Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Trove Tuesday - Biscuits!

Trying to get in early today, given last weeks late entry

Whilst searching something totally unrelated I came across this advertisement in The Australian Star Wednesday 5th June 1889 p5! That is 128 years ago!!


Milk Arrowroot biscuits in our family are known as "Nanny Biscuits" due to the fact that my children's Nan has always had them on hand for them to eat!
For me the Milk Arrowroot biscuit was one of the first 'solid' foods I introduced to my children. A biscuit placed on a saucer, boiling water poured on it so it soaked it up and expanded and let cool - was a great morning tea item after the Farex breakfast! As my children grew I would add less water and mix it in with custard and/or puree fruit!

So coming across this wonderful advertisement showed that the iconic biscuit was highly regarded so long ago too!

I decided to do a search for "Arnotts Biscuits" to see how far back I could find a reference to the company on Trove...the result...Saturday 25th January 1868 (149 years ago) in the Newcastle Chronicle page 3.


New discovery - Arnott's originally made bread and were confectioners too!!

So a little more investigation and I discovered a lovely write up about the company in the Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners Advocate Saturday 18 September 1880, page 8

I am even more saddened now that Arnott's biscuits is no longer Australian, given its very long history as an Australian Company.
So if you would like to enjoy more reading on Arnott's biscuits type "Arnotts biscuits" into the Trove search bar and you will not be disappointed! From the fire in the company factory, to the many medicinal claims of the treasured Arrowroot biscuit Trove will provide you with some interesting reading!




Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Trove Tuesday - never ceases to surprise!

Well, I am a little late...but I fell asleep - but here it is

Whilst on Trove this week I discovered a gem! I was excited and look forward now to reading what I have found, it will have to sit on the 'shelf' for a little while though whilst I study, but I can refer to it if need be in the meantime.

How did I find my gem? I was researching The Sirius' arrival on Norfolk Island, attempting to gain all understanding of what occurred that fateful week it landed and consequently became a wreck. On the off chance that I may find something at Trove I searched.
"Historical Records of New South Wales" appeared, it was view-able online, I clicked on Browse this Collection and here were volumes of the work! The initial volume was not what was required, but they are in year order so I was able to find the year required and then read an account of what had occurred!
https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-343230396
What a find! You can even order a copy! But using the online one is fine by me! It is out of copyright!

So even though today's post is a little short, I assure you what you will find if you click the link will be well worth it!


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Trove Tuesday!

I am not your average Troveite, I am not yet 50, do not dwell in a city, not well off, I am well educated, I was a professional and am currently a stay at home mum!
But I LOVE Trove, have done since it arrived on the internet and I am a proud owner of a rare "I Love Trove" pin and coffee mug!! They both take pride of place in my genie cabinet!

It is the hidden gems of family history that you may find that I love Trove for, the surprising news you may come across to add to your family story, whether it is good or bad.

One of these interesting items came when I decided to just search my 'cousin's' father....I typed in his name in quotation marks "Vincent Furlong" - the headlines that appeared surprised me!

Now my cousin is in her nineties and will not speak of the past, family history is a no go subject area, as it has been for the past 20 years when I have asked. Our family knew her father had died when she was almost 21 but no one knew that it was quite as tragic as this. Newspapers all over Australia picked up the news of her father's tragic death.
I was able to read all the articles and get a sense of what had occurred, perhaps begin to understand why my cousin does not want to discuss the past.
This is why I LOVE Trove, without the availability of viewing the papers from around the country, to be able to search a person, I would only know that Vincent Furlong died in March 1948.
Trove has Treasures - just search for an ancestors name - you never know what you will find!
http://trove.nla.gov.au/

Monday, June 5, 2017

Place Image Object - UTAS Diploma Family History

This was a wonderful unit! We looked at the history of photography and therefore the various types of photographs and hints on how to determine from which era they may be from! Considerations for caring for photographs including making digital copies and using those in our research were also looked at.
Maps as a research tool were discussed - one way was by mapping where our ancestors came from, travelled, lived etc, we also considered significant places of our ancestors and ourselves.
Objects that were significant for our family, whether this was a photograph or collection of same were considered, looking at how to analyse what it was, what was its use, where was it from, then put it in a socio-cultural context.
Handmade objects and their association with gender was considered as well as industrialised objects - what could you tell from them, their wear, marks damage etc.
The last module dealt with toys, individual memories and collective memories; family objects - what you held, what other family members held and how to evaluate the 'family' collection; displaying and storing objects; determining if they belonged in a museum and setting up an object record system.
The assessment for this unit was a little out of most of our comfort zones it was an Annotated Map - but it was thought provoking and enabled you to display family history information in a different way.
It really made you consider what family history 'treasures' whether that be books, maps, photographs, toys, items you have that could assist you in telling your family story

For further information on the Diploma of Family History offered by UTAS  http://www.utas.edu.au/arts/diploma-of-family-history

For information on the unit Place Image Object http://www.utas.edu.au/arts/place-image-object  It will be offered again in 2018!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Diploma of Family History UTAS

Over the coming weeks I am going to discuss the wonderful Diploma of Family History, which University of Tasmania has developed.
(The plan is to blog weekly) http://www.utas.edu.au/arts/diploma-of-family-history

In December 2014 I applied and was accepted into the first 'Introduction to Family History' subject that was offered. This was done under Bachelor of General Studies (Other). Since then they have created the Diploma of Family History!

Since then I have studied

  • Writing Family History
  • Convict Ancestors
  • Place, Image, Object
  • Families at War
These have all been wonderfully informative subjects and I intend to share information I have learned and my experience in studying these subjects.

I am about to embark on Writing the Family Saga, so by the time it is complete I will be able to discuss it!

I am also scheduled to study Convicts in Context and Oral History by the end of the year and finish the Diploma so I will also share those after they are complete.

Stay tuned - the rest of 2017 should see this blog very busy!!


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Determination! Perseverance! Hope!

The 15th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry will be held in Sydney -  9 - 12 March 2018!


I am going! The accommodation is booked and I am now waiting for Registrations to be open, 
so I can save and register!

Congress has announced the keynote speakers https://ashm.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/congress2018/genealogyheraldry/Speaker

and
The Legal Genealogist, Judy G.Russell 

https://www.facebook.com/Congress2018/


This being the case - I am DETERMINED - to get this blog up and going!
PERSERVERANCE will pay off! I have HOPE that by Congress I can proudly say I am a Genieblogger!

Stay tuned - I may not have been blogging but I have things to share!
The plan is to blog weekly!! 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

I Love Trove! (Ask anyone who knows me, I say it all the time!)

How do I love Thee!     Let me count the ways!

When NLA introduced Trove into my life, little did I realise how important it would become in my family history research!
Since beginning using Trove I have not only used it to find out information about my family that no-one had ever mentioned BUT also it has enabled me to imagine the time in which my ancestors lived, as I can read the newspaper reports of the time when they lived.
I can do all this whilst living away from Sydney - I would never be able to get this information in my life time otherwise!
At first I could only view papers from Sydney but as it has developed there are now papers from all over that I can view, which is great as families moved around a lot in the past!

A FEW things I learned about my family:
One of my ancestors was in gaol for a few years!
The Coroners Report of a murder that was committed! The newspaper reports about the murder!
The death of a relative and why it impacted on his daughter so much!
The member of the family that assisted when the Dunbar sank.
Funeral Notices - revealing unknown people that knew/related to our family
Marriage Notices - confirming details in the family
Stories about my Great Great Grandfathers 80th birthday celebration and his funeral! Which showed how well regarded he was in the area in which he lived.
I could follow the New Zealand tour of a municipal band that my Grandfather was in. I could share this with my mother who never knew just how well regarded the band were as her father was killed when she was young, so those stories never got told as they normally would.

Trove allows for you to fix the OCR text, this engages users! Most users that I know correct the text they are reading (if needed) so that is will be easier for others to search, because the old print does not always OCR well!

Trove is a great resource for all - for research at ANY level! It is a National

AND NOW TROVE IS UNDER THREAT!
From Federal Government budget cuts. Which is hard to believe!
Our National Library is losing $6 million dollars in budget cuts!

To find out more - google "Trove budget cuts"
Please go and sign the petition
https://www.change.org/p/malcolm-turnbull-mp-stop-cuts-to-national-library-of-australia-save-trove

Post about how you use Trove and use the hashtag  #fundTrove

Never used Trove - go and check it out! WARNING - it is addictive!
http://trove.nla.gov.au/

Some good articles on the threat to Trove:

http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/fundtrove-show-support-national-library-australia-trove/
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/mar/14/national-librarys-trove-a-great-digital-democracy-under-threat?CMP=share_btn_tw
https://anneliedevilliers.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/fundtrove/