Superfluous hair removal added to Geelong and District DB

Madame FROKJARSometimes things stop you in your tracks and this was one entry in the Geelong & District database that did just that!  There I was quietly indexing the four issues of Investigator from 2013 [the journal of the Geelong Historical Society].

One of my favourite regular articles in Investigator is the Chronology from the Geelong Advertiser 100 years earlier.

The entry from Saturday 31 May 1913 …

Madame Frokjar, expert in the destruction of superfluous hairs, is to be in Geelong on Saturday 8th June, when she may be consulted free at the Town and Country Club in Ryrie-street.

I challenge anyone with an iota of curiosity in their body to ignore a statement like this without asking themselves a heap of questions?  And who could not start researching Madame FROKJAR?  She was a lot easier to research than I anticipated and certainly was not what I expected!  From The Cyclopedia of Victoria, published in 1903 [Vol III, pp.153-4]:

Madame FROKJAR, Medical Masseuse (Diploma College of Copenhagen, pupil of Dr Claud Hansen, masseuse to the Danish Royal Family), Method of Royal Gymnastic Central Institution, Stockholm.  Madame Frokjar was born in Zulland, Denmark, in 1862, and came out to Victoria possessed of independent means, but vicissitudes overtaking her, she resolved to embark in an enterprise such as would afford a living for herself and children.  With this laudable object in view, Madame visited Copenhagen in the year 1896, and there diligently applied herself to study, and distinguished herself by passing successfully all the necessary examinations in connection with her profession, and gaining her diploma.  Madame then spent some time at the Garrison Hospital, Copenhagen, under the well-known and celebrated Dr Claud Hansen, and when fully qualified returned to Victoria in 1901, and commenced practice in Melbourne.  Here her connection very rapidly expanded, and it soon became necessary to acquire more commodious premises in order to carry out the treatment of her numerous patients, recommended to her by the leading members of the medical profession throughout the State, whose confidence and good opinion Madame has gained.  The present premises in Scourfield Chambers, Collins Street, opposite Messrs. George and George’s, have been fitted up on the most resplendent lines, and combine beauty, comfort, and relief in their arrangement.  Madame is assisted by a well-trained and capable assistant, and her establishment is recognised as the leading one of its kind in the city.

A later report in 1905 in the Adelaide Advertiser clearly showed the esteem with which she was held:

A MASSEURS’ ASSOCIATION

A preliminary meeting of medical practitioners has been held in Melbourne for the purpose of forming an association of masseurs and masseuses.  Dr J W Springthorne presided. After letters from medical men throughout the Commonwealth expressing sympathy with the movement had been read it was unanimously decided to form an association, to be the recognised association of the profession throughout the Commonwealth.  The objects are to establish a system of registration of acknowledged medical masseurs and masseuses; to establish a uniform system of training and examination – to be of such standard as may be decided on by the medical profession and the executive of the association, and to promote the interests of the massage profession in all matters appertaining to its work.  The following provisional committee to frame a constitution was appointed:- Chairman, Dr Springthorpe, and Drs MacGillicuddy and MacGibbon, Messrs. Grundt, Best, Pascal, Peters, Robertson, Doyle, Kyte and Moody, Mesdames Frokjar, Hacke, and Vahland, with Misses McCauley, Robertson, Meares, and Martyn, together with the following interstate representatives:- Messrs Schuch (New South Wales), A Semmens and Hugo Leschen (South Australia), Alexander Peters (Western Australia), and Peterson (Tasmania).  Mr Best, of the Alfred Hospital, was elected treasurer pro tem., and Mr Teepoo Hall (Melbourne Hospital) secretary.

Anna Marie SKRIVER was born in 1862 and married Andra FROKJAR in Denmark in 1891.  They arrived in Melbourne in 1892 when their first son Henry Andrew was born with a second son born in early 1895.  In September 1894 her husband was admitted to the Yarra Bend Asylum and remained in mental asylums until his death in 1932.

Between 1912 and 1922, Anna Marie travelled to Western Australia, New Zealand, USA and England.  As a “foreigner” she was identified as an Alien passenger during her travels.  Her son, Henry Andrew adopted the anglicised name of FAULKNER prior to qualifying as a Veterinary Surgeon in Melbourne in 1913.  He died in Surrey, England in 1990.  To-date the death place or date for Anna Marie has not been found.

I certainly didn’t expect to find the above when I started on this journey of researching the lady who removed superfluous hair!

We now have 1,515,142 records in the Geelong and District database.  This is what’s been added since the last major update on 30 April 2014:

  • Investigator, journal of the Geelong Historical Society: volume 48 for 2013 – 1,042 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!

Shelford School No. 379 and lots more!

Shelford State School No.379The school register for Shelford State School No. 379 features in the latest group of updates to the Geelong & District database.

From Vision and Realisation, published by the Education Department of Victoria in 1973:

Probably a Presbyterian School operated at Shelford before the 1850s.  Certainly a Denominational School was established from 1st of July 1853 on the present site, in a wooden building that survived more than thirty years.  Shelford then was called Leigh.  The HT in 1853, Patrick Collins, stayed until the end of 1854.  The longest serving HT, George Hunt, stayed from 1861 until 1885.  In his time, the present bluestone building was erected in 1866.  When the school was taken over by the Department, Hunt remained in charge.  The Church sold the site (originally given by Russell and Bell) to the Department at the end of 1873.  Hunt’s successor, John H Betheras had a notable career in the Department retiring as Assistant Chief Inspector of Schools in the 1920s.  Betheras had charge until 1891.  He was the last teacher to use the original wooden building which was demolished in 1887, after serving as an infants room.  Although the township was by this time known as Shelford the school’s name was not changed to Shelford until 1908, when Thomas Spowart was HT.  The close association of the school with the Presbyterian Church is indicated by the names of the Committee Chairman after 1911: the first Chairman was the Rev. J Higginbotham who served twice, to 1918; then the Rev D Jones to 1921; and the Rev R Parry three terms to 1942.  After the second World War closer settlement caused such a rise in population as to warrant a second classroom.  This was built in 1966; but population fell from 47 pupils to an enrolment in the 20s.  This gave rise to concern for the future of the bluestone building which, because of its obvious beginnings as a church structure, is of no little interest, and steps are being taken to preserve it.  John Coffey took charge in 1967.

We now have 1,514,097 records in the Geelong and District database.  This is what’s been added since the last major update on 24 February 2014:

  • Geelong District: Nurses from the Victoria Government Gazette 1940-1950 – 1,272 entries
  • Geelong District: Surnames of Interest – 14 entries
  • Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum: Annual Report 1885 & 1915 – 4,693 entries
  • Geelong: Index to Deaths Books for Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum 1852-1925 – 5,996 entries
  • Shelford: School register for State School No. 379: 1901-1954 – 275 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!

Clergy, Hospital, Street names, Nurses and more!

Rev Thomas QUINTONThe Reverend Thomas QUINTON is one of our local Church of England ministers extracted from the Cable Clergy Index.  This terrific index has on average about half a page of biographical details for each entry – definitely worth checking and going back to the details in the original index.

The Bye-Laws of the Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum contain some interesting items!

1879: Bye-Law number 61: PERSONS NOT ADMISSABLE

No pregnant female for the purpose of confinement; no insane person, except on remand for medical examination in the Lunatic Ward; no one having a contagious or infectious disease; no one subject to epilepsy; nor any one who, in the opinion of the Surgeon, might receive equal benefit as an out-patient, shall be admitted; and no child under five years of age shall be admitted, except in case of accident or for a surgical operation; nor, except under special circumstances shall patients be admitted from other districts where hospitals exist.  Provided that the House Committee or Officers of the Institution, shall have discretionary power to admit such prohibited cases, and shall report upon the exercise of such power to the next general meeting of the Committee of Management.

It was the 58th Annual Report for 1909-1910 before Bye-Law number 61 had been changed and pregnant females were no longer classed as “Persons not Admissible”.

We now have 1,501,852 records in the Geelong and District database.  This is what’s been added since the last major update on 9 February 2014:

  • Geelong District: Nurses from the Victoria Government Gazette 1935-1939 – 865 entries
  • Geelong District: Surnames of Interest – 18 entries
  • Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum: Annual Report 1879 & 1905 – 4,225 entries
  • Geelong District: Street Names [history of] – 4,654 entries
  • St Augustine’s and the Christian Brothers [book] – 1,018 entries
  • Geelong District: Anglican Clergy – 496 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!

1.5 million records in Geelong District database!

CelebrateThat’s right – 1,500,000 records in the Geelong and District database.  There’s sure to be something there for your family!  And yes, that WAS the target for December 2014 – now I’m going to have to come up with a new target!

The details of the latest additions will be in a separate blog – this one has to stand on it’s own.  :-)

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 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!

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