Friday, 26 May 2017

Private William James FORSYTH

William James Forsyth was born on the 16th of August 1888 at Coutts Island, Canterbury, New Zealand.
He was my Great Grand Uncle, the second youngest son of my great great grandparents, Robert and Jessie Forsyth (nee Farquhar).
We are yet to find out when and where he died.
William enlisted in the Auckland Military Rifles NZEF on the 15th of June 1915.  He was single and 27 years of age.  Next of kin was his mother, Mrs Forsyth, widow, of  Waitoa.
William Forsyth
‘ Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19170823-41-34 ‘
His regiment embarked for Suez, Egypt on the 14th of August 1915 from Wellington onboard HMNZT 28 vessel Tofua.  They arrived on the 19th of September 1915.
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On the 3rd of October 1915 William was posted as a trooper to the Auckland Mounted Rifles at Mudros and in early November he was admitted to hospital with Typhoid.  This must have affected his health as from that time he spent many of the coming months in various hospitals.  They embarked to Alexandria on the H.S. Delta on the 27th of December where William was admitted to hospital again on the 28th with enteritis and transferred to the NZ general hospital at Cairo on the 24th of January.  From there he went on to a convalescent camp in February then back to the hospital at Cairo.  On the 15th of March, he was admitted to a convalescent home at Heliopolis, a suburb of Cairo and was finally discharged to duty on the 29th of March 1916.
On the 16th of April 1916, he was posted to the Mounted Rifles Training Regiment and then on to the second infantry brigade at Tel-el-Kebir on the 2nd of May.  From there he proceeded to France where some time was spent at √ątaples training depot before joining the 2nd Battalion, 4th Coy of the Otago Regiment on the 27th of June 1916 at Houplines.
At the end of July William had to forfeit 7 days full pay for falling out from a parade without permission!
Nothing further was written on his record for ten months.
In France he was wounded in action, suffering a gunshot wound to the left shoulder on the 26th of May 1917.  He was evacuated to hospital on the 28th.  The 10th of June that year saw him sent to England and various convalescent hospitals over the next 5 months.  During that period he apparently overstayed leave.  One record says he had to forfeit ten days pay,  another says one days pay.
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On the 30th of November 1917, he was attached to the NZ command depot at Codford.
It is mentioned that he took a railway journey from Aberdeen to Fraserburgh.  William had relatives there, had he gone to visit them?
Again from January to June 1918, he was in and out of the hospital.  June 1918 found him at Sling and then by the end of that year he was back at Codford.
In January 1919 William went A.W.L (absent without leave) and had to forfeit 28 days pay, did 28 days detention and another 48 days pay RW, whatever that means.
On the 18th of March 1919, he embarked for New Zealand per Tainui.  William was discharged on the 28th of May 1919.
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In January 1920 William was employed in the medal engraving section and promoted to Corporal.
On the 14th of July 1921, he was discharged.  We have yet to find further information on William Forsyth.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Hart and Mason family shared DNA

Over the last few days, FamilyTreeDNA has been showing a few new matches in my results.
Many of those are quite small matches, so would be very distant cousins but one, in particular, showed a range of 2nd - 4th cousin with 87 shared centimorgans, the longest block being 29.
This was amongst my highest matches so I felt it would be fairly significant.
I sent an email and received a reply from Jen who said she had done the test mainly out of curiosity about her ethnic origins and that she knew very little about family history research, so didn't feel she could offer much help as to where we connected.

I explained we could be 3rd cousins and asked if she could let me know any of her family surnames.

She replied with 5 surnames, 2 of them being JACKSON and BELL.
I went to my family tree program and Bingo!
I found that a maternal great-grand-aunt, Rose May HART had married John Thomas BELL in 1913.

Rose May HART, born in 1889 at Echuca, Victoria, was a younger sister of my great grandmother, Margaret FLEMING nee HART.  They were daughters of Agnes nee MASON and Peter HART.

John, known as Jack, and Rose had 2 children.  Amelia Agnes BELL born 1914 at Wangaratta and John Desmond BELL born in 1921 at Wangaratta.

Amelia Agnes BELL had married Charles JACKSON and they were Jen's paternal grandparents!
Sadly Amelia had died in childbirth so her son never knew her but Jen says he remembers the HART surname.

I look forward to meeting Jen and her Dad sometime later this year.

FTDNA's "In common with" tool and chromosome browser produced 2 other matches on the same chromosome as Jen although probably further back. (I have privatised the results in the screenshot below)


The 2 other matches are American and on contact with their kit administrator, I was told their ancestors had all been in the United States since the 1800s.

A bit of a mystery somewhere it seems.


Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Allan FLEMING interviews Felix VON LUCKNER

Trove Tuesday


Von Luckner Tells His Story (1938, June 22). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article40982719

Jack-of-all-trades (from Wikipedia)
Arriving at Fremantle, Western Australia, Luckner jumped ship and for seven years worked in a bewildering array of occupations: he was a seller of the Salvation Army's The War Cry; an assistant lighthouse keeper at the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in Augusta, Western Australia, a job he abandoned when he was discovered with his hotelkeeper's daughter by her father; a kangaroo hunter; a circus worker; a professional boxer (due to his exceptional strength); a fisherman......... read more at Wikipedia

Allan Fleming, a first cousin of my mother, was, amongst other occupations, a journalist for the Brisbane Courier Mail.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Allan FLEMING - V.I.P. Security

Before his retirement, Allan FLEMING was appointed to take care of V.I.P security.



Transcription:
Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), Tuesday 28 September 1976, page 3

The Government has appointed a former intelligence officer to mastermind security for VIPs, Government sources in Canberra said yesterday.
Mr Allan Fleming, a former Member of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and Chief Parliamentary Librarian before his new appointment last week, will be responsible for co-ordinating security
arrangements for the protection of VIPs.
He will play a major role in ensuring the safety of the Queen when she visits Australia next year.



Security cars (1978, January 19). The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), p. 7.
Retrieved from

Friday, 28 April 2017

Ossie Maxwell Joffre GRANT - WW2 war service

Continuing on from my earlier post on the 6 March 2017 about 

Ossie's mother Jessie Anna HULME died when he was 3 years old.

His paternal Aunt, Ethel Grace GRANT helped his father Walter raise him. She died in 1939.

Ossie joined the Citizen Air Force in March 1941 at the age of 26 years.

He enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force at Armadale, Melbourne on 17 September 1942 as a trainee radio operator.  

On enlistment, his employment was given as a factory manager for R. B. Shankey Pty Ltd of Bourke Street for whom he had worked for 8 years.

National Archives Australia - NAA: series no. A9301 control symbol 118601

Next of kin was his father Walter, address 11 Moodie Street, Carnegie.

Ossie used a reference given by P. Langford, Headmaster of Dandenong High School dated 16 December 1932.

He was first posted to No. 1 Recruit Depot at Shepparton, Victoria where he passed the radio operators course.  

His next postings were to:
No. 1 radio school at Richmond 2 October 1942
No. 1 Embarkation Depot at Ascot Vale 7 November 1942
No. 55 Operational Base Unit at Birdum NT 14 December 1942 

On the 25 January Ossie was promoted to Radar Operator.

He was then posted to:
No. 39 Radar Station at Port Keats NT 30 January 1943
No. 44 Radar Wing at Adelaide River NT 20 March 1943

Ossie was promoted to Leading Aircraftman (LAC) on 25 April 1943.

later postings were:
No. 1 Personnel Depot at Ransford 31 July 1944
No. 14 Radar Station at Wilson's Promontory 11 September 1944
No. 1 SD at Port Melbourne 12 October 1944
No. 1 Personnel Depot at Ransford 6 January 1945
No. 1 Reserve Personnel Pool at Townsville 30 January 1945
No. 331 Radar Station Tami Island New Guinea 28 March 1945
ADHQ at Madang 29 November 1945
No. 1 Reserve Personnel Pool at Townsville 6 January 1946
No. 1 Personnel Depot at Ransford 7 January 1946

No. 1 Reserve Personnel Pool was disbanded on 15 April 1946. Over the life of the unit a total of 133,606 personnel were moved though the unit, 66,804 personnel coming into the unit and the same number leaving the unit. - ozatwar.com

Ossie became ill several times during his service but the nature of his ailments wasn't recorded in his file.

He was in the 52 Operational Base Unit SSQ in Darwin from the 17th to the 24th of October 1943.
Then at the Fighter Sector Headquarters SSQ in Darwin from the 6th to the 20th of December 1943.
Final sick days were at 119 hospital Madang area from 29 May 1945 to 8 June 1945

Ossie was discharged on demobilisation on the 9th of February 1946.
His father Walter died in 1947.

From 1954 until his death in 2000 Ossie lived at 8 Haslemere Avenue, Mitcham.
He was more generally known as Max and devoted many years of service to the Mitcham Repertory Company.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

A story of Anzac by Allan FLEMING


THE LIFT-OUT SATURDAY SECTION (1953, April 25). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 7.  from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article23240875

Many writers and orators have tried to express what is meant by "the Anzac spirit" but few have succeeded.
"The Argus" believes this simple and unpretentious short story, written by an Australian soldier fresh from the Battle of Greece in 1941, does express the meaning of the term.
The story appeared in "Active Service," published in 1941, the first of the series of 20 Services books published by the Australian War Memorial.
It is reprinted by permission of the Memorial Trustees.
Originally, it was published above the initials "A.P.F."
Its author is now revealed as Mr. Allan P. Fleming, an Assistant Secretary of the Defence Department.

WITH HILLS LIKE
HOME
By ALLAN
FLEMING
HE wasn't a fast thinker.
When he was home, in the hills of Victoria's Great Divide, milking cows and mending fences earned
him enough to live on.
So there was no cause to think too hard. Not about -those things, anyhow.
Perhaps he thought about other things. He never
mentioned them. He didn't think too much about the war.
He'd done that before he enlisted ......



Photo captions:

Left:  THAT mountain in Greece . . . saved you from thinking. It expressed itself . . .
Right:  THE HILL he'd tackled with his pony . . . back home.

 
 
   

Friday, 17 March 2017

St Patrick's Day celebration


My St. Patrick's Day has certainly been one to celebrate!
After what seemed to be an endless wait my Dad's DNA results were finally processed and available in FTDNA

Quite appropriate with Dad having a fair bit of Irish ancestry.

In my own DNA results, I shared matches at the same segment on chromosome 3 with three women which pointed to 2nd to 4th cousin relationships.  

Two of them, Shirley and Renee are 2nd cousins to each other.  
They didn't know the third and she hasn't replied to my email.

portion of chromosome browser in FTDNA
Dad's results confirmed that all three were also matching with him at chromosome 3

Shirley and Renee's great-great-grandmother was a Margaret Josephine MORGAN who was born about 1838 in the Parish of Keady, West Armagh.  This is the same place my great-great-grandfather, John MORGAN was born around 1829.

John did have a sister named Margaret who, if we have researched correctly, came to Australia with him and their sister Bridget in 1855.  She married Thomas GAFFNEY in 1863 at Inglewood in Victoria.  Her age on her marriage and death certificates would also put her birth about 1838.
I found baptism records for John and Bridget but none yet for Margaret.

More searching to be done.

Could Margaret Josephine MORGAN be a cousin?  
John's parents were Alexander MORGAN and Anne LENNON (also named as Agnes and Nancy in some documents).
Shirley and Renee don't yet know who Margaret Josephine's parents were.

She married a James WOODS about 1858 and they lived at Newry, County Down.
Their daughter Margaret Mary WOODS, born 1864 and her husband Samuel LOMAX who emigrated to the United States, were the great-grandparents of Shirley and Renee.

My brain hurts!


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

KELLY family of Tipperary

Recently I was "Troving" to see if any new information popped up in a search on my KELLY ancestors from Tipperary.

I didn't find anything on them but did come across an interesting article about Ned KELLY'S father "Red" John KELLY.  
I wonder if any of his descendants have done a DNA test at all.  
My KELLY ancestors came from Dualla which was close by Fethard in Tipperary.  
I know it is a common surname there.  
I can't get back any further with my line to see if there may be a connection.

Still it was an interesting article.



The Kellys were really only 'social bandits' (1988, September 4). The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), p. 22. , from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article102067980


A current map from Google showing the areas.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Ossie Maxwell Joffre GRANT (1915 - 2000)

Continuing on from my last blog post about Jessie Anna HULME I decided to do a search for her son Ossie Maxwell Joffre GRANT.  
Ossie's photo was amongst my maternal grandmother's photo collection.

He was born at Beechworth in Victoria on the 28th of March 1915, the only surviving child of Jessie Anna nee HULME and Walter Alfred GRANT. 
Sadly his mum passed away when he was only three and a half years old.

According to the Bulla cemetery burial records,  an infant was buried on the same day as Jessie.
Jessie died at the Women's Hospital in Carlton so I would say she died in or from complications of childbirth.



My first port of call was the wonderful Ryerson Index
I searched for a possible death notice and hit pay dirt.  


Upon request, copies of the notices were emailed to me. 
Ossie Maxwell Joffre GRANT known as Max was an interesting and very community minded man.

























courtesy of Bulla cemetery burial records, online

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Jessie Anna GRANT nee HULME Obituary

Jessie Anna HULME, was an older sister of my maternal great-grandmother Ada May HULME. 
Jessie died on the 21st of September, 1918 at the very young age of 38 years.
She was born at Oxley, North East Victoria, on the 28th of January 1880, the third daughter of Joseph HULME and Anna Dorothea nee BARTSH.

Jessie married Walter Alfred GRANT 
Wangaratta Chronicle 25 September 1918

In my grandmother's photo album is a postcard photo of young Ossie Maxwell Joffre GRANT at 5 years of age.

I think from memory my great-grandmother was known as Auntie Top.
Jessie and Walter moved down to Melbourne, probably to be near the hospital.  After Jessie's death, going by information on the electoral roll entries, I think Walter was living with his sister, Ethel Grace GRANT.  Perhaps she looked after Ossie for him.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Sepia Saturday 356 - Waterfront photos

The photo prompt for this weeks Sepia Saturday brought to mind a couple of photos taken by my paternal grandmother, Brenda FORSYTH, who was an avid photographer. All her photos were developed for slide format.
My Dad gave me her hundreds of slides.
Nana's hobby was gardening so most of them were of plants and gardens taken on bus trips with the local gardening club.
I found a few which were of people and recognisable landmarks.

Our favourite local pool was Shepparton's Raymond West swimming pool which sadly no longer exists. 
The photo below was taken on a quiet day at the pool.
It was usually crowded.

Shepparton's Raymond West swimming pool possibly late 1960s - early 1970s
Many other nostalgic photos of our pool have been shared on the Lost Shepparton Facebook page 


Another popular Summertime location was, and still is, the lake foreshore at Yarrawonga.

 That reminds me of the song by our iconic Australian country music singer, Slim Dusty, "I'm going back again to Yarrawonga"




The song was actually written during World War One for Ella Shields
Further information can be seen at The National Library of Australia Website

I'll linger longer at Yarrawonga




"I'll Linger Longer at Yarrawonga"

Read more SEPIA SATURDAY contributions HERE

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

News of the day back then - Happy Birthday Dad

Happy Birthday Dad


What was news on the day you were born












SUMMARY OF TO-DAY'S NEWS - The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954)
 from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article205970053


You and your Dad
Me and my Dad

Transcription:

Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 

SUMMARY OF TO-DAY'S NEWS

Peace Moves in Spain
Diplomatic Circles in Paris are optimistic regarding the prospects of a cessation of the civil war in Spain as the result of a second interview between M Berard, a former Federal Minister, and the Nationalist Foreign
Minister. (Page 11.) 
Britain's Pledge to France. 
Following Mr. Chamberlain's recent pledge to France, some members of the House of Commons suggest that the only means of implementing the promise is to be prepared to send an expeditionary force to the Continent at a moment's notice. (Page 11.) 
Crisis in Syria.  
The Syrian government has resigned, declaring that it will no longer recognise the French mandate and demanding the control of the customs and defence. (Page 11.) 
Missing in Central Australia. 
A party, which includes a woman and a baby, has been missing for nine days in Central Australia. (Page 11.) . 
Transport Act Revision. 
Several suggestions for improving the operation of the Transport Act. will be made by the Commercial Motor Users-Association when the Minister of Transport reviews the regulations. (Page 10.) 
Road Plan Abandoned. 
Because it has been unable to obtain a guarantee that the land will not be .required for future railway extensions, the City Council has abandoned a plan to construct a new road to link Queens and Spencer street bridges. (Page 10.) 
Exhibition Oval Lease. 
In an action commenced before Mr. Justice Martin yesterday, Mr. Barry, M.L.A., is contesting the legality of the action of the Exhibition trustees in leasing the sports oval to Jacob Campbell. (Page 7.) 
Record Enlistments. 
Last week a record number of 3500 enlistments was made to the militia forces. Only 8741 recruits are now required to reach the objective of 70,000. (Page 12.)
Air Court Proposal. 
Federal Cabinet is expected next month to institute an air court, presided over by a magistrate in each State. (Page 10.) 
Radio Profits Fall
Reaction after completion of Test cricket broadcasts is one of the main influences blamed by B.R. (Radio) Ltd. for the decline in profits, causing directors to decide no preference or ordinary interim dividend for the half year; should be declared. (Page 9.)  
Control of Public Works. 
Efforts to coordinate control of State public works on a national basis are likely to be made soon by the Federal Cabinet. (Page 10.) 
Work For Youth
Youths receiving training under the Commonwealth and State scheme are being drafted into industry. 
A review of the position was given by the Minister yesterday. (Page 12.)
Threat to Insurance 
Destructive moves for the indefinite postponement of the national insurance scheme will be made at a meeting of the joint Ministerial parties on March 1. The meeting, which it is considered will have a distinct effect on the reputation of the Government, is being awaited with intense interest. (Page 11.) 
Cool Stores Razed. 
£25,000 damage was caused when fire destroyed the Blackburn Cool Stores early yesterday morning. (Page 7.) 
Royal Commissioner's Complaint. 
Judge Stretton complained at Colac that mill owners were ignoring the Royal Commission on Bush Fires and that to get their evidence he might subpoena them to attend in Melbourne. (Page 12.) 
Timber Salvage
A huge dam may be constructed by the Government at Noojee to submerge and preserve logs from the devastated bushfire areas. (Page 15.) 
Murder Trial Evidence. 
The Crown case at the trial of George Green, chimney sweep, of Heidelberg, who is charged with the murder of two women, was outlined in the Criminal Court yesterday. (Page 7.) 
Rich Maffra Areas. 
The Minister of Water Supply admitted yesterday that areas at Maffra were suitable for irrigation, but stated that any extension meant an application to the Loan Council. (Page 15.) 
Ajax Out of Newmarket. 
Ajax was scratched yesterday morning for the Newmarket Handicap. (Page 5.) 
Holding the Ball Rule. 
The move supported by the Victorian League to have the holding the ball rule altered has failed. (Page 6.)

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Getting to know me

What a great idea for a meme.

Recently a few Genimates have shared this meme which originated on Facebook where there is a wonderful and very supportive community of Geneabloggers.  

I would feel very alone in my hobby without them.


And as my blog is being preserved by the National Library of Australia through Pandora my responses should be available for some years to come if any family are ever interested.

1. Who are you named after? - Both my Dad and Mum.  Dad is Kerry, Mum, Joan.

2. Last time you cried? - Yesterday, I was feeling rather fragile.


3. Do you like your handwriting? - I did once but so much typing now has really made my handwriting suffer.  Or is that just an age thing?

4. What is your favourite lunch meat? - Chicken (real, not processed)

5. Do you still have your tonsils? - Yes

6. Would you bungee jump? - NO WAY


7. What is your favourite kind of cereal? - Porridge


8. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? - Nope


9. Do you think you are strong? - Not really


10. Favourite ice cream? - Vanilla


11. What is the first thing you notice about a person? - general appearance.


12. Football or baseball? - Tennis


13. What colour pants are you wearing? - Black.


14. Last thing you ate? - Leftovers


15. What are you listening to? - Birds.


16. If you were a crayon, what colour would you be? - Purple


17. What is your favourite smell? - Roses 


18. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone? - Insurance rep (no disaster, just a renewal)


19. Married? - Yes for 37 years, 2 months and 28 days nearly to the hour


20. Hair colour? - Grey now but disguised auburn.


21. Eye colour? Brown


22. Favourite food to eat? - Anything someone else cooks.


23. Scary movies or happy endings? - Happy endings.


24. Last movie you watched? - Obviously something not worth remembering.  


25. What colour shirt are you wearing? - Blue


26. Favourite holiday? - Visiting family both here in Australia and in New Zealand


27. Beer or Wine? - definitely wine.


28. Night owl or morning person? - Night.  Although recently I uploaded my genealogy FTDNA raw data to DNA Land and their result came up as most likely a morning person.  Not sure how they come to that conclusion.


29. Favourite day of the week? - Any day that I can pursue my genealogy  obsession  hobby.


If you'd like to join in - Just copy my post, paste it on your page, and then put your own answers! It's a fun way to learn more about friends near and far.
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