Trove Tuesday – Conrad von Hagen

People who have registered with Trove have the ability to tag articles with relevant keywords or to create lists of articles on a particular topic. This makes it easy to return to the list and access the articles. These lists can be found via a Trove search.

Whenever your blogger comes across an article that mentions persons from the Hornsby Shire she adds it to a list named Hornsby People. Perhaps one day we can organise a group to index these articles.

While searching for something to share with you today  I came across a list created by someone unknown to me. The list is named Hagen Family. It contains over 20 articles some of which refer to Conrad von Hagen who lived in William Street, Hornsby. You can access the list here http://trove.nla.gov.au/list?id=25577.

Another list with a local flavour is titled Hornsby Train murder. You can access that one here: http://trove.nla.gov.au/list?id=41555.

If you would like to know how to tag articles or create lists Jill would be happy to show you at our next informal meeting on January 25 at 10:00am.

Local face of World War One on show at Hornsby Shire Library

January 21 – February 2, 2017

An extraordinary and haunting series of 80 portraits of World War One soldiers from NSW, selected  from the State Library’s photographic collection, will go on show in a free display at the Hornsby Shire Library, from Saturday January 21 to Thursday February 2, 2017.

Produced as part of the State Library’s WWI centenary regional program, Portraits of War: The Crown Studios Project travelling display reveals the fascinating story behind the creation of the portraits and delivers a moving experience that bears witness to the individual faces of Australian soldiers, both young and old, who served their country.

In 1918 soldiers all across NSW were invited to have their portraits taken in Sydney by the leading photographic studio of the time, Crown Street Studios, before embarking overseas for what was to be a most deadly conflict far from home.

During this ambitious project, initiated by Sydney’s Crown Studios’ proprietor Mark Blow, a collection of over 1,600 portraits were either taken of soldiers or copied from existing images provided by family members, and this collection was subsequently donated to the Mitchell Library (now part of the State Library).

Exhibition curator Louise Tegart said “the information on the back of each print is just as moving as the portraits themselves with personal details handwritten, including whether soldiers made it home or not.”

Unfortunately, the project was never completed. A damaging fire at the Studio in December 1918 hindered the collection process and while copies of the portraits were protected in a fireproof safe, the Studio did not re-open again until 1 July 1919.

“Thanks to the tenacity and support of William Ifould, the Principal Librarian at the time, the collection of portraits was secured for future generations,” said Ms Tegart.

The State Library has released a collection of the portraits on Flickr Commons – New South Wales Servicemen Portraits 1918-1919 – located here:https://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/sets/72157644355448247/

“The portraits capture the faces of men of all ages set against different backgrounds and sadly, it could be the only photograph families had of their sons, brothers or uncles,” said Ms Tegart.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR HORNSBY SHIRE RESIDENTS

If Hornsby Shire residents discover a family member on the State Library’s New South Wales Servicemen Portraits Flickr set, the Library will provide a digital file of the portrait free of charge.

To secure a digital print simply email media@sl.nsw.gov.au with your name, contact details and a link to the image.

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Trove Tuesday – Christmas Eve

It would be interesting to compare these 1914 numbers  with today’s.

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1914 ‘Hornsby.’, The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 – 1950), 3 January, p. 8. , viewed 04 Dec 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article85960310

Christmas at our Library

Those of us who attended our meeting at Hornsby Library today were greeted by a large Christmas tree on the wall outside the Meeting Room.

The tree, mounted on a wall, consists of copies of Christmas cards sent to and from the troops in World War I. If you are in the vicinity of the library do call in and see the tree.

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Hornsby Library Christmas Tree (above)

Some of the Images on the Tree (Below)

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Trove Tuesday – NSW Government Gazettes

Recently added to Trove were the Digitised copies of the Government Gazettes for New South Wales from 1832 to 2001. These goldmines of genealogical data give us some information on Hornsby families.

To find the articles below simple searches for suburb names in the Shire were used. You may recognise some local names in these snippets.

gazh011966 ‘GALSTON SCHOOL OF ARTS’, Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), 23 September, p. 3860. , viewed 22 Nov 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22002552gazh021949 ‘RE will of VICTOR ERNEST NEILLEY, late of Berowra, in’, Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), 25 March, p. 960. , viewed 22 Nov 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article224788195

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1901 ‘IN BANKRUPTCY.’, Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), 23 August, p. 6464. , viewed 22 Nov 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article222065413

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1910 ‘SHIRE OF HORNSBY.’, Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), 27 January, p. 622. , viewed 22 Nov 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article227061556

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1989 ‘NOTICE of intended distribution of estate.—Re will of HEBER BAKER WILLIAMS, late of Hornsby (formerly of Thornleigh), in’, Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), 16 June, p. 3582. , viewed 22 Nov 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article231667709

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1953 ‘APPOINTMENT OF HONORARY FIRE PATROL OFFICERS.’, Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), 24 December, p. 4258. , viewed 22 Nov 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article220299594

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1979 ‘PRIVATE ADVERTISEMENTS’, Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), 25 May, p. 2532. , viewed 22 Nov 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article219968685

Familysearch Draws a Crowd

Paul Parton from Familysearch who made a return visit to our Group yesterday drew the largest audience we have entertained in our short history. It was heartening to see so many members and visitors supporting one of our favourite speakers.

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Paul’s time on the floor flew by as he demonstrated the features of Familysearch search and took questions from the floor. Paul has indicated that he may be able to return once more to demonstrate the use of and answer questions about the Familysearch Family Tree.

p1000327Paul Parton taking us on a tour of the Familysearch site.

As our guests s20161117_130632treamed in I noticed two new people carrying a couple of cardboard boxes. Elder and Sister McSweeney, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, are presently serving a mission with the Church in Australia and came along to the meeting to support Paul. I was thrilled to meet and chat with these visitors from the genealogy mecca of Salt Lake City.

After Paul’s talk concluded the contents of the boxes were revealed. The McSweeneys had brought along goodie bags from Familysearch for those in attendance at our meeting. Thanks to Familysearch, Paul Parton and the McSweeneys for your support of The Hornsby Shire Family History Group.

Trove Tuesday – Brooklyn Tragedy

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1898 ‘BOATING NATALITY AT BROOKLYN.’, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), 11 November, p. 5. , viewed 14 Nov 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14184670

James William Garthon was born in 1858 in the Chippendale area of Sydney. He was the son of William Q and Mary Garthon.

GARTHON JAMES W 2809/1858 WILLIAM Q MARY CHIPPENDALE
http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/Pages/family-history/family-history.aspx (accessed 14/11/2016)
James married Susannah J Wade in 1884.
2859/1884 GARTHON JAMES W WADE SUSANNAH J PADDINGTON
James and Susannah had three children Leslie, Alma and Rupert. Leslie died in 1889 so Alma and Rupert would be the two children mentioned in the above article.
GARTHON ALMA M 5072/1894  JAMES W SUSANNAH J BALMAIN SOUTH

GARTHON LESLIE J 2163/1889 JAMES W SUSANNAH J SYDNEY
GARTHON RUPERT J28763/1890 JAMES W SUSANNAH J PETERSHAM
James was buried at The Bar Island Cemetery in the Hawkesbury.