Saturday, August 1, 2015

Sepia Saturday 290 - 1 August 2015

Alan Burnett from Sepia Saturday says

What better way to spend the day? Book into a smart hotel, relax with a glass of whatever you fancy, sit back and think about design. Our Sepia Saturday theme image this week comes from the Flickr stream of the Internet Book Archive and features an advert for the Hotel Ostend in Atlantic City, NY. When I look at the illustration I think about hotels, obviously, but I also think about design because, to me, it is a beautifully designed illustration. What you see when you look at the illustration is the starting point for your post for Sepia Saturday 290 - post you posts on or around Saturday 1 August 2015 - and whichever way you interpret the theme will be quite acceptable.

 Oh I do love Sepia Saturday, so I do.  I get to learn so much and go places I've never been and find things I never knew existed.  I hope you do too. So, perhaps rather predictably given my origins, my hotel of choice today is.....drumroll

The Canberra Brisbane's Palatial Private Hotel
John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Copied and digitised from an image appearing in The Queenslander annual, 1 November 1937, p. 3 Image number: 702692-19371101-s003b

Oops!  This is meant to be sepia isn't it?  Okay then, how about this?

Sketch of the Canberra Hotel Brisbane 1935
John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Sketch of The Canberra hotel located on the corner of Edward and Ann Street in Brisbane. Purported to be, ' Australia's largest, most modern, best equipped and most successful hotel.' in 1935.Negative number: 196954

Isn't it beautiful?  Of course it doesn't exist anymore, like many old hotels in Brisbane.  Myles Sinnamon from State Library of Queensland has written an excellent blog post here about its history and what stands in its place now.

I'm not sure that I can improve on Myles blog post but I will add this little delight that I found when searching Trove for bits and bobs about The Canberra. Myles notes that it was a temperance hotel and that it was a very popular hotel in the city for country people.

To give you an idea of the sort of people who stayed there or even lived there I found the following entry in A biographical record of Queensland women : a representation of every sphere showing, activities and interests, social, philanthropic, historic, scholastic, sport and travel published in 1939 which you can view here.

Jessie Jane Buchanan died in 1944 on 3 May.  She wasn't living in The Canberra at the time but had moved to her daughter's home in Ascot.  She was 94 years old and 5 months according to the death notice in the Courier Mail.

Family Notices. (1944, May 6). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved August 1, 2015, from

Jessie was buried with her husband in Plot 315 of Portion 7 of Toowong Cemetery and I just happen to have the Toowong Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions edited by Joan Ainsworth to hand (as you do).  This is what it says:

1) John Alfred BUCHANAN d. 19 Oct 1886 aged 42; and his wife Jessie Jane BUCHANAN d. 4 May 1944 aged 95 2) Charles Pakenham BUCHANAN d. 22 Sept 1924 aged 49; Captain Joseph David BUCHANAN 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance d. 21 Dec 1915 aged 35; Elsie Waverley BUCHANAN d. 16 Sept 1941 3) Also his children Lily Elizabeth Barbara b. 14 Oct 1876  d. 18 Oct 1877; John Alfred b. 24 July 1878  d. 4 Feb 1880; John P. BUCHANAN d. 21 Jan 1958.

So you can see how information changes over time.  The death notice says Jessie Jane died on 3 May at the age of 94.  The tombstone says it was the 4 May and she was 95.  

A search of the Deaths index on Qld BDM Index online shows that Jessie Jane Buchanan's parents were Thomas Fraser and Barbara McKenzie.  With this information we can then search the Marriage Index.  We've got no idea when Jessie Jane and John Alfried got married, but given John Alfred died in 1886 and Lily his daughter was born in 1876, I made the date range 1870 - 1886.  I discovered a Jessie Jane Mary Fraser marrying a John Alfred Buchanan in 1873.  

And so now we can check births for the Fraser family and the Buchanan family.

We discover if we put in a date range of 1840-1870 that Jessie Jane was one of at least 8 children.  Four of them would seem to be born in 1854 but I'm going to guess that they were baptised rather than born in 1854.  They were:

Anne and
Jessie Jane 

Other siblings included:

1856 Elizabeth
1858 Thomas
1865 Catherine Mackenzie
1867 John

If we check the birth/baptism index for children born to Jessie Jane and John Alfred Buchanan we find:

  1. 1874 Charles Packenham (who died 1924)
  2. 1877 Lily Elizabeth Barbara (who died in 1877)
  3. 1878 John Alfred (who died 1880)
  4. 1880 Joseph David (who died 1915)
  5. 1883 Jessie Susan (the daughter in whose home Jessie Jane died and wife of Dr T McKenna)
  6. 1885 Kathleen Maud (who is known as Maude according to the bio and married TP Power)
  7. 1887 Ida John Alfreda (known as Yda who married EE Edwards)
Elsie Waverley and John P Buchanan must have been born after 1915.  So at least 9 children

How did John Alfred Buchanan die?  A search of Trove reveals the following:

The Late J. A. Buchanan. (1886, October 30). The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), p. 708. Retrieved August 1, 2015, from

When Trove is searched for Jessie Jane Buchanan we find some really interesting information about the estate left to Jessie Jane when John Alfred died.

LOCAL NEWS. (1887, February 7). Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Qld. : 1860 - 1947), p. 2. Retrieved August 1, 2015, from

SUPREME COURT. (1887, October 1). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 7. Retrieved August 1, 2015, from
So Jessie had quite a bit of money to manage.  

I did find an engagement notice as follows:

Family Notices. (1889, May 18). Queensland Figaro and Punch (Brisbane, Qld. : 1885 - 1889), p. 18 Supplement: SUPPLEMENT TO QUEENSLAND FIGARO.. Retrieved August 1, 2015, from

However I cannot find a marriage recorded in the Qld BDM index so I think Jessie may have got cold feet or re-considered.

Jessie dedicated the altar in St Stephens Cathedral to her husband:

The Brisbane Courier. (1887, October 24). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 4. Retrieved August 1, 2015, from

Dig a bit further and using the search term "Mrs JJ Buchanan" rather than "Jessie Jane Buchanan" and we find that Charles her eldest son was in fact, the Mayor of Brisbane.  

Some Queensland Mayors and Mayoresses of 1908. (1908, February 15). The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), p. 26. Retrieved August 1, 2015, from

We also discover a photo of her son Captn. (Dr) J.D. Buchanan

Captain Joseph David Buchanan, 2nd Light Horse Fld Ambulance AAMC, AIF. Born Brisbane, Qld. Single; Medical practitioner, of Brisbane, Queensland. Next of kin: Mother; Jessie Jane Buchanan (nee Fraser). Father; John Alfred Buchanan (deceased), of 'Edenville', Hamilton Road, Brisbane, Queensland. Died of wounds S.I. at No. 1 AGH, Cairo, Egypt, on 21 December 1915, aged 35. Grave: Cairo War Memorial cemetery. (Information taken from: Anzac Officers died at Gallipoli, retrieved 19 December 2012 from Copied and digitised from an image appearing in the Daily Mail, 1 January 1916, p. 9  John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

And here is an earlier photo of Jessie Jane when she was on the The Committee of Management of the Brisbane Hospital 1914.

Page 25 of the Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 3 April, 1915.John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland
When I googled Erneton, Wickham Terrace (as mentioned above in the article about Charles, I get some really interesting results; Somerville House for one - a very famous girls school in Brisbane which was located at Erneton for a while before it moved to South Brisbane.  Who knew?  

Then I hit the obituary for Barbara Fraser - Jessie Jane's mother here.  At this point I thought I'd better check the Australian Dictionary of Biography but had no joy looking for either the Buchanans or the Frasers.  Reading of this Wikipedia article about Somerville advises me that Erneton was next to Garth House on Wickham Terrace and looking at this photo, I'm thinking it is across the road somewhere from the Windmill.  

There is a charming article in Trove commemorating the housewarming of Erneton in Wickham Terrace in 1888.

Evening Party at Mrs. Buchanan's. (1888, October 20). Queensland Figaro and Punch (Brisbane, Qld. : 1885 - 1889), p. 3 Supplement: THE LADY SUPPLEMENT TO QUEENSLAND FIGARO. Retrieved August 1, 2015, from

Addendum: I have just figured out with the aid of Ancestry and looking at the 1906 Electoral Roll that Erneton would have been at 269 Wickham Terrace where the Brisbane Private Hospital is now as per this map. It too has gone sadly and replaced with a fairly ordinary (in terms of design) building ..sigh.

Perhaps its best just to finish off with this nice little article celebrating Jessie Jane's 88th birthday:

The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), Monday 13 December 1937, page 21 courtesy of The National Library of Australia
Ouf!  That's enough. I've probably bored you senseless...for other, perhaps more concise, stories go here.

PS I feel I must add that my mother used to carry a reading lamp with her whenever we went to stay in a hotel complaining bitterly that this was a basic item that most hotels overlooked.  She would have liked The Canberra I dare say.  One of my besties takes a magnified mirror with her when staying away from home.  I laughed when walking into the bathroom of the hotel I was staying at in Bali recently to discover the much sought after mirror screwed to the wall.  Deborah would have given 5 stars to that resort for its mirror alone.

What do you like to see in a motel/hotel?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

What's On Thursday 31 July - Friday 6 August

Garden Door in Bali

Oh my goodness....we are on the threshold of National Family History Month initiated by AFFHO and what treats lay in store when we open the door! To find out what's on in Queensland in August click here.  If you want to participate in Shauna Hicks' 31 Genealogy Activities for August click here.

Here is a glimpse of what else is on around the traps:

Friday 31 July

6:00-7:00pm The Bicycle in War Time Redcliffe Library

Bicycles played an integral role in the Boer War, WWI and WWII. Jim Fitzpatrick, author of The Bicycle in Wartime, gives a fully illustrated talk on the role of bicycles in war

Saturday 1 August 

9:00am-12:30pm Newspapers: People, places and events Qld Baptists Conference Centre Gaythorne QFHS $15 members $20 non-members

Sue Reid Convenor QFHS Education Sub-Committee and Stephanie Ryan from SLQ will deliver an informative session on search strategies for digitised newspapers on Trove and other gateways as well as accessing papers in other formats e.g. paper and microform.

10:00am-2:00pm GSQ Open Day 

Free tours of the Library and Resource Centre every half-hour.Enjoy a cuppa and chat to ou rknowledgeable volunteers.Discover something new about your family.Displays by GSQ Interest Groups.

10:00am-12:00pm Ashgrove Historical Society at Ashgrove Library

Maria McLennan will talk about her mother, well-known and much loved local historian, Meta Truscott. Maria will refer to a selection of Meta's diaries, some of which staff will make available from the Fryer Library, University of Queensland.

Sunday 2 August 

10:00am -2:30pm English/Irish Group at GSQ

The aim of the Group is to assist members with their research into their English, Welsh or Irish ancestry through discussion, guest speakers and acquisition of resources.

Monday 3 August 

10:00am-11:30am Women @ War in Brisbane During WW2 Albany Creek Library

Women played important roles during WWII, both at home and in uniform. They gave their time, energy and some even gave their lives.

1:00-3:00pm DNA for Beginners Wynnum Library

How can DNA help you find family? Are you planning to submit a DNA sample for testing to assist in your research? This session is a primer for those intending to take DNA testing for all male and all female lines. Presented by Chris Schuetz, Queensland Family History Society Inc. Bookings required.

Tuesday 4 August

Members and non-members are welcome to join us in our library to do some research and get some assistance on problems and brick walls. There is no charge for research on these days.

10:30am-12:00pm Bulimba and District Historical Society

Discuss the history of Bulimba and surrounding suburbs. If you have a passion for local history, come and join in.

Wednesday 5 August 

1:00pm-3:00pm Researching WWI Ancestors Noosaville Library

Chrissy Fletcher, founder of Adopt-A-Digger project, will guide you through the process of researching a WWI soldier or nurse, including finding military records, cemetery and battle information. This is a Family History Month event. 
Free. Bookings required.

6:30pm-8:00pm Coopers Plains Local History Society

Come and discuss the history of Coopers Plains and the surrounding suburbs.

Thursday 6 August 

6:00pm-7:50pm Family History Up Late Wynnum Library

Family historians are invited to bring their project to the library and search for their ancestors for a couple of hours in congenial company. Bookings required.

6:30-8:00pm Family History Group Arana Hills Library

Meet with your local Family History Group. Everyone is welcome to these regular meetings.

Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

What's On ! Friday 24 July - Thursday 30 July

Private A.R. Quinn of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry with an accordion, Gambarie, Italy, September 1943 Lieut. Terry F. Rowe. Canada. Department of National Defense. Library and Archives Canada, PA-115155 / Creative /Commons Licence

Thank you for your patience with my absence last week.  I was #stuckinbali as they say and am very pleased to be back.  So, this is what is on offer family history and local history wise in Brisvegas this week.  As always, if you think I've missed something or should know about something coming up, please let me know.

Saturday 25 July

10:00am-12:00pm Central European Group QFHS

Meetings feature a short talk or workshop relevant to Central European research. You will receive assistance from very experienced researchers.

10:00am-12:30pm Military Group GSQ

The aim of the Group is to assist members with their research into their military ancestry through discussion, guest speakers and acquisition of resources. The group can help beginners and assist more experienced researchers overcome any problems they face locating information on their military relatives.

Sunday 26 July 

10:30am-2:15pm German Group GSQ

Aims: To offer support and research assistance to all who are searching for their German Ancestry.To encourage and exchange information in an informal setting. To provide guest speakers when possible to help guide us through the maze of information available to us.To learn the history of Germany and immigration ad why our ancestors chose to leave. To get to know about German people and their customs.

Tuesday 28 July

10:00am-11:00am The Bicycle in War Time Strathpine Library

Bicycles played an integral role in the Boer War, WWI and WWII. Jim Fitzpatrick, author of The Bicycle in Wartime, gives a fully illustrated talk on the role of bicycles in war.

1:00pm-4:00pm Bracken Ridge Family History Group

Are you interested in researching your family history or genealogy? Come along to swap research tips or seek advice in family history. Everyone welcome.

Wednesday 29 July

10:00am-11:00am The Bicycle in War Time Caboolture Library

Bicycles played an integral role in the Boer War, WWI and WWII. Jim Fitzpatrick, author of The Bicycle in Wartime, gives a fully illustrated talk on the role of bicycles in war.

Thursday 30 July

10:00am - 12:00pm Enhancing Your Family Tree Using Google Mt Ommaney Library

Enhance your family tree research by using Google searching techniques. Google can help you locate surprising items of family history interest including books, images, videos and more. Presented by the Genealogical Society of Queensland. Bookings required.

10:00am-12:00pm William Gunn Wynnum Library

William Gunn represented the electorate of Wynnum for over 20 years.  Learn about the man the Manly jetty was named after. Presented by Daniel Cheverton. Bookings required.

2:00pm-3:30pm Family History Using Google Products: Part 1 Arana Hills Library

Discover Google products that can provide tools and improve searching methods to enhance your family tree research.

That's all folks.  Hope you have a great week :)

Thursday, July 9, 2015

What's on Friday 10 - Thursday 16 July

Ceremony by the Joan of Arc statue outside the Melbourne Public library on 14 July 1944
Ceremony by the "Joan of Arc" statue out-side the Melbourne Public Library on France's Nation Day 14/7/44 Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria.

Happy Bastille Day for next Tuesday everyone!

Here's what's on around Brisbane and Hughenden this week.

Saturday 11 July

Our members share information on researching Scottish forebears including resources, techniques, history, and customs. Together we have knowledge of particular regions and occupations. Every meeting includes an opportunity for discussion of members’ brickwalls, particularly those of new members.

Our talks include research resources and techniques together with aspects of Scottish life that affected our families: where they went and what they did.

Sunday 12 July

The Family Tree Maker Group aims to offer mutual support to any member in using Family Tree Maker software in their family history research. It provides information and help to  members in obtaining the best use of their investment in FTM.
Meetings are held on the second Sunday of the odd months of the year, unless otherwise advertised. 
The Resource Centre opens at 10.30am and closes at 2.30pm. The meeting starts at 10.30am, usually running until 12 noon. The Legacy Group meets at 1.00pm.
No computer experience is required, and we can advise on associated topics such as buying a computer, and using the internet.

The Legacy User Group aims to offer mutual support to any member in using Legacy software in their family history research. It provides information and help to members in obtaining the best use of their investment in Legacy.
Meetings are held on the second Sunday of the odd months of the year, unless otherwise advertised. 
The Resource Centre opens at 10:30am and closes at 2.30pm. The meeting starts at 1.00pm following the Family Tree Maker Group, and will usually run until 2.30pm.
No computer experience is required, and we can advise on associated topics such as buying a computer, and using the internet.

Tuesday 14 July

Two AIF soldiers - Alex Duncan and friend
Alex Duncan and mate

10:00am-1:00pm SLQ's First World War Treasures: a white gloves experience - at Diggers Entertainment Centre Hughenden

A unique opportunity to put on the white gloves and join us for this hands-on look at some of State Library’s precious original First World War materials. Get up close and personal with a curated selection of First World War treasures from SLQ, such as letters, diaries and photographs. A State Library collection specialist will guide you through the story and significance of carefully selected First World War collection items. Morning tea provided.

11:00am-12:00pm Genealogy for Beginners at Bribie Island Library

Learn how to research your family history with the genealogy resources available in the library. Presented by Elenor Chambers.

11:00am -12:00pm Strathpine Family History Group at Strathpine Library

Interested in your family history or genealogy? 
Would you like to swap research tips with other enthusiasts? 
Could you use some advice or assistance in researching your family tree? 
Would you like to know more about the genealogy resources at your local library (including 
If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, come and meet with your local Family History Group. Everyone is welcome to these regular meetings.
Legacy Family Tree help also available.

Postcard from WWI
Postcard from J Cole to Dolly Daw 22 February 1917

Do you have photos, letters and documentary heritage materials from loved ones who went to the First World War? Via remote link, a conservator from State Library of Queensland will provide advice on how to care for your personal First World War treasures so that they are preserved for future generations. You are invited to bring one item that you would like to know how to preserve, and a note book to record the valuable advice you receive. Afternoon tea provided.....)

1:00-4:00pm Bracken Ridge Family History Group at Bracken Ridge Library

Are you interested in researching your family history or genealogy? Come along to swap research tips or seek advice in family history. Everyone welcome

Wednesday 15 July

Does your organisation want to share local First World history and stories online?

Representatives from your organisation are invited to participate in this workshop to explore how digitised content is made more discoverable and engaging in the online world.

At this workshop, you will be introduced to a range of online tools available which will enable the promotion and sharing of collections online. Learn how to connect your community to engage with these resources and encourage wider contribution to Anzac centenary commemoration projects online.

Please note: this is a 1.5 day workshop, running from 9am-4pm, 15 Jul and 9am-1pm, 16 Jul. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided.

This event is part of Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation, proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

Picture of crowds at opening of William Jolly Bridge

Crowds of people gathered for the opening of the William Jolly Bridge, Brisbane, 1932 John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

1:00-3:00pm QFHS Members' Meeting - Visitors Welcome

William Jolly, Pathfinder of Brisbane
Warren Jolly, grandson of William, will speak about the Grey Street Brisbane that was named William Jolly Bridge to honour William and the work he undertook as Mayor of the Town of Windsor, Lord Mayor of Brisbane and a Member of Parliament.

Thursday 16 July

Aerial view of Holts Hill Water Treatment Plant
Holts Hill water treatment plant, Mount Crosby, 1950 John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

7:00-9:00pm Kenmore and District Historical Society Inc. at Kenmore Library

Colin Hester of the Mt Crosby Historical Society will be presenting the history of the  which was commenced in the 1890s after a decision in the 1880s to draw a water supply from the Brisbane River. It is a fascinating story of 19th century engineering and is linked to the need to provide clean drinking water for a growing city.  Colin will focus on the impact on Kenmore and surrounding areas.

Colin will also feature the story of the work of laying the pipes; initially the pipes, laid along the side of Moggill Road, were 24 inches in diameter. There were six upgrades of the size of the pipes to cope with Brisbane’s increasing population.

Don't forget to check out the National Family History Month calendar of events for August.  There are already 37 events listed for Queensland.  Get your diary out now and start planning.  For more information go here.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Sepia Saturday:

Alan from Sepia Saturday says:

The Smithsonian Museum is the United States National Museum and therefore it is appropriate for Sepia Saturday 286 which falls on the 4th July to feature an illustration from their archives. This call is going up early because I am about to head off to Scarborough - one of the finest holiday and fishing resorts on the Yorkshire coast and therefore it is appropriate for the Smithsonian illustration to be that of a fish. And just in case you are about to tell me that we have had fish as theme images on Sepia Saturday several times before, be warned that I can get quite snappy when provoked and therefore it is appropriate that the fish in question a spot snapper.

This is going to be a short and sweet post (and an apology for next week) because I am going overseas tomorrow for the first time in about 20 years - just a short trip to Bali for a week to celebrate my dear old Dad's very significant birthday.  As you can imagine, there is much to do before I depart these wintry shores for warmer climes.  

So - to all my American cyber friends - Happy 4th July!! 

My post this morning was inspired by my visiting Twitter (which I don't do very often) and I saw a re-tweet from West Coast Librarian who shared a tweet from State Library of Victoria about thousands of copyright free images you can fish for in their very appropriately named "digital image pool".  I'd embed the tweet for you in this post but I seem to be having problems with blogger accepting the code - has anyone else had similar problems?  Anyway, without further ado, here is the photo.....

man holding puffer fish puffing on a pipe
Man standing, half-length, wearing cloth cap and smoking pipe, holding a puffed up puffer fish ca. 1910-1930 State Library of Victoria - Photographer unknown - Gift of Harold Paynting, 1996.

How very appropriate - a fish!  When you punch the word "fish" into the search box you come up with 405 results.  I only managed to glance at half of them.  There are some beauties...that's for sure.  Check these out as a taster...

men in striped aprons at fish market in Coburg
Fish market, Coburg circa 1915-1916 G. G. M., photographer. Gift of Mr Graham Radley, 2001 - State Library of Victoria

postcard from Gippsland featuring men on jetty packing fish for Melbourne
Packing Fish for Melbourne ca. 1886 N. J. Caire 1837-1918, photographer. State Library of Victoria

This one is my favourite though....

family group on jetty - woman sitting knitting while kids catch fish
Adult Leisure Activities -  ca. 1900  Victoria. State Rivers and Water Supply Commission photographer. -State Library of Victoria
I can't help wondering "Won't the knitting smell a bit fishy?"  Have you noticed that I can get knitting in anywhere?  Even in posts about fishing.

And when I punched in "Scarborough" into the search engine for you Alan, I came up with all you detectives in England or of English heritage...what do you think?  Is it Scarborough?  Let the State Library of Victoria know if you think it is or isn't.

postcard featuring seaside town with castle on headland in England possibly Scarborough
Seaside town with castle on headland, possibly Scarborough?, England - ca. 1890-1900 - Photographer unknown - State Library of Victoria.

Caspar, or "The Rooster" as Robbie likes to call him, leaves today for Fraser Island (or as we Australians like to shorten everything, we refer to it as just "Fraser") with friends to go fishing.  Much time was spent sucking teeth over which reel to buy at BCF yesterday and much thanks goes to Grand Purl Baa's new husband for his sage advice.  An Alvey was duly purchased.  I suspect it will be fun, if it a bit chilly camping there at this time of year.

Balinese fisherman on jetty
Balinese fisherman, Indonesia - This photograph is part of the Australian National Maritime Museum's collection of nitrate negatives taken by Harold Nossiter and his son Harold Nossiter Junior in the 1920s and 1930s.

No doubt I shall be seeing a bit of the above very soon....have you been to Bali? Any recommendations?  Remember this song?  I'll be able to sing it authentically soon...

I'd forgotten how powerful Redgum lyrics are....for a bit more sobering sepia check this out.  War - what is it good for?  It should be compulsory to go fishing instead.

Did I say short and sweet?  I got carried away AGAIN!  For more fishy snaps head over to Sepia Saturday.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

What's on - Family and Local History events 3-9 July

Congress 2015 in Canberra earlier this year

It's school holidays and what better time to introduce budding historians to the wonders of history and museums? 

Commissariat Store Museum - Tuesday to Friday 10:00am-4pm Adult $6/Children $3 - Family $12

The Commissariat Store is a niche museum that specialises in showcasing Queensland History. The museum is an initiative of The Royal Historical Society of Queensland and staffed by volunteers from the Society.

The most significant exhibit is the building itself. The Commissariat Store is Queensland's oldest habitable, and most significant heritage building. The lower two floors of this magnificent building were convict built during 1828 and 1829. The third floor, now the main entrance from William Street was added in 1913.

Friday 3 July 

10:00am-11:30am Family Tree Maker® (FTM) User Group at Queensland Family History Society 

At each meeting, we demonstrate the Family Tree Maker program. If you wish, bring your personal computer, tablet or smart phone and follow us on the big screen.

If you want to purchase a copy of the program, both the Windows and Mac versions are available through the Bookshop.

Barb and Alex at 3 Nungara Street Aranda foundations

10:00am-12:30pm House Histories at SLQ Auditorium $14.50 (includes morning tea)

Interested in the history of a house? Discover how to explore its story in this discussion with special guests. Find out about the importance of determining your purpose, the resources you need, where to find them and the strategies required.

•    Dr Carmel Black, Senior Historian, City Architecture and Heritage team, Brisbane City Council
•    Kaye Nardella, Senior Curator, Lands, Mapping and Surveying Museum
•    Don Watson, architect, historian and 2013 John Oxley Library Fellow
•    Stephanie Ryan, Senior Librarian Information Services, SLQ

Saturday 4 July

The above poster is from Archives New Zealand's health poster collection, transferred by the Department of Health. The poster was produced in the 1950's.Archives New Zealand Reference: AAFB 24223 W2555/A3 

8:30am-4:30pm Brisbane History Group and Marks-Hirschfeld Museum of Medical History present Brisbane Diseased:Contagions, Cures and Controversies

Marks-Hirschfeld Museum of Medical History
Level 4, Mayne Medical School, The University of Queensland, 288 Herston Road, Herston

8.30 am Registration Bookshop
9.00 am Welcome by BHG President, Barry Shaw
9.10 am John Pearn Diseases come and go
9.40 am Jonathan Prangnell Leprosy and Peel Island
10.10 am Pamela Rushby The Black Death in Brisbane
10.40 am Morning tea
11.10 am Bill Metcalf Dr T P Lucas and Plague denial
11.40 am Helen V Smith Spanish flu comes to Brisbane
12.10 pm Yorick Smaal Venereal disease and WWII
12.40 pm Lunch
1.25 pm Alana Piper Prosecuting medical quackery
1.55 pm John Thearle Lead poisoning in Queensland
2.25 pm Rosemary Knight Guardians of women’s health: Medical corsetry
2.45 pm Afternoon tea
3.25 pm Veronika Folkmanova The dugong oil medical industry
3.55 pm Paul Sayer Sister Elizabeth Kenny: A prophet unrecognised?
4.25 pm Marks-Hirschfeld Museum Closing remarks

The Medical School is located across from RBWH bus station. There is free but very limited on-street and on-site parking on Saturdays.Wilson Car Park RBWH charges a daily fixed fee on weekends. 

Enquiries: Paul Sayer (3398 4080) Booking essential 
$15 BHG Group members $20 non-members

10:00am-12:00pm Ashgrove Historical Society at Ashgrove Library.

Dr Sandra Bayley will speak about her mother, Dorothy Bayley, from her biography titled Dorothy. The Bayleys, Brian and Dorothy, had their home built in The Woods when the district was still a dairy farm. Her mother lived there for 70 years and was actively engaged in community  affairs until she died in 2005, aged 100 years. 

1:00pm-3:00pm - Sunnybank Local History Group at the Sunnybank Hills Library 

Join in and share your passion for local history. New members welcome.

DNA rendering from ynse on Flickr  Creative Commons Licence 

1:30pm-3:30pm -  QFHS DNA Interest Group 

This group seeks to share information on aspects of genetic family history.

This includes use of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) information in searching for family, whether as surname or all-male lines, all female lines, or close cousins.  DNA can add weight to existing documentary evidence, suggest new lines of research, and help resolve questions such as whether you could be related to a particular family.

Some group members are interested in medical aspects, either for historical reasons or for their own well-being. Others members are interested in deep history, not just where their recorded ancestors lived, but also their probable ancient origins.

This broad range of interests is represented for convenience by just three letters: DNA.

Monday 6 July 

9:30am - 12:30pm Family History Group at Albany Creek Library - First Monday of each month

Interested in your family history or genealogy? 
Would you like to swap research tips with other enthusiasts? 
Could you use some advice or assistance in researching your family tree? 
Would you like to know more about the genealogy resources at your local library (including 
If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, come and meet with your local Family History Group. Everyone is welcome to these regular meetings.

10:00am-11:00am -Directories and almanacs at Albany Creek Library  

Directories and Almanacs offer a useful way to discover information about your ancestors. Rosemary Kopittke from Queensland Family History Society explains how to use these records.

Wednesday 8 July 

From Janis Hanley on FlickrCreative Commons Licence 

12:30pm - Royal Historical Society of QueenslandWar Animals - lunchtime meeting at the Commissariat Store - light lunch is provided - please bring a contribution to cover costs.


Guest speaker Nigel Allsopp's topic will be 'War Animals'.

Nigel Allsopp is a world authority on canines. He spent 15 years as a military working dog handler in the Royal New Zealand Air Force Police, responsible for all aspects of Canine Operations and training within the NZ Defence Force.

Nigel has written several books on War dogs and Police Dogs including the best sellers two Australian War Dogs and Cry Havoc: The History of Military War Dogs and his new release K9 COPS. Nigel has written numerous articles on Canine training for International Law Enforcement Magazines and has been a contributing author to the prestigious British Royal Army Veterinary Corps Journal and other Military journals in the United States.

Thursday 9 July

6:30-8:00pm Family History Group at Arana Hills Library - First Thursday of each month

Interested in your family history or genealogy? 
Would you like to swap research tips with other enthusiasts? 
Could you use some advice or assistance in researching your family tree? 
Would you like to know more about the genealogy resources at your local library (including 
If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, come and meet with your local Family History Group. Everyone is welcome to these regular meetings.

Wow!  What a great lineup.  Have you got something you want me to include in this calendar? Drop me a line via the contact email on my About page.  Enjoy your week.