Tuesday 25 May 2021

Trove Tuesday - Sounds of the Past

By searching in the Music, Audio & Video category on Trove once can access recordings of interviews and news broadcasts featuring Lake Macquarie people from earlier times. Among the many treasures indexed and linked on Trove are numerous items from the ABC and other sources.

Click on the following links, found via a Trove search today in Music, Audio & Video category, to hear some recordings relating to local people.

Beatrice Carr interviewed by Peter Hempenstall in the Australia 1938 oral history project
Carr speaks of her family background; background in England; family coming to Australia; her marriage; school memories; family relations; lifestyle with husband; employment; home and living conditions during 1930s; recreation; Cardiff, N.S.W. during 1930s; religion; relations with Aborigines; childbirth; childcare; health care.

Golden sailors buoyed by Wangi wanderers
Australia's fifth gold medal at the London Olympics has come came from sailing duo Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen. It's not only another success story from the sailing team, but also a testament to the great sailing breeding ground that is Lake Macquarie, on the New South Wales central coast. The gold medallists were buoyed by a large contingent of Lake Macquarie residents who travelled to Weymouth, the site of the Olympic sailing course.
2012-08-09. Golden sailors buoyed by Wangi wanderers, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Ray Blissett interviewed by Stephen Rapley in the NSW Bicentennial oral history collection
Born at Bollaroo (sic) on Lake Macquarie, NSW, Blissett speaks of his childhood memories; father's employment as a bullocky; family moving to Walagam in 1912, family life; family moving around Newcastle district; family homes; memories of grandmother's home at Speers Point; parents' background; grandparents; recreation; family experiences during World War 1; living conditions; discipline ; employment; death of father in accident; memories of forests around Berry and Cambewarra Mountain; school relatives; employment in father's greengrocers in Eastwood, Sydney; scouting experiences; local community around Eastwood; parents selling business and returning to Newcastle celebrations; visit by Prince of Wales; transport; two-up games; employment in timber industry in Annangrove district, work, conditions, horse transport; joining the police force; religion; marriage; discrimination in force because wife was Catholic; courting his wife; work and experience in the police force, women in the force, conditions; experiences in riot control; timber workers strike; CIB; crime and criminals in Sydney including Tilly Devine and Kate Lee, brothels, politics; boxing and keeping fit; his career in the police force; police training; opinions of force today; drugs, crime today.

Mary MacKillop miracle woman speaks out
A New South Wales woman whose recovery from cancer was deemed Mary MacKillop's second miracle has spoken publicly for the first time Kathleen Evans from Lake Macquarie is a grandmother of 20.


Wednesday 19 May 2021

Trove Tuesday - Gateshead Man Lost and Found


1954 'Gateshead Man Missing', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 30 November, p. 3. , viewed 19 May 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article134101619

There were no further articles relating to Reginald in the newspapers on Trove so we can assume that Reginald found his way home.

Reginald's death was registered in 1961 in New South Wales.

Reginald who died on 5th February 1961 was cremated at Newcastle Memorial Park at Beresfield and his ashes were scattered. (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/193519002/reginald-haynes)

Monday 17 May 2021

Thanks Gionni

Gionni di Gravio

Thanks to Gionni di Gravio OAM , an archivist and local hero, from the University of Newcastle for visiting The Lake Macquarie Family History Group for our general meeting last Saturday, 15th May.

As our guest speaker, Gionni relayed the latest news from Special Collections at The University of Newcastle and demonstrated how to search for resources on the Hunter Living Histories site, https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/

We thank Gionni, an enthusiastic raconteur and committed ambassador for preserving and disseminating local history, for sharing his expertise with us.  Gionni's lively presentation warmed the atmosphere at Marmong Point on a very chilly day.

Gionni di Gravio at LMFHG

Thanks Gionni

Tuesday 11 May 2021

Trove Tuesday - At the Beach

Redhead is a popular surfing beach in the Lake Macquarie City area. Trove reports on many incidents and activities at the beach. Following is a small selection. (If you have difficulty reading an article you can follow the link in its reference to access the article on the Trove site).

1923 'FELL OVERBOARD, AND SWAM FOR LIFE.', The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 - 1954), 18 January, p. 1. , viewed 11 May 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article163197057

1927 'REDHEAD BEACH CARNIVAL.', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 19 February, p. 6. , viewed 11 May 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article137656715

1928 'ANOTHER RESCUE', The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 - 1954), 19 November, p. 8. , viewed 11 May 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article163970260

1930 'SECOND TRAGEDY.', Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1907 - 1954), 2 September, p. 6. , viewed 11 May 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60782823

1931 'PERFECT TAKE-OFF', The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 - 1954), 26 January, p. 4. , viewed 11 May 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article164322149

1948 'Shipwrecked 5 Times', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 11 March, p. 2. , viewed 11 May 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article134338903

1950 'Shark Sighted Off Redhead Beach', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 13 November, p. 3. , viewed 11 May 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article134383115

Tuesday 4 May 2021

Trove Tuesday - May Day

May Day, May 1st,  can refer to two celebrations the first day of a northern spring or, in some countries May Day is a day that recognises workers' rights. In some Australian States this is recognised with a public holiday on the first Monday in May. 

Today, we are taking a look at May Day events in the Lake Macquarie area, perhaps your ancestors took part in these events.

1924 'MAY DAY.', The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 - 1954), 28 March, p. 1. , viewed 04 May 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article163219836

1929 'May Day', The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 - 1954), 8 March, p. 6. , viewed 04 May 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article164027870

"LAKE MACQUARIE MAY DAY COMMITTEE." Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) 23 April 1930: 8. Web. 4 May 2021 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article133407411>

1931 'MAY DAY CELEBRATION', The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 - 1954), 22 April, p. 4. , viewed 04 May 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article164321236

1932 'MAY DAY AT BOOLAROO', The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 - 1954), 11 April, p. 5. , viewed 04 May 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article165364695

1946 'May Day Proceeds For Lake Memorial', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 28 January, p. 2. , viewed 04 May 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article140602309

1950 'Suburban and District Lakeside A.L.P. Protest on Beer Shortage', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 2 May, p. 5. , viewed 04 May 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article135294245