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'.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

12 Ancestors in 12 Months

Several of my friends do a blog called 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, me I'm not that organised, so for the next 12 months I'm going to pick an ancestor a month and tell you about them. I will use the month of their birth as my selection guide. Sometimes there might be two but I am looking forward to sharing them with you.

Stay tuned, the first one will be on Monday.

Happy New Year,

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2017

Every year GenieAus, Jill Ball, looks at the positives in her year and asks fellow Genies to do the same. Here is my list, I only missed four in the 20.

1)      An elusive ancestor I found was; I haven’t added any new ancestor, this year, but I’ve continued to add information to most ancestors.

2)      A great newspaper article I found was; Searching for something else, I found a small notice for the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Paul’s great, great-grandparents, Frederick James Ironside and Martha Amelia Bird.

3)      A geneajourney I took was;  I wrote and published a small family history book on the Vaughan/Chasmar side.

4)      An important record I found was; Searching FamilySearch I found what could have been the birth of Paul’s great-grandfather, Samuel Magill. While I was in Salt Lake City, I used the Family History Library and confirmed that it was him.

7) My 2017 blog post that I was particularly proud of was; Looking back on my posts none stand out bit on re-reading them they are all important to me. The one I did, very ‘tongue in cheek’  was Pondering My Status as an Australian, http://researchbylily.blogspot.com.au/2017/11/pondering-my-status-as-australian.html

8) I made a new geminate who; I had to go to Salt Lake City, to meet an Aussie, from Sydney, Jennie Fairs. Jennie and I are also quilters.

10)  I joined; This year I joined the Genealogical Society of Victoria, The Women’s Pioneer Society of Australasia and the Ballarat and District Family History Society.

11)  A genealogy event from which I learnt something new was; RootsTech, with the talk  Lesser Known Databases for Researching Scottish Ancestors, by Christine Woodcock. It is always good to re-visit and area to see what is new.

12)  A blog post that taught me something new was;  While it wasn’t something new, it was a good reminder. Judy G Russell, The Legal Genealogist, did a post on 27 September 2017, titled Don’t just take!!!  This post talks about taking ‘things’ on the net, without asking permission. Have a read of it http://www.legalgenealogist.com/

13) A DNA discovery I made was;  This year I did my mtDNA and was pleased that the DNA confirmed my paper trail. This is still new to me, so I am still learning all about DNA.

15)  A brick wall I demolished was; When Samuel Magill was born, see #4.

16)  A great site I visited was; I have two FreeBMD, gave me some new records, www.freebmd.org.uk    
and World Names, where you can search for your surnames’ distribution, very useful for one-named studies. http://worldnames.publicprofiler.org/

17)  A new genealogy/history book I enjoyed was;  Sydney Cemeteries: A Field Guide, by Lisa Murray. I also heard Lisa speak about her research, for the book.

19)  I am excited for 2018 because;  The Society of Australian Genealogists are hosting the 15th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry. I’m looking forward to catching up with friends and making new one, attending the talks and the social activities.

20)  Another positive I would like to share is; On 7 January 2013 I started my studies to obtain my Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies; Australian Records. On 4 September 2017 I FINISHED!  I’m looking to finish my Irish certificate in 2018.

Interesting Times Ahead for My Blog

I have some interesting things planned for my blog, in 2018 and I hope you will like them.

Several of my friends do a blog where they write about one ancestor a week, 52 ancestors in 52 weeks.  I'm not quite that proficient, so starting in January I'm going to pick one ancestor a month and write up their bio. If I have a photo, that will go in too.

March is Congress month and I will be blogging all about that. I am so looking forward to catching-up with my Genie Mates.

June will see an A-Z run of blogs, with each one being associated with the letter of the day. I won't do Sundays, so I will have just the right amount of days. I'm working on this one, now and am having so much fun.

November is the month of my Blogiversary, and I am working on a surprise for one luck reader. Have some questions to ask of someone, first. More as November drawers closer.

I have a research trip planned, this is for my next book, so that will be blogged about. Plus all my usual stuff, that happens.

2018 will also see me take over the Writing Discussion Group, at the Society of Australian Genealogists. I am looking forward to that. I will also be joining a family history group as the Bankstown Family History Society is finished. Sad but lack of members, was the reason.

What are your plans for your blog in 2018? Let me know.

Bye for now,

Saturday, 16 December 2017

SAG Writing Discussion Group and an Interesting Booklet.

Thursday saw out last writing group for 2017 and Sue, the co-ordinator stepping down. She felt that after four years, it was time for someone else. That someone will be me.

Helen presented o wonderful talk on the finer points of writing. Things we use but sometimes make mistakes with, numbers, dates, contractions, etc. Taken from the Style manual, it had us discussing how things should be written.

This is the Style manual, well worth getting a copy of.

I was asked to present Sue with her gift, a voucher from SAG and a posy of flowers. Sue has worked hard to get the group started and to keep it going. It is a wonderful group. 

Lunch was at the National Trust house, S H Ervin Gallery, in its café. A lovely way to end the year.

I am a member of the Genealogical Society of Victoria, (GSV), and in the last journal I saw this little booklet reviewed. By Meg Bate, May 2017, it contains important dates in the history of Victoria, starting in 1803. It also mentions different records that the Society holds, or where you can find them. An example is the newspaper Argus started in 1846 and that you can find it on Trove. http://trove.nls.gov.au

Costing just $10, this will be very useful, for my next book.

Bye for now,

Friday, 8 December 2017

My Ancestoral Occupation Geneameme.

Several days ago, Sharn White wrote a blog post, where she listed her ancestor’s occupations. Her list was great and it got me thinking about what my ancestors did to earn a crust. And what constitutes an occupation?

The Collins English Dictionary gives the meaning of Occupation as; 1) a person’s regular work or profession; 2) any activity on which time is spent by a person.

The Thesaurus lists these words, activity, business, calling, craft, employment, job, post, profession, pursuit, trade, vocation, work, that can be used instead of occupation.

Looking at my list, I have many ladies involved in Home Duties, one Wife of a Broker, an occupation listed as Private Life. Then there is the Farmer’s Son and the Farmer’s Daughter, both given as occupations.

My list has gaps in places, with no occupations for K, O, Q, U, V, X, Y or Z. Sharn’s gave places for some but mine are all taken from my Australian certificates. I think it is an interesting list.

A-Z of Occupations.

A – Agent, Accountant, Auctioneer.

B - Bee Farmer, Blacksmith, Baker, Broker, Bookkeeper, Boot maker x3, Bill Discounter.

C – Cashier, Carter, Contractor, Carpenter, Cabinet Maker, Canteen Assistant, Coach Builder, Compositor.

D – Drainer, Domestic Servant, Dressmaker x3.

E – Engineer x2, Estate Agent, Electrician.

F – Farmer x10, Forman, Fitter and Turner, Fettler, Ferry Company Employee.

G – Gold Miner, Gentleman, Gentlewoman, Grocer, Grazier.

H – Hatter, House Keeper, Hairdresser, Hotel Keeper, House and Land Agent, Head Reader, Government Printing Office.

I – Inn Keeper.

J – Jeweller.

L – Leather Worker, Logger and a legion of Labourers.

M – Miner x5, Money Broker, Mechanic, Master Baker, Merchant.

N – Naval Signalman.

P – Painter, Porter, Postal Employee, Printer x2, Plate Layer, Plasterer, Plastic Moulder, Public School Teacher, ( as opposed to just a teacher!)
R – Road Contractor x2.

S – Shoe Maker x4, Store Keeper, Seaman, Ship’s Steward, Stud Groom, School Teacher x2, Settler, Soldier, Stenographer, Servant, Surveyor, Shop Assistant x2.

T – Tramway Employee, Telegraphist, Tailor x2, Telephone Mechanic.

W – Wagon Driver, Weaver, Wine Merchant.

What different occupations did your ancestors have?

Bye for now,


Thursday, 30 November 2017

3337 Private Leslie John ABBERTON

Born  1898 to Thomas ABBERTON and his wife Louisa NICHOLS, at Goulburn, NSW. He was their sixth child and fourth son. His three older brothers also served and when he enlisted both his parents were deceased.

Enlisted  1st AIF on 7 March  1917 and gave his age as 19yrs 10mths, with an occupation of Junior Porter. A description shows that he had blue eyes and brown hair and stood 5’6” tall.

Leslie embarked from Sydney on the 9 May 1917 and arrived in Suez on 20 June 1919. While in the Middle East he served with the 2nd Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron.  His records show that he spent time with a Training Regiment before transferring to the Machine Gun Squadron on the 20 August 1917. He was admitted to hospital, with influenza on 9 October 1917 and he re-joined his unit on 16 October 1917. I do not know what battle Leslie was wounded, as the Red Cross records give varying places but on 10 November 1917 he suffered gunshot wounds to his legs. The reading of his Casualty Form – Active Service is very stark, detailing the amputation of his left foot, being dangerously ill and then on 16 November 1917 he is transferred to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia and there both his legs were amputated. Reading his medical records, Leslie was dangerously ill from this time until he succumbed to exhaustion, following gunshot wounds, between 4-5pm on 30 November 1917. His length of service being War & 4 months. He was buried in the Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt on 1 December 1917, Row M, Grave 151. He is also listed on panel 180, of the Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial. One of so many young men to die in the service of his country.
Today, 30th November 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of my uncle's death.

Lest We Forget.

Monday, 27 November 2017

What's in a Name?

Names, something we are given at birth, or close to it by our parents and they can be the bane of our lives. Some people change them, as soon as they can. Some have a nick-name and no-one knows their given name. Some take a common name and give it a different spelling. Some change the way it is said.  Who remembers Hyacinth Bucket, from the TV show “Keeping Up Appearances,” always telling people that it was pronounced Bouquet?

When doing family tree research, I have discovered that I really needed to think differently about people’s names.  We have all come across Baptismal records, where the priest has written the names in Latin, making us reach for a Latin dictionary.

But what of the name Peggy? Is she a Margaret, Marjory or a Margo?  On my tree she is a Norma!

I have;

 Maryann, who became a May Mary.

Andrew Alexander, who was known as Sandy.

Elizabeth who was known as Betty, Beth or Tibby.

Cecilia, who was known as Sissy or Cecily.

Then there are the names that can be both male and female; Kimberley; Evelyn, Terry, Glenn, Gene,  Carol, Beverl(e)y, Aubrey and Lynn, just to mention some.

Throw in nicknames and is it any wonder that we get confused and frustrated, when searching for them. Or the families that ALL the firstborn sons are called the same, (insert a scream here.)

What about the spelling of names? Look at Matthew or Mathew, Lilian or Lillian, Philip or Phillip. I have an Aunt who still insists on spelling my name Lillian not Lilian, which it is.

So next time you find a Gussie, Bert, Glenn or Hooky, don’t scream, think outside the normal and you might just crack that brick wall.

I also recommend getting hold of a good  first name dictionary and a book that lists  first name variants. These are the two I have had for years;
                                                    I've used this one so much, that it is falling apart.

I purchased this one at The Society of Australian Genealogists and have included the publication details. I hope it is still available, it is really good.

                           Look at your own family. What interesting names do you have?
Bye for now,

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Paul and Lilian's Excellent Adventure, Friday 17 and Saturday 18 November 2017

Friday 17th.

Good Morning Sunrise!

After the rain, overnight I didn't think the morning would be dry, warm and calm. Obscured by clouds, sunrise was pretty, with shafts of light piercing through and again I was the only person around.

Breakfast and then a walk south, past the surf club and down the steps to Shelly Beach, ( must be the name to give a small beach, with shells, as I know of at least four). We didn't go right to the bottom as it is the beach for dogs, it looks like rock platforms and a bit of sand. Heading up we decided to walk around the block and back in the top end of Kim's. There are 36 steps from the street to reception/ dining room area. Done in sets with long runs between them. Going up and down give you plenty of exercise. 
The view along the steps.

Shelly Beach.

 The water dragon was perched on a stone temple, in the middle of the fishpond and was very obliging for photos. 

Reading and relaxing, while Paul did his exercises, made me head out for a stroll on the beach. Raining, not to heavy, at first but when you start seeing the spots on the sand, it is time to turn back.

It is so relaxing just to sit and look at the waves.

Both Paul and I had  massages, this afternoon and they were so good.

Cocktails before dinner and I tried a Pina Colada, yum! We chatted to another couple, who are here for the weekend.

 The view north, from our villa.

Saturday 18th.

I woke early and managed to get some beautiful photos of the clouds, highlighted by the sun. A clam morning.  Breakfast and then the last of our packing and then to head home.

Kim's has a tradition of flying the flags of the country, a guest is from, as well as the Australian flag.  We have had, United Kingdom, United States of America, Samoa, Cook Island, Fiji, three state flags, being Northern Territory, Tasmania and New South Wales. I tried each day to guess them, before breakfast but this morning got stuck on the first flag and was seriously annoyed with myself. I had picked the Isle of Man and Greece but it was this one that stumped me. Can you work it out? Answer at the bottom.

This is the name of our villa and as the name implies, we were very idle.

                                                                         Bye for now,

Answer, City of Sydney.

Paul and Lilian's Excellent Adventure, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 November 2017

Arriving, yesterday afternoon, we settled into our villa and unpacked. Pre-dinner drinks from 6.30pm in the cocktail lounge, followed by dinner at 7.30pm.  Bed, after a glass of port and chocolate.
The sound of the sea, lulled  us to sleep.

I was up at 5.15am, so I didn't miss sunrise. Cool but not cold, with no wind,  I stood just off the beach and watched as the sun slowly crept up out of the ocean. Beautiful. It was cloudy on the horizon but there was enough of a gap to see the sun.

Back inside, Paul was still asleep, I made a cuppa and relaxed.  Breakfast at 8.30am was a buffet style, like last nights dinner. Plenty of delicious selections to choose from.  After breakfast we strolled to the Toowoon Bay Surf Life Saving Club and discovered that they had a café, something to consider, for lunch.

Back in our villa, I settled down to do some research and Paul did his weight lifting exercises.
Finding the coffee table to low, I set myself up at the desk, only to discover that, you can't get your legs under the edge of the desk as it is to low. I did get some research done but was uncomfortable, so decided that a walk was a good idea.

Now Kim's is on the side of a hill. We go up 33 steps, to get to the dining room and still more to get to street level. (The steps have level bits between them, not a straight run of steps.) I discovered that if you walk out the entrance to the surf club, there is a ramp and steps to the street, better but still a steep walk.

Paul and I then strolled to the small shopping area, Toowoon Bay Village,  most of the places are food places, from take-a-ways, to cafes to a classy restaurant. We choose the cake shop, for coffee and I did a quick shop in the grocers.

Back in the villa, the call of the beach got to me and taking my camera, I headed out for a beach walk. I headed north stopping to take photos of interesting things and the view. To the north is The Entrance and Nora Head. It is Norah Head lighthouse we see. With the tide on the turn, there wasn't much of the hard packed sand to walk on, making it a bit of a slog.

Norah Head Lighthouse, just before sunrise. I even managed to catch the beam as it went past.

Now very windy and the para-surfers are taking full advantage of the breeze. It is amazing that they don't collide or tangle their shutes  together.

Tonight there was a pianist, playing in the cocktail lounge. Drinks and canapés, before dinner. Excellent selection, the day's menu is on your table, so you have an idea as to what is available.

Wandering back to our villa, we both sat and read, late into the evening.

Thursday 16th.

No sunrise for me, we both didn't wake until 7.00am, enjoyed a lazy cuppa and then wandered up to breakfast. Paul tasted a different muesli and liked it. I might try and make it at home. I tried some of the honey selection and found the tastes very different, to what I usually have.

An after breakfast beach walk was in order, cardigan required as it was a bit cool and there was a breeze. I headed south, towards the main part of the beach and found that I had to walk in the soft sand as there was a good slope on the hard packed sand. Walking out to the rocks, I was able to see two headlands. I walked back along the path.

Today I set the laptop up on the patio table, much better and I was able to work comfortably.  Brought the blog up to date and answered emails. Enough, time to walk to the café for lunch.

I have noticed that the schools seem to be having lifesaving lessons, both primary and high school. I have also noticed a large number of swimmers, paddle boarders and a kayaker, enjoying themselves.
Wanting a break, I walked down to the beach and was amazed that I was the only person around, the beach was deserted.  Later there was a para-surfer and a windsurfer, taking full advantage of the strong wind and racing each other across the small waves.

This Water Dragon, hangs around the two fishponds, the garden edges and even the path.

                                                                    Today's flags.

Bye for now,

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Paul and Lilian's Excellent Adventure, Monday 13 November 2017 (out of order)

Today we explored three new wineries, Thomas Wines, Peter Drayton Wines and Usher Tinkler Wines.

Thomas Wines are known for the Semillon and Shiraz, after a small tasting we selected the Semillon, for dinner, and the Shiraz to take home.

                                           The view from Thomas Wines, stunning.

Peter Drayton is part of the wine family, Drayton. We have purchased Drayton's wines before and like them, so thought we would give Peter's a try. Not disappointed. A liquored Muscat and a liquored Verdelho, were delicious and added to our collection, along with his Moscato.

We had been told to try Usher Tinkler, as we were after some Muscat. Well after two tastings we walked out. We were the only ones there and the person, looking after us, poured the first one, explained it, poured the second one, explained it and then disappeared! There was other staff and they ignored us as well, so we left.

Thought we would have a look at the Hunter Valley Gardens, we had been before but they are lovely to walk through. Didn't happen! The entry fee for us oldies was $27, a family of four $85. Even the locals are complaining about the prices.

We went into the group of shops and had lunch at A Taste of Country. We shared a plate, with bread, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and spices, then Paul had a wrap and I had wedges. Everything was delicious. I had a caramel spon hot chocolate, yum!

From there we went to Kevin Sobels Wines, to do some shopping. Mandy was in the shop and it was good to have a chat and thank her for Saturday's lunch.  Shopping done, we headed to Pokolbin Village and I did some Christmas shopping. From there we went to Two Fat Blokes shop and I added to the Christmas pressies.

Back to the Vintage and we got ourselves organised to go out to Amanda's On The Edge for dinner.  Set on a hill, overlooking vineyards this restaurant gives ARIA a run for its money. Paul and I had three courses and everything was delicious. Paul tried a Martini and I tried a Midorie Splice. Mine was lovely but Paul wasn't keen on the Martini, very dry. The wine went well with both our meals. I didn't drink and drive, we booked a taxi, both ways.

The view from Amanda's

Home and I finished the packing,  tomorrow we leave the Hunter for the coast.

Most of our days have involved walking around the area. We are in a golf resort and we often follow the golf buggy path. We are both getting plenty of exercise.

Bye for now,

Paul and Lilian's Excellent Adventure, Tuesday 14 November 2017.

Today we said 'good bye' to the wine region and made our way to the coast.

Stopping to see Jill and Robert Ball, in their new home on the way through was great. They have a wonderful view of Lake Macquarie and it was great to have lunch with them and catch-up.

We then drove to Kim's Beachside Resort, Towoon Bay, home until Saturday. We are very close to the beach, in a villa and are planning to do not a lot very slowly.

I will blog about our stay but it won't be until we get home.

Bye, till Saturday.

Paul and Lilian's Excellent Adventure, Sunday 12 November 2017.

                                              Today is our wine tour day with Two Fat Blokes.

Our driver collected us and two other couples, bringing our bus passengers to nine in total,  one Japanese lady and the rest Aussies and then promptly got lost. This made us 30 minuets late for our first stop.

Lucy's Run, is a small winery and to my mind the friendliest of all. A delicious range of wines, served with bread, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and two different spices. Yum. We ordered some wines and spices and asked if they could be sent home, as this is only part one of our holiday.

Glandore Estate Wines was next and here we tasted the wines, with chocolates. Different, delicious and interesting to see how the flavours change.

On to Hanging Tree Wines, for our next tasting and lunch.
This is the hanging tree, not used to hand bushrangers, as we all thought but they would slaughter the cows and hang them from the tree, to drain the blood out.

Our little group was  fantastic, with everyone getting along, jokes being told and faces pulled, if the wine is 'different'. A good bunch to spend the day with.

After lunch we went to a Jewish winery, Harkham Wines. Everything, involved with the wine making is Kosher, from a Rabbi being present, only Jewish staff, the cleanliness and NOTHING being added to the grapes, i.e. no sulphur. They were a different taste and we purchased a bottle of chocolate sauce. It tasted like drinking liquid coconut rough chocolate. Will go very nicely with icecream.


Our  last wine tasting was at the Two Fat Blokes shop and was DeIuliis wines and nine different cheeses to taste.
Tasting like this shows you how a wine or cheese changes flavour, really interesting.

                                         Our last stop was Potters Hill Brewery, for a beer tasting.    Not for us. We did enjoy the talk on how the beer was made, tasted barely, smelt two different types of hops,
  American and Australia. We took ourselves for a walk and saw the old kilns.

Back on the bus and home. Dinner was in the bag, having pre-ordered  it before the tour and we sat outside and relaxed after a full day. Tomorrow we will explore a couple of other vineyards.

Bye for now,

Paul and Lilian's Excellent Adventure, Saturday 11 November 2017

 Today, on our morning stroll, it was the feathered friends that took centre stage.
The beautiful, cheeky pink and grey Galahs, were out enjoying what ever they could find in the grass. Last night they hung around in the gum tree, outside our patio door.

Then we saw the shy but noisy Little Corella and were dived bombed! Cheeky.

They kangaroos were out as well.

Today we went to Kevin Sobels Wines for their annual wine club member's lunch. Being taken there in the bus, with others, so we could all enjoy the wine.
Moscato and nibbles, on arrival and the chance to meet people.
Lunch was served in one of the wine sheds, with empty oak barrels and crates of wine as the décor. A jazz band kept our toes tapping. A delicious three course meal, lots of different wines to taste, lots of laughter and interesting conversations.

It was a very, very enjoyable day.

Back to our place and we went for a walk.

Dinner was cheese and bickies and wine, in front of the TV, watching Victoria on the ABC.

Bye for now,

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Paul and Lilian's Excellent Adventure, Friday 10 November 2017. Part 2.

After leaving Wyong, we headed to Pokolbin and the Wine Region, our home for four nights.

Our first stop was Pokolbin Village and the Smelly Deli, for a cheese platter, having already
 picked-up a bottle of wine. 

Then it was 'lunch', well sort of.

Sabor in the Hunter, does desserts and only desserts and they are paired with local wines, ports and liqueurs.

Paul had the Belgium  waffles, with melted chocolate, ice-cream and  strawberries, paired with bubbly.

I had the Black Forest cake, paired with a raspberry liqueur.

The selection is wonderful, with two different tasting plates, as well. We took one back to the apartment, for after the cheese.

Once we had checked in and unpacked, we went for a walk and ran into this lot! they were more concerned about the golfer, trying to find his ball, than us. There were several joeys, close to their mums. 

                       Cheese, wine and dessert on the patio ended day one of our adventure.

                                                                    Bye for now,


Before I continue with our Excellent Adventure, I thought that I had better do this disclaimer.

I don't get any 'kick backs' from any one or company that these posts mention. My comments, suggestions and thoughts are mine, alone.

Most places have a website, so you will be able to find them..


Monday, 13 November 2017

Paul and Lilian's Excellent Adventure. Friday 10 November 2017 Part One.

Having travelled up on Thursday, went spent the night at Wyong.

 Friday dawned crisp and sunny and as we didn't have to be anywhere until 10.00am, a walk was in order. Wyong is very hilly, so we stuck to the block, on which the motel was located. Not a small block by any means.

Deciding to leave early, to a) get a good parking spot and b) get Paul a coffee, we left about 9.00am.A Gloria Jeans was located and Paul enjoyed a cappuccino. Then it was off to Tuggerah library for an author talk, by Rachael Johns.  Paul settled himself into a comfy chair and turned is book reader on.

Rachael Johns is an Australian author of Rural Romance and Women's Literature, with over 20 books published. Her first book Jilted was published in 2012 and her latest The Greatest Gift, published this year and released earlier this month. I have only discovered Rachael's books this year, silly me and I now have 11 of them on my Kindle as well as hard copies.

Her Outback series; Outback Blaze, Outback Dreams, Outback Sisters and Outback Ghost are set in a small town, in Western Australia. Centred around  four friends, each book tells one person's story. I would recommend reading them in order, starting with Outback Dreams.

Jilted is about a girls, who left her fiancé at the alter, 10 years before. An excellent read and I'm not going to give the plot away.  During her talk Rachael spoke how her based the lead character on Miss Havisham, from Charles Dickens' Great Expectations.

The last three, The  Patterson Girls, The Art of Keeping Secrets and The Greatest Gift are beautiful books, with great covers.

The Patterson Girls, ' remarkable story of fours sisters, family secrets and discovering what's important in life.' is the remark on the cover. Think of the many different personalities in one family and you have an excellent story.

The Art of Keeping Secrets, ' An extraordinary story of friendships, hidden secrets...and the consequences of facing the truth.' I'm going to confess that I haven't finished this one, yet as I go side-tracked by the Outback series and then The Greatest Gift.

The Greatest Gift, 'A touching novel about a woman's gift and what really makes a family.' Touching on childhood cancer, infertility, egg donation and two couples, one who wants a family and one who doesn't and what brings them together. A MUST read and a great Christmas gift.

Rachael's talk was funny, with stories of how it took 15 years to get her first book published, in 2012, how she tried to write for Mills and Boon and how she begins the actual writing process. I was able to ask Rachael to sign my books and she did so, along with the others ladies, who came to the talk.

So if you are looking for a new author, give Racheal Johns a try, you will discover a wonderful author.

Bye for now,

Rachael signs her books, with a pink pen.

The beautiful covers.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Lest We Forget.

Some images of the Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial.

                                              Lone Pine, Gallipoli.

At the going down of the sun
And in the morning,
We Will Remember Them.
Lest We Forget.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Pondering My Status as an Australian.

(very tongue in cheek.)

There has been an on going discussion, in the Australian Parliament as to wether several members are really Australian citizens or by descent something else, entirely. This got me thinking; Am I really an Aussie? Could I really be a Pom?!  Let me explain.

My Dad, Matthew, was born in The Colony of New South Wales, in October  1896, (yes that is correct). Making him a British Subject.

Now  as I was born, pre 1983, I fell into a sort of grey area.

This is from Wikipedia and is as confusing as anything, because you have to know which of the Acts, you are covered under. Now I was born AFTER 1948.

Australia retained the status of British subject until the Australian Citizenship Amendment Act 1984 removed Part II of the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 effective on 1 May 1987. Between 1 January 1983 and 1 May 1987 a British citizen and an Australian citizen were both British subjects under Australian law, but not under United Kingdom law.[6] (my highlight) The term encompassed all citizens of countries listed in the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948. The list was based on, but was not identical with, those countries (and their colonies) that were members of the Commonwealth from time to time. The list was amended from time to time as various former colonies became independent countries, but the list in the Act was not necessarily up-to-date as far as to constitute exactly a list of countries in the Commonwealth at any given time. This definition of British subject meant that, for the purposes of Australian nationality law, citizens of countries that had become republics, such as India, were grouped as British subjects. "British subjects" ceased to be eligible to be issued with Australian passports under Australian nationality law in 1984. The voting rights of persons who were British subjects and were enrolled to vote on 25 January 1984 have been preserved.[7][8] As at June 2009, almost 163,000 voters have a "British subject" notation on the electoral roll.[9]

I went to the Australian National Archives site http://guides.naa.gov.au/citizenship/chapter1/citizenship-australia.aspx

and the opening sentence says; "Citizenship in Australia has a complex and confusing history." 

Great, what is a girl to do?

I thought, right, I'll go to the British Government site; https://www.gov.uk/types-of-british-nationality/british-subject

The opening section, reads; "5. British subject
Until 1949, nearly everyone with a close connection to the United Kingdom was called a ‘British subject’.
All citizens of Commonwealth countries were British subjects until January 1983."
Now I am confused? Aussie or Pom???
So I have worked out my own Citizenship test;
1) Do you like Vegemite?   YES.
2) Do you know the second verse of Advance Australia Fair? YES.
3) Have you ever made ANZAC biscuits and/or Lamingtons? YES, to both.
4) Do you know what thongs are?  YES, something you wear on your feet.
5) What is the Great Australian Salute? Waving the flies away, with your hand.
6) Do you know the words to God Save the Queen?  NO.
7) What does the expression, 'on the turps' mean? A person has been drinking, a lot.
8) What race stops the nation on the first Tuesday in November? The Melbourne Cup.
9) Where or what is the Coat hanger?  Sydney, it is the Harbour Bridge.
10) In cricket Australia or England?  AUSTRALIA!
Think I passed. 
Ozzie, Ozzie, Ozzie.
Bye for now,

                                                                       Dad and I.