Treasure Trove Of Photos

After taking a break for a while from family history, I’m getting back into it. For now I’m looking after my immediate families large storage container full of photos, until we’re able to get together and decide who wants what.  As you can see below this is a small selection of what there is.

Before the photos get divided out I want to look, sort and document them.This is how I’m planning on tackling this project:

  1. Sort photos into chronological order as best I can.
  2. Scan each photo with any notes. Thanks to mum who took the time to write down what or who are in the photos.
  3. Back up on drop box or USB.

As I’m going through I have noticed a few photos I’ve never seen before.


Tasty Tuesday: Birthday Cakes

Tasty unique cakes were a feature of my childhood. Does anybody remember the Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book? As a child, mum brought out the book before any birthdays and you got pick your cake. It made me feel really special. Some cakes were taken to school, clubs or just eaten at home.

Here’s a few of my favorites.Another thing I liked about the book is mum would sometimes give a bit of a story. Like this cake I had for my 10th birthday and the bbq we had to celebrate. What memories do you have from your childhood?Photo on 9 Oct 2018 at 6_38_07 pm

Photo on 9 Oct 2018 at 6_42_46 pm

Life Tragedies William James Harrison Part 2

My last post called, “Life Tragedies William James Harrison Part 1”. I found some articles about the wife desertion case of my Great Grandfather. This is the second part to the previous post.

After looking through the information I thought where can I go to find out more. Since it’s a court case I thought try court records?  Nah, I’ll try the police records first.  I got my articles together and went along to the State Library of Queensland (which has some really helpful staff). We went through the Queensland  Police Gazettes and on the third search, bingo. I found him.  The staff were as shocked as I, to find him so quickly. There were two entries (both are pictured below).

Police Gazette 1920s page 741

Police Gazette 1920s page 699













Then there was a page with photos and I looked through the names and numbers. There on the page was a picture of my Great Grandfather. William James Harrison. I was so surprised as I never expected a photograph. I’ve never seen a photo of William and have been looking for years. I thought finally I’ve found a picture of him. I know so much about his time in the first world war and I was bursting with happiness that I found a photo.

Genealogy Do-Over My Way

I’ve seen a lot of people participating in Thomas MacEntee’s, “Genealogy Do-Over”. When I was looking online I found that there are one’s with what to accomplish month to month but with my job and other commitments this would be tooo much. So, I thought that I would combine organising my digital records, paper records with creating a better way to find and store what I’ve done. Luckily, for me I have many records but being at the beginning of my research it’s not bad yet. Here are a few goals that I have for the next three months.

  • Update all records into my research log and number all paper records.
  • Buy an acid-free folder to start storing paper records.
  • Create research logs for my Grandparents and immediate family.
  • Put all records into a cloud based software.
  • Learn more about the legacy software I have.

Well, there you go, these are my ideas. What are your research goals? Feel free to share yours in the comments below. I’ll post again in a few weeks hopefully with a few things ticketed off. I should get started with my list.

Life Tragedies: William James Harrison Part 1

Source: The Truth (Brisbane, QLD, 1900-1954) Sunday 26th December 1920 page 5


Life tragedies. Sensational Sequel to Maintenance Matter. Wow! What a title this article has from the Truth newspaper, Brisbane in the 1920s. This article started an interesting chain of events about a man (my Great Grandfather William James Harrison) who survived the first World War and then went back to wife and four children after the war. I have always wondered what life would have been like for him upon returning to Australian in 1919. This article seems to shed some light on what happened to him and his family in the 1920s.

When I first saw this article I wondered if this was the right Harrison but as I continued to read, I thought this might be him. A few clues pointed me in the right direction his age and the area that he lived in seemed right. (Well according to information I had from my Grandmother).  It was written like some sensationalized story with the words in capital letters and the direct speech. It felt like I was reading a bit of a gossip column. To be honest I liked the details that were put into the article but I was also deeply saddened at the same time the two incidents. So I did a bit more digging on Trove as I wanted more facts (well as much as you could get from a newspaper)  Two more short articles out of the Telegraph gave me some similar information (see below).

Telegraph (Brisbane, QLD, 1875-1947Tuesday 28 December 1920, page 5

Telegraph (Brisbane, QLD, 1872- 1947), Tuesday 21 December 1920, page 4












William James Harrison’s Funeral Notice

This is the funeral notice of my Great Grandfather William James Harrison which took me years to find. I remember (probably 15 years ago now) starting to look for more information about his life and I started with his funeral. (as genealogist always suggest to do). This was my first bit of research outside of finding his army records. I tried the newspapers in Brisbane but no luck and I put the idea of finding it on hold for a while. I concentrated on what I could learn from his army records. Then when I heard about Trove I tried again, with help of other researchers at a family history centre but still no luck. Feeling very disgruntled, I thought maybe there isn’t one. Perhaps their family couldn’t afford a notice. Then, after seeing that an old newspaper from Brisbane called “The Telegraph”  that was recently added, I gave it another try. The results came up and there it was first on the search list. I had waited years to find this and  even though it was a sad event for him to pass away at such a young age, I was delighted that his war service and battalion were acknowledged

William James Harrison Funeral Notice












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