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The Government schools of New South Wales from 1848 website provides valuable historical information on NSW government schools operating since 1848.
This website includes a number of information sources:
a searchable database which provides entries for more than 7,390 schools
facts and figures of many historical aspects of public education in NSW
a changing historical photogallery.
Each entry consists of the name of the school, the county in which it is located and its operating dates.
The school entries section gives background information on how the entries were compiled.
For additional NSW historical education information, the authorities listed in the links section might also be of help.
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or Some Books and other Printed Items from my Tramway Collection
In the December 2006 issue (352nd Issue) of Biblionews, author and collector of books about railways, John Newland, had his article “Some Books in my Railway Collection” published (pp. 95-118). This article was the inspiration for the present one, though I can lay claim to only a very modest collection of “tramwayana” in comparison with his collection of railwayana, as collections of such material are evidently widely referred to these days (hence my coinage above).
Trams were very much a part of the first two decades of my life here in Sydney. I was born in 1937 in the Sydney suburb of Annandale, through which the Lilyfield tram passed. I was taken home a few days later to a house in Birchgrove, which had had its own tram service since the 1917, and in…
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A Brief History of the Records of the Registrar General (PDF 2.1 MB)
Published 26 Mar 2013
This publication offers a brief history of the Office of the Registrar General since its inception in 1843 and the records it holds which date back to 1792. It also describes how land was initially acquired and consequently managed.
First Stop Guide to the Records of the Registrar General (PDF 981.6 KB)
Published 26 Mar 2013
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The Ryerson Index is a free index to death notices appearing in Australian newspapers. The date range covered extends from the Sydney Gazette of 1803 up to newspapers published within the last week or so. The Index also includes many funeral notices, and some probate notices and obituaries.Because the Index was originally created by the Sydney Dead Persons Society, its strength lies in notices from NSW papers – including in excess of one million notices from the Sydney Morning Herald alone. However, the representation from papers from other states continues to grow, with additional papers being regularly added, so that the Index can now truly be considered an Australian index.Indexing is being continuously carried out by a team of volunteers, too numerous to mention individually, who give freely of their time to ensure the site continues to grow. Site updates occur every couple of weeks, and more often in periods of high activity.The index itself cannot by definition be considered a primary source of data, but is purely a research aid to direct the researcher to the original source of a notice.
via THE RYERSON INDEX.
via THE RYERSON INDEX.
Hello everyone. Not good news about Lynne. I’ve never met her but truly appreciate the effort she has put in here over the years. I hope she is able to recover.
I posted this on some other Sanders site. Obviously not this one. So here is something you may find interesting.
Hello to all you Sanders people I am son of Tom, son of Clement, son of Frederick, son of William. As you all know, William was born in Kenton, Devon, England. I was just there in Kenton in early September 2104. I very nice quiet little village. We were given access to a book entitled “Extracts of Baptisms, burials and Marriages recorded at Kenton Parish Church” (We never actually wrote down the official name, but that is what I recall) The period covered was the late 1600’s up to the mid 1800’s. A couple of things that come to mind – Sanders and Saunders are freely interchanged. We found a couple instances of children form the same parents named Sanders and Saunders. From the extracts, William (Blackberry) was baptized April 15, 1823, so was probably born in March of 1823. That bears looking at, but the record is of baptisms, not births, which were not recorded in the extract. In every instance in the extract, Elisabeth (his mother) is spelt with an ‘s’ not a ‘z’. The only grave marked ‘Sanders’ was of an Anna Sanders. Died in 1893 aged 80 years. Was buried alone, so she may never have married. Couldn’t locate her baptism or marriage in the extract. Some other interesting bits. William’s male line goes William (father) then John (born 1716) This John had numerous other kids and had his last in 1779 at age 63. His first was Richard in 1758 when he was 42. He died in 1781. – some of his children entered as Sanders, some Saunders. Strangely, John’s baptism isn’t recorded. His marriage to Susannah Kerswell was, and he was a husbandsman – free tenant farmer or small landowner. Susannah died June 10, 1793. John’s brother Samuel had 2 sons – Richard and James, who married sisters Ann and Anna Anning in 1779. Time is running out here, but one interesting bit of family names. Clement’s wife was Ellen Bond Woodward. Found this marriage extract from 1779 “Clement Williams, a sojourner and Susannah Sanders, witnessed by John Bond…”
Sydney Town Hall sits on the site of what was once the principal cemetery of NSW. Dating back to the 1790s, the site is commonly called the Old Sydney Burial Ground.It is also known as the George Street Burial Ground, the Cathedral Close Cemetery and, retrospectively, the Town Hall Cemetery.The site, on the outskirts of town, was chosen by Governor Phillip and the Reverend Richard Johnson in September 1792.It was decided this place would not affect the health of the living and could remain a place of quiet seclusion.In 1812, Governor Macquarie authorised the extension of the burial ground to the north and west, and granted a site for a new church, St Andrew’s, next door. With the extension, the burial ground covered just over 2 acres.
Originally posted on LYNNE BELL SANDERS:
|THE EAST INDIAMAN ‘YORK’ ON WHICH JAMES BELL WAS TRANSPORTED.|
|JAMES BELL’s TICKET OF LEAVE.|
|NORMAN BELL SON OF JAMES BELL AND WILHELLMINA MCLEOD.|
|CHRISTINA AND ELIZABETH BELL ON THE TWEED RIVER.|
|CHRISTINA AND HER HUSBAND JOHN QUIRK.|
|GRANNY BELL – MARY ANN MCNEILL.|
|NORMAN BELL, BROTHER OF JOHN AND BROTHER-IN-LAW TO MARY ANN (GRANNY).|
|WILHELLMINA BELL LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION.|
MY THANKS ALSO TO THOSE GENEROUS CONTRIBUTORS WHO PREFER NOT TO BE NAMED ONLINE.
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New South Wales The first white colonists to arrive were convicts and their keepers, beginning with the First Fleet in 1788 with 759 male and female convicts under Governor Phillip.
Online Government and Police Gazettes
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I’ve discussed Government Gazettes and Police Gazettes before, with their enormous usefulness to family historians. They can be used to find out more detail about your ancestors, and can sometimes solve questions about what happened to them. They can give clues to further research about residence, land and occupations.
The good news is that they are increasingly becoming available online. Here is an updated list:
New South Wales 1832-1850
South Australia 1841-1870
Tasmania 1907-1916, 1919
Victoria 1851-1852, 1855-1891, 1893-1901
New Zealand 1876-1878, 1880-1883, 1886
New South Wales 1832-2001 coming
Queensland 1859-1900 online http://www.textqueensland.com.au/gazette
Victoria 1836 to 1995 including NSW Gazettes 1836 to 1851 http://gazette.slv.vic.gov.au/
The Ryerson Index is a free index to death notices appearing in Australian newspapers. The date range covered extends from the Sydney Gazette of 1803 up to newspapers published within the last week or so. The Index also includes many funeral notices, and some probate notices and obituaries.
Because the Index was originally created by the Sydney Dead Persons Society, its strength lies in notices from NSW papers – including in excess of one million notices from the Sydney Morning Herald alone. However, the representation from papers from other states continues to grow, with additional papers being regularly added, so that the Index can now truly be considered an Australian index.
Indexing is being continuously carried out by a team of volunteers, too numerous to mention individually, who give freely of their time to ensure the site continues to grow. Site updates occur every couple of weeks, and more often in periods of high activity.
The index itself cannot by definition be considered a primary source of data, but is purely a research aid to direct the researcher to the original source of a notice.
via THE RYERSON INDEX.
via THE RYERSON INDEX.
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Harvard’s libraries are rooted in the 1638 bequest of 400 books from John Harvard, and today they hold the largest academic collection in the world. More than 70 libraries contain approximately 17 million volumes and a rapidly expanding inventory of digital resources. These materials and the expertise of Library staff members support research by Harvard faculty and students, as well as an international community of scholars.
Would you like to help transcribe shipping records for the ‘Claim a Convict’ website?
The more names that are transcribed – the more information will be available for researchers and provide improved access to records. Volunteers do not require any special skills and only need to set aside a few hours to transcribe an indent per ship, from the comfort of your home. On average there are 200-300 names per ship which equals about 3-4 hours’ work of transcribing.
As part of the procedure of getting names listed onto the Claim a Convict website, we first have to transcribe primary records into a useable format. This is where we need your help – transcribing and checking information from the original shipping indents into a spreadsheet. Once this process has been completed, the material you have helped transcribe is then saved into another format and then the updated information is uploaded to the website. You will be attributed for any new information you contribute.
Crowded Houses, Empty Nests
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Sunday 23 March 2014 1:05PM
Utilising the collection of oral history interviews from the Australian Generations project, this feature goes inside that personal space we call home. We open the door on Australian houses and homes to discover the way we’ve lived domestically over the past eighty years. Boarders and lodgers, landladies and lovers all figure in households of the past; and while the recent decades have seen Australian houses expand in size, the number of people living in them has shrunk.
IMAGE: A FIBRO HOME IN AUSTRALIA CIRCA 1940S
This program takes a long view of the story of house and home in Australia across the 20th century.
Participants from the Australian Generations Oral History project, whose memories feature in today’s program, include; Ronnie Gauci, John Christodoulou, Diane Singh, Judy Martin, Georgina Hammersley, Olinda Poulton, Robert Howard, Marion Mills, Susan Guerin, Patricia Barrkman, Lynne Sanders-Braithwaite, Marie Cousen, David Cooper, Kim Bear, Russell Elliott, Lisa Jackson, Jo Sanaghan Cross, Stephen Brown, Gwen Waters, and Clare Atkins.
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The firm of John Sands Ltd (Printers and Stationers) published their directory each year from 1858-59 to 1932-33 (except for 1872, 1874, 1878 and 1881). The household and business information it contains has become a fundamental source for research into Sydney history, especially family history.
Until now the directory has usually been accessed through a microfiche edition made by WF Pascoe Ltd which is available at many public libraries.
The City of Sydney has now obtained a complete digital edition of the directory from WF Pascoe, scanned from the microfiche, and is making it available for public access through this website. This is the first time a complete set of Sands Sydney, Suburban and Country Commercial Directory has been made available online.
Australia’s convict history shaped the Australian identity. It is hard to imagine how the transportation system was viewed by government and the general population let alone the wretched souls condemned to be shipped to what was generally held to be the ‘end of the earth’. For the authorities it was a system devised to reduce the number of people incarcerated in its asylums, jails and prison hulks. Reports show that the prison system was literally bursting at the seams from an over-zealous legal system, mostly protecting property, be it a piece of cloth or a squire’s holding. As a young lad growing up in the 1950s I regularly heard stories about ‘young boys’, usually around nine or ten year’s of age, being transported to Australia for ‘stealing a loaf of bread’. Although the majority of convicts were considerably older there were certainly some young boys and girls condemned to life in the Australian colonies.
The following section, gleaned from many sources, offers an insight into the why’s, how’s and where’s of the transportation system. Most are first-hand accounts. Grammar and spelling has been retained as per the original document.
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