Tuesday, 21 January 2020

DESERTING WIVES AND FAMILIES......Trove Tuesday 21 Jan 2020

Deserting Wives & Families

The Police Gazettes are a wealth of information...though these are all from the NSW Gazettes, they are available for other states... You could be surprised as to what you will find in them.

Deserting wives and families was frowned upon and was considered a punishable crime. These items are full of interesting facts... they give the names, including aliases if applicable, area of abode, full descriptions of the deserter, clothes they had been wearing, whether they left on foot or horse, etc. They are a veritable Pandora's box for researchers.

To their credit, they also post if a warrant has been cancelled... but not often as to why.


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New South Wales Police Gazette and Weekly Record of Crime (Sydney : 1860 - 1930), Wednesday 25 Feb.1880 National Library of Australia.  http://nla.gov.au/nla.newsarticle251642230


26 May 1880

New South Wales Police Gazette and Weekly Record of Crime (Sydney : 1860 - 1930), Wednesday 14 Jul. 1880National Library of Australia http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article251642646

29 Jan 1896

10 May 1899

11 Aug 1928

I was quite interested when I saw the name of DILLON in the page above.. but didn't know whether to feel relieved or miffed when I discovered it wasn't one of my Dillons.

21 Nov 1928

Have you recognised any ancestral names, perhaps a 'maybe' ? We would love to hear if one of those mentioned belongs to you...

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Tuesday, 24 December 2019


Courtesy of ClipArt Library


 Is there anything as precious as children enjoying the magic of Santa?

Christmas Eve is such a wonderful time and is celebrated in so many ways.. enjoy the following selection from around Australia.. in no particular order..

Northern Territory Times and Gazette (Darwin, NT : 1873 - 1927), Friday 10 January 1908
National Library of Australia    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4355491
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Jacky bringing home the Christmas mail from south, Northern Territory, ca. 1890 [picture] / RJA

Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), Thursday 6 January 1949, page 2
National Library of Australia  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2784106

Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), Thursday 17 December 1959
National Library of Australia  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103072634

Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Saturday 23 December 1911, page 20
National Library of Australia  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28134036

Christmas 1897-1898 
Talma 119 Swanston Street Melbourne and at Sydney
Out of copyright

Pioneer (Yorketown, SA : 1898 - 1954), Saturday 27 December 1913
National Library of Australia  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199093821

Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954), Friday 26 December 1947
National Library of Australia   http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article56805351

1947-12-03, English, Article, Journal or magazine article edition:
A Christmas Gift Idea BLOTTER WITH WOOL EMBROIDERY (3 December 1947)
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Mercury (Hobart, Tas : 1860-1954) Tuesday 26 Dec 1939

Kalgoorlie Miner (WA : 1895 - 1954), Tuesday 21 December 1948, page 2
National Library of Australia  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article95711774

“Greeting card: a merry Christmas,” Monash Collections Online, accessed December 21, 2019, http://repository.monash.edu/items/show/33423
Christmas in the colonies, a Christmas dinner at the diggings / [Edward Roper].

Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Wednesday 24 December 1941
National Library of Australia  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8224422

John Martin's Christmas Pageant : Christmas pudding [B 69087/28]
Barb Tapscott dressed as a Christmas Pudding.

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Reproduction rights: State Library of South Australia

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Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.. and please spare a thought for all those who are missing loved ones, those who are battling ill health, disasters, loneliness and problems they don’t share.

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