Winchelsea Wonders give us Barrabool!

The Barrabool Inn, Ceres [Wynd collection]So just who are the Winchelsea Wonders?  A pair of wonderful ladies who are constantly doing indexing projects for the Geelong & District database.  Joan and Di are from the Winchelsea & District Historical Society.

Their most recent project has been the Shire of Barrabool rate books 1869-1901.  They have indexed every five years but have access to the interim years if you are “missing” your ancestor in that period.  The indexed rate books include 5,204 entries.

The Barrabool Inn at Ceres [photo above] can be found in the index in 1869 under the ownership and occupation of James Parsons.  He “inherited” this imposing establishment by marriage.  The former owner, George Cartwright from Yorkshire, died in 1868.  His widow, Eliza, carried on the business until she married James Parson in 1869 when the licence was transferred to him.

The Shire of Barrabool rate books are grouped into three ridings: Ceres, Moriac and Coast.  The parishes in the Shire are:

  • Barrabool
  • Gnarwarre
  • Modewarre
  • Duneed
  • Puebla
  • Paraparap
  • Jan Juc

Thank you from all of us to our Winchelsea Wonders!  Think of them while you search the Geelong & District database for your ancestors.

Vision and Realisation – Index to Volume 2

Most Victorian researchers will be familiar with the 3-volume set of Vision and Realisation - it’s a wonderful resource for anyone researching schools in Victoria.  They were compiled by regional teachers and historians to commemorate the centenary of the Education Department of Victoria in 1973.  They provide a short history of every school that was a part of the Victorian Education system – some quite brief and others more comprehensive.

Volume 1 is extensively indexed.  Volumes 2 & 3 are indexed by school name only.

Some years ago the Geelong Family History Group indexed Volume 2 which included the Barwon Region [Geelong and surrounding area] together with virtually all of western Victoria.  This index included all people mentioned – a large number of these were teachers.  The GFHG Index has now been added to the Geelong & District database for searching and includes 12,040 entries.  NOTE: the school names have not been re-indexed as ALL schools are included in the original volumes - should you wish to research a school you need to access the Vision and Realisation volumes which are available at many societies and libraries throughout Victoria.

Volume 2 covers:

  • Glenelg Region
  • Wimmera Region, including the sub-regions of Stawell; Dimboola, Losan and Kaniva; Donald, Dunmunkle and Warracknabeal; Horsham and Arapiles
  • Mallee Region
  • Loddon Region
  • Central Highlands Region
  • Corangamite Region
  • Barwon Region

For general information …

Volume 1 covers:

  • Origins and foundations
  • The Common Schools period
  • Free, Compulsory and Secular
  • The Primary Division
  • The Secondary Division
  • The Technical Division
  • The Education and Supply of Teachers
  • Special Services
  • A Complex of Organisations
  • The Teacher and the Community
  • Current Trends
  • Educational Personnel

Volume 3 covers:

  • Port Phillip Western Region
  • Port Phillip Eastern Region
  • Upper Goulburn Region
  • Goulburn Region
  • Upper Murray Region
  • East Gippsland Region
  • West Gippsland Region

Many thanks to the Geelong Family History Group for this wonderful resource

Geelong Infirmary and Benevolent Asylum: Annual Reports

The Annual Reports of the Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum are being indexed by volunteers for the Geelong region.  The report for 1877 has just been added to the Geelong & District Database.  This makes a total of 28 Annual Reports indexed to-date.

Full digital copies of the reports from 1852-1922 are all available for download from the Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum web site.  You can also see which have been indexed – or even better you can volunteer to assist with the indexing!

The Annual Reports do NOT include lists of patients, however they include information about the staff and progress of the hospital and for family historians they include comprehensive lists of subscribers.  The subscription lists expand over the years to include employees of companies and inhabitants of small towns / communities making donations to the organisation and thus entitling the subscribers to medical services – similar to Medicare today.

A timeline history of this institution can be found on the Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum web site and a link is provided to two other important sites when searching for your ancestors:

The Annual Reports were digitised and provided to our Geelong & District web site by Geelong Hospital librarian Stephen Due who was also responsible for creating the wonderful Australian Medical Pioneers Index.

From Native Creek to Teesdale 1837-1900

The index of this new book has been added to the Geelong & District Database.

From Native Creek to Teesdale 1837-1900 was written and published by Dianne Hughes.  The index contains 2,360 entries of people, places, organisations and subjects relating to the the town of Teesdale, formerly known as Native Creek.

The book was launched on 2nd April 2011 – copies are available from the Geelong Family History Group.

Year of Hope: 1857 in the Colac district

New book index added to Geelong & District Database.

Year of Hope: 1857 in the Colac district written by Dawn Peel.  The index added to the database includes 1300 Colac residents of 1857 from the appendices in this book.

From the back cover: The Colony of Victoria. January 1857 …

It’s just two years since the Eureka Rebellion. Former miners and ex-convicts are joining with new immigrants to challenge the 20-year domination by squatters in the developing Western District of Victoria. Traditional Aboriginal life has been irreversibly changed.

These are the forces at play in the young township of Colac at the start of 1857. Professional historian Dawn Peel takes us through the following twelve months with a factual and fascinating account of power, religion, class and race in both this local area and the fledgling Victorian colony during its first full year of responsible government.

Key personalities and the social life of a colonial township are also illustrated as Year of Hope creates a detailed vignette of this pivotal year.

Dr Peel has uncovered a wealth of primary sources and other data during her extensive research for this academic and readable study of a key settlement at a vital moment in history.

The book is available from the author – email to check price and availability.

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