Another Language #52 ancestors week 20

This two storey stone Victorian Gothic building features a central gable, topped with a cupola. There is decorative brickwork around its doors and windows, and a small balcony over its front door. A large ground floor verandah has carved wooden detail including an archway. Funds were raised for this building by William Townsend, M.P., the founder of South Australian Institution for the Blind, Deaf and Dumb. Building commenced in 1876 and was completed in 1878 at the cost of £4,289. [On back of photograph] 'Blind, Deaf and Dumb Asylum, Brighton / 1878-86'. This image has no known copyright restrictions. Please refer to the State Library's Conditions of use

Driver Loades

Edward Waller Loades 683A enlisted at Keswick Barracks on July 14 1915[i]. He was single, 26 years and 8 months old, 5 feet five and a quarter inches tall, a labourer with brown hair and grey eyes[ii]. Edward commonly called Ted was born 16th September 1889, the youngest of six children to Edward Waller Loades... Continue Reading →

Lest We Forget

As ANZAC Day approaches we take the time to reflect on those who fought, who returned and those who died fighting for king and country. The National Archives of Australia are the repository for service records, allowing the family historian the opportunity to access the service records of personnel from the Australian Defence Forces. ... Continue Reading →


Week 17 "52 ancestors 52 weeks" Visiting the cemetery is not a high priority. Yet when we travel we often by chance or desire visit a cemetery. Gallipoli - The poignant row upon row of graves that mark the burial of the youth of Australia at Lone Pine and Anzac Cove. An there among them... Continue Reading →

Storms at Sea

Week 16: #52 Ancestors Storms The Caroline arrived in Port Adelaide on 25 April, 1855. The journey of the Caroline from Southampton to Port Adelaide took 104 days. Light winds had chiefly been present throughout the voyage. But, disaster struck on the 8th February when lightning struck the vessel and carrying away the fore and main... Continue Reading →

Taxes – 52 Ancestors Week 15

Edward Waller LOADS was made a Freeman of the Borough of Great Yarmouth on the 8th day of June 1826. Having been a carpenter's apprentice one would expect to find him in the lists on the tax of Apprenticeship Indenture 1710 - 1811. So far no record has been found. The stamp duty on apprenticeship... Continue Reading →

Maiden Aunt #52 ancestors week 14

When one sees the words "maid aunt"one thinks of the NOSWORTHY family.  A number of maiden aunts are found in different generations of the family. Like the photos above not much is known about the maiden aunts. The photos above are a selection of photos of young girls and women found in a photo album... Continue Reading →

Homestead #52 ancestors week 13

The term "homestead" conjures up a rolling property with land for miles and miles rather than a house in suburbia. When I picture this in my head I think of my great grandfather Herbert George NOSWORTHY. His obituary in the Naracoorte Herald Thursday 29 Jul 1954 provides a picture of many homesteads rather than the... Continue Reading →

Misfortune #52 Ancestors Week 12

Misfortune seems to have dodged John REED for much of his life. John was born in Monkwearmouth, County Durham in July 1823 (Durham records on line). The 1841 and 1851 Census tell us that he was a brick layer and this is substantiated by his immigration records. Late in life her was either known as... Continue Reading →

Lucky #52 ancestors week 11

When we look through the family tree to see who was lucky, nothing immediately jumps out. Yet, all branches of the family tree had arrived in the colony of South Australia by the mid 1860's. All came seeking a better life. Did they achieve this? One can only assume so, as the family still exists... Continue Reading →

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