OMG! Only 3 Months Till Unlock the Past’s 5th Cruise

OMG! Only 3 Months Till Unlock the Past’s 5th Cruise

It goes without saying that the year is zipping by. It seems the older you get, the faster it goes. That’s just the way it is!! Anyway it seems like it wasn’t that long ago when I hopped on the big ship in Sydney for the 4th Unlock the Past cruise and travelled around the southern states of Australia. And I know I still haven’t even finished my reports on it. That’s really been a case of too many blogs I want to and need to write, and not enough time to write them all. So some get done, while those got put on hold. But they WILL get done, I promise, just very belatedly.

Anyway today is the 19th of April, which means in three months time on the 19th of July I shall be boarding another ship in London and setting sail for my first cruise around the UK with Unlock the Past’s 5th cruise. I’ll be arriving in

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ANZAC Day Blog Challenge: Restyn Walter ‘Pete’ Randell

ANZAC Day Blog Challenge: Restyn Walter ‘Pete’ Randell

April is here, which apart from Easter, is the month to commemorate Anzac Day (at least for us here in Australia and New Zealand) and Auckland Libraries have issued the Anzac Day Blog Challenge again.

You know it was this time last year when they held the same Blog Challenge that it made me realise  just how little I knew about my military ancestors. Who of them actually went to war? Where did they go? What was their rank? … and so on. So I made it my mission over the past year to rectify that. And while I’m no expert on any of them yet, I did kept the folk at the National  Archives of Australia busy by ordering copies of a heap of my reli’s which I’ve been going through slowly.

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Trove Tuesday: Death of an Old Colonist

Trove Tuesday: Death of an Old Colonist

Following on from yesterday’s post that I wrote about William Beavis Randell who founded Gumeracha, is his obituary that I found in the South Australian Register on Trove.

I actually found this article last week, but felt that I needed to introduce him before his giving details of his death, so I decided to make this a Trove Tuesday post.

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William Beavis Randell: The Man Who Created a Town

William Beavis Randell: The Man Who Created a Town

William Beavis Randell is the man who MADE Gumeracha a town.

In 1837 while living in Kenton, Devon, England he and his wife together with their 7 children packed up their belongings and boarded the ‘Hartley‘. William was initially going to work in partnership with George Fife Angas, however this didn’t work out, and instead William Beavis Randell was offered a position of overseeing the agricultural pursuits of the South Australian Company, of which Angas was a founder and chairman. He was one of a number of men who travelled on the same voyage who had been employed by the South Australian Company.

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OMG! Only 3 Months Till Unlock the Past’s 5th Cruise

OMG! Only 3 Months Till Unlock the Past’s 5th Cruise

April 19, 2014 in All Posts, Events

It goes without saying that the year is zipping by. It seems the older you get, the faster it goes. That’s just the way it is!! Anyway it seems like it wasn’t that long ago when I hopped on the big ship in Sydney for the 4th Unlock the Past cruise and travelled around the southern states of Australia. And I know I still haven’t even finished my reports on it. That’s really been a case of too many blogs I want to and need to write, and not enough time to write them all. So some get done, while those got put on hold. But they WILL get done, I promise, just very belatedly.

Anyway today is the 19th of April, which means in three months time on the 19th of July I shall be boarding another ship in London and setting sail for my first cruise around the UK with Unlock the Past’s 5th cruise. I’ll be arriving in

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ANZAC Day Blog Challenge: Restyn Walter ‘Pete’ Randell

ANZAC Day Blog Challenge: Restyn Walter ‘Pete’ Randell

April 19, 2014 in All Posts, Anzac Day, Gumeracha, Randell Family History

April is here, which apart from Easter, is the month to commemorate Anzac Day (at least for us here in Australia and New Zealand) and Auckland Libraries have issued the Anzac Day Blog Challenge again.

You know it was this time last year when they held the same Blog Challenge that it made me realise  just how little I knew about my military ancestors. Who of them actually went to war? Where did they go? What was their rank? … and so on. So I made it my mission over the past year to rectify that. And while I’m no expert on any of them yet, I did kept the folk at the National  Archives of Australia busy by ordering copies of a heap of my reli’s which I’ve been going through slowly.

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Trove Tuesday: Death of an Old Colonist

Trove Tuesday: Death of an Old Colonist

April 8, 2014 in All Posts, Gumeracha, Randell Family History, Trove Tuesday

Following on from yesterday’s post that I wrote about William Beavis Randell who founded Gumeracha, is his obituary that I found in the South Australian Register on Trove.

I actually found this article last week, but felt that I needed to introduce him before his giving details of his death, so I decided to make this a Trove Tuesday post.

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William Beavis Randell: The Man Who Created a Town

William Beavis Randell: The Man Who Created a Town

April 7, 2014 in All Posts, Gumeracha, Randell Family History

William Beavis Randell is the man who MADE Gumeracha a town.

In 1837 while living in Kenton, Devon, England he and his wife together with their 7 children packed up their belongings and boarded the ‘Hartley‘. William was initially going to work in partnership with George Fife Angas, however this didn’t work out, and instead William Beavis Randell was offered a position of overseeing the agricultural pursuits of the South Australian Company, of which Angas was a founder and chairman. He was one of a number of men who travelled on the same voyage who had been employed by the South Australian Company.

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Who is Rex Porter, WW1 Anzac?

Who is Rex Porter, WW1 Anzac?

March 30, 2014 in All Posts, Australia, Unidentified

There’s no question that we all get frustrated at uncaptioned photos. They are the bain of every genealogist or historians life. It’s Murphy’s Law that we’re bound to come across the most awesomest photo in the family collection, but it’s uncaptioned. Which leaves us with so many questions. Who is in the photo? Where was it taken? When was it taken? What was the occasion? And so on …

But here’s one that IS captioned that GIVES me so many questions, so I’m sharing it in the hope that someone can help answer some of them.

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Mannum in Flood … Again!

Mannum in Flood … Again!

March 30, 2014 in All Posts, Mannum, Randell Family History

The small town of Mannum, in South Australia in sits on right on the banks of the River Murray, so it’s no wonder that it gets flooded now and then.

In sorting through family heirlooms, I came across a collection of old photos of Mannum in flood. Unfortunately they are undated, but going by the style of photograph, together with reading up about the floods that hit Mannum, I would suggest that these were from the 1890, 1896, or 1917 flood. If anyone can shed some more light on the specific date on them, I’d be forever grateful.

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Memories of Cecil Gould Hannaford (1914-2000)

Memories of Cecil Gould Hannaford (1914-2000)

March 20, 2014 in All Posts, Cudlee Creek, Hannaford Famiy History

One hundred years ago today, my grandpa, Cecil Gould Hannaford was born.

As he’s no longer with us to celebrate this milestone, I’ve decided to write down some of the memories I have of him. ‘Cec’ was the oldest of three children born to Ralph and Dorothy Hannaford (nee McCullough), and while he was born at Naracoorte, the family spent most of their life at Cudlee Creek in the Adelaide Hills.

I was a regular visitor to my grandparents place at Cudlee Creek, and probably spent at least half of my early childhood racing around their house, playing in the orchard, riding on the tractor, and generally just getting muddy,  which by the way, I did totally master (see the pic at the bottom)!!!

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When the Coach Comes In …

When the Coach Comes In …

March 18, 2014 in All Posts, Gumeracha, Robbins Family History

Well for something radically different to my previous posts, here is some poetry for you. But not just ANY poetry. Oh no. This one happens to be written about the tiny town of Gumeracha, in the Adelaide Hills.

In amongst the letters, diaries and other ephemera of my great great grandmother Phebe Randell (nee Robbins) was a book of poems, presumably ones she liked and wrote down. One that was not in that book, but is in her handwriting is one called “When the coach comes in”. 

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Facebook vs Mailing Lists

Facebook vs Mailing Lists

March 12, 2014 in All Posts, General

This is one of those posts that I want to write. But it’s been rewritten about so many times already (both on the computer and in my head), and renamed about twice that number. So maybe I should give up figuring that it’s just never meant to be. But I’m stubborn, and I want to have my say on this, so I shall persevere, and see if I ever get to hit the “publish” button.

So here goes … Facebook vs Mailing Lists!  Or more to the point the usefulness of Facebook groups verses mailing lists. Have I got your attention?

Now I’ve been an advocate of genealogy and Facebook. Don’t get me wrong, I still am, as there’s heaps of useful groups and pages that you can follow. Just type Facebook in my search box, and you’ll find a bunch of articles I’ve written about it. So there’s no doubt about that. But … yes there’s a BUT, I have two big beefs with them.

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