Archive for June, 2012
We are very excited to tell you that we are a major sponsor of the Unlock the Past Expo in Jindalee, QLD on 25-27 June. We’re delighted to have Rosemary Kopittke speaking about our findmypast sites. Our team will be there to offer free look ups of our sites and heavily discounted subscriptions will also be available to attendees, so come and see us and don’t miss out!
We will be running a really exciting competition to win a new World Collection subscription valued at $249.95 which will be drawn on Wednesday 27 June. Simply come to our stand and complete an entry form to enter. If you haven’t already registered for this event, visit Unlock the Past now.
Take advantage of these great deals!
Pre-book now for significant benefits:
- lower entry price (expo and tour)
- entry into prize draw for free passes (expo and tour)
- lower Gold Ticket pricing (expo)
- save hassle of buying tickets on the day (expo)
- entry into draw for half the prizes that will be offered (expo) - the other half will be for those doing the treasure hunt at the expo
Published for the first time ever, these records cover schools in the Coffs Harbour District of New South Wales, some of which still exist today and others that no longer operate. There are over 4200 records spanning from 1891 to 1981, making them a truly fantastic resource. There is a 30 year exclusion period, as recommended by the Department of Education and Communities NSW.
This index is developed from School Admission Registers, photocopies of which the Society has been able to acquire. The information included in these records is surname, given name, school name, date of admission and source document reference. The original documents provide additional information on the pupil and their parents, guardians or care givers which the Society is able to access.
If a researcher locates a family member on the Index, they may contact the Society to access the school admission register copies that are held. These copies may include additional information such as whether the pupil started their education at a particular school or transferred from another; the name and possibly the occupation of the parent, guardian or care giver; and in some instances, where the pupil continued his/her education or if they joined the workforce on leaving a particular school or their relocation to another area. Therefore these records are really valuable as they can lead to even more information.
This database indexes names drawn from schools in:
Corindi Public: 1940-1971
Karangi Public: 1892-1954
Lower Bucca Public: 1915-1970
Orara Public: 1891-1926
Upper Orara Public: 1926-1945, 1963-1980
Raleigh Public: 1894-1961
This photo was taken in 1976 of Raleigh School, which is one of the Schools in the Index. This was the new school building built in 1956 and replaced an older building which had been built in 1874. Raleigh was a one teacher school until the early 1980s.
Over 56,000 Waverley and South Head Cemetery Transcriptions have been added to the Life Events (BMDs) category on our website. These cemeteries in Sydney’s eastern suburbs began in the 1800’s.
Waverley Cemetery had its first internment in 1877 now has now grown to over 80,000 interments in 50,000 gravesites and memorials over 40 acres. South Head General Cemetery had its first internment in 1869 and now has over 6,000 gravesites and memorials in 4 acres.
These records include the full details transcribed, and also denomination, section, row and plot number. Nearby graves are also listed. These records are really valuable for anyone searching for ancestors from the Waverley and South Head areas.
There are a number of people that have been laid to rest in the Waverley Cemetery. From poets and beer brewers, to judges and cricketers, this list is worth a look as there are definitely people from all walks of life! Some of these people include:
• Dorothea Mackellar - Poet
• Edmund Resch - Beer brewer
• Eliza Winstanley - Australia’s 1st leading lady of the stage
• George & Charlotte Sargent - Meat pie bakers
• Harold Hardwick - champion swimmer & boxer
• Harry Rickards - Tivoli Theatre owner
• Henry Lawson - Writer & poet
• Jules Francoise Archibald - founder and editor of The Bulletin newspaper, public benefactor & provider of the annual portrait prize in his name
• John Fingleton OBE - Australian Cricketer & ‘Bodyline’ veteran
• John Sands - Greeting card manufacturer & stationer
• Lawrence Hargrave - Aviator and inventor
• Oscar Eliason - ‘Dante the Great’ (magician & conjurer)
• Sarah (Fanny) Durack - Olympic gold medal swimmer
• Sir Frances Forbes - 1st Chief Justice of NSW
• Victor Daly - Poet
• Victor Trumper - Test Cricketer
• William Dymock - Book seller