Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tasmanian Names Index

This is the first time that such a variety of Tasmanian records are available online, all from the same search, including Tasmanian Birth, Death and Marriage records.

click here.

Sunday, September 28, 2014


I am really pleased to be acknowledged for something I enjoy! You are a great bunch of people to help with your research & the staff are fantastic.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Busy afternoon yesterday!

The six computers that the Wednesday Family History Group use were (once again) out of order! No connection to the Internet. We had use of the four other computers but 7 of us turned up, not including me (Angie). Maybe we should phone the Library 9561 1110 half an hour before 2pm. 
Would you believe they are all working today!
Don't forget there are other places you could go
The Family History Centre at Merriwa, 30, Hughie Edwards Drive ph: 9304 3488 is open Tuesday 10am-4pm, Wednesday 6.30pm-9.30pm and Thursday 10am-2pm. Worth a call just to make sure they are there.
Wanneroo  Family History session on Monday 10am-1pm 9405 5925.
Joondalup Library  'Genie Exchange' Friday 10am-12noon  9400 4746

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday 13 August 2014
Mini Family History Fair
10am to 3pm
Free and no need to book 
Great Southern Room 
4th Floor State Library  of WA
Francis St Perth

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Convict Records

Found in the Norfolk Chronicle 5th April 1817
William Mason for stealing bacon from John Chamberlain. 
Sentenced to 7 years, transported to Van Diemens Land on the ship Lady Castlereagh with 302 passengers.
7 Months at sea.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Roots Magic

A Family Search web site.
What is RootsMagic?
RootsMagic is a Windows® based computer program you can use to record, organize, print and share genealogical information. It allows you to create a computerized family tree (known as a database or a family records data file) beginning with yourself and continuing back through your parents, grandparents, and as many generations back as you are able to find. This is separate from any other program (FamilySearch Family Tree, PAF, etc.) and can only be accessed by you (unless you share your information).

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Talk by Kay

Very good turnout for this mornings talk. In the afternoon there were new people who were able to find their families in most of the census. All 6 computers were put to good use. 
The North Coast Times took some photos, so keep a watch for the newspaper article. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014


I know the internet has a multitude of maps but sometimes it's good to have a whole book full of maps 

My Butler family were in Bath for some time.
My Beck family from London.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

3 web sites added

Thanks to Olive I have added three web sites on the left hand list.
State Library Bookmarks. (This one will keep you busy!)

Another BOBBETT drama

Would you believe, I found this in Trove
 6 July 1908 Daily News, Perth, Western Australia
Only wedded in September last and now separated after six months of misery; Such is the pathetic history of the short married life of Mr. and Mrs Arthur James Bobbett, the former of whom was summoned by his wife of Richmond, England, on May 11 for persistent cruelty. Defendant’s father manages a public-house in St. Martin's-lane, Charing Cross, London
Mr. Whiteley, who appeared for Mrs Bobbett, said even on the honeymoon, within three days of the wedding, the husband threatened to shoot his wife.
They were in Paris at the time. In the middle of the night the defendant got into a violent temper and said he would shoot his wife and himself. On their return to Richmond, where they opened a fruiterer's shop, the cruelty continued. They went to see the defendant's father one night, and because his wife did not eat much supper he threatened on the way back in the train to throw her and himself out. In October he wrote a letter, and on the envelope put, “To those whom it may concern when we are dead.” The defendant then went into the kitchen, sharpened a table-knife, came back, and said he was going to kiss his wife. He had the knife in his waistcoat- pocket and the complainant after a struggle got it away from him, the servant coming in and putting an end to the scene. On several other occasions the husband had tried to strangle his wife and it was a question whether the defendant was altogether sane, for he got into violent fits of passion and did not know what he was doing.
Mr. O'Connor, for the defence, called special attention to a letter defendant had written to his wife before the separation proceedings came to a head. It said:—'Dear Wife,- I would rather lose my life than hurt a hair of your head. Why? Because I love you, and always have, and always shall, no matter what happens. ... I look forward to the time when I shall hold you and give you a kiss, and hear you say you still love me. Why can't we live happy together without outside influence? If it was not for other people we should be as happy as two doves. My heart is breaking for you, and I am certain it can't go on much longer. Fancy and think of the child, and what a prospect it has in front of it. Of course, if your love for me is dead and gone, and in its place hate, I can do nothing but go away and try to forget, but I know I shall never do that. You are my wife, and I love you still. Good-bye, dear. God bless and protect you always.—Your broken-hearted; husband, Bertie.'
Defendant, on oath, denied the cruelty, and said that any trouble that had arisen was due to the interference of his wife's relatives. While the honeymoon was in progress the relatives tried to borrow money from his father and himself, and his mother-in-law was always coming to their house and telling him how to conduct his affairs. She and her daughter were always coming round, and once actually came into his room when he was in bed, and would not leave. He had to dress himself before them all.  But for the interference he would have lived happily with his wife, whom he still loved. Arthur Bobbett, senior of the Lemon Tree, Charing Cross, said that on the wedding day the complainants’ mother was regretting the marriage, saying her daughter was the mainstay of her business. The bench decided there had been persistent cruelty, but also considerable aggravation. Accordingly they granted a separation, with 25/- a week allowance. It would have been more but for the relatives' interference with the couple. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Found in Newspapers - my mothers aunt

Three different reports
August 1892
BOBBETT'S BACON AND EGGS. Mrs. Arthur Bobbett, the younger, was summoned to the Westminster Police-court yesterday, for willfully damaging some crockery belonging to Robert Allplush coffee-house keeper, defendant admitted the damage, and explained that her Husband would persist in taking his meals at the coffee-shop, though she prepared his food at his home, situate immediately opposite. She had dinner ready for him but he went to the complainants for eggs and bacon. When had sat down, she entered, and swept the lot off the table, The Magistrate ordered her to pay the damage and costs, amounting to twenty-six shillings and sixpence.

Through the energetic action of Mrs. Arthur Bobbett, wife of a distinguished middle-weight boxer and cab proprietor, a curious question of domestic ethics was discussed before the magistrate at Westminster, the lady in question being the defendant, and Mr Robert Allplush, coffee-house keeper, the complainant. Is a man compelled under the rules of household felicity to ruin his digestion by eating his wife’s cookery, which he does not like? And has a wife the right to demolish the dishes which another cook prepares exactly to his taste? There are limits to the digestive capabilities even of a middleweight boxer and if he prefers a ham-and-egg tea, with bread and butter, to a banquet prepared for him by the partner of his joys and sorrows, he is entitled to enjoy it in peace; for thank heaven ours is still a free country. Mrs Bobbett does not think so, and when her husband disdained the turtle her own hands had made, and sat himself down to the ham-and-egg tea already mentioned, the irate lady bounced into the coffee shop and swept the dishes, the teapot and the cups to the floor. The only defence Mrs Bobbett set up was that she did not like her husband’s  preference for a coffee-shop cuisine when she rather prided herself on her own, but she steadfastly declined to pay for the damaged ware, even although Mr Allplush allowed the matter to stand over until he thought her temper had gone down. Mr De Rutzen, after hearing the whole story, ordered her to pay 26s.6d as damages and costs. But if Mr Bobbett has, after all, to disburse the amounts represented by his wife’s tantrums it may in the long run be cheaper to accept the domestic cookery and run the risk.

Mrs. Arthur Bobbett, the younger, was charged on a summons, before Mr. De Rutzen, with wilfully damaging tho property of Robert Allplush, a coffeehouse keeper. Mr. E. D. Rymer, who appeared for the Complainant, said that Mrs. Bobbett, for some reason best known to herself, resented her husband taking his meals away from home.  On the evening of the 6th inst. Mr. Bobbett had just sat down in the coffee-shop to substantial fare in the shape of ham and eggs, tea, and bread-and-butter, when Defendant bounced into tho shop, overturned the lot, and smashed the crockery. Prosecutor, an elderly man, bore out the opening statement of the solicitor, and stated that he waited a few days till he thought Mrs. Bobbett’s temper might have cooled before asking her to pay the damage. She was very insolent, and refused to do so. The Defendant said she could not deny that she did sweep the crockery off the table in the coffee-shop. Although she lived almost opposite, her husband would take his food in the shop. He sent there for his breakfast, and on the day in question she had had his dinner ready for hours, yet he walked in there for eggs and bacon. She could not understand his preference for coffee-shop food, and felt very much annoyed at him. Mr. De Rutzen ordered her to pay a fine, damage and costs amounting to 26s. 6d.

At least five newspapers reported on this, I can't seem to find a Robert Allplush on Find my Past!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Find My Past

Find My Past has changed! 
Not for the better judging from the comments on Facebook. I have struggled with it for a while, very frustrating! Reading the newsletter from Peter Calver at Lost Cousins on 'How to get the best from Find My Past' made it a lot clearer.  I would encourage you all to join Lost Cousins.  
Ancestry.com. free at your library is still bringing up some very good results. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014

New from National Archives

You can now explore the case papers of over 8,000 individuals from the Middlesex military service appeal tribunal. These records provide a unique insight into the impact of the First World War on families, businesses and communities far from the battlefields. 

One of only two complete surviving collections of tribunal records, they reveal the stories of men seeking exemption on medical, family or economic grounds, as well as the relatively small proportion wishing not to fight on moral grounds as conscientious objectors. Digitised in partnership with the Friends of The National Archives and theFederation of Family History Societies, they are free to search and download. 

Good luck with your research!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

For every outdoor occasion ...

Advertisement in 'COUNTRY LIFE' 3rd June 1933
and what to wear underneath
soft and silky.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014