Apr 25, 2016

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The Finn Brothers – 2016 Trans Tasman ANZAC Day Blog Challenge...

The Finn Brothers – 2016 Trans Tasman ANZAC Day Blog Challenge

Since 2011 the Central Auckland Research Centre has been issuing the Trans Tasman ANZAC Day Blog Challenge. Each year I take part and focus on one of my military ancestors. This year I am revisiting a family that I first wrote about for ANZAC Day 2013. Read the original post here. Why repeat a challenge on the same family? Back in 2013 I had no photographs of either Robert Finn, John Finn or Denis Patrick Finn. Now I know...

Apr 21, 2015

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ANZAC Day Tribute to Alexander Thomas Davis...

ANZAC Day Tribute to Alexander Thomas Davis

As usual I am participating in Kintalk‘s Trans Tasman ANZAC Day blog challenge. This year my tribute is to Alexander Thomas Davis my first cousin three times removed who saw service in World War One and died of wounds shortly after arriving back home. Alexander was the son of Charles Brandon Davis and Clara Stanley Carnegie and was born in 1892 at Toorbul, on Pumicestone Passage near Brisbane. He had an older brother John Carnegie Davis and their...

Apr 23, 2014

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Trans Tasman ANZAC Day Blog Challenge 2014 – The Story Behind Jack Russell...

Each year Kintalk (Auckland Libraries) issues their Trans Tasman ANZAC Day blog challenge and I always take the opportunity to participate and tell the story of one of my military ancestors. This year my military ancestor is Jack Russell but there are no Russell’s in the family. How and why are two questions that leap to mind and there is a simple answer – Jack Russell was a pseudonym that our ancestor used to join the AIF in...