Sunday, 24 October 2021

Subscribers to my blog

 I haven't been very active blogging lately so this is a quick test post to see if those who subscribed will still receive email notifications of my new blog posts since the Blogger platform took away the Feedburner option.

You will see in the side panel to the right a "GET NEW POSTS BY EMAIL" box where you can subscribe if you wish.

I really do hope to get myself out of this brain fog and start doing some further constructive research, new posts and the part I love most, to make contact with more family members.

Sunday, 22 August 2021

Genealife In Lockdown - sharing once again

 Oh my, it has been a roller coaster of a week this week.

Regional Victoria is back in Lockdown once again due to covid cases in my home town of Shepparton.

Finally finishing off sanding the plaster joins then undercoating the kitchen ceiling and keeping up with all the exposure sites of the Shepparton covid outbreak has been time-consuming and rather nerve-wracking.

Once again I am so lucky that my lovely third cousin June has shared some old family photos with me.

I was also able to share some with her and we were able to fill in blanks of names in photos for each other.

Our common ancestors are Agnes Mason and Peter Hart.

June's great-grandmother, Amelia Agnes "Millie" Hart and my great-grandmother, Margaret Hart were sisters.

Millie married Edmond Wills Kiely in 1901.

The first photo June sent me last week was the following.

The photocopy of a photo that I had was the following.
Unfortunately, due to computer crashes etc over the years, I have lost my source information for this photo.

Maryanne Hart (1872 to 1963) married George Rathbone in 1898
Margaret Hart (my great-grandmother 1869 to 1960) married Donald Fleming in 1889
Hannah Hart (1870 to 1956) married 1. John Prest 1889 2. Angus McDonald 1905.
Amelia Agnes "Millie" Hart (1879 to 1971) married Edmund Wills Kiely in 1901

Amelia "Millie" Kiely nee Hart

Below is Agnes Hart nee Mason and Peter Hart. 
A copy was given to me years ago by another family member.
Peter died in 1900.

Agnes later married Hosea Matthews in 1904.

Agnes and Hosea, from June.
Again, Agnes and Hosea from June

Hanscom Hart and his wife Mary Ann nee Sadd
photo from June.

This photocopy was given to me years ago by another family member

The name Hanscom has been passed down many generations.
I wrote about the Hanscom name in our tree

H is for .......

And finally this wonderful photo from June

Front Left is Hanscom Hart and his wife Mary, their daughter Marcella, Agnes Matthews, the young boy is perhaps one of the Prest boys (son of Hannah), Hosea.
Back Left could be Amelia, Margaret and Rose. (These are a guess). 

Alex at Family Tree Frog has set a new challenge for Family history bloggers in Australia to post about Genealife in Lockdown for the family history month of August.

This is my fourth post.

Sunday, 15 August 2021

Genealife In Lockdown - Thankful once again

 We're lucky here in Regional Victoria to have come out of  Victoria's 6th Lockdown last week.

This came about earlier than Melbourne due to there being no active cases of Covid found in Regional Victoria.

Goodness only knows how long our little bit of freedom will last this time.

Unfortunately, too many people are defying health advice and keep doing the wrong thing.

 The "Powers that be" are not yet saying when Melbourne's restrictions will ease.  

I suppose that will depend on the daily number of cases and contact tracing results.

Sadly I can't visit my daughter and grandchildren down there until then. 

I haven't seen them now for two months so missing them terribly.

In my first two posts for this 2021 National Family History Month of August, I mentioned being thankful for wonderful sharing cousins.  They are keeping me motivated!

This week that theme once again came into play.

Today I received a photo of a certificate earned by my Dad's first cousin Len Adams 

Photo courtesy of Len's nephew Warren Delbridge

It appears Len attended the Flemington Primary School which was a part of the Essendon district schools cluster.

I found the following article in Trove but the Football wasn't mentioned.
1930 fits with Len's age and the Headteacher of Flemington Primary School being G.J. Neuss.

SCHOOL SPORTS. (1930, December 5). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 12. Retrieved August 15, 2021, from

George James Neuss was Headteacher from 1930 until 1939.
    source - FPS School History - Flemington Primary School (online PDF document)

Alex at Family Tree Frog has set a new challenge for Family history bloggers in Australia to post about Genealife in Lockdown for the family history month of August.

Sunday, 8 August 2021

Genealife In Lockdown Luck


Alex at Family Tree Frog has set a new challenge for Family history bloggers in Australia to post about Genealife in Lockdown for the family history month of August.

In my first "Genealife in Lockdown" post, last week, I wrote about how thankful I was for my many wonderful cousins and friends.  

We were then just coming out of Lockdown number five here in Victoria.

Now we are currently in Lockdown number six due to the super spreading Covid-19 Delta variant.

Today my lovely Fleming family second cousin Carol, who was decluttering her house during lockdown here in Victoria, found a memento of her grandfather Albert Henry Percival FLEMING amongst things her grandmother had given her.

Carol was very kind and shared it with our Fleming Family Facebook page.

Albert, known as Alf. was my Mum's paternal Uncle. 

I have written previously a little about his brave WW1 war service history HERE.

The memento that Carol found today is a Vote 1 card for Alf in the 1938 Preston Municipal Elections.

It was a rather special find for Carol as her grandfather passed away when she was only two years old so sadly she never got to know him personally.

Carol didn't know what year this election would have been so I turned to Trusty Trove and found the following:

APA citation
MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS THIS WEEK (1938, August 23). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 4. Retrieved August 8, 2021, from

Thanks so much for sharing, Carol.

Sunday, 1 August 2021

Genealife in Lockdown - National Family History Month Blogging Challenge

Alex at Family Tree Frog has set a new challenge for Family history bloggers in Australia to post about Genealife in Lockdown for the family history month of August.

I have to admit to lately struggling with "blogger's block" but is that due to Covid Lockdown stress? 
I really don't know as I feel it may have been ongoing for some time. 

I find I am unable to concentrate on any one subject for long and run off at a tangent at the slightest trigger.

Here in Victoria, we have just come out of, what was I think our 5th lockdown.  

On a positive note, I am counting the blessings -

Thankfully our state government have been quick to act, perhaps not to everyone's liking but it seems to be having the desired effect.  

Compared to other countries I feel we have been very lucky in Australia. (touch wood)

I consider myself lucky in being able to visit my children and grandchildren perhaps more than many. 

During lockdowns, my genealife has been mainly concentrated on DNA results and working through matches which is a challenge in itself.
Also asking questions in user groups about solving my family tree program issues.

I am fortunate in that my Dad, brother and many close cousins have tested.

I'm so very grateful for the many cousins and like-minded friends around the world that I have found through my obsession hobby.  

Many of them have saved my sanity by way of cousin Zoom meetings, private messages of support and generally keeping in touch.  I hope I have helped them in some small way too.


Sunday, 25 April 2021

ANZAC Memorial Numurkah

I've been in nearby Numurkah quite a lot lately and I am always drawn to the "Saluting Their Service" Mural along the side wall of the IGA building at the corner of Melville and Saxton Streets.

Unfortunately, I forgot to get a full-length image but will remedy that and add one later.
It is certainly impressive.

Done in separate sections for each theatre of war it commemorates those from Numurkah who served.

Facing Memorial Park the mural includes over 151 individual and 34 background images, and a list of the names of Boer War soldiers.

World War 1 - Gallipoli
Portraits - Left to Right
W Williams, W Lineham, W Little, J Lineham

World War 1 - Middle East
M Bourchier, A Devine, A Price, A Waser, W Cumming, W Lynch, T Lineham

World War 1 - Western Front
Portraits - Left to Right
Top - W Sharp, J Miller, L Reynoldson, E Reynoldson, J Cope
Middle 1 - T Lumsden, S Betts, J Cumming, C McKenzie, W Sutton, L Caygill, 
D Henderson, T Lynch, V Nelson
Middle 2 - D Bristol, H Tyers, G Burkitt, E Holmes, A Cumming.
Bottom - E Eddy, W Sutcliffe, E Suttcliffe, H Green, W Stratton, A Cope, G Cope

World War 2 - Australia
Portraits - Left to Right
Top - G Patterson, G Saxton, A Gribben, J Gribben, I Gribben, W Crozier, K Phillips.
Middle  - G Heard, W Learmonth, I Powell, R Thomson, E Patrick, K Harris
Bottom - W Webb, W McCaskill, J Henderson, E Morris

World War 2 - Europe
Portraits - Left to Right
W Hunkin, D Mann, H Dyson, E Visser, F Green, A Vickerman
I Learmonth, G Hunkin, K Moss

World War 2 - Middle East & North Africa
Top - B Beverley, R Mackay, J Laidlaw, H Gray, B Saxton, F Brown, H Hill, J Christie
Bottom - J Thornton, A Staggard, H Gribben, R Robinson

World War 2 - Pacific - New Guinea
Portraits - Left to Right
Top - V Lee,  A Browne, E Curtis, C Newman, R Ladgrove, T Rose, A Wellington
Middle - C Flack, R Harris, B Betts, R Kennedy, K Laidlaw
J Wearne, R Laidlaw, A Aldridge, J Lumsden
Bottom - C Sharp, W Sharp, E Cowan, W Saxton, C Tweddle, A Campbell
F Rowe,  D Wilkinson

World War 2 - Pacific - South East Asia
Portraits - Left to Right
Top - L Stewart, J Gray, K Tyers, J Sharp, C McPherson
Middle - R Cowan, G Shannon, L Venables
Bottom - G Dickie, S Gainey, R Haynes, C Moss, F Christie, A Miller

World War 2 - Pacific 
Portraits - Left to Right
Top - V Love, B Morris, W Dudley, K Jenkins
Middle - S Thomas, R Monk, C Heard, G Campbell, A Boase.
Bottom - G McArthur, L Reynoldson, G O'Brien, K Paternoster

Korea, Far East, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan
Portraits - Left to Right
Top - B Tremellen, L Bristol
Middle 1 - P Dealy, R Bensley.  Middle 2 - G Monk, J Campbell
Bottom - R Hayllar, J Stanyer
Top Far Right - B Swann & Afghan Boy.  Middle Far Right - T Learmonth
Bottom Far Right - R Learmonth

Across the road, the memorial park is also impressive.


Brimming with youthful enthusiasm, the images of the 15 local soldiers who adorn this memorial were largely captured on their enlistment day in Melbourne on June 28, 1940, immediately following their respective wheat crops being sown.
Mostly the sons of district farmers, an inseparable bond of friendship had earlier been forged, when they and their magnificent horses were the first to join the Numurkah troop of the 20th Light Horse Field Regiment in 1938.

Following the outbreak of World War 2 in 1939 and news that mounted regiments were being disbanded, the decision was made to enlist in the Australian Army as a group.  In full Light Horse uniform, 14 members of the 20th made the train journey to Melbourne, arriving at the Town Hall recruiting depot where Lady Mayoress Cole was waiting to meet them.  Later pictured marching side by side up Bourke Street, their story was featured in the Herald that afternoon and The Sun the following morning.

After their initial training at Royal Park, Melbourne and Benalla, where "The Numurkah Mob" name was appropriately coined, Jack Thornton and Jack Laidlaw were sent to Officer Training School, and Jim Sharp, on request, joined his father in the Field Ambulance Corps.  Completing infantry training at Wangaratta, the balance of  "The Mob" went to Puckapunyal for artillery training, joining the 4th Anti-Tank Regiment on February 4, 1941.  On parade, one member was ordered to volunteer for this regiment and with the call, "One in, all in" the other 10 stepped forward in unison.  Col McPherson, of the Numurkah Platoon of the 59th Infantry Militia Battalion, enlisted on August 18, 1940 and transferred to the 4th Anti-Tank Regiment on April 10, 1941 becoming the final member of "The Numurkah Mob".

On June 9, 1941, all 12 disembarked from the SS Zealandia in Singapore and were soon dispatched inland onto the Malay Peninsula.  Intensive training on their two-pounder anti-tank guns was soon put to the test following the massive Japanese invasion on December 8, 1941.  Facing overwhelming odds they fought bravely, retreating with the allied forces to Singapore Island, prior to the surrender to Japan on February 15, 1942.

Mob members Frank Christie, Reg Cowan, George Dickie, Stan Gainey, Johnny Gray, Ron Haynes, Col McPherson, Allan Miller, Cliff Moss, Barry Shannon, Keith Tyres, and Les Venables had remained intact, immediately becoming prisoners of war where separation was soon to become inevitable.

For the next three and a half years their bond of mateship and resolve to survive would be tested to the extreme.  During this period they were forced to endure cruel brutality, near starvation, tropical diseases, and horrendous conditions in Changi Prison at camps along the construction of the Thailand-Burma Railway and in the docks and coal mines of Japan.  Sadly, Keith Tyres died on Borneo's infamous Sandakan death march, Johnny Gray succumbed to beri-beri at Hell-Fire Pass, and Jim Sharp was killed in action as an Ambulance Driver during the bombing of Singapore.

Captain Jack Thornton fought Rommel's forces at Tobruk and El Alamein, returning to fight the Japanese in New Guinea and Borneo.  Lieutenant Jack Laidlaw served in the Middle East and was promoted to Temporary Captain for the New Guinea campaign.

The dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 led to Japan's official signed surrender on September 2, 1945.  This ultimately saved the lives of the 10 remaining Numurkah Mob prisoners of war, who after years of torment, finally returned home to their families and loved ones.

To a man, all of these gallant soldiers went on to be outstanding community-minded citizens, supporting each other and their fellow soldiers by holding annual POW reunions in the town for 50 years from 1940.

In Dedicating this memorial to "The Numurkah Mob" the families of the soldiers honoured, together with the entire Numurkah district, salute their service and sacrifice proudly remembering the unbreakable bond of mateship they shared.  September 7, 2014


Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Cornelius Kelly at Dualla, Tipperary

According to Griffith's Valuation record my 3rd great-grandfather, Cornelius aka Con or Connor KELLY, was leasing house, office and land on 6 acres, 2 roods and 9 perches, from Captain Matthew Pennefather at Fussough, Dualla, Tipperary in 1850.  Map reference number 8.

Property numbers 1 to 11 were all leased from the estate of Captain M Pennefather.

The land lease cost 6 pounds 9 shillings and the buildings cost 1 pound 4 shillings, a total of 7 pounds 13 shillings.

In 1851, Notice of the sale of RENTAL of PORTIONS OF THE UNSETTLED ESTATES of MATHEW PENNEFATHER, ESQ., situate in the County of Tipperary To Be SOLD BY AUCTION

In this document there were details for the 'Late Cornelius Kelly'

His land being classed as 'Yearly Tenancy, terminable 1st November in each year'.

Current Google maps

Current Google satellite view.

Just past the Horse and Hound Pub is the section of land he leased until 1851.

Currently situated on that land is the Tir Na Nog Bed and Breakfast.

In Irish mythology, Tír na nÓg or Tír na hÓige is one of the names for the Celtic Otherworld, or perhaps for a part of it. 

Tír na nÓg is best known from the tale of Oisín and Niamh.

Story of The Legend of Tir Na Nog on YouTube

I have not yet found when his wife Mary KELLY  nee Moloughny/Mulloughney died.

Searching for the death of Mary KELLY in Ireland is like looking for a needle in a haystack!