Geelong Advertiser … can’t research without it!

Geelong Advertiser 9 January 1841 p1Just 175 years and 3 days ago the first edition of the Geelong Advertiser was published – November 21, 1840 in fact.  It is Victoria’s OLDEST morning newspaper.  The banner for the Geelong Advertiser includes the words “Fortis est veritas” or THE TRUTH IS STRONG.

Map of Corio from the Geelong Advertiser 9 Jan 1841On Saturday January 9, 1841, a supplement to the (then) standard 4-page issue was this amazing “Map of the Town of Corio (or Geelong) including the Suburbs, the Bay, and the River, 1841 … printed and published for John Pascoe Fawkner by Harrison & Watkins, Corio”.

And what a huge amount of history is in the map and the names associated with it – not least of which is James Harrison a true pioneer of our region.  [Do yourself a favour and actually click on the link to read the Australian Dictionary of Biography entry for this truly amazing man!]

We’re celebrating the 175th birthday of this wonderful paper and as a researcher and historian [local and family], I am so fortunate to be able to search and access the digitised version of the Geelong Advertiser from 1840 to 1926.  Of course researchers are greedy and we want more and more to appear online.  Hopefully funds will become available to continue the digitising.

ANYONE with an ounce of history running through their veins knows how much history exists in our region.  I have given presentations all over Victoria and also in New South Wales, South Australia and the Northern Territory.  Many have been on Geelong and Point Henry (the place of arrival of so many ships bringing immigrants to our shores) but the majority have been on other local and family history subjects.  Without fail the majority of the audience had ancestors who arrived in Geelong / Point Henry.  In June 2011 I gave four presentations to the Genealogical Society of the Northern Territory [GSNT] – almost 100% of the audience had Geelong connections!

Being the LONGEST RUNNING morning newspaper in Victoria AND the newspaper covering not just Geelong but all of the western district of Victoria [and across the border into South Australia] the paper is so important to many researchers.

Did you know that the Geelong Advertiser published lists of people who shipped gold from the gold-fields to the port of Geelong in 1851-54?  We have 6,624 entries in our Geelong & District database for the gold shipments.  In fact our database includes 29,413 entries transcribed from various editions of the Geelong Advertiser on a variety of subjects.

It is full of people and local history – an absolute goldmine for researchers.  If you are researching past 1926, in Victoria the Addy is on microfilm at the State Library of Victoria and the Geelong Heritage Centre.

From all of us … “Happy Birthday to the Geelong Advertiser“!


Geelong Library and Heritage Centre confirmed opening

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It’s excitement plus in Geelong!  The City of Greater Geelong have just announced the public opening of the new Geelong Library and Heritage Centre … Saturday 21 November 2015.

Colac Cemetery fire

Colac Cemetery hedge fireWhat a horrible sight – the magnificent hedge around Colac Cemetery on fire – I’m amazed how quickly they got onto it and stopped it spreading even further.  They got the bulldozers into action and that probably saved the rest of the hedge.

Geelong Heritage Centre temporary closure

NewGLHCI initially posted this on my Just Love History blog as the impact is a much greater area than Geelong and District.

Mark Beasley has confirmed that they will shut down at 5.00 pm on Wednesday 23rd September 2015.

Also take not of the message about the new library catalogue on the same blog!

If you haven’t seen them before, at this stage these are the new opening hours for the Geelong Heritage Centre when it opens in the new building:

  • Monday closed
  • Tuesday 9am-8pm
  • Wednesday to Friday 9am-5pm
  • Saturday 10am-1pm

Please spread this message far and wide!

Geelong Hospital Nurses – 50 year reunion – Can you help?

Geelong Hospital c1915It is only a week away but a local group is organising a 50 year reunion for nurses from Geelong Hospital.

The group has managed to track down all the past nurses except one – Jo or Josephine CLEARY.  She married Dr R N MATTHEWS who was killed in a car accident in 1972.  They have spoken to some members of the MATTHEWS family who think she may have remarried but are not 100% sure.


Please don’t post any personal or contact details here but get in touch with me via the Contact Us form and I will pass the details on to Judy Brown, one of the organisers.

Researching George BUTCHER

BHS1694Sometimes it is so frustrating – a person filled out the Contact form on the Geelong & District [and Bellarine] web site asking if the Bellarine Historical Society had a photo of the Drysdale Blacksmith shop and also where they could get copies of the Ocean Grove Echo for 1967 and 1968.

As you can see by the photo – yes we had a photo – two in fact!  And I was able to tell him where he could find the old copies of the Ocean Grove Echo.

The problem?  He typed his email address incorrectly!  His name is Kevin THOMPSON and obviously researching the BUTCHER family.  If you know Kevin, please ask him to get in touch and make sure his email address is correct.

Unfortunately the “old-fashioned” form didn’t provide an option for automatically collecting the sending email address – I think I’ll have to update the form to link to the more modern ones on this Blog site which DO automatically collect the sending email address.


Family and Local History POP-UP Shop

Geelong Heritage CentreThis doesn’t happen very often so you need to make the most of this opportunity.

The Geelong Heritge Centre is holding a Pop-up book shop sale:

  • One week only
  • 12 noon to 4.00 pm
  • Monday May 25th to Friday May 29th 2015
  • Strictly CASH ONLY (no EFTPOS available)

Amazing chance to secure DISCOUNTS OF UP TO 80% off the normal prices on books in stock.  The Centre is preparing for their move to the exciting new Geelong Library & Heritage Centre building.

There are 147 INDIVIDUAL TITLES for sale.

There are OVER 3400 BOOKS about various topics including:

  • Local History
  • Family History
  • Former Councils
  • Churches
  • Schools
  • Towns
  • World War I
  • Heritage Buildings
  • Personalities
  • Environment
  • Sport
  • Industry

Books are from the Geelong and Barwon Region as well as other published history works about Melbourne; South West Victoria; and Victoria.

Bay BookWith every purchase made, customers will receive a complimentary copy of The Bay, Barwon and Beyond: Heritage Places of Geelong ** (RRP $10)


Just visit our pop-up book shop at the National Wool Museum and browse what we have for sale and you will receive a FREE show bag ** of published works that includes:

  • A Brief History of the Shire of Corio
  • The Aireys Inlet Bark Hut Barwon River Buckley Falls to the Aqueduct Brochure
  • City of Geelong: Heritage Trail
  • Osborne House 1858-2008
  • Silts in the Sight Glass – SS Launceston
  • The Story of Fibres

Valued at $25.00

** NOTE: promo giveaways while stocks last.

Geelong Historical Society and other publications will also be on sale at RRP

Libraries, Societies and professional purchasers – IF REQUIRED, please request a hand-written itemised receipt.

Geelong & South Western Rail Heritage Society

Biregurra Railway StationI do love it when groups in our region progress to having a real web and blog site.  We have an addition to this category in the last month.

Obviously they still want to add more to their site but they are well and truly up and running and it’s worth checking them out.  The Geelong Rail Heritage Society web site includes an amazing range of up-coming tours and events.  They also have a great range of books / publications.

Congratulations and keep up the good work.

When and where was this photo taken?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Bellarine Historical Society presents Our Boys at War – a tribute to the local lads and indeed all soldiers that served in the First World War.

The Society has prepared a display in the Old Court House Museum to remember the centenary of the battle for Gallipoli.  Working in conjunction with the Drysdale RSL, the Historical Society is creating a ‘walk into the trenches’ display with memorabilia, photos, written articles and an audio/visual display pertaining to WWI.  [This photo was taken in the entrance to the Old Court House Museum in the last few days.]

Following a very moving RSL ANZAC Day remembrance service at the Cenotaph in Drysdale, a very special memento of Gallipoli will be moved into the Museum next door and the display will then be open to the public.  We hope that the whole community will take the opportunity to visit and remember those sacrifices so long ago.

The Museum will be open for this special display from 10:00am – 4:00pm both Saturday 25th April and Sunday 26th April, then the following 1st Sunday of the month in May, June and July between 1:30 – 4.:30.  We would also welcome contact by any schools or groups that would prefer a private visit during weekdays.

BendigoBankThe Bellarine Historical Society and the Drysdale RSL acknowledge the sponsorship and support of the Bendigo Community Bank for this project.

Further information can be obtained by phone Bob (0425 844 429) or Lynette (0417 133 177).

Worth entering

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Please follow this link to get a chance to win some great prizes – as well as increasing my chance to win!  It costs nothing and there are no strings attached.

Ends 6 December 2014.


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