Latest additions to database

Queenscliff and Point NepeanMost people would question why Portsea, Sorrento and parts of the Mornington Peninsula are included in “Geelong and District” and more particularly the Geelong & District Database.

Perhaps we should look closer at the newspaper the Queenscliff Sentinel – which at various times during the 20th Century was known as … the Queenscliff sentinel, Drysdale, Portarlington & Sorrento advertiser and also the Queenscliff sentinel, Drysdale, St Leonards, Sorrento, Portsea, Portarlington, Point Lonsdale and Bellarine Shire advertiser!

There are already plenty of names in the Geelong & District Database from Portsea, Sorrento and Rye – from early church registers of Queenscliff – right through into the 21st century!  Doctors, pilots, customs officers, military and many others crossed the short distance from Queenscliff to the lower Mornington Peninsula to service the needs of the people living there from choice or at the Quarantine facilities.

Have you thought about how you can help us reach our 2014 target of 1,500,000 entries in the Geelong & District Database?

These are the book indexes that have been added this time around.  We now have 1,429,520 records in the Geelong and District database.  This is what’s been added since the last major update on 15 December:

  • The Peninsula Story Book 1: Sorrento and Portsea – yesterday – Book – 543 entries
  • The Peninsula Story Book 2: Hell to Health – the history of Quarantine at Port Phillip Heads 1852-1966 – Book – 373 entries
  • A Pictorial History of Linton 1839-1989 – Book – 1,039 entries

Details on these indexes can be found in the Geelong & District List of Books.

And don’t forget to search again for your ancestors in the Geelong & District Database – they could have been in the last load of additions!

Latest additions to Geelong and district database

Berry Bank HomesteadMack’s Hotel and Berry Bank Homestead are two names closely associated with Joseph Gardner MACK – a very early settler in Geelong.  Chain of Ponds gives a wonderful insight into this early pioneer and his family – well worth indexing.

Another gem is the huge index to A Whirr of Many Wheels – many thanks to Rod Charles for providing this index from his award winning book.

These are the book indexes that have been added this time around.  We now have 1,429,520 records in the Geelong and District database.  This is what’s been added since the last major update on 8 December:

  • Chain of Ponds: a narrative of a Victorian Pioneer – Book – 975 entries
  • The Todd Journal – Book – 341 entries
  • A Whirr of Many Wheels: cycling in Geelong, Volume 1, 1869 to 1914 – Book – 1,767 entries

Details on these indexes can be found in the Geelong & District List of Books.

And don’t forget to search again for your ancestors in the Geelong & District Database – they could have been in the last load of additions!

Latest additions and new target

2014 TargetIt’s almost the end of 2013 and time to set a new target for the number of entries in the Geelong and District database1.5 Million sounds like a nice round number – can we achieve that by December 2014?

Half a dozen new book indexes have been added this time around.  We now have 1,426,437 records in the Geelong and District database.  This is what’s been added since the last major update on 8 December:

  • We the Otway Pioneers – Book – 39 entries
  • Pitfield and Bulldog, Western Creek – Vol 1 in the Woady Yaloak Historical Society series by J G Roberts – Book – 334 entries
  • Smythe’s Creek and Smythesdale – Vol 2 in the Woady Yaloak Historical Society series by J G Roberts – Book – 619 entries
  • Piggoreet Devils Kitchen and Melville’s Cave – Vol 3 in the Woady Yaloak Historical Society series by J G Roberts – Book – 362 entries
  • Brown’s Diggings – Vol 4 in the Woady Yaloak Historical Society series by J G Roberts – Book – 725 entries
  • Happy Valley – Vol 5 in the Woady Yaloak Historical Society series by J G Roberts – Book – 412 entries

Details on these indexes can be found in the Geelong & District List of Books.

And don’t forget to search again for your ancestors in the Geelong & District Database – they could have been in the last load of additions!

Latest additions to database

Break O'Day, later CorindhapBreak O’Day, later called Corindhap, featured in Shot for Gold: the murder of Thomas Ulick Burke on the Woady Yaloak Goldfield – a fascinating reconstruction from many original records of this murder which resulted in two executions.  Details are now part of the Geelong & District Database.

Recent additions to the database include a number of local history books.

We now have 1,423,946 records in the Geelong and District database.  This is what’s been added since the last major update on 24 November:

  • The Life of our Years: a pictorial chronology of Geelong – Book – 1,534 entries
  • Vision Splendid: Geelong – Book – 91 entries
  • Shot for Gold: the murder of Thomas Ulick Burke on the Woady Yaloak Goldfields – Book – 423 entries
  • The Sisters of Mercy, Queenscliff 1916-1992 – Book – 151 entries
  • The Life & Times of Jack Borbidge – Book – 324 entries
  • Shipwrecks at Barwon Heads 1853-1940 and The Historic Barwon – Book – 421 entries
  • Shire of Bannockburn: from pioneers to presidents – Book – 871 entries
  • Geelong District: Midwives from the Victoria Government Gazette 1941, 1954 – 84 entries ***

*** This completes the series of Registers of Midwives however we are missing one year where we can’t find the Register for 31 December 1921 which would normally have appeared in the first half of 1922.  If anyone locates this register, please get in touch.  We’re now starting on the Registers of Nurses from the Geelong District.

Details on these indexes can be found in the Geelong & District Potpourri pages and the Geelong & District List of Books.

And don’t forget to search again for your ancestors in the Geelong & District Database – they could have been in the last load of additions!

Latest additions to database

Geelong Hospital c1915Geelong Hospital features in the latest additions to the Geelong and District database with the index of the book Visions & Realities: a history of the Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum by Dr W R (Roy) Lang.

It also includes the final part of the index to Pioneering Days: a woman’s life compiled by the Colac & District Family History Group.  The complete index for this book contains 6,809 entries and provides a wonderful ‘local directory’ for people in the region.  Where the same people appear multiple times, by referring to the entry in the book you will find the relevant years for each reference – a terrific resource.  The book can be purchased from the Colac & District Family History Group.

We now have 1,420,041 records in the Geelong and District database.  This is what’s been added since the last major update on 10 November:

  • Visions & Realities: a history of the Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum – Book – 575 entries
  • Pioneering Days: a woman’s life – Book – 2,683 entries
  • The Lockies of Gheringhap – Book – 391 entries
  • Ss Peter and Paul’s, Ashby 1866-1966 – Book – 292 entries
  • Geelong District entries from Index: Mail Contractors of Victoria 1838 to 1901 – 305 entries
  • Geelong District entries from Index Victoria’s Postmasters and Postmistresses 1837 to 1901 – 835 entries

Details on these indexes can be found in the Geelong & District Potpourri pages and the Geelong & District List of Books.

And don’t forget to search again for your ancestors in the Geelong & District Database – they could have been in the last load of additions!

Latest additions to database

InvestigatorThe latest additions to the Geelong and District database and web site include the index to the Investigator journals for the years 2010-2012.

It also includes the index to the next part to the book – Pioneering Days: a woman’s life compiled by the Colac & District Family History Group.  The group spent almost 10 years compiling the data and so far, after indexing 150 pages, you can understand why the index is so important – there are already more than 4,100 entries!  The book can be purchased from the Colac & District Family History Group.

We now have 1,414,960 records in the Geelong and District database.

This is what’s been added since the last major update on 26 October:

  • Investigator, journal of the Geelong Historical Society: volumes 45, 46 & 47 for 2010-2012 – 2,049 entries
  • Pioneering Days: a woman’s life – Book – 2,136 entries
  • Geelong District: Surnames of Interest – 16 entries

Details on these indexes can be found in the Geelong & District Potpourri pages.

And don’t forget to search again for your ancestors in the Geelong & District Database – they could have been in the last load of additions!

Latest additions to database

Pioneering Days: a woman's lifeThe latest additions to the Geelong and District database and web site include the first part of the index to a new book – Pioneering Days: a woman’s life compiled by the Colac & District Family History Group.  The group has spent almost 10 years compiling the data and it definitely warrants a full index.  Apart from the terrific content, so many of the entries include funeral details from local newspapers which has resulted in a huge number of people mentioned throughout the book.  It would be impossible to include all of these in the printed index, therefore it warranted a full computerised index.

Only 71 pages have been indexed so far but that has resulted in almost 2,000 entries.  Multiple entries for people will let you check the book for the date of the funeral(s) and therefore act as a local directory for these people.  The book can be purchased from the Colac & District Family History Group.

We also have more additions to the Geelong & District Midwives collection from the Victoria Government Gazette – it still amazes me how popular this series is!

We now have 1,400,503 records in the Geelong and District database.

This is what’s been added since the last major update on 7 May:

  • Pioneering Days: a woman’s life – Book – 1,990 entries
  • Geelong District: Midwives from the Victoria Government Gazette 1933-34, 1936-39 – 487 entries

Details on these indexes can be found in the Geelong & District Potpourri pages.

And don’t forget to search again for your ancestors in the Geelong & District Database – they could have been in the last load of additions!

Latest additions to database

Augustus BOSTOCKThe latest additions to the Geelong and District database and web site include a very special file donated by Thelma Birrell.  It is from the diaries of Augusta BOSTOCK [1833-1920].  The diaries have not yet been indexed in the Geelong and District database but are fully text searchable as a .pdf file.

We now have 1,398,026 records in the Geelong and District database.

This is what’s been added since the last major update on 27 January:

  • Geelong District: Names mentioned in the Geelong Advertiser 1865 – 40 entries
  • Colac District: Names mentioned in the Colac Herald 1887 & 1901 – 76 entries
  • Birregurra District: Names mentioned – various sources 1867 & 1897 – 88 entries
  • Geelong District: Entries from the Investigator journal – 78,182 entries
  • Geelong District: Midwives from the Victoria Government Gazette 1918-19, 1921, 1923, 1926-30, 1932 – 588 entries
  • Geelong District: Surnames of Interest – 24 entries

Details on these indexes can be found in the Geelong & District Potpourri pages.

And don’t forget to search again for your ancestors in the Geelong & District Database – they could have been in the last load of additions!

Sparrovale or Sparrowvale Farm?

I can’t believe that it’s more than two years since I was asked a simple question – is it Sparrovale or Sparrowvale Farm?  The sign on the gate is Sparrovale – the sign on the road is Sparrowvale.  It would have been simple to accept the spelling on the entrance gate but then I would have missed the amazing detail found over more than two years of research.

Sparrovale Irrigation Farm began in 1906 at Marshall near Geelong – relatively modern history – but such an important part of our local history.

I hope you enjoy the journey of discovery that definitely proved that the correct spelling is Sparrovale Farm, despite it being named after Edward Rogers “Ned” SPARROW.

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