5th Unlock the Past Cruise – One Thing Crossed Off my Bucket List

5th Unlock the Past Cruise – One Thing Crossed Off my Bucket List

Life works better for a blogger when with internet. Due to the lack on internet on the ship it prevented me from reporting as I went, so now that I’m back on land, I have some catch-up posts to do. As I’m not reliant on dodgy internet now, I can write a bit more about each day. So I apologise for my short reports earlier, but it was simply a case of getting it up in the time (and internet) I had available.

Anyway so far I have told you about my pre-cruise days, the day we left, and the first few after that, and  our journey has taken us up the east coast of the UK, over the top around the Scottish islands, and now  we come down on the west coast. Our next stop was on the tiny island called Mull, which is one of the islands in the Hebrides in Scotland, so let me start by telling you all about that!

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5th Unlock the Past Cruise – Sightseeing Galore (and Genealogy)

5th Unlock the Past Cruise – Sightseeing Galore (and Genealogy)

The Unlock the Past cruise continues, but as we’ve not had internet, I’m rather late in reporting the happenings of it all. So picking up from the previous post, Sunday was a solid day of genealogy talks which was great, not to mention choc-full-of advice, but everyone was looking forward to some sightseeing in Scotland on Monday.

But firstly let me tell you something that makes this cruise different to every other one that I’ve been on to date, is the amount of land days included. Because of that it means less talks, and more touristing. So in reality it’s been quite a relaxing cruise in contrast to the previous ones. And as I’ve not been to any of the places our ship stops at, I’m making the most of it.

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5th Unlock the Past Cruise – The First Couple of Days

5th Unlock the Past Cruise – The First Couple of Days

In my last post I told you that we’d arrived in London, and the fun and traipsing we did around London, so now I’d better tell you about the cruise itself.

DAY 1 – TILBURY, LONDON
Let me start off by saying that Unlock the Past’s 5th cruise (the British Isles one) has been “coming” for so long, that it really didn’t seem real when it actually arrived.  But Saturday the 19th of July finally came, so myself and the UTP team packed up at our London hotel, and taxi-d to the cruise terminal at Tilbury, London.

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5th Unlock the Past Cruise – The Pre-Cruise Days

5th Unlock the Past Cruise – The Pre-Cruise Days

Well the 5th Unlock the Past cruise is underway, and as we’re stopped in port today (with internet of some sort, but it’s better than none), it has given me time to sit and write something.

But before I get too much into the cruise happenings itself, let me tell you about the two days before that started.

The Unlock the Past cruise team (myself included), arrived in London on Thursday (17th July). As it was in the morning, it gave us a chance to make our way to our hotel to dump our bags, and then go for a wander around.

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5th Unlock the Past Cruise – One Thing Crossed Off my Bucket List

5th Unlock the Past Cruise – One Thing Crossed Off my Bucket List

August 1, 2014 in All Posts, Events

Life works better for a blogger when with internet. Due to the lack on internet on the ship it prevented me from reporting as I went, so now that I’m back on land, I have some catch-up posts to do. As I’m not reliant on dodgy internet now, I can write a bit more about each day. So I apologise for my short reports earlier, but it was simply a case of getting it up in the time (and internet) I had available.

Anyway so far I have told you about my pre-cruise days, the day we left, and the first few after that, and  our journey has taken us up the east coast of the UK, over the top around the Scottish islands, and now  we come down on the west coast. Our next stop was on the tiny island called Mull, which is one of the islands in the Hebrides in Scotland, so let me start by telling you all about that!

Read more

5th Unlock the Past Cruise – Sightseeing Galore (and Genealogy)

5th Unlock the Past Cruise – Sightseeing Galore (and Genealogy)

July 28, 2014 in All Posts, Events

The Unlock the Past cruise continues, but as we’ve not had internet, I’m rather late in reporting the happenings of it all. So picking up from the previous post, Sunday was a solid day of genealogy talks which was great, not to mention choc-full-of advice, but everyone was looking forward to some sightseeing in Scotland on Monday.

But firstly let me tell you something that makes this cruise different to every other one that I’ve been on to date, is the amount of land days included. Because of that it means less talks, and more touristing. So in reality it’s been quite a relaxing cruise in contrast to the previous ones. And as I’ve not been to any of the places our ship stops at, I’m making the most of it.

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5th Unlock the Past Cruise – The First Couple of Days

5th Unlock the Past Cruise – The First Couple of Days

July 27, 2014 in All Posts, Events

In my last post I told you that we’d arrived in London, and the fun and traipsing we did around London, so now I’d better tell you about the cruise itself.

DAY 1 – TILBURY, LONDON
Let me start off by saying that Unlock the Past’s 5th cruise (the British Isles one) has been “coming” for so long, that it really didn’t seem real when it actually arrived.  But Saturday the 19th of July finally came, so myself and the UTP team packed up at our London hotel, and taxi-d to the cruise terminal at Tilbury, London.

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5th Unlock the Past Cruise – The Pre-Cruise Days

5th Unlock the Past Cruise – The Pre-Cruise Days

July 24, 2014 in All Posts, Events

Well the 5th Unlock the Past cruise is underway, and as we’re stopped in port today (with internet of some sort, but it’s better than none), it has given me time to sit and write something.

But before I get too much into the cruise happenings itself, let me tell you about the two days before that started.

The Unlock the Past cruise team (myself included), arrived in London on Thursday (17th July). As it was in the morning, it gave us a chance to make our way to our hotel to dump our bags, and then go for a wander around.

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles … And a Big Ship As Well

Planes, Trains and Automobiles … And a Big Ship As Well

July 10, 2014 in All Posts, Britain, Events

Planes, maybe a train, and no doubt buses and taxis, as well as a big ship are what I will be experiencing soon, as in a few days time I’ll be on my way to London to go on Unlock the Past’s 5th cruise. So the suitcase is out, the passport is packed, and so are my European plugs, and my Unlock the Past cruise t-shirts. The rest I need to work out this weekend!

This is Unlock the Past’s 5th history and genealogy cruise, and it will be first real international one, as all their previous cruises have left from either Australian or New Zealand ports. This one starts from London, then goes up to Scotland, around to Ireland, stops at the Islands, touches on France, and then heads back to London. So it’ll be quite a trip!

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Great Grandpa Winter and his Tattoos

Great Grandpa Winter and his Tattoos

July 7, 2014 in All Posts, Winter Family History

I have written from time to time about  my great grandpa Winter (see the links below), and was inspired to do so again after reading an article today.

Although the article was about convicts their tattoos, it reminded me of Otto Winter’s tattoos which I found out about from his military records.

The image below is  portion of a page from Otto Winter’s WW1 records which are held at the National Archives of Australia – which lists his tattoos in his distinguishing marks.

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Was it More Than a Dream?

Was it More Than a Dream?

July 2, 2014 in All Posts, General

Dreams (the sleeping-type ones, not the wishful-thinking ones) are odd. You go to sleep, you enter a world where everything seems possible and makes sense – though it clearly doesn’t – but it sure does in that world – then you wake up, and for the most part forget about what it was you even dreamt about.

Dreams can make you happy, sad, scared or leave you feeling any number of other emotions. So yes, they are odd. However this post isn’t to tell you about dreams, but rather to tell you about one I had.

I have you intrigued don’t I. A dream on a genealogy related blog? How’s that work?

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My Adventures During South Australia’s History Month

My Adventures During South Australia’s History Month

June 30, 2014 in All Posts, Australia, Events

It’s the end of June, and yet I still haven’t event reported on “HISTORY MONTH” yet. What can I say … life, work and writing for multiple blogs means that this one has taken a bit of backseat. So while it is belated, I still wanted to write my thoughts on the events that I went to during South Australia’s History Month.

So firstly just a bit about South Australia’s History Month (also known as the About Time History Festival). Originally it started out as History Week, but it grew to be History Month and it’s held every May, and this year there was a record number of events (555 all up) scheduled. For historians or genealogists it is a month to look forward to and immerse yourself in history. Though you most certainly have to be a history-nut to enjoy the events held.

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Discovering Links: A Bunch of “General” Sites

Discovering Links: A Bunch of “General” Sites

June 16, 2014 in All Posts, Discovering Links, Reference

What do vintage adverts, old maps, stock photos, military acronyms and rescued heirlooms have in common? They have made it on to my second “Discovering Links” post.

It is these “General” links that I’ve decided to share with you. Why “General” you may ask? Well, simply because they are either about a topic as opposed to a place, or they don’t fit into any ‘one’ specific country category … so they get filed into general (well in my world they do anyway).

I hope you find the following links of interest.

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