Sugar Producers Association
What another fantastic
year your magazine has had! Back in June 2016 edition on page 63 there
was photo of a group of ASPA fellows submitted by Mrs C Riding of Bathurst
NSW. Several readers responded to say that ASPA was an association called
I can identify three of the people in the photo as:
R B Adams, J F Roennfeldt (Mayor of Laura SA) and R Higgins, all from
the township of Laura SA, seated in that order on the left of the second
explain what the sugar producers link is, but the Mayor (my husbands
grandfather) was very active in agriculture. Maybe this photo is of
a field day although they all looked nicely dressed. I have matched
their faces to an event in Laura where a club
took place in 1911.
Faye S Weston by email
Ernest Edward Harris
Having only sent
my Can You Help? Ernest Edward Harris: which war did he serve in?
article in early December to your magazine, I was very pleasantly surprised
on Christmas Eve to receive an email from Susan in Canberra with a clipping
from the Bowen Independent newspaper where my Ernest Edward Harris is
I have since received several more emails with suggestions
that may help me to find records of my Ernest Edward Harris and I have
really appreciated them. Such good people that I have no connection
with who have taken the time to contact me.
I also note in the September 2016 magazine the article
Gilbert River Cemetery, Queensland written by a Mrs A Parisotto
of Ayr, North Queensland which includes on page 24 a newspaper report
about the death of George Arthur Wilcox from the Brisbane Courier
in May 1933 that mentions a Constable Allan. I have a funny feeling
he may be my grandfather William Allans
brother John aka Jack Allan 19011955 as I believe he was stationed
in the area. I dont
have much information on his Police days, as he died tragically as well.
I know of some Wilcox families living in the Bowen district so have
made sure they know about this article.
Once again thank you for publishing my article as
I now have new leads in a very stubborn case.
Eileen Cameron by email
Yes, I have finished
and am ready to print the first of my Family History booklets.
Did all the right things: checked all my sources where
possible, had an independent person check the spelling and grammar and
make sure the chronological order was correct. At the last minute I
decided to ask my daughter to read through the document to see if she
understood the contents.
Oh, dear me, no she did not, it did not make sense
to her. So on her advice I redid the contents page and the direct
descendants page until we got to the point where she did understand
Just goes to show that although I have worked with
my Family History genealogy data for a number of years, and everything
made perfect sense to me, it is a good idea to have an outsider
look at your work.
I can now go ahead and print my long awaited Family
Liz Whelan by email
I was saddened to
read Heather Hagens
letter in the December magazine and the problems she has had with cemetery
My husband recently upgraded his grandmothers
grave in Mt Gravatt Cemetery in Brisbane and the staff were extremely
helpful. This was a surprise gift for his mother which was very well
received. My motherinlaw could not afford a headstone for
grave when she passed away in 1969 and it had always weighed heavily
on her and she often mentioned it.
The marble engraved headstone was purchased from eBay
at a very reasonable price ($45 delivered).
Mantei by email
Thank you so much
for publishing my article on Eliza (Berryman) Boston in Octobers
AFTC. Since I wrote that article I was excited to discover the new search
site for the historic birth and death indexes of the General Register
Office of England & Wales.
The birth indexes from 1837 onwards now have the facility
to either enter the maiden name of the mother, or just view the various
maiden names associated with the childs
name. There were no Chapman births with the maiden name of Berryman,
or similar, so concluded a marriage to my greatgrandfather Oliver
Henry in November 1853 did not appear to be based on Eliza being pregnant.
The death indexes now include the age from 1837, so
I checked for the death of an Eliza Chapman and I could find no female
deaths of an Eliza Chapman of a likely age in the London area, for which
I did not already have a certificate. So I am now even more inclined
to believe that Eliza Boston was indeed my greatgrandfathers
The new GRO indexes have been scanned from the certificates
and a pilot program of £6 for a PDF copy sent by email was run during
November. Hopefully this will be available permanently sometime during
One inaccuracy to note in the death index is in the
case of babies under the age of 1. The certificate may state, for example,
6 days old, 6 weeks or 6 months old. The optical scanners interpret
this as 6
which is listed as the age in the index and it is easy to assume this
means 6 years old. Ages over 1 are less likely to be mistranscribed,
although I imagine 18, as in 18 months, may occasionally be used.
Although no wild symbols are allowed in any of the
search fields, you can select phonetically or similar sounding names
but it is a good idea to try and visualise the possible variants of
a handwritten name as they might be interpreted by the optical scanner.
My Kusel family are frequently rendered as Rusel, and the maiden name
of Cane has also become Care and Case.
There is a limit of 250 results per search, so you
may have to limit your searches to quarters in the year, or registration
districts in order to see all the results for a common surname. Females
and males must also be searched for separately but you can search by
district, volume and page numbers if you have that information from
or other websites.
I am sure that there will be many people who might
well break down a brick wall or two with these new indexes.
Kendrigan by email