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 or been given, 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.


Help ID Recovered War Casualties with DNA
The Unrecovered War Casualties-Army investigates all notifications of the discovery of human remains that are believed to be those of Australian soldiers. And you can help them by submitting your DNA to help assist the identification of recovered War Casualties? [via @Infolass on Twitter]

NSW State Archives Changes Opening Hours
New South Wales State Archives are making some changes to their opening hours from February next year. The Reading Room at the Western Sydney Records Centre will be closing on Mondays from 4 February 2019. You can read about the changes here [via NSW State Archive on FB]

SAG Starts a DNA Beginners  SIG Group
People’s knowledge on DNA can vary widely: from “I’ve done a DNA test, but what does it all mean?” to knowing how to interpret the results and using them to advantage. The Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) have felt the need to have two separate DNA Special Interest  Groups, one for beginners and the other for those more advanced. So if you’re need some help in understanding DNA testing, their new DNA Beginner’s Group starts 16 February 2019. You find all the details on their website.

Can you Assist Unley Park Baptist Church?
Recently Jodie Scott, Artlab Australia Senior Paper Conservator finished the conservation treatment on a unique WW1 Honour Board for Unley Park Baptist Church in South Australia. The board consists of 33 silver gelatine portraits of the soldiers from the Church’s community, who bravely served in WW1. Stephen Clarke from Unley Park Baptist Church is seeking the descendants of these veterans and their surnames are: Barlow, Billing, Bradley, Chambers, Christie, Clark, Cole, Crook, Fairbain, Haines, Holland, Hosking, Key, Langthorn, Lees, Long, Miller, Maslin, McDonald, McNicol, Miller, Mitchell, Penniford, Prest, Raws, Saunders, Scrymgour, Sellick, Sexton, Sutherland, Theel, Tuck, Verrier and Wharff. If you know any of these names please contact Stephen by email:
The Honour Board featured on Virtual War Memorial Australia website:
Please read about Jodie’s conservation treatment on our website:
[via Artlab on FB]

Do You Have an Enquiry for State Records of SA?
State Records of SA have just implemented a new enquiry service through their website This can be used for all queries to State Records, and it will assist you to find information on (or send an enquiry about):
– accessing records in the archive
– copyright
– freedom of information
– privacy
– records or information management
– State Records education and training
– transferring permanent records

Secrets of the Adelaide Gaol Revealed With New App
A new app revealing the secrets of the 177-year-old Adelaide Gaol has been rolled out just in time for the school holidays. The free app will allow visitors to the historic site, one of state’s oldest buildings and said to be the most haunted, to access little known facts about the facility’s history, including the faces and stories of the 44 men and one woman executed there and buried within the grounds.

South Australian Crowdsourcing Project
The German-Australian Genealogy & History Alliance has started a crowdsourcing project to index the Adelaide City Council Assessment Books. This is the first part of a project that will be used by GAGHA to map the location of Germans in the City of Adelaide. If you would like to help with the transcription of the records and creation of an index the first two books are live here:
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History Victoria’s Website Gets an Update
The Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) has a brand new website. Check it out, there lots to discover and explore …  [via @Infolass on Twitter]

East Perth Cemeteries Website Updated
Friends of Battye Library and National Trust of Western Australia have launched an upgraded website for the East Perth Cemeteries. New burial data, faster and more sophisticated search abilities and a fantastic mapping component. [Thanks to Lorraine of Swan Genealogy for passing on this info]