About Me.

A Family Tree researcher for over 30 years and a blogger since 2010, I love to share what I find. This blog has opened up a new way to contact and keep in-touch with both family and friends. It mightn't always be genealogy related and you might not agree with my point of view but I want you to comment, ask questions and look upon this blog as 'friends having a chat'.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Thank you.

When I'm away, I blog on the iPad and can't always respond to your comments. I do read them and wish there was a way I could let you know that.

So this post is to say a very big 'thank you', to everyone, who has left a comment. I love them.


Thursday, 20 October 2016

Our last day.

Today we went to Hallett Cove Conservation Park, approximately 14km from the city. This 51ha, (126 acres), park was established in 1976, after around 11 years of 'fighting', to stop developers building houses and a marina. It is a Declared Geological Monument, containing many significant geological sites. The website, environment.sa.gov.au  along with Wikipedia, give detailed explanations of them.

We set out along the Costal Park Path, a short 7.2km, one way. Mostly boardwalk, with a couple of gravel sections, Paul and I found it an easy walk. We didn't do the full distance, stopping at the spot on the map, between the steps to the shore and Waterfall Creek, just where another path branches of.

The views are awesome, looking south across the beach and north to Glenelg.

This headland is at the northern end of Hallett Cove beach and is a lovely chocolate colour.

The white hill, in the foreground is Sugarloaf. You can do the walk up to it and it can't be seen from the path, until you stop and look back, towards the cafe. With the reddish cliffs forming a backdrop, it is stunning.

This was taken from the top of the headland, in the second photo. This is Hallett Cove, with its boulders and rocks.

Part of the boardwalk, looking north.

We took an hour to do the section, we walked and judging by the number of walkers, joggers and tourists, it is a very popular walk.

Stopped for morning tea at the Boardwalk Cafe. Great food and a great view.

Our holiday is over. I hope you have enjoyed my blogs.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

What we have been doing.

Saturday saw us in at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. What a restful spot. We meandered along, stopping so I could take photos or describe something for Paul.
Our first treat was the rainforest center, and this little chap, popped up and allowed me to take a snap.

Sunday was lunch, with family at the Esplanade Hotel, Brighton. The weathe was atrocious and here is a view of Brighton Jetty.

Monday's weather was a bit better and we drove to Port Adelaide and had a look around, then continued south as far as Hallett Cove, stopping for quick photos, between showers. This part of the coastline is so beautiful. We followed the coast road.

We are going to walk this park, Thursday as the weather is promising to be sunny.

Yesterday, Tuesday and again we went south. This time to Noralanga(sp) and then across to Maclaran Vale. Freezing and wet but we got to see some of the area.

Today was wonderful. Sunny and cool, so we went to Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens. What a beautiful place! Some of the paths are still under repair, so we spent our time on the bigger paths. 

One of the views.

A study in black and white.

A drift of snow bells.

In need of coffee or lunch we headed towards the summit but decided to go to Cleland Wildlife Park, just along a bit further. I really recommend this park, easy to get around, lovely staff and lots of cute Australian animals, some you can feed. When we got there, we were told that there was 15 minutes left to see the koalas, so we set off. 

Sasha was out for pats and she was very well behaved. 
These potaroos, waylaid us, so we fed them.

Lunch was our next stop and once we had eaten we set off to explore the rest of the 35 hectares and find as many of the 130 species, living there.

Two of the mob, relaxing in the sun.

A Hairynosed wombat. It had just eaten its lunch and came out for some sun. Its mate was still eating.

A Stone Curlew. This was dad and mum was there, with two chicks.

In the forest aviary, there were plenty of these.

Outside and this chap was walking around.

At the wetlands, this tortoise was sunning itself.

Last stop was the dingos. 

Theses came before the dingos and were in the Mallee aviary but there is a story to tell. To get into the aviary, you go through two doors. Open and close the first, then do the same for the second one and you are in. Well these three greeted us like lost family. We would stop and they would sit at our feet, walk and they would follow. It was very cute, until we tried to leave. Paul went out the first door and as I tried to follow, they sat down and wouldn't move. I tried to open the door and see if they would move. Nope, not going to happen! I had to run back to the doors we came in and go round and get Paul. We spoke to the staff member, looking after birds and she explained that she had hand reared them and was trying to get them independent and it was their first time in the aviary. 

Back up at the entrance, we heard a koala, grunting. Looked up and there was a wild one, munching on leaves. They like to come into the park.

So if you want a good day out, in Adelaide, head for the hills and visit this park. 

Bye for now,

Thursday, 13 October 2016

South Australian Research.

Talking to both staff, from State Records and Genealogy SA, at the expo, I figured that a bit of research might be good.

August Jasper arrived in Adelaide, in 1876 and I was curious as to what he had done, during his time there. An article, I found on Trove, see the post, 16 September 2016, that placed him Clare.

With more questions than answers, I went to Genealogy SA. Being able to view a copy of the passengers, on the Dilbhur, I found more information about him. I enquired about court records and they didn't have any and recommended State Records.

Of to State Records, today. From the lady, on the desk, who showed me how to join, to the staff,  bringing up the books, everyone was friendly, helpful and nothing was a problem.

There were no court papers, pertaining to him and Kelly suggested that I apply to the courts, for a search. She even found the forms and information I need. She then suggested I look at Assessment Book, for Clare, to see if I could find his residence. Nothing.

Kelly went to lunch and Adam was on the desk. As August gave his residence as Blyth, I asked if there were Assessment Books for Blyth. He searched the online indexes and ordered it for me, once we worked out which book. Again, nothing.

I felt like I was in my own episode of Who Do You Think You Are? But as Kelly commented that it isn't easy, like the show makes it. Don't we genealogists know that! I would ask do you have, or where could I find? I also had my notebook, like they all seem to use, mine is pink.

As the case was in Clare, I'm going to contact their family history society and will see if Blyth has one, too. I will also do the paperwork, to the courts.

To great research experiences!

Bye for now,

Adelaide, Thursday 13th, Genealogy Day.

A visit to Adelaide, for a genealogist, should include a visit to Gould Genealogy, at Nova Gardens.

I had asked Alona, if she could find several books, for me. Two were and I also picked up two on German research. It was lovely to see Alona and her cute car.

The photo book will be very useful, for my UTAS course. The Latin Glossary is small enough to take with me, when I'm looking at documents.

Paul had spent that time, sitting in the car, that morning tea, was on the cards.

From Nova Gardens we Gress Cross and State Records of South Australia. Very helpful staff. More next post.

Bye for now,

Adelaide, Wednesday 12th, Adelaide Hills. Mount Lofty.

After Hahndorf, we continued on to Mount Lofty, via Stirling. Stirling, is another pretty town, but with no parking available, Mount Lofty was the place to stop.

Cool was the temperature but the breeze was gentle. You are required to pay to park but this sign greeted us.

Not being good at taking selfies, a lovely tourist took our photo.

The view and the marker on the top.

A great day.
Bye for now,

Adelaide, Wednesday 12th. The Adelaide Hills. Hahndorf.

Another cool, grey day but that wasn't going to stop us. I did have to go and buy another long sleeve shirt before we started.

Hahndorf was our first stop. Settled by Lutheran migrants, in 1839, it is the oldest surviving German settlement. Beautiful old buildings, quaint shops and sunshine made for a pleasant time. 

First stop was the Fudge Shop, Hahndorf, www.fudgeshophahndorf.com.au  for some fudge. Paul picked the sugar free, chocolate orange fudge and I went with rum and raisin.  Otto's for morning tea, salted caramel tart and a nut slice were our choices. Yum!

We strolled along, stopping to window shop or to browse. It wasn't very busy, when we first arrived but  it did get busier.

This Hahndorf Academy, home to the information center.

Built in 1861, this pub was once a Cobb and Co stop.

These gardens were laid out in 1939, to mark Hahndorf 's centenary.

This lovely building caught my eye and then I saw what it was named.

Detmold, Germany, was where August Jasper was born. Goosebumps.

This beautiful church, in English Street and I think it is, now, the New Apostolic. It didn't have a sign. It could be St Paul's Anglican but the name isn't on the map. English Street was once called Billygoat Lane.
Can anyone read and translate what is in the circle? 

St Paul's Lutheran Church was built in 1890.  Beautiful building.

I'm going to break today into two posts.

Bye for now,