Country people added to database

Geelong Infirmary Qualifying Lists for 1870The Annual Reports of the Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum are an amazing source for locating those ordinary ancestors.  Each report includes an extensive list of subscribers [an early version of Medicare for the use of the Infirmary].  They are particularly useful for country areas although there are many employees grouped by employer in Geelong.  Larger property owners in the Western Districts ensured their workers were covered for admission to the Geelong Infirmary.  They won’t always list every worker but they are certainly a good starting point.

The Larra Run, also known as Geelengla Run was held by John Lang CURRIE and Tom ANDERSON from August 1844 to March 1848, then solely by CURRIE until June 1867.  Larra was a 32,000 acre run near Camperdown on which CURRIE developed his award-winning and world-renowned Merino flock.

His workers qualifying for the Infirmary List included:

John WAUGH, George GOADES, D McRAE, J SULLIVAN, William WILLIAMS, H W DUCK, James McDUFF, John PARINGTON, D GLYNN, Cossland SKEIN, R BROWN, E REEVE, William CONNOR, John PIERCE, E RUSSELL, William ANDERSON, Benjamin TAYLOR, Alexander McCALLUM, Joseph GORRY, Robert MARSHALL and two Sheepwashers, Charles JOHNSON, and 5 others.

If any of these was an ancestor I’m sure you’d be delighted to confirm where they worked at the time.  A word of warning – as it appears many of these names were transcribed from hand-written lists, you will need to be creative with the spelling!  However, once you’ve found a person of interest, it’s a simple matter of searching reports in earlier and later years to narrow down the years they may have worked on that property or for that employer.  You may not find any mention of these people in other records so these reports and lists are a real bonus.

We now have 1,490,591 records in the Geelong and District database.  This is what’s been added since the last major update on 26 January 2014:

  • Geelong District: Nurses from the Victoria Government Gazette 1934 - 27 entries
  • Geelong District: Surnames of Interest - 10 entries
  • Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum: Annual Report 1869 & 1895 - 4,262 entries
  • Ships and Shipwrecks at Portarlington by Jack Loney [Book] – 82 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!

Australia Day additions to database

Citizens Bar Committee 1858-1861This update includes a mixture of items – some adding to existing ones and others new.  Because this lot includes both Assisted and Unassisted Immigrants to Geelong [actually Point Henry] it seemed appropriate to include this photo of the Geelong Citizens’ Bar Committee 1858-1861 - the group representing the citizens of Geelong to arrange the removal of the sandbar across the entrance to Corio Bay.  This sandbar stopped ships carrying immigrants from overseas from sailing into Corio Bay and the wharves of Geelong.  The end result was these ships dropping anchor east of Point Henry leaving the immigrants a long journey into Geelong.

Some members of the Bar Committee were William G McKELLAR, chairman; Frederick CHAMPION, vice-chairman; and Walter M HITCHCOCK, secretary]; Peter HUDDART; James Clark WALLACE; John MATTHEWS; George A STEPHEN; John NOBLE; and Captain F TROUTON.

We now have 1,486,217 records in the Geelong and District database.  This is what’s been added since the last major update on 30 December 2013:

  • Geelong District: Assisted Immigrants – limited PROV index - 244 entries
  • Geelong District: Unassisted Immigrants – limited PROV index – 3,611 entries
  • Geelong District: Nurses from the Victoria Government Gazette 1931-1933 - 322 entries
  • Geelong District: Surnames of Interest – 18 entries
  • Geelong District: Honour Boards - 1,404 entries
  • Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum: Annual Report 1868 – 1,814 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!

MAJOR additions to database

The GRANT girlsFinally I found the “missing” register of midwives for 1921 – this completes the set of Midwife Registers from 1916 to 1956 from the Victoria Government Gazette.  In the process of indexing it I spotted a familiar name – Lily GRANT, the great aunt of my former partner.  I couldn’t resist including this photo – one of my favourites – it’s Lily with her four sisters. It was taken in 1916 on her younger sister Janet’s wedding day [L-R: Dora, Ethline, Lily, Janet and Mary].  The wedding took place at their home ‘Chesterfield’ at 221 Noble Street, Newtown.  It was five years later, 1921, when Lily was registered as a midwife.  She went on to become a Registered Nurse and eventually ran her own private hospital in Blackburn.

With the Midwives completed, indexing is now progressing on the first six registers for Nurses have now been added to the database – these also continue through to 1956 in the Government Gazette.  These are not all “local” girls as the registers include girls from Melbourne and all over Victoria who did their Nurse Training at Geelong Hospital or Colac Hospital.

But the really BIG addition comes from the PROV Assisted Immigrants to Victoria index.  Over the years we have identified the ships that brought Assisted Immigrants to Geelong, or more specifically Point Henry.  We have extracted all passengers and list references for these ships.  If they landed here, even if they moved on to other areas, they spent at least SOME time in our region.  Many people don’t realise the importance of some of these “duplicate” passenger lists – some identify passengers who were eventually moved from the ship at Point Henry to the Immigration Depot in Geelong.

Although many of these entries are available through PROV, Ancestry, Findmypast etc. this database gives you different options for searching that might help find that elusive ancestor.  Make sure you read the Search Tips to understand the string, wildcard and group search options.

As an example, search for:

INDEX ENTRY     bridg

TITLE                      immig

and you will find lots of entries for Bridget etc. but not just from this new Assisted Immigrants index – you will also find local entries from Assisted Immigrants Remittances; Orphan Immigrants; Immigration Depot Funerals; and Immigration Depot Returns.  Leave out the title to find other local entries from almost 140 indexes in the database.

We now have 1,478,815 records in the Geelong and District database.  I thought 1.5 million entries by the end of 2014 would be a challenge but hopefully an achievable target.  So much for that theory!  We have no excuse for not achieving that target now!  After I’ve taken a breath I need to start working on the Unassisted Immigrants who landed at Point Henry / Geelong.  This is what’s been added since the last major update on 27 December 2013:

  • Geelong District: Assisted Immigrants – limited PROV index – 39,202 entries
  • Geelong District: Midwives from the Victoria Government Gazette 1921 - 36 entries
  • Geelong District: Nurses from the Victoria Government Gazette 1925-1930 - 355 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

Geelong Infirmary and Benevolent Asylum in1866Geelong Hospital again features in the latest additions to the Geelong and District database with another index of an Annual Report – this time for 1910.  I’d forgotten how much useful information was printed in these Annual Reports.  They don’t include name of patients or inmates but the really useful section covers subscriptions.  These were akin to our present day Medicare – public health!  There are pages of names, usually grouped under employers, of employees who were covered by these contributions which entitled them to Subscription Tickets or Inpatients Tickets for medical care.

These lists are quite extensive and provide data not normally available from other sources.  In addition to the many names listed and indexed, many are just initials.  If you suspect your ancestor worked at a particular trade or on a particular property in the country in Geelong & District, have a look at the actual report as they may be listed by initials only.  Could they be B.P., or J.K. who were butchers at the Geelong Freezing Works?  Or perhaps A.G.P. or T.L.W. who worked for Hawkes Brothers?

Numerous other indexes from the Geelong Family History Group collection and our volunteers are also included.

We now have 1,439,222 records in the Geelong and District database.  This is what’s been added since the last major update on 21 December:

  • Geelong: Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum Annual Report 1910 – 2,776 entries
  • Geelong: Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum Annual Report 1920 – 2,122 entries
  • Geelong: Geelong Advertiser – Trades and Businesses 1840-1851 - 1,767 entries
  • Geelong District: Names from the Geelong Times – 814 entries
  • Geelong District: Geelong Times – Admissions to Geelong Hospital 1874 – 152 entries
  • Geelong District: Geelong Court of Insolvency c1854-1933 [VPRS 815] – 83 entries
  • Geelong District: select land files from various VPRS at PROV – 33 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

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!

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