Snippets 280From time to time I come across all sorts of interesting history and/or genealogy related tidbits that I wanted to share with you, so I’ve have collected them together to make up a new Snippets post.

These aren’t meant to be comprehensive in anyway, but rather they are just bits that I’ve found, and wanted to share with you.

If you have any news that you’d like to share, please do so by emailing Alona at, or your can phone (08) 8263 2055, Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.


Congress 2018 Call for Speakers – Deadline 31 October 2016
If you’d like to be a speaker at the Australasian Congress in 2018, you only have days to get your talk proposals in, as the deadline for this is 31 October 2016. You can find more details on this on their website.

Adelaide’s Destitute Asylum Stories Wanted
The Destitute Asylum began in the 1850s and was a ‘place of last resort for many underprivileged, single, pregnant women, as well as the poor, and orphaned children.’  During its 66 year history, almost 1700 babies were born on the site. Only a small portion of the original two-storey lying-in home still exists, and stands on the Migration Museum grounds, just off Kintore Avenue, in Adelaide.

Now the South Australia’s Migration Museum is setting up a permanent exhibition for the Destitute Asylum, and they are looking for people (or relatives of those) who have a connection to the Destitute Asylum and the personal stories associated with them for their exhibition. If you want more information, or can help out please contact to Migration Museum on (08) 8207 7580 or email:

Jolly Family Reunion, 20 November 2016
The Jolly family reunion is being held on November 20th and is for descendants of Francis and Mary Ann Jolly (nee Barbary), who arrived on the ‘Recovery’ in 1839, as well as William Godolphin and Catherine Jolly (nee Paddy), who arrived in the ‘Himalaya’ in 1849.

This event will be held at the Good Shepherd Hall, 1 Chapel Street, Strathalbyn, South Australia, 1-5pm, and you’re asking to bring a plate to share for afternoon tea. Please bring photos, memorabilia and stories to be included in the ‘Jolly Family History’ book.

For more information contact: Cherie Jolly 0448 425 107, Allan Jolly (08) 8322 0095, or Judy Smith 0418 656 404,

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Heritage
The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Heritage website is seeking photos old musicians, especially those who service from the 1930s to the 1950s. This includes Gilford Bishop, Alfred Bermingham, William Robertson and Edric Monk. If you can help please contact Paul Blackman at

Aviator Memories
The Harry Butler Group at Minlaton, South Australia are seeking photos, personal memories and any memorabilia for their commemorative centenary booklet about Australian aviation pioneer Captain Henry John (Harry) Butler. If you can help please contact Pam on 0488 544 040, or write to the Harry Butler Group, PO Box 93, Minlaton, SA 5575.

Friendly Societies Memorabilia Wanted
Wanted for the Buffalo Museum in Whyalla, South Australia, the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB, or Buffs) memorabilia, regalia, jewels or any other order of similar type of organization (Druids, Forrester’s, Odd Fellows). If you can help out, please contact Ian on (08) 8649 3790.

New Pubs and Publications in New South Wales Released
The Society of Australian Genealogists has recently released a new title “Pubs and Publications in New South Wales 1860-1900. This database contains 112,000 entries, giving details of over 26,000 publicans and 8500 hotels across the state. It includes over 3000 mini-biographies of publications. Available on CD or USB, $30.00 + p/h. More details on their website.