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)
Click below to read the article and follow through


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

Headlines of Old is taking a break for a few weeks..
Thank you for your continued support here since August 2016..

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.

We can give all of them the gift of a smile.. costs us nothing and lasts a lifetime..
Back in January!

Tuesday, 17 December 2019


Unclaimed Letters Dec. 1847

Why would you bother looking through unclaimed letters, after all, if they weren't claimed, how does that help in finding ancestors?

What these lists can help you with, is knowing that the person you're trying to trace had a reason for either giving that address, or mostly in those times, the name of a town, sometimes a property, sometimes care of another person... as that is where they intended to be. In some cases, a friend or a family member would be named as 'care of..' as they were known associates or relatives of the person the letter was intended for. It pays to 'go off in a tangent' at times... look for the sidelines, the last known address, a place where others of the same family or occupation were. e.g. if you know that someone was working as a shopkeeper, you'd look in towns nearby, or a newly established place. 

If they have a history of working in the docks, you're more likely to find them in coastal areas... 

You will find that some simply have names.. with a comment... e.g. 'Shuttlewood, William, Ticket of Leave'. The very helpful site, Claim a Convict, has more information on William...

There are hundreds of names in the following pages, in basic alphabetical sequence.. but there could be a couple of names out of place. Enjoy and good luck.. we always like to hear of success stories, so please add a comment if you find possibilities in these pages.

New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), Tuesday 11 January 1848 (No.5)  National Library of Australia http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article230129024

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Further Reading: 

TROVE..    Goverment Gazettes  unclaimed letters

Claim a Convict  Search and Browse

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

TAKING A CHANCE...Absconded Convicts... Jan. 1848... Trove Tuesday 10 Dec 2019

3. Norfolk Island Jail 

Taking A Chance

New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), Friday 7 January 1848 (No.4) National Library of Australia. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article230129004

Names mentioned..
Cooling, Hudson, Kenney, Kelly, Ross. Thorpe...

Places mentioned.. escaped from..
Twofold Bay (sth coast NSW), Commissariat Store Gang - Sydney, 
Royal Engineer's Gang, NSW, Commissariat Transport Establishment,

4. Convict-built culvert dated 1838, for the Great South Road, at Towrang

New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), Friday 28 January 1848 (No.12) National Library of Australia http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article230129314


Names mentioned.. 

Atkinson, Barritt, Bennett, Birch, Blaney, Brady, Brown alias Jones alias Anderson, Campbell, Carroll, Cassidy, Churchill, Clarke, Connelly, Cook, Crisp, Crowley, Cunningham, Day, Deakin, Delap, Dogherty, Dorney, Ellis, Galley, Garner, Higgins, Hoffman, Hurst, Hickey, Jones, Johnson, Jeffreys, Jordan, Kent, Lea, Lumley, Lynch, Martin, Morrissey, Mullen, McCann, McCarthy, McDougall, McGowan, McKinna, Monds, Ovens, Owen, O'Brien, Pedder, Percy, Pie, Ryan, Shearston, Smith, Spencer, Sproat, Sullivan, Taylor, Thorp, Vine, Watts, Williams, and more... a number at the end of the list have first name, then surname, so read right through...

Places mentioned...escaped from..

Phillip Island, Norfolk Island, Flinder's Island, Van Diemen's Land, 
road Appin to Wollongong, Hyde Park Barracks, Goat Island, Melbourne, Newcastle stockade, Port Macquarie, Penrith, Hobart Town, Stockade Illawarra, Stockade Wooloomooloo, escort to Bargo, Grose Farm Camperdown, Circular Quay gang, Stockade Parramatta, Kiama to Wollongong, Hoare Town NSW, Stockade East Maitland, Stockade Longbottom NSW, Singleton, Stockade Carter's Barracks, Bathurst, His Majesty's hulk Phoenix, Dungog, 
Tourang Stockade...

1. Norfolk Island Jail

2. Norfolk Jail

5. 'Sydney Cove, West Side 1810'

1. Steve Daggar    CC BY 3.0.   Norfolk Island jail8.jpg

2. Steve Daggar.     CC BY 3.0    Norfolk Island jail2.jpg

3.  Steve Daggar.     CC BY 3.0    Norfolk Island jail4.jpg

4.  Convict-built culvert dated 1839 for the Great South Road, at Towrang, Australia

5. By George William Evans (attributed) From the collections of the 
     (Detail from 'Sydney Cove, West Side 1810') (Mitchell Library)

Further Reading..

Towrang Convict Stockade is a heritage-listed former convict stockade on the Old Hume Highway at Towrang, Goulburn Mulwaree Council, New South Wales, Australia. It was built from 1838 to 1843 by convict gangs. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 1 February 2013.[1]


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