Category Archives: Trove Tuesday

Trove Tuesday – Happy New Year

Following on from last week’s Trove Tuesday post, my Trove search has turned to “Happy New Year.”   Like Christmas, there were the cards home from the boys overseas but with little choice in specialised “New Year” cards, postcards or family photographs were popular for sending “New Year” greetings.

The following postcard is from a solider in England to his wife at home.

 

 

http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/16584

Images courtesy of the State Library of Victoria. Image no. H99.166/273 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/16584

 

Added to the following postcard of Healesville, was “Compliments of the Season 1/1/1906.”  Written on the back was “Miss M. Prisk, Windermere St. Ballarat. A Happy New Year. 1/1/1906.”  I couldn’t help myself.  I checked the Electoral Roll and found Miss Margaret Prisk living with her family at 503 Windemere Street South, Ballarat.  Around 81 years later, I was living one block down and a street over from the 500 block of Windemere Street.  Margaret and her mother Bertha eventually moved to Richmond.  When I have time, I will follow her up a little further.

http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/82840

Image Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria. Image no. H85.70/107 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/82840

The following photo, sent around 1905, had written on the back – “To grandmother with love from “Jack & Jill” aged 7 months.”  It looks like Jack and Jill’s mother had her hands full.

http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/73481

Image courtesy of the State Library of Victora. Image No. H2005.34/2674 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/73481

It wasn’t the only time Jack and Jill were the subjects of the a “New Year’s” photo.  Just a few years later they were back at the photographers and written on the photo was “To dear Vera wishing you all a happy new  year.”

Image courtesy of the State Library of Victoria.  Image no.  H2005.34/2675 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/73481

Image courtesy of the State Library of Victoria. Image no. H2005.34/2675 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/73481

Happy New Year everyone.


Trove Tuesday – Merry Christmas

Trove has something for all occasions especially Christmas.  This week’s Trove Tuesday revolves around my Trove search for “Merry Christmas,” the message I’m sending you today.

A general search of Trove for “Merry Christmas” results in hundreds of books, thousands of newspaper articles, journals and sound recordings, but the “Pictures, Photos and Objects” are my favourites because of the treasures that abound such as the following:

 

Handwritten note on verso: France 3/11/16. Dear Meryn wishing you a Merry Xmas & a Happier New Year from "Juggo" or Jack Miller. Sent to address in Victoria.

Christmas Card 1916. Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria, Image no, .H99.166/285 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/16619

The card (above), sent from France on November 3, 1916 was to Meryn and it’s the first time I have found a “Meryn” of any spelling at Trove.  The note on the card read  “Dear Meryn wishing you a Merry Xmas & a Happier New Year from “Juggo” or Jack Miller.”

CHRISTMAS CARD 1911.  Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria.  Image no. H82.96/168 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/110126

CHRISTMAS CARD 1911. Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria. Image no. H82.96/168 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/110126

The Christmas greeting below, is from the workers at the Ballarat Telegraph Office to their “fellow officers” at the Murtoa Telegraph Office.  It is was from Christmas 1883.

CHRISTMAS CARD 1883.  Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria.  Image no. H8704 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/73925

CHRISTMAS CARD 1883. Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria. Image no. H8704 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/73925

Portraits or group portraits. as was the case below, were a popular form of greeting card.  Written on the back of the following card was – “Mrs E. C. Rodgers, Hind Street, Portland. Horsham. Dec. 1911. Dear Friends, Just to wish you all a Merry Xmas and a Bright New Year. You will see a good many faces in this group that you know. With best wishes…”

CHRISTMAS CARD 1911.  Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria, Image no. H84.37/4/90 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/129663

CHRISTMAS CARD 1911. Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria, Image no. H84.37/4/90 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/129663

The next card is one of my favourite images that I have found at Trove to date and I have used it to illustrate a post before.  It is a Christmas card to an Australian soldier from an admirer he met while overseas.  Unfortunately her name is illegible on the card. POSTCARD c1918.  Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria.  Image No. H99.166/327 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/16626

POSTCARD c1918. Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria. Image No. H99.166/327 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/16626

She wrote:

December 1918, Dear Arthur thanks for your most welcome letter I got a few days ago and also glad you have not forgotten. and I think I am the one who loves you best. Jack was here to last week-end going to Blighty on leave. Lucky We shall all be delighted if you come to say good-bye before going back to Australia. For my part I shall be very pleased to see you again. Do not be surprised if you receive a photo of myself one of these days. Every body at Auntie’s place wishes you a Merry Christmas and happy New Year. Also best wishes and —- from myself. Hoping to hear from you again. Believe me. Yours sincerely…

I wonder if they ever met again?

 

Merry Christmas to the many followers of Western District Families and thank you for your ongoing support.  May your 2015 be filled with many new discoveries about your Western District family.

 


Trove Tuesday – Mysterious Aeroplanes

The media is often accused of fear mongering and it seems it was no different 100 years ago.  The onset of WW1 saw reporting that heightened fear with people leaping at shadows believing the Germans were invading Australia.

When I first came across the following article, I thought it was an isolated case.  A Victorian drover, Mr Sutton spotted a plane in the night sky after the noise of his agitated cattle woke him while camped somewhere between Byaduk and Macarthur.  While half asleep, he saw two rockets fired.   According to the article, from the Hamilton Spectator his was not the only sighting in the district.

 

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"A MYSTERIOUS AEROPLANE." Hamilton Spectator (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) 20 Apr 1918:  .

“A MYSTERIOUS AEROPLANE.” Hamilton Spectator (Vic. : 1914 – 1918) 20 Apr 1918: <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119501085&gt;.

 

The copy of the article was not good so I thought I would see if any other papers reported on the sighting.  Did they what.  A search of “Mysterious Aeroplane” at Trove brought up dozens of reports of various people across Victoria claiming to have seen or heard planes.  The Defence Department investigated, however  some witnesses were doubting what they previously thought they heard or saw.  The Minster for Defence clarified the markings of  the planes of the allies and the enemy which surely wouldn’t have allayed the fear of the public.

 

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"The Mysterious Aeroplane." The Casterton News and the Merino and Sandford Record (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) 25 Apr 1918: 3 Edition: Bi-Weekly. .

“The Mysterious Aeroplane.” The Casterton News and the Merino and Sandford Record (Vic. : 1914 – 1918) 25 Apr 1918: 3 Edition: Bi-Weekly. <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74220662&gt;.

 

Dr. Brett Holman from the University of New England has written several posts about the mystery planes of the WW1 period on his site, Airminded.  You can read one of those on the following link, with his explanation on the large number of reports of mysterious aeroplanes during that time –  http://airminded.org/2012/05/22/fear-uncertainty-doubt-i/

It reminded me of something similar from a previous Trove Tuesday post, UFO Alert about four flying saucers seen over Hamilton in January 1954.  Sci-Fi films were moving in to the realm of UFOs and aliens and in the same month as the sighting, The Argus was publishing installments of “War of the Worlds.”

Mysterious aeroplanes aside, what was really mysterious for me was the surname of witnesses from the 1915 and 1918 sightings.  The drover who saw the rockets in 1918 was Mr Sutton.  Three years earlier, Eric Sutton of Redbank, NSW saw the lights of  a plane.   I did check.  There were Suttons living at Macarthur in 1914 and Mr Sutton the drover was possibly Issac Sutton from that town so it’s unlikely there was any connection. Just a strange coincidence.

"GARRA SENSATION." Western Champion (Parkes, NSW : 1898 - 1934) 9 Dec 1915: 28. .

“GARRA SENSATION.” Western Champion (Parkes, NSW : 1898 – 1934) 9 Dec 1915: 28. .

 


Trove Tuesday – “Don’ts” for Centenary Week

With Portland celebrating its 180th birthday tomorrow (November 19),  my Trove Tuesday post this week is an article published in the Portland Guardian of October 15, 1934 prior to that year’s centenary celebrations.  Superintendent Clugston of the police department offered some timely advice for those attending the week-long celebration.  My favourite “don’ts” are “Don’t hurry or rush about”, “Don’t drive your car or other vehicle in a careless or improper manner and extend courtesy and consideration for all other road users” and “Don’t Guess”.

""DON'TS" FOR CENTENARY WEEK." Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953) 15 Oct 1934: 2 Edition: EVENING.. Web. .

“”DON’TS” FOR CENTENARY WEEK.” Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953) 15 Oct 1934: 2 Edition: EVENING.. Web. <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64287060&gt;.


Trove Tuesday – Fashion Quiz

Table Talk (1885-1939) at Trove is a must for those who enjoy period fashion. Having some knowledge of fashion trends through the decades is invaluable when it comes to dating family photos.  So with that,  it’s time for a Trove Tuesday Fashion Quiz.  I found the following competition in 1930 editions of Table Talk.  Over six weeks, readers could enter the weekly competition and vie for two guineas if their correct entry was drawn.

"Weekly Prize of Two Guineas." Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 - 1939) 31 Jul 1930: 19. .

“Weekly Prize of Two Guineas.” Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 – 1939) 31 Jul 1930: 19. <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article146453482&gt;.

I have chosen the photos from weeks five and six simply because the copy of the photos were best in those weeks.  See if you can guess the years each of the dresses were from.  The date range is 1900 to 1930.  You will find the weekly solution underneath the photos.

Week Five

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“Weekly Prize of Two Guineas.” Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 – 1939) 28 Aug 1930: 45. Web.<http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article146454103&gt;.

Solution 

This is the entry form included for week six of the competition.

"Weekly Prize of Two Quineas." Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 - 1939) 4 Sep 1930: 34. .

“Weekly Prize of Two Quineas.” Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 – 1939) 4 Sep 1930: 34. .

Week Six

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“Weekly Prize of Two Quineas.” Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 – 1939) 4 Sep 1930: .

 

Solution

How did you go? Why not test yourself on the dresses from weeks one to four listed below:

 

Week 1   Solution

Week 2   Solution

Week 3   Solution

Week 4   Solution

 


Trove Tuesday – Cup Off

The postponement of the 1916 Melbourne Cup due to days of heavy rain that deteriorated the state of the track upset the plans of racegoers taking advantage of a public holiday to attend the great race.

"MELBOURNE CUP." The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) 7 Nov 1916: .

“MELBOURNE CUP.” The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 – 1933) 7 Nov 1916: <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article20106876&gt;.

But it was the caterers who suffered the most having prepared much of their food in the days prior.

"POSTPONEMENT OF MELBOURNE CUP." Hamilton Spectator (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) 8 Nov 1916 .

“POSTPONEMENT OF MELBOURNE CUP.” Hamilton Spectator (Vic. : 1914 – 1918) 8 Nov 1916 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article129389399&gt;.

 

"THE POSTPONED CUP." The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) 8 Nov 1916 .

“THE POSTPONED CUP.” The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 – 1929) 8 Nov 1916 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59904012&gt;.

 

The first article, from The Brisbane Courier, stated the 1916 postponement was the first in the Cup’s history.  But it wasn’t as in 1870 the race was postponed, again due to rain.

"No Title." The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918) 29 Oct 1870 .

“No Title.” The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 – 1918) 29 Oct 1870 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article89700967&gt;.

The 1916 Melbourne Cup was eventually run on Saturday November 11  and the winner was Sasanof.

"MELBOURNE CUP WINNER FACES THE CAMERA." Winner (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1917) 15 Nov 1916:   .

“MELBOURNE CUP WINNER FACES THE CAMERA.” Winner (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 – 1917) 15 Nov 1916: <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154552058&gt;.


Trove Tuesday – Yellow Cake

Hamilton has always grappled with its identity, from “education town” and “cathedral city” to the most enduring (and endearing) tag “Wool Capital of the World”.  But  Mayor Cr. William Ferrier Hewett’s vision in 1955, published in The Argus of June 10,  really takes the cake…

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"THE STATE of VICTORIA: Home town news from everywhere." The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) 10 Jun 1955: 6. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71887433>.

“THE STATE of VICTORIA: Home town news from everywhere.” The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957) 10 Jun 1955: 6. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71887433&gt;.


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