Mining and Criminal Records in Queensland

November 5th, 2009

In 1992 I successfully completed the Diploma in Historical Studies at the Society of Australian Genealogists. It was the end of an annus horribilus year, my son turned five, my then husband had major cancer surgery followed by chemotherapy, I was working full time at the John Oxley Library while nursing my husband at home and for relaxation I thought I would do the Diploma. Looking back I can almost laugh but at the time the Diploma kept me focussed. Therefore these two theses mean a lot to me and having salvaged them from a Word Perfect format into Word although losing some formatting and style, they are both still readable and informative. The illustrations are not in the document and I will have to scan them and attach separately. Also since 1992 my research has progressed, and some of the questions in my thesis I have now answered. Ideally I will do a sequel but not today. So in the meantime, I have put my two 1992 research theses under Resources on my website. I hope someone finds Criminal Records: A Guide to Sources in Queensland and From Iron Chains to Gold Bars: A History of the Walker Family including the Evans, Potter, Bullen and Atkinson Families, 1814-1941 useful and interesting.

Mining Ancestors

October 21st, 2009

In an earlier blog, This Week in History, I mentioned how the Gympie gold rush led to my Victorian families moving up to Queensland. I have a wide interest in mining with various ancestors involved in tin, copper, gold and coal mining in all states of Australia except the Northern Territory and Tasmania. I have even travelled to all of the places my families lived. Today I  started a discussion forum on Genealogy Wise for those with Australian mining ancestors and I invite people to share their mining stories so that we can all learn how best to trace these sometimes elusive ancestors.


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