Victorian Equity Case Files

Old Supreme Court of VictoriaMany people won’t know of or understand Supreme Court of Victoria Equity Case Files, BUT once they do, they will definitely want to access them!  The old Supreme Court can be seen in the photo – it was on the corner of La Trobe and Russell Streets and was built in 1842.  The image is from the LaTrobe Collection, State Library of Victoria Ref H8305.  It was replaced by the current complex known as the Melbourne Law Courts in William Street, Melbourne.  The “new” building was built between 1874 and 1882.

So why am I writing about the Victorian Equity Case Files on my Geelong & District Blog?  Because they are part of a number of indexes which will be added to the Geelong & District Database shortly.

We are indebted to Ada Ackerly for making a number of her important indexes available for all to search free online.  Obviously these are relevant to all of Victoria and not just Geelong & District but that shouldn’t stop me from making them available for everyone.  And I can reassure those researching in Geelong & District that many of these entries relate to our region.  Some refer to a location but many do not.

An example: I hesitated when I was checking some (future) entries – there was a surname of SICHLAN.  I recognised the name so checked the Geelong & District Database and confirmed that it was a “local” family variously spelt SICHLAN and SICHLAU.

You’ll have to wait before those entries are online but in the meantime I have just uploaded:

  • Supreme Court of Victoria Equity Case Files 1852-1886 Index – 569 entries.

To understand the value of these records and the files at PROV they will lead you to, read the information provided by Ada for these entries which include Companies, Property and Trustees Statutes with MANY relating to children and their guardianship.

Another gem: the BECK infants – Guardian appointed father John in New Zealand !  How useful is that for researchers?

And what about: Jane DONALDSON – nee GUTHRIE of Falkirk UK ?

And for a real local: Queenscliff Fishing Co Ltd – winding up petition in 1874.

Enjoy!

DIFFERENT free Victorian records to search!

Australia DayBy now everyone knows that Findmypast and Ancestry have offered free access to some of their Australian records in celebration of Australia Day.

More than 40,000 entries from a myriad of different sources have just been added to the Geelong & District Database.

Big bonus:

  • You DON’T have to give any credit card details
  • It’s ALWAYS free to search
  • That offer doesn’t end after Australia Day!

The Geelong & District Database now contains more than 1,689,267 entries from more than 9,811 sources!

Have fun!

Geelong database – latest additions

Otways At WarIt’s well overdue – a blog showing the entries added to the Geelong and District Database – especially as the last one was back in December 2014!  That doesn’t mean that I haven’t been adding lots of entries – I just haven’t done a blog on the additions.

Since the last major update last December, there are now 1,646,239 entries in the Geelong and District Database.  Latest additions include:

  • Surnames of Interest entries – 18 new entries [1,143 submitters in total]
  • 1970 Electoral Roll, Division of Corangamite: Subdivisions of Rokewood, Bannockburn, Beech Forest, Cobden, and Belmont North [part] – 8,605 entries
  • Winchelsea Presbyterian Church 1869 – 1871 – 1971 [Book] – 313 Entries
  • Leopold & District 1914-1918: commemorating Leopold Red Cross, 100 years of community service [Book] – 589 entries
  • Vixens & Vagabonds: Geelong Police Court Reports 1880 & 1881 [Book] – 2,139 entries
  • Alexander Webb 1813 – 1892 [Book] – 132 entries
  • Mount Hesse: History, humour and hazards on a sheep station 1837-1985 [Book] – 758 entries
  • Otways at war: World War 1 Barramunga, Barwon Downs, Forrest, Gerangamete, Murroon & Pennyroyal [Book] – 1,070 entries
  • Deputy Registrars of BDMs in Victoria 1853-1901 – 3,805 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!

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.

Hotels of Geelong and District

Bay View Hotel Portarlington [courtesy Naomi Henry]New lists and images for Hotels of Geelong and District.  They are also available on one of my Pinterest Boards. This has been a huge project and still has a long way to go, but rather than making you wait until I’ve finished adding all the photos and details I thought I’d let you enjoy it sooner.  Why are old hotel photos so enjoyable? There is now a Pinterest Board for a number of Geelong and District categories. Of course there are plenty more entries that could be added for the different categories and I encourage you to help me find images for them – please let me know!

Schools of Geelong and District

Winchelsea Wesleyan Mission SchoolNew lists and images for Schools of Geelong and District.  They are also available on one of my Pinterest Boards.

Things have been very quiet on my blogs due to intense study and assignments for my Diploma of Library and Information Services but I haven’t been quiet on my web site.  Pinterest was part of one of my assignments and when you HAVE to use something, you learn more about it and appropriate uses.  In fact Pinterest made me realise some of the work I had to do on my web site!

I’ve updated lists and images on my web site for:

There is a Pinterest Board for each of those as well as extra ones for Geelong & District Architecture and Old Geelong & District.

Of course there are plenty more entries that could be added for the different categories and I encourage you to help me find images for them – please let me know!

 

Aged 50 years in 50 minutes!

Geelong and District RegionLast night I was on a fast-track into the Guinness Book of Records – the oldest woman alive in Australia.

I thought it was about time to add some indexes I had to the Geelong & District Database as it had been a few months since I had done this.  More than 1.63 million entries live in an MS Access Database.  Indexes of all sorts to be added are compiled into an MS Excel spread sheet then copied and pasted into the MS Access form before uploading to the SQL database online.

Everything was honky-dory until I tried to paste – as I have done hundreds and hundreds of times before.

ERRORS – and nasty ones.  It wouldn’t even let me manually add a single entry!

What had changed since I last added entries?  I had upgraded MS Office to version 365 [actually version 2013].  I wasn’t about to uninstall the new version as that included months of University assignments but surely it was just something really simple that would fix the problem.

I had older versions backed up – didn’t come down in the last shower and I was able to update the database on the old Notebook running Vista.

Hours and hours of Google work showed I wasn’t the only one with problems but none of them were exactly the same – and certainly didn’t solve the problem.  By then I had about 8 versions I was experimenting with.

I then sat quietly and spoke quietly to myself saying there HAD TO BE a logical answer.  Then I tried attacking it from a different angle.  The Geelong & District Database is probably one of my oldest LIVE MS Access databases.  So I tried a new more recent one – NOT A PROBLEM!

I won’t bore you with the next four hours of experiments – I’ll just give you the outcome.  The MS Office upgrade should have converted the database to work in the new version.  True BUT NOT IF YOU HAVEN’T UPGRADED every time there was a new release.  I couldn’t afford that and so somewhere along the way where I didn’t pay for an upgrade until there were a couple of versions, it skipped a step that no longer works in the latest version.  Very convoluted but after another couple of hours I had all the data, queries, forms and reports working in a brand new database.  Basically I had to completely recreate the relationships as well as the Forms and Sub-Forms but I’m no longer heading for the Guinness Book of Records!

I’ve lost nothing [unless you count a bit of sanity], added the new indexes and uploaded the entries to the online database.

Haven’t had any sleep since last night but hey – IT’S WORKING!  What a relief.

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.

Geelong database – latest additions

Ocean Grove Certificate of TitleI love original documents and there is nothing better than Victorian Certificates of Title – a real work of art and so full of information.  Sometimes people are dazzled by the front page and miss the massive amount of information on the reverse and subsequent pages.  To date, 17,036 transactions for land in “Old” Ocean Grove have been added to the Ocean Grove Land database together with a growing number of photographs for different properties.  These have been consolidated for the Geelong and District Database down to a total of 7,560 entries so far.

Since the last major update on 25 October, there are now 1,628,809 entries in the Geelong and District Database.  Latest additions include:

  • Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum: Annual Report 1882 – 1,300 entries
  • Geelong and District: Geelong Football Club players missing photographs – 209 entries
  • Surnames of Interest entries – 15 new entries [1,133 submitters in total]
  • Old Ocean Grove land titles: sellers and purchasers – 3,856 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!

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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