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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Who is Rex Porter, WW1 Anzac?

Who is Rex Porter, WW1 Anzac?

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!

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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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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4th Unlock the Past Cruise: Day Six, 9 February 2014

4th Unlock the Past Cruise: Day Six, 9 February 2014

March 8, 2014 in All Posts, Events

Continuing my report of the 4th Unlock the Past Cruise, and Sunday the 9th of February was day six of the cruise. This was another sea day, so there was a heap of talks scheduled. Looking at my notebook, I see that I highlighted nine talks to go to, but I actually only ended up going to four. One thing about sea days, and getting up ealyish is seeing the beautiful sunrises, the like one at the top of this post. That was taken from my cabin before heading up for breakfast.

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Trove Tuesday: Deaths of South Australian Pioneers

Trove Tuesday: Deaths of South Australian Pioneers

February 25, 2014 in All Posts, Trove Tuesday

Trove has done it again!! Yes, truly. It has managed to come up with the most awesomest of articles. And I know you’ll believe me when I say that when I saw this one, I said “that’s a Trove Tuesday” post for sure!

So what’s all my excitement about? Well, if you have family who arrived in South Australia from the 1820s through until the 1860s, be sure to check the “Pioneers of South Australia” articles on Trove. This series of articles lists details of early immigrants to South Australia. Apart from the hundreds of names each list contains, you’ll also find their date of arrival, often the name of the ship, and either the date they died, or their age at death. Great stuff eh?

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