How many times have you looked through your family photo collection and despaired? How many unlabelled photos have you let drip through your fingers in anguish? How many unnamed people, places, dogs, houses, pot plants, whatever have you seen?
How many times have you raised clenched fists in the air and wailed to your ancestors: “Why didn’t you just label your damn photos! Just because you know them doesn’t mean anyone else will! Curse you!!”
Well, it turns out it may not have been all their fault.
About 40 minutes to the south of Canberra, you will discover a small ruin – just a chimney – sitting forlornly beside the Monaro highway. I’ve passed this remnant of forgotten history so many times. I’ve watched it flash by my window and thought fleetingly of who might have lived there and why it was now a ruin. I’ve often wanted to just stop and pause for a time. But we are always in such a rush in these modern times, aren’t we? Well, on my last trip, I finally did stop.
Posted in Genealogy, Mystery, Photograph
Tagged Artefact, Australia, Chimney, Family History, Genealogy, History, Location, Michelago, New South Wales, Photograph, Travel
Another family photo – another mutant cabbage.
When I first came across this particular photo amongst our family photograph collection, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had never in my life seen such a strange looking vehicle! It took a lot of rummaging around on the internet with some creative search parameters to finally identify this vehicle as a “charabanc”.
“A what?!” I hear you ask. Glad you did.
Posted in Genealogy, Memories, Mystery, Newspaper, Photograph, Postcard
Tagged Accident, Family History, Genealogy, History, Holiday, Newspaper, Photograph, Travel, Vehicle
Whilst idly reading through GeneabloggersTRIBE’s really quite extensive daily prompt list I found Friday Funny1 which I thought would be a fun way to share all those weird and wonderful orphan photos, funny family stories or interesting articles I come across. I won’t be posting every week – a strict timetable is not much fun, after all – so keep an eye out!
Without further ado, here is the inaugural Family Fractals Friday Funny post!*
* With bonus alliteration!
Another family story – another myth? But this time I have the photographs! Gather around and listen to my story – a story passed from my grandfather to my mother to me.
Once upon a time…
Posted in Genealogy, Memories, Newspaper, Photograph, Story
Tagged Airplanes, Aviation, Family, Genealogy, History, Ilfracombe, Longreach, Photography, Qantas, Queensland, SCHOLEFIELD, Storytelling, Travel, Vehicle
A couple of blog posts in GenieLand recently got me thinking about updating my blog. The first was Jill Ball’s (alias GeniAus) post “Trove Tuesday – Anonymous?” in April. And then, in a very timely post this week, there was Kate Vasicek Challis’ post on GeneabloggersTRIBE called “About Me Pages are Important for GeneaBloggers!”
They caught my attention like a smack up the back of the head.
The Society of Australian Genealogists (SOG) are taking a turn to host the 15th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry from 9 March to 12 March 2018 in Sydney at the new International Conference Centre at Darling Harbour. Who’s coming?
My mother and my aunt recently passed a large number of old family photographs and artefacts to me, which have me rather overwhelmed. My mother’s photos will be the subject of a rather large project which will to take time and work to sort out. My aunt’s collection, however, was much smaller, but she gave me the photos and artefacts (some letters and cards) on the proviso I found a way to scan and share them so she could get copies.
Thus started a new research project. Continue reading
On 10 February 1926, my great aunt Charlotte Annie Margaret SCHOLEFIELD married Robert BARR in Longreach, Queensland. I have many of their photographs including the lovely wedding photograph that appears above but it is the information I gathered from articles I found in Trove that add precious details.
Posted in Genealogy, Newspaper, Photograph, WEDDING
Tagged Australia, BARR, Church, Family History, Genealogy, Longreach, Newspaper, Queensland, SCHOLEFIELD, Transcription, TroveTuesday, WEDDING