Beyond the Headstones – Byrne family

The Beyond the Headstones series of posts was inspired after having spent a bit of time in Wangaratta cemetery, visiting loved ones, attending funerals or wandering around taking photos. In some sections I have been known to point at a headstone and exclaim “I...

The case of the Chiltern body snatcher

Followers may have discerned that I enjoy exploring the stories of nutters. They provide the rabbit warrens that can steal away hours while you try to make sense of the crazy. Today’s offering is not from my family tree, or even from Wangaratta. One of his...

Benalla and district cemetery records

      I often talk about how wonderful the CD of Wangaratta Cemetery records produced by the Wangaratta Family History Group is.Now there is a new resource available from our friends at Benalla.https://www.benallacemetery.com/homeThis clear and easy to...

The joy of postcards

Sending postcards in the early decades of the twentieth century was a past time with many uses. The sender could let someone know what train they would be arriving on, how their trip to Aunt Myrtle was going, or send good wishes on a special occasion. Sometimes...

Faking it with FindaGrave

Recently I was alerted to the fact that fellow blogger Janelle Collins had photographed all the extant headstones at Boorhaman cemetery north of Wangaratta.* Janelle’s rellies were John King and Mary Anglim (sometimes Anglam), who came from the same area of...

Votes For Women!

Before women in Victoria gained the right to vote in Commonwealth elections in 1902, there were few ways that they could exercise any democratic right. They were yet to be granted the same rights as men in state elections despite a huge push in 1891 with the...
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