Tuesday 30 June 2020

Trove Tuesday - John Julian de Meyrick

1919 'TORONTO.', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 10 July, p. 6. , viewed 30 Jun 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article139437839

Captain Julian Frank De Meyrick's name is inscribed on  The Toronto and District Soldiers' Memorial that was unveiled in 1922. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article140016035.

The year after the Captain's return from overseas the De Meyricks welcomed a son, John Julian De Meyrick.

1920 'Family Notices', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 21 June, p. 4. , viewed 30 Jun 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article138832899

Some time after John's birth the family moved to the Liverpool area in Sydney. 

John followed in his father's footsteps enlisting in the AIF in1939.

NAA : B883 NX4006

1940 'COUNTRY SOCIAL NOTES.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 4 January, p. 18. , viewed 30 Jun 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17651083

1941 'Missing In Greece', The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate (NSW : 1894 - 1954), 5 June, p. 4. , viewed 30 Jun 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article131297507Add caption

1941 'Colonel's Son Believed Killed', The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954), 23 August, p. 2. , viewed 30 Jun 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article247503451

John Julian de Meyrick is memorialised on The Athens Memorial within the Phaleron War Cemetery in Greece.

Tuesday 23 June 2020

Brides and Grooms from Awaba

Bloggers from around Australia take part in Trove Tuesday, an activity in which researchers use content from Trove Australia as inspiration for blog posts. These posts are shared on social media using the hashtag #trovetuesday.

The LMFHG blog will from time to time publish TroveTuesday posts in which we will share articles about people who lived, worked and played in the Lake Macquarie area.  

In our first post we are sharing stories of some brides and grooms from Awaba.

1931 'MORISSET WEDDING', The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 - 1954), 23 July, p. 4. , viewed 22 Jun 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article164250644

1953 'Newcastle wedding.', The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 - 1954), 19 March, p. 18. , viewed 22 Jun 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article160492284

1939 'MARRIED AT AWABA', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 24 August, p. 2. , viewed 22 Jun 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article133737567

1946 'Golden Wedding at Awaba', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 14 December, p. 7. , viewed 22 Jun 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article133168756

Friday 19 June 2020

The Parker Brothers

The Parker Brothers in the USA did not have a monopoly on the Parker Brothers name.

An article in the Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate that is rather difficult to read includes a photo of Lake Macquarie's own Parker Brothers. Following is a transcription of that story.

1940 'MR. GEORGE PARKER DEAD', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 19 October, p. 8. , viewed 18 Jun 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article132806603

Brothers Ages Totalled 335

Mr George Parker, the eldest of four brothers whose ages total total 335 years died at the home of his daughter, Mrs M. Kells of Brighton avenue, Toronto, last Thursday He was 87. The three surviving brother are Charles 85, Henry 83 and Joshua, 80, all of Dora Creek. Charles and Henry were not present at the funeral yesterday owing to illness. The Parker brothers are well-known lake fishermen.

Mr George Parker, who was born at Botany, came to Toronto 68 years ago. Fishing has always been his hobby, and occupation. He took a keen interest in boat and skiff sailing. On 9 November 1880, at Belmont Regatta, he won the fishing boats silver cup in the Alpha.He sailed for and with Mr W Arnott , in the 16 foot skiff Mayfield until she was barred from racing owing to her speed. On Sydney Harbour he sailed with the late Frank Aldridge. The last race he took part in was in the famous skiff, Renown at the age of 70.

The funeral left for the Church of England Toronto-Awaba Cemetery. Rev. C.E Tanner of Toronto conducted the services.The pallbearers were Messrs. H and P Parker (sons) J. Robarts and C. Parker (nephews). He is survived by sons, George (Coal Point), Bert (Toronto), A.Parker (Teralba), P. Parker (Kogarah) and Harold (Toronto); daughters, Mrs J Cram (Hamilton) and Mrs M. Kells (Toronto), 13 grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren, Mrs E. Moloy of  Botany, is a sister.

We would love to hear from anyone with stories of the Parker Brothers.

Thursday 18 June 2020

Entering the Blogisphere

As a committed geneablogger I am always championing the benefits of blogging.

Since becoming President of The Lake Macquarie Family History Group last August I have been hoping to set up a Group blog so I was delighted when the Committee supported my proposal to create this blog at our last Committee Meeting.

I see the blog as an integral part of our communication strategy for both promoting our Group and preserving its history and as a forum for sharing stories of the people who lived and worked in Lake Macquarie. I am hoping that our members and people from our local area will embrace the blog and share their stories of life on the Lake.

Jill Ball 
Lake Macquarie Family History Group

From the Archives: Display at Swansea 2001