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Feb 1, 2016 by

OpenThe Research Room will re-open 2 February 2016 at 11 am. Normal summer operating hours apply. Tuesdays and Saturdays 11 am to 3 pm and Thursday nights 7 pm to 9 pm until May.

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A reminder that we’ve now switched to our Winter timetable

May 4, 2015 by

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Just a reminder that we have now switched to our Winter timetable, which means:

  1. our Research Room will be open on Sunday afternoons between 2 pm and 4 pm instead of Thursday nights
  2. our general meetings will be held on the second Saturday of the month at 2 pm and not Wednesday nights
  3. Our Early Bird Membership offer applies from now until 30th June allowing new members to join for the normal yearly membership fee (plus the $5 joining fee) with membership remaining current until 30th June 2016. See the membership page or more details.
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A tale of two soldiers

Nov 11, 2012 by

Whether we know it at the time or not, fate and coincidence often play an important part in our lives, this often comes to light while researching our family histories. On Remembrance Day 2012, this is just one story that illustrates this perfectly.

from: The Times – Christchurch, New Zealand

July 14 1915

A pathetic incident is reported in a letter received in Christchurch to-day from the Dardanelles. Two cousins, Harold and William Anderson, whose parents reside near to each other in Melbourne, answered the call for recruits, William joining a Victorian Regiment, and Harold, who was holidaying in New Zealand, enlisting with the 13th North Auckland Regiment. They had not seen each other for three years, when they were growing lads of seventeen, and their parents were naturally desirous they should meet in Egypt. However, they did not find an opportunity to do so. Both regiments were ordered to the front, and took part in the memorable landing on Gallipoli Peninsula on April 25, and in succeeding battles both were in the reserve. On May 8, when that fierce battle exacted such a heavy toll among the colonials was raging each lad was unconscious of the other’s presence in the locality. Both were ordered simultaneously to reinforce the fast thinning firing line, and in the rush up the hill, while taking a breath, the cousins saw one another for the first time. They shook hands, exchanged greetings, were swept on with the rush, and did not meet again. Harold was killed in that battle and William, who is now in hospital, was shot through the neck and shoulder. Considering the circumstances, and the thousands of khaki men on the Peninsula, the meeting was a remarkable one.

Harold Richard Anderson was born on the 20th September 1894. He tried to enlist in the Army in Victoria but family stories maintain that his father would not give consent and so he went to New Zealand to visit his two sisters and enlisted there. He, like many others lied about his  age and told them he was born in 1888. After 54 days of basic training he boarded a ship for Egypt and on the 25th April he was among those that landed at Gallipoli.

William Anderson recovered from his wounds and returned to Melbourne, he died in 1971 at the age of 85.

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Lest We Forget
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Australian Birth, Marriage & Death Certificate Petition

Aug 9, 2012 by

Inside History Magazine have a petition going at Petition Buzz that many of our members and visitors may be interested in. In a nutshell, they’re saying that the cost of certificates in many Australian states is too high and that there should be a more consistent approach to pricing and availability across Australia. And in my humble opinion, it’s hard not to agree.

However, the petition opened on 12 July and to date there are only 780 signatures, I would have thought there would be more, lots more – but perhaps you just don’t know about it yet, so here’s your chance to take a look.

You will find the petition here.

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AB Steele’s Shipboard Journal – 9 May 1886

May 9, 2012 by

Sunday morning. The last on Board. My companions and I had a special dinner in honour of my birthday. We partook of Turkey roast before Plum Pudding.

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AB Steele’s Shipboard Journal – 3 May 1886

May 3, 2012 by

Got up at 6 after a short nap. Stayed up still early hours this morning to watch the storm.

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