Original Sands & McDougall’s Directories

The time has come, the walrus said … to make some room in my place.  Consequently I’ve made the huge decision to move on some of my research library starting with my collection of hardback Sands & McDougall’s Victorian Directories.  Needless to say they take up a lot of space!

I can’t find any of these digitised – and we all know that the 20th Century is often the hardest for us to research so these are ideal.

You’ll find them on Gumtree – just search for:

Keyword: Directory

Location: Ocean Grove

Any purchasers can collect them from Ocean Grove but they can also be posted – details provided on request.  Three were posted in one box up to Melbourne recently so anything is possible.

Another option – if you finalise arrangements in time, they could be collected from the Geelong & District stand at the 2015 VAFHO Expo in Seymour on 17th October, 2015.  Obviously that would save all postage costs.


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.

More cemeteries online

Colonel Robert Wallace HeadstoneExciting news for everyone!  The Geelong Cemeteries Trust has been hard at work – two new HUGE cemeteries added to their online database. You can now search and locate graves online for the Colac Cemetery and the Queenscliffe Cemetery. Cemeteries managed by the Geelong Cemeteries Trust that are still to be added to the database – some of these may take a while as I’m not sure about the existence of the Burial Registers:

  • Beeac Cemetery
  • Mount Moriac Cemetery
  • Warncoort Cemetery
  • Whoorel Cemetery

The first three of these can be found on Ian Marr’s Cemeteries of South Western Victoria web site – based on headstone information.

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.

More than I expected to find

Fyansford Paper MillsOne of the followers of this blog asked a simple question.  My initial reaction was … yet another person asking for help.  Depending on what resources I have open at that instant often governs my reply and depth of involvement.  I don’t normally give a flat “no” but further requests often end up with my “standard” reply – if I helped everyone who asks for help I’d never get any records added to the Geelong and District Database and I certainly wouldn’t have more than 1.6 million records there.

Because I was in the middle of doing similar searches for my own projects I threw this one into the mix and was about to say “enough” when I threw some keywords into Trove and the Geelong Advertiser.

What I found explains why I’ve included the photo of the Paper Mills at Fyansford!

Along with thousands of other people, Ada GOULD was included in a list of unclaimed money – discovered by the blog follower.  Ada had a Geelong address and the reader was hoping we could help find Ada.  It didn’t take long to confirm that Ada GOULD nee BAILEY was deceased, as was her husband.  It also appeared that they had no children so Ada’s siblings would be the nearest relatives.  Most of Ada’s siblings were born in Skipton, Victoria.  The task of tracking each sibling was above and beyond … I had other projects on which I had to focus but a quick look at the Geelong Advertiser completely threw me.

Ada BAILEY took on a whole new meaning – now it’s time to call in reinforcements – can any of you help with tracking down Ada’s living kin?

The story so far:

Please let me know if you find anything to add to this family and perhaps find Ada’s next-of-kin.

Geelong Advertiser – get involved in the Poll

Man's best friendWe’re looking for ideas and trying to get a feel for the amount of interest out there – have a look at the summary of our past blogs on the ditigising of the Geelong Advertiser and participate in the online Poll we’ve set up.

Spread the word and the link to this important blog where you can participate in the Poll.

Geelong Advertiser – even more!

CelebrateHave you caught up with what Father Christmas has been up to with the Geelong Advertiser?  If you’ve registered with TROVE / NLA to be notified via email then you’ll know what I’m talking about but you probably don’t know who was hiding in the Santa suit!

You might remember how much we celebrated with the Geelong Advertiser online editions taking us all the way up to the end of World War One.  But have you noticed the change to the dates?

Those dates might continue on from the previous group but the source of funding has changed.  Unfortunately this is not [yet] reflected online and this omission needs to be rectified.

The Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library / Deakin University Library provided funds to take the digital collection of the Geelong Advertiser from 1919 to 1924.

Thank YouOn behalf of all researchers in our region [in fact most of Western Victoria covered by the Geelong Advertiser] we say a huge Thank You.

We have a few ideas for extending that funding and therefore the years covered but this blog should stand on its own as a sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU.

See further updates and Poll.

Is your ancestor in this list?

James DEW c.1912

The Geelong Football Club needs your help … I’m sure there are many people who don’t realise that their ancestor or relative played for the Geelong Football Club but you could just be the person that the club wants to contact.  We found this photo of James DEW who was President of the Shire of Bellarine.  Unfortunately it’s many years after he played for Geelong [in 1880] and the club would prefer a photo of DEW when he looked about 30 years younger! :-)  If they can’t find photos of players in GFC uniforms, they will Photoshop appropriate photos into the GFC uniform for the relevant year – I think the Shire President would look a tad old in club colours if this photo was used!

From the GFC web site:

The Geelong Cats are nearing the end of an enormous project.

We have spent the last several years, gathering images of every player who has played with Geelong, since 1877… whether he played 1 game or 300 games.

As of today we have gathered around 1117 images, and we are now only looking for 206 to complete this exciting work.

We don’t expect to get an image of the player in a Geelong jumper. The best style of image is a football team photo, where he is looking straight into the camera. wedding images are also good as they usually show this “face on” style of image. of course, any images will be helpful!

We are looking to complete this work before the end of the year and so, we need these images before 20th December 2014.

If you think you may have a photo of any of the past players listed, please contact:
Mr. Bob Gartland,
Vice President
Chair, Honouring the Past Geelong Football Club
Mobile: 0418 522 526
Email: bob@gartland.com.au

Please have a really good look at the list of names and see if you can identify anyone.  If you have a photo you may be able to help the club with this project.

Player Year(s) played
ALLEN, Jim 1935
ANDERSON, Ernest 1898
ANDERSON, L Bruce 1919
ARBREW, Jack 1909
ARMSTRONG, Ossy 1915
BAKER, Jack R 1901-02
BAMFORD, Ray 1944
BARCLAY, Lionel 1944-45
BAXTER, 1891
BEACH, Henry 1883
BINDER, Robert 1890
BLENCOWE, Jack 1914
BLUNT, Fred 1887
BOOTH, Bob 1876-79
BOOTH, W 1878
BOURCHIER, Bert 1908
BOYD, James 1880; 1882-83
BOYD, R 1888
BROSNAN, George 1891
BROWN, Bill 1905
BURKE, 1889
CALDER, Thomas 1886-87
CALDWELL, Harry 1880
CHEESEMAN, Henry 1904
CHISHOLM, Les 1908-09
CLARKE, Angus 1881-82
COLLOCOTT, Harold 1900
CONLON, B? 1886
CONRADI, Harold 1914
COOK, 1885
COOKE, Walter 1898
COOPER, George 1890
CROHAN, Frank 1875-77
CRONIN, Fred 1902-03
CROSSLEY, Len 1888
DAVIE, Jack 1902
DAVISON, Norman 1906
DAY, Alf 1907
DE GRUCHY, Bill 1900
DEW, James 1880
DOBBYN, W H 1880
DOOLEY, 1887; 1890
DORE, Jack 1898
DUPE, Alf 1906-07
EDDY, Barry 1974-75
EDOLS, John 1882
ENFIELD, Stan 1897
EVERETT, Ern P 1918
FANNING, James 1890
FEDER, Ted 1921
FISCHER, Henry 1906
FOWLER, 1895-96
GALLAGHER, Billy 1906
GATEHOUSE, James 1900
GAUDION, Jack 1936
GIBNEY, James 1890
GLENN, Tom 1891
GLOVER, Bert 1910
GORMAN, Christy 1910
GRAHAM, Dick 1894; 1896
GRIGG, Norm 1911
HALL, G 1885
HARPER, Jim 1906
HARRIP, Ray 1957
HARRIS, George 1923
HARRISON, Vic 1935
HARTLEY, 1886; 1890
HAYNES, Ray 1971
HEARD, Harry 1941
HIGGINS, Charles 1891; 1893-94
HODGINS, Frank 1915; 1917-18
HOGAN, J 1878-79
HOLDEN, Frank 1935-36
HOLLIGAN, Joe 1913
HOOPER, Walter 1888-89
HORMAN, George 1904
HOUGHTON, Fred 1894
HURLEY, John 1902
JAMES, Bill T 1957
JAMES, Jack 1893
JOHNS, W 1880
JONES, Bill D 1915
JONES, G 1878
JONES, Percy 1929
KEARNEY, Con 1885
KELLY, Joe J 1905
KEON, Johnny 1908
KERLEY, Michael 1885
KING, Alec 1898
KINSELLA, Edward 1883
KIRK, Rupert 1876; 1879-80; 1882
LAIRD, John 1957
LAWLER, Jack 1887
LEE, Jack 1903
LEGGETT, George 1906
LINEEN, Jock A 1921
LORD, Don 1901
LUKE, Arthur 1948
LYONS, Jack R 1934
MACKAY, 1893
MARSHALL, Nick 1907-08
MARTIN, Tom 1911
MATTHEWS, Charlie 1885-86; 1888
McCOY, D 1885
McGORLICK, Norm 1908
McINNES, John 1905
McKAY, Bill 1897
McKAY, Hugh 1907-08
McKEEGAN, Tim 1901-02
McKENZIE, John G 1906
McKENZIE, Sam 1896
McMURRICH, Peter 1896
McMURRICH, Peter 1904
McNEILAGE, Jim 1907
McPHERSON, Jack 1895-96
MESLEY, Arthur 1903
MILLAR, Alf 1905
MILLER, Keith A 1941
MITCHELL, George 1891-92
MOIR, 1890
MOLAN, Henry 1904
MOODIE, Bill 1901
MOORE, John 1883
MULLER, Nick 1936; 1940
MULLIGAN, Frank 1880-81
MULROYAN, Cyril 1926-29
MUNDAY, Bill 1902
MURPHY, Johnny 1905-06
NICHOLLS, Fred 1895
NUTTALL, Chris 1894
O’DONNELL, Pat 1899
O’HALLORAN, Ian 1957
O’LOUGHLIN, Jack 1898; 1901
OLIVER, William 1876; 1878
ORGAN, Geoff 1939
PALMER, George 1901
PARK, Keith 1945-46
PAYNE, Valentine 1878
PENDER, Laurie 1912
PETERSON, Tommy 1918
PITMAN, Herb 1902
PLUNKETT, Jack 1928-30
PREEN, John 1974-77
PRIDDLE, Frank 1894
REED, Doy 1919
REID, Alan L 1951
REID, Alec 1885
REID, Peter 1883
REID, Walter 1884-85
RICKETTS, George 1910
RITCHIE, Charles 1883
RITCHIE, Robert 1908
ROBERTS, Jimmy 1904
ROBERTSON, Bill 1898
ROCK, William 1884-85
RYAN, Con 1907-08
RYAN, Pat 1885-86; 1888
RYMER, Vern 1895
SANDFORD, George 1893; 1895
SAXBEE, George 1901
SCOTT, David 1975
SCRIVENGER, Alfred 1886; 1888
SHARKEY, Jack 1897
SHERIDAN, Jack 1918
SHERRY, Tom 1907
SIMSON, Andrew 1883-84
SMITH, Sid N 1911
SPARROW, Wheeler 1873-79; 1881
SPEED, M 1879
STANLAKE, Robert 1900
STEVEN, Robert 1977
STEWART, Walter 1905
STOKES, Dick 1915; 1917
STONEMAN, H 1885-86
STUBBS, Edgar 1906
SUTTERBY, Reg 1919
SYKES, S 1888
SYNNOT, George 1867-77
TANSING, George 1908
TAYLOR, Al 1890
TAYLOR, Bill M 1926
TAYLOR, George 1896
THOMAS, 1891
THOMPSON, Jamie 1915
THOMPSON, Paddy 1892
TUOHEY, 1879
TUOHILL, Jack 1944
TURLEY, Patrick 1887
ULBRICK, Fred 1881
UPTON, Ralph 1907
WATT, Ernie 1875-77
WAYTH, Stan 1903
WIGHTON, Jack 1906
WILLIAMS, Herb 1905
WILSON, George 1887; 1889
WOODS, Bill 1909
WOOLLARD, Thomas 1877

Chooks or students?

ChickensThe Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum Annual Reports never cease to amaze me – this time for two reasons.

  1. The number of “employees” listed by company / employer.  Even if the company or employer kept an archive of their records, they wouldn’t be easy to track down, but because the company or employer and their employees contributed to the Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum Fund, they were listed in the Annual Reports.  We’re talking about ordinary people – probably our ancestors!  It’s definitely worth checking the Geelong and District database after each major update.
  2. The reason for choosing this photo!  Apart from collection boxes and other donations, the Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum Annual Reports list “Gifts in Kind” – the donors and generally the item(s) donated.  A popular contribution in the 1918-1919 Annual Report was EGGS!  It appeared that local schools raised chooks and contributed the eggs to the Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum.  And what an amazing job they did!  I hope they got plenty of school work done as well and didn’t devote their entire time collecting eggs and looking after the chooks. :-)  This lengthy list is about 3,286 dozen eggs being contributed.  And the top 5 schools? …
  • Ashby State School – 220 dozen
  • Winchelsea State School – 213.10 dozen
  • Modewarre State School – 160 dozen
  • Flinders School – 157.4 dozen
  • Ocean Grove State School – 141 dozen

We now have 1,623,428 records in the Geelong and District database.  This is what’s been added since the last major update on 1st October 2014:

  • Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum: Annual Report 1918 – 2,524 entries
  • Geelong and District: PROV Wills and Probates 1841-2009 – 35,820 entries
  • Old Ocean Grove land titles: sellers and purchasers – 2,336 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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