept for the ‘next one’.  The book will be ready for sale mid November, all going well. Just in time for Christmas.  Thank you to all who purchased our first recipe book.  Over 125 have been sold at last count!


COFFEE MUGSOur 25th Anniversary Coffee Mugs are for sale.  $8.00 each and all money raised goes to the Club.  They are available in blue, green and brown. 


HINDSIGHT More stories are required for upcoming issues of our magazine.  The magazine is sent to many other Genealogy Clubs throughout Australia. 





BDM news As from 3rd October 2005, Queensland State Archives will no longer stock the pre 1890 Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates.  All BDMs will be held by the Registrar General’s Office from that date.

The State Archives are now open on the 2nd Saturday of each month.


(Some of the) New Additions to our library resources



HMS Calcutta, Tasmanian Convicts passenger lists

National Bank – History Calendars with info and sketches

Shadrach, Amos (Convict) – family information

Stories and Tales of the Transported Convicts (donated by J. Piper)

Rutherglen, Scotland – Military Records (donated by D. Jimmieson)

Qld. Passenger Lists 1850-1911 (donated by J. Piper)

Other Shipping information – Military, shipwrecks and private Shipping Companies (donated by J. Piper)

Australian Almanac & Book of Facts (donated by E. Elms)

N.Z. Passenger Lists – various ports


Tasmania Carra Villa Memorial Park – Burial and Cremation Records (donated by Stuart & Bev Davis)


Lincolnshire Parish Register – West Elloe – Part 2 Burial 1839-1900 (donated by J. O’Flaherty)



(By J. Beeston)


The talk on shipwrecks off the Queensland coastline by Lawrie Strange form the Maritime Museum was very interesting.  He talked about the various ships, like the Quetta 1890, HMS Pandora 1791, Yongala 1911, Cooma 1907, Marloo 1881, Maheno 1935, Cherry Venture 193, Marietta Dahl 1950, Dicky 1893, Centaur 1943, Rufus and Gayundah.  How and why they got shipwrecked, how many died or survived the shipwreck and what type of ship they were, and what cargo they were carrying.


He also talked about what resources they have available in their library at the Maritime Museum and how it has increased over the years, along with various displays.  A trip well worth taking to see what is available.  Overall, it was a very informative talk.


BOOK REVIEWS by Joanne Beeston (Librarian)


Kumbia State School - 75 years. Donated by M. Smith.  It is well done with a lot of document history and photos, and lists of those who were enrolled or taught at the School.  Found in Qld Section CODE: REF QLD KUM


This book was so interesting and very hard to put down. It is Jack Howie, the Man and the Legend by B.R. Muir and donated by D. Jimmieson.  This man elevated the image of sheep shearer especially for Qld.  He settled in the Blackall area and his children married and lived in the area.  Found in Qld. Section CODE: REF QLD JACK


Another interesting book that Jack Piper has donated is Coconuts to Computers, a concise illustrated history of Norfolk Island and its people by A. Buffett.  This book is very hard to put down and is full of photos, military information and plenty of facts about the descendants of the Island.  Found in the NSW Section CODE: REF NSW COC


Check out these items which were found after the giant clean up a while back.

Newspaper articles, the casualty lists of WW1, WW2 and Vietnam.  The Vietnam list has photos for every casualty.  Located in the Military Section CODE: REF MIL WOR


Also newspaper articles of the 1st and 2nd fleet passenger lists, extracts from private journals of the 1st fleet, the Bicentennial newspaper souvenir edition, and a list of convicts serving time at the Moreton Bay Settlement in 1828.  Located in Shipping section CODE: REF SHI FIRS


Thank you to Glenys, Joanne and David, for their assistance with the collating, stapling and folding of the March 2006 Hindsight.  Don’t forget to collect your copy next time you call in.  Thank you, Elaine.


If you want to give a copy of your Family tree to the Club, you are most welcome, or alternatively, maybe you would like to give just a surname list (along with State/Country) from your family tree to the Club.  This could/would be viewed by other Club members.  You just never know to whom you may be related!


Internet Addresses for you to try


Australian cemeteries – surnames list


The Old Bailey, London

This site has the proceedings of The Old Bailey London from April 1674 to October 1834.  A fully searchable FREE online edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing accounts of 101,102 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court. Also loads of interesting background information, history and links. You can search by surnames, keywords etc and read the prisoners' and witnesses' words.  Could give you a whole new view of your ancestor!  Well worth a look even if you don't have any ancestors who were tried or were witnesses in trials at The Old Bailey!!


Tasmanian Archives


Ireland Leitrim 1901 census


Geelong Cemetery


More cemetery updates

This past week the following has been added to:

Bex Hill Cemetery, Lismore, NSW

Binnaway General Cemetery, Leaders Road, Binnaway, NSW

Coonabarabran C/E Cemetery, Dalgarno Street, Coonabarabran, NSW

Glenmaggie Cemetery, Glenmaggie, Vic.

Herons Creek Cemetery, Herons Creek, NSW

Penola Old Cemetery, Penola, SA