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.


Regional Victorian Oral History project
With the help of a Local History Grant, a series of short films about Aboriginal Elders’ experiences growing up on the Lake Tyers Mission and in improvised bush camps in the 1960s and 70s will soon become a resource for future generations. Wurinbeena Board and Artists and Fringe Dweller Films are collaborating on the project. Wurinbeena explains that because of East Gippsland’s historical isolation, there is little existing archival documentation: For more information on this project visit the PROV website.
[Public Record Office Victoria, Despatch March 2021 newsletter]

Looking for Descendants of the ‘Duke of Athole’ 1881 Voyage
This year the Maryborough Family Heritage Institute group are looking for descendants of passengers who immigrated to Australia on the DUKE OF ATHOLE in 188. They are aiming to collect photographs and stories of the families and their lives of those who were on that voyage, to include in a new book about the voyage.  You can download a full passenger list from their website. If you are able to help out, please get in touch with them. Email address., Website 
[Maryborough Family Heritage Research Institute Facebook page]

Perry McIntyre was honoured for her services to history preservation and genealogy [Photo: Daily Telegraph]

Dr Perry McIntyre Recognised in Australia Day Awards
Big Congratulations to Perry McIntyre who was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for her “significant service to history preservation and genealogy organisations”. She has been involved in Irish history and genealogy since the 1970s and has also served as an executive president of the History Council of NSW, a member of the Royal Australian Historical Society and Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee and the Society of Australia Genealogists, and is author of numerous books. You can see more of Perry’s achievements on the Australian Honours list.

Did you grow up live in the Mary Valley, Queensland?
The Gympie Regional Library is after your help in keeping a historic record of life in the Mary Valley. This year, thanks to a State Library of Queensland  grant they are creating a visual and oral history of life in the Mary Valley called “Voices of the Valley”. They’re focusing on 4 themes: what it was like growing up/or living in the Valley:  the building of the Borumba Dam; the fight against the Traveston Dam; and what is something you miss in the Valley. You don’t need to be in all 4 themes – you can talk about one or two of them if you wish. If you grew up in any of the towns or areas in the Mary Valley and would like to contribute to this project – which will have its own web site with video and oral histories available for public viewing – please contact Rochelle or Lisa at the Gympie Library on (07) 5481 0859.
[Gympie Regional Libraries Facebook page]

William Bligh’s Bounty logbook [Photo: State Library NSW]

Bligh’s Bounty Logbooks Recognised by UNESCO
The logbooks of William Bligh, which document the most notorious mutiny in history, were officially inscribed on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World register on Friday 26 February 2021.
Bligh’s priceless maritime logbooks were presented to the State Library in 1902 by Bligh’s grandson, and have been kept safe in the Library’s collection ever since. “The logbooks document events leading up to the mutiny and give some insight into possible causes,” said State Library curator Sarah Morley. Digitised versions of the logbooks are available on the State Library of NSW’s website. You can read more about it here.
[via Royal Australian Historical Society email]

HAGSOC 2021 E.M. Fletcher Writing Competition
Entries are now open for the 2021 E.M. Fletcher Writing Competition!
The competition will be judged to select the best short story (between 1500- 2000 words) on a family history/genealogy theme. The genre of writing is not limited, so try your hand at non-fiction, biography, creative non-fiction or fiction. Whether you are telling a story about on of your ancestors or sharing a personal memoir, the broad theme allows plenty of scope to be creative. Entrants are asked to include a short 25 words or less ‘inspiration statement’ about what inspired them to write the story.
Entries close on 15 July 2021, and there is a chance to win $1,000 and special HAGSOC member prizes. All information about the competition, including this year’s judges, Terms and Conditions and Entry Form, is available on the HAGSOC website. Enquiries can be directed to:
[Family History ACT email notification]

The real face of white Australia website

More Data Added to ‘The Real Face of White Australia’ Website
The repository of data transcribed by volunteers through ‘The Real Face of White Australia’ project has been updated! For more information see:
[via @wragge on Twitter]

the gatehouse at Urrbrae

Heritage Listed Gatehouse is to be Moved Brick-by-Brick
The gatehouse on the corner of Cross Road and Fullarton Road, built in 1890 and linked to the University of Adelaide’s Urrbrae House historic precinct, was set to be bulldozed to make way for road-widening project. However following significant public backlash to this, the heritage-listed building has been saved, as the state government has now said that it will pay to dismantle and rebuild it nearby. You can read more about this on the ABC News website