Tuesday, 27 November 2018


NB Approximate position

Ever wanted to circumnavigate Australia? We still have a way to go...we'll be going on quite a journey, at least virtually, and clockwise. So as to make sure all states and territories are covered, we started in Western Australia and explored a little of the early history of a small part of this massive state via TROVE...from Rottnest Island to Broome..then across to Katherine Gorge, then Tennant Creek, from there to Darwin on the way to the Tiwi Islands, Bathurst and Melville.

We've had to travel back to Darwin, before leaving the Northern Territory, then across to Cairns, in North Queensland... but we didn't stop there, instead headed to the tropical north, to one of the most beautiful areas you can imagine... isolated yes, but perfect for that great getaway... to Cape Tribulation. It seems you loved that area so well, that Cairns was the obvious place to travel to next... not too far south. That was another very popular place...as was our visit to Fraser Island...

We then headed inland, on an approximately 6 hours flight to a place steeped in history.. what a contrast to the sub tropical island of Fraser ...no waterfalls or clear lakes or rainforest, but Longreach has so much to offer.

We then returned to Hervey Bay, by plane, and then took a short drive of approximately 25 minutes to a town founded in 1847... the charming historical town of Maryborough. So many of you loved that place as I do.

What a contrast the next destination was, though it is also very much steeped in history... a beautiful place, but it was a place of horror, of deprivation and loneliness... St. Helena Island. To get there, we left on a ferry from Manly, across to the island. 

Then we returned to Brisbane, to explore the beautiful, sub tropical capital city of the Sunshine State. Brisbane today, is the third largest city in Australia and growing rapidly... 

It has come a long way from it's beginnings as the Moreton Bay convict settlement, with such an interesting history. In an earlier issue, we explored some of the history of Brisbane, then visited Brisbane of a later period. There is so much to see and do in this beautiful city, once known as the biggest country town in Australia...

After a recent break, we are about to resume our travels... we're heading in to New South Wales... not too far over the border, to a place that literally stands out, begging to be noticed. It was first given a European name by Captain James Cook...  he recorded seeing " a remarkable sharp peaked mountain lying inland".

This is an excerpt from his journal...

"…We now saw the breakers [reefs] again within us which we past at the distance of 1 League [5 km], they lay in the Lat de of 38°..8' [later changed to 28°..8'] & stretch off East two Leagues [10 km] from a point under which is a small Island. There situation may always be found by the peaked mountain before mentioned which bears SWBW from them this and on this account I have named Mount Warning it lies 7 or 8 Leagues [35-40 km] inland in the latitude of 28°..22" S° the land is high and hilly about it but it is conspicuous enough to be distinguished from everything else.[4] The point off which these shoals lay I have named Point Danger to the northward of it the land which is low trends NWBN but we soon found that it did not keep that direction long before it turned again to the northward."[4]     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Warning

To quote from Tweed Volcano

Mount Warning is the central volcanic remnant of an ancient shield volcano, the Tweed Volcano, which would have been about 1,900 m (6,200 ft) above sea level or just under twice the height of the current mountain.[5][6] This volcano erupted around 23 million years ago.[7] As the mountain's central vent cooled it shrank, forming a depression at the top that has greatly eroded.[6]

Mount Warning and surrounds

Mount Warning seen from Point Danger, Coolangatta

View of Byron Bay and surrounding areas from the summit
Today the vast areas that were part of the volcano include many mountains and ranges at some distance from Mount Warning, and include the Border RangesTamborine Mountain, the McPherson Range and both the Lamington Plateau and Springbrook Plateaus. The erosion calderaformed since this eruption is easily visible around the summit and forms the rim of the Tweed Valley.
During the last stages of eruption, different and more resistant forms of lava that were cooler than those flows that created the shield volcano remained to form the current peak. The whole central Mount Warning massif was also pushed up by forces that remained active after lava eruptions had stopped.[6]

It certainly is hard to miss and is a great landmark, as it has always been, but it is also of great significance to Aboriginals, in particular the Bundjalung people, being a sacred site. They had named it Wollumbin, and it was applied as a dual name by NSW geographical names board in 2006.

It is part of the Great Dividing Range and is 1,156 m high... a challenge to many climbers and the scene of various tales of both adventure and misadventure.

Mount Warning's view in Australia (New South Wales) from the Clarrie Hall dam. Picture taken in the morning by Pouts31
CC BY 3.0

Mt Warning path
Public Domain

TROVE provides us with many articles about Mt. Warning... from the factual, to the sublime, from graphic descriptions to somewhat worrying adventures..

Northern Star Lismore, 15 Sep 1917

Kyogle Examiner (NSW : 1912; 1914 - 1915; 1917 - 1954), Saturday 8 July 1922, page 6
National Library of Australia  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article234130673

Daily Examiner, Grafton 16 Apr 1924

In 1929, the opening of the Mt. Warning National Park hit the headlines...  
Sydney Mail (NSW : 1912 - 1938), Wednesday 14 August 1929, page 14
National Library of Australia  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article160392865
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Northern Star, Lismore 16 Jun 1947                                                                     


  Northern Star (Lismore, NSW : 1876 - 1954), Monday 5 July 1948, page 5

 National Advocate Bathurst 6 Jul 1948

The next day brought much better news.. all safe and well...

Northern Star Lismore 6 Jul 1948

Macleay Argus 16 Jul 1948

Despite all the dramas in past years and all the, dare I say it, warnings given about Mt. Warning, it is still a beautiful place that attracts large numbers of visitors each year.

Definitely one to add to your list...

Panorama photo taken atop the Eastern peak of Mt Cougal. The prominent peak in the distance is Mt Warning and Wollumbin national park. To the left of the image is the township of Murwillumbah NSW. The surrounding mountains and ridges make up the Tweed Caldera, remnants of the Tweed Valley's volcanic past.  Graden Dare      CC BY-SA 4.0

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC HISTORY 1787-1953 .. encompasses much of Australian history.TROVE TUESDAY 20 NOV. 2018


This is a great timeline of history, not just re the Catholic Church, but Australian history in general. eg.

1800.  January 11: Father James Harold , one of the first batch of Irish political prisoners, accused of complicity in the '98 rebellion, arrived at Sydney in the transport Minerva.

1800. February 16: father James Dixon, another Irish political prisoner, arrived in the transport, Friendship.

 Then a quite unusual event...

1803. January 15: Father O'Neill returned to Ireland, 
as it was discovered that he was the victim of malice and perjury. 

His release had been ordered before he left Ireland two years previously.

Look for the Castle Hill Rebellion in 1804...
read about the six Irish Sisters of charity in 1838.

1943.  September 27: mentions the bombing of Darwin.

Catholic Weekly (Sydney, NSW : 1942 - 1954), Thursday 2 April 1953, page 4
National Library of Australia http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article147087101
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Tuesday, 13 November 2018



Have you ever chosen a date at random and wandered through TROVE investigating what happened on that day, or in that era?

 It can lead to a whole new outlook on your research. It's one thing to collect dates and maybe, if you're lucky, some family stories... but what was happening outside your area, maybe in the same town, state, country. Knowing more can give you a far greater perspective on how people lived at the time. 

 I chose 9th July, 1930... not really at random, as this was the date of my 
mother's birth in Coffs Harbour, NSW.

So, what was happening on 9 July 1930, after the birth of that special baby...

Geraldton Guardian and Express (WA : 1929 - 1947), Wednesday 9 July 1930, page 1
National Library of Australia  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article67177381
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Kingsford Smith was in the news..

The Armidale Express and New England Advertiser (NSW) Wed 9 Jul 1930

Radio-phone service amazed many..

There were dole queues in Coffs Harbour..
Courtesy of NSW State Library

Garden Theatre, Cnr. Queen and Pound Streets, Grafton.
Clarence River Historical Society

Daily Examiner Grafton 9 Jul 1930
The Talkies program                                         
Veteran Decoy

Daily Standard Brisbane 

latest fashion
Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania
Seven Mistakes of Life

Casino and Kyogle Courier and North Coast Advertiser (NSW : 1904 - 1932), Wednesday 9 July 1930, page   National Library of Australia http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article233790803

There was concern about technology affecting rainfall..


NEWS Adelaide South Aust.

Cartoons entertained...
Australian geography in England  1930

Amy Johnson aviatrix

State Library of Victoria
accessed via TROVE
out of copyright

I would think that the nurses in South Australia were a little more than surprised.. some things don't change, the tax man cometh.

World's News (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 1955), Wednesday 9 July 1930, page 3
National Library of Australia http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article136305907

 Lucky for Sir Max Pemberton # that my mother was just a new born baby or she would have fired back in no uncertain times at these suggestions. She worked from a very early age till her final illness, at just 51 years of age, made that impossible.

Margaret Joy, known as Peg, was the daughter of an Irish lass and her husband, a third generation Australian of English heritage. She was a third great grandaughter of an Irish convict lass, Bridget Heslin and an English convict, Robert Hobbs...

 She fought for the rights of all and led by example. Like so many women of her age, she was not the type to be found only in the kitchen, rather she worked alongside my father, in cafes (she married her boss), in trucking (doing the bookwork) and later in their milkbar and then again in trucking... raising a family along the way... all this despite indifferent health most of her life.

She embraced technology as it appeared, mastering two way radios to organise the mini fleet of trucks they had. She would have loved mobile phones and computers.. the latter would have given her even more outlets for her passion of writing. 

TROVE would have been her happy hunting ground... she loved history and people. How surprised she would have been to know that she and her family made the papers... * I wish I could have shown her just a little of what was happening around the world on the day she was born... she would be fascinated.

Coffs Harbour 1930's
Photographer unknown


* Some of the clippings mentioning Mum's family over time..

The Catholic Press (NSW : 1895 - 1942), Thursday 5 September 1918
Death of her Uncle John Dillon

From the Ryerson Index..
Death of her mother's sister, her beloved Aunt Molly

Name: FOLEY, Mary
    Location of Event: late of Ballina, formerly of Coffs Harbour and Blacktown,
    Date: 04 SEP 1987
    Subtype of Record: death notice
    Newspaper: Sydney Morning Herald
    Notes: pub. 05 SEP 1987. Browse the Ryerson Index.

Don Dorrigo Gazette and Guy Fawkes Advocate (NSW : 1910 - 1954), Friday 16 January 1942, page 2   National Library of Australia  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article173034516
Death of her mother, Bridget..

Don Dorrigo Gazette and Guy Fawkes Advocate (NSW : 1910 - 1954), Friday 23 March 1945, page 2      National Library of Australia   http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article173132556
 Her father, Roy, before the court..