Oct 29, 2011

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History Week 43 Worst School Subject...

I’m participating in the weekly Geneabloggers theme of 52 Weeks of Personal  Genealogy & History and sadly I don’t always get the time to do each week’s topic. This week is your worst school subject and I simply had to do this challenge. I only ever failed one school subject and that was Art. Personally I don’t think it should have been a compulsory subject in Year 8 because not everyone is artistic. I’m a very practical kind...

Oct 1, 2011

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History Week 39 Least Favourite Foods...

I’m participating in the weekly blogging theme 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History and this week’s topic is all about our least favourite foods. When I first saw the topic all the horrible things Mum used to cook for me as a child instantly came to mind. Now before anyone says that’s not nice, I have to say my statement needs to be placed in the context of the times. This was Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in the...

Sep 17, 2011

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History Week 37 Earliest Memories...

I’m participating in the weekly blogging theme 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History and this week’s topic is all about our earliest memories. I find it hard to define earliest – is it what I actually remember or what I think I remember? A lot of  early photographs of me with my family often make me think I remember but I suspect I am just remembering having seen the photos before, and not the actual event. Most of...

Jul 15, 2011

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History Week 28 Summer...

I’m participating in the weekly blogging theme 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History and this week’s topic is all about Summer  and what it was like when I was growing up. This is very much related to last week’s topic on Vacations as we always had our annual holiday in summer. As I have written in other blogs, I really only became aware of the seasons once I left Brisbane and moved south where the seasons are much...

Jul 8, 2011

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History Week 27 Vacations...

Participating in the weekly blogging theme 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History is always a trip down memory lane and this week’s topic of Vacations is no different. When we were really little our parents used to take us to Maroochydore to holiday with friends who had a house there. This was the early 1960s before anyone used to go to the Sunshine Coast and there were no high rise buildings and very few people. We used...

Jul 1, 2011

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History Week 26 Songs...

Due to all my travelling around over the last month or so, I have missed a few weeks of the blogging theme 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History. It is an excellent theme to generate personal memories and to then capture them into a regular blog. This week’s theme is Songs and the question is what was the No 1 song in the year of your birth. The easiest way to find this out is to look...

Apr 15, 2011

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History Week 15 Sports...

I’m participating in the 52 weeks of personal genealogy and history challenge. I’ve missed a few weeks in this series due to my overseas genealogy cruise and catching some dreaded virus on my return to Melbourne from the tropical north. This week’s topic is sport and I don’t have a lot to talk about because as a sickly asthmatic child in primary school no one really wanted me on either the softball (summer) or basketball (winter) teams. I...

Mar 9, 2011

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History Week 10 Disasters...

I’m participating in the 52 weeks of personal genealogy and history challenge. I’m fortunate that my immediate family have never suffered a big disaster – my mother’s family were continually flooded out when she was young and that is the reason why there are few family photos on her side of the family. The only small scale disaster I can recall as a child relates to our Christmas camping adventures on the Gold Coast in the 1960s. We used...

Mar 4, 2011

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History Week 9 Sounds...

I’m participating in the 52 weeks of personal genealogy and history challenge. This week’s challenge is to describe sounds that take you back to your childhood. This one stumped me for a while as I couldn’t really think of any sounds that opened up memories. In fact I still only have one memory that I can write about. I now live on the outskirts of Melbourne and there is not a lot of bush around us anymore. I don’t...

Feb 26, 2011

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History Week 8 Technology...

I’m participating in the 52 weeks of personal genealogy and history challenge. This week’s topic is all about what were some of the technological advances that happened during your childhood. Wow – where to start as there has been incredible change during my 50 something years. After some thinking I have come up with my top 3 technological advances that impacted me the most in hindsight. Without doubt the purchase of our first television changed our lives (and our...

Feb 20, 2011

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History Week 7 Toys...

I’m participating in the 52 weeks of personal genealogy and history challenge. This week’s topic is all about what was your favourite childhood toy. I was always a bit of a tomboy so even though I was given the obligatory Barbie doll when she came out in 1959 (I’m a few years older than Barbie and I have great trouble accepting that Barbie is now a 50+ woman), I don’t think I ever really played with dolls.  I was...

Feb 11, 2011

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History Week 5 – Food...

I’m participating in the 52 weeks of personal genealogy and history challenge. Surprisingly this has been a difficult blog to write as I have been unable to pick a central theme. I like all foods and cooking styles but if I focus back to my primary school years I would have to say that I always liked Friday nights. That was fish and chip night and unwrapping the newspaper and letting out all those wonderful smells is an enduring...

Feb 11, 2011

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History Week 6 – Radio & Television...

I’m participating in the 52 weeks of personal genealogy and history challenge. This week’s topic is all about our favourite radio or television show when we were kids. I remember loving Romper Room and each time I waited for Miss Betty to say my name at the end of the program but it was always the more regular kind of kid’s names. There weren’t that many Shauna’s in the late 50s early 60s in Australia so although I watched...

Jan 28, 2011

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History Week 4 – Home...

I’m participating in the 52 weeks of personal genealogy and history challenge. This week’s challenge is to describe the home we grew up in. This is much easier for me as my parents stayed in the same place for the whole of their married life. Not like their gypsy daughter! We moved there shortly after my brother was born and I was still a young child. Before that we had been living in a small place behind some...

Jan 19, 2011

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Week 3 Cars...

This week’s topic is one that I do have clear memories of. As a teenager I wasn’t all that fussed on getting a driver’s license and in fact, I was in my early 20s before I obtained my first driver’s license. By then I was married and my husband had a blue volkswagen but we replaced it shortly after I got my license with a Honda Civic which I really loved. However that marriage didn’t last and sadly...

Jan 12, 2011

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Week 2 Winter...

Like Week 1 in this series 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History, I am finding it hard to remember things from my childhood. I simply cannot remember winter in Queensland although I was there for over 40 years which seems unbelievable. However I think I didn’t really appreciate winter and the other seasons of the year until I went to live in Canberra in 1999. Canberra is a city where you do experience all the seasons and...

Jan 3, 2011

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Week 1 New Year’s Day...

Well I have just signed up for another 52 weeks of improving my genealogy skills with Geneabloggers. Last year’s theme was Better Genealogy and this year the theme is Personal Genealogy & History. The first week is looking at New Year’s Day traditions in the family and sad to say I can’t remember any times we celebrated new year but we must have. I know every year my parents and younger brother and I used to go down...