From 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, 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.


Australian War Memorial Digitisation Project – Seeks Relatives
The Australian War Memorial is undertaking a project to create a comprehensive digital archive of the ANZACs and their deeds, utilising collections selected from our extensive archives, and reflecting the experiences of Australian servicemen, nurses, and civilians during the First World War. This project will digitally preserve the Memorial’s collections and provide access through the Memorial’s website. As part of this project the Memorial is seeking contact with relatives of the persons listed in the article. If you have any further information about these people, or their descendants, the Memorial would love to talk to you. 

National Archives of Australia – Western Australia
The National Archives of Australia in Western Australia is close to finalising arrangements to ensure it has appropriate accommodation in Perth for future years. As the current leased premises in East Victoria Park are on the market, the Archives is planning to move out in late 2018. A new storage facility has been secured in Belmont for the protection and preservation of archival records held in Perth. Records will be transferred from East Victoria Park to the Belmont repository at the end of 2018. The Archives has identified several options for a new reading room and offices in the Perth CBD and an announcement on the selected location is expected in the near future. It is anticipated that the relocation of records and staff will result in some service disruption. The Archives will develop interim arrangements to minimise the impact on users during the move. To stay in touch and for further information: or

Geelong Family History Group – New Website
If you haven’t visited the Geelong Family History Group’s website recently it’s time to take another look, as they updated it a few month ago. The spiffy new look makes it easy to navitgate, and be sure to follow their blog for the latest news of happenings and records added to their site.

Shellharbour Gets a New Museum
If you have ancestral roots in the Shellharbour region of New South Wales, be sure to check out the Shellharbour City Museum. This new museum contains a wealth of family history resources as they aim to preserve and share “stories, past and present, of the people, places and events that make our great city what it is today”.

Caloundra Family History Research – New Website
Now in it’s 25 year, the Caloundra Family History Research group have recently launched their brand new website. This one caters to visitors and members through their “virtual rooms”. Past and present members have contributed the knowledge and expertise to form an ongoing legacy of the history of the district.

Burials in Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery, Queensland
The Toowoomba & Darling Downs Family History Society is calling for submissions to its next publication of stories of those buried in the Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery, Queensland. For more information, please email the society at:

Free Research from SAG
If you are a Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) member, and live in the country, interstate, or overseas did you know that are able to request up to three hours free research from their collections each year? Details about how to make a request are available here:

LINC Tasmania Website gets an Upgrade
The LINC Tasmania team are excited to announce that their new Archives Search is now live!! Their archives are full of wonderful things, and this new search makes it’s even easier to find and discover. See what treasure you can find today!

University of Sydney’s “Beyond 1914” Project
‘Beyond 1914 – The University of Sydney and the Great War’ is an extensive, searchable database of over biographies and archival information on over 2000 former staff, students, graduates and their families who were involved in the First World War. Discover individual journeys, or explore the map