Australia: NSW – West Wallsend Cemetery Turns 125

The link below is to an article reporting on the 125th birthday of West Wallsend Cemetery.

For more visit:
http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3145806/west-wallsend-cemetery-tour-for-125th-anniversary/

Australia: NSW – Maitland’s Jewish Cemetery

The link below is to an article that reports on efforts to save the Jewish cemetery in Maitland.

For more visit:
http://www.insidehistory.com.au/2014/03/saving-maitlands-jewish-cemetery/

App Explores Sydney’s Irish history

The link below is to an article that takes a look at an app that explores the Irish history of Sydney.

For more visit:
http://www.insidehistory.com.au/2014/03/new-app-explores-sydneys-irish-history/

News: State Records NSW Open Day 2013

The link below is to an article reporting on the upcoming open day for State Records NSW – it is to be held on the 30th August 2013.

For more visit:
http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/news/open-day-2013

Photos: Grandparents Trip to Sydney

I have been working on various family archives recently and today photo archiving has been at the heart of what I have been doing. Sadly, most of the photos belonging to my mother’s parents have very little in the way of information attached to them in any manner whatsoever. There are no dates mentioned, very little in the way of location information, etc. The best descriptions I have for some of the photos are marked on the various envelopes that photos have been stored in – ‘west,’ ‘south’ and so on.

The photos in this post are clearly of Sydney and the envelope they were stored in marks them as ‘Opera House Trip.’ These photos are easily identified, being of major landmarks in my state’s capital city – Sydney. However, the photos have no indication of dates, which is disappointing. If I would have to guess I’d suggest the 1960s or 1970s. If you think you are able to hazard a useful guess at the date these photos were taken, please leave your thoughts in the comments.

One of the photos shows people walking through an area at the Opera House. In the photo there are four people in the front half of the photo – my grandmother is the woman on the right of this grouping of people, carrying a handbag.

Sydney Opera House  

 

ABOVE: Photos of the Sydney Opera House

ABOVE: Sydney Harbour Bridge

VISIT TO COOLONGOLOOK CEMETERY

Yesterday I visited the Coolongolook Cemetery, which is to the north of Bulahdelah and south of Nabiac and Taree on the Pacific Highway, in New South Wales, Australia. I did this to photograph the headstones in the cemetery for future reference as I continue to research my family history.

 

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 ABOVE: Coolongolook Cemetery Sign

 

I would have taken about 200 photographs during my visit and these will be added to my database of cemeteries and headstones that I am developing as part of my family history research. Eventually I hope to be able to cross reference the headstones with what is known of family in my family history research. It would be great to be able to have a photograph of the headstone marking the final resting place of those in my family tree. That is the goal anyhow, as well as being able to glean any additional information that I can to assist me in compiling my family history.

Eventually I also hope to have the photographs of Coolongolook Cemetery and the headstones contained therein on my family – online history site.