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Lorraine Phelan
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Retirement gives me time to enjoy my hobbies. In theory:)
Retirement gives me time to enjoy my hobbies. In theory:)

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Trove Tuesday: In which Bessie Phelan recognises a wanted murderer
It was early in May 1895. Bessie Phelan, 26 years old, was working at Ford's Bakery in Sydney Road, Coburg (a suburb of Melbourne), serving customers. She lived with her parents, Daniel and Jane, and five siblings. Her father had not long retired from his j...
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Trove Tuesday: In which Fred Smith builds a private bowling green
FTW Smith, Mowbray The Examiner , Launceston, 17 Feb 1950 When I was a teenager I sat down with my grandfather, Duncan Smith, and asked him to name all of his cousins. As he did so I wrote them all down and since then his list has proven to be accurate, inc...
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Eastern Beach, Geelong
Eastern Beach swimming enclosure, Geelong Snapshot in Phelan album, c1938 The photo above, in a family album, was taken in the late 1930s, shortly after the swimming enclosure at Geelong was opened. It was the last constructed in Victoria and is the only on...
Eastern Beach, Geelong
Eastern Beach, Geelong
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One death, two death certificates
A surprise letter arrived in the mail today. It contained the death certificate of my father-in-law who died in Perth, WA on Christmas Day 2017. Neil was 94 years old and in good health so his death was unexpected. But that's not the surprise. He had travel...
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Trove Tuesday: Margaret Alford nee Stone
Margaret Alford nee Stone My mother-in-law had fond memories of her Grandma. Margaret Alford was born Margaret Stone in Bagdad, Tasmania in 1860 where her family were farmers. Her parents were Joseph Stone and Margaret Foster and she had two older brothers ...
Trove Tuesday: Margaret Alford nee Stone
Trove Tuesday: Margaret Alford nee Stone
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A photo that saved a river
I went to Canberra just to see an exhibition at the National Library of Australia. The library holds about 3000 colour transparencies made by Peter Dombrovskis and at the moment they are exhibiting 70 of them. You may not recognise the name but you will pro...
A photo that saved a river
A photo that saved a river
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War Memorial, Canberra
In Canberra yesterday we shared a table with two strangers, and got chatting as you do. It turns out that both have lived in Canberra for decades, and agreed with us that it is a fantastic city. And then added "except that there are too many public servants...
War Memorial, Canberra
War Memorial, Canberra
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Trove Tuesday: Was he guilty?
In 1906 young Charlie (David Charles) Stokes was 19 years old, almost 20, and had been working on Cornelia Creek station near Echuca as a boundary rider for five or six years. His father, Charles David Stokes, lived at Corop (his mother had died in 1904), a...
Trove Tuesday: Was he guilty?
Trove Tuesday: Was he guilty?
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Soft Millotia hides in plain sight
There is a tiny plant that pops up every year in infertile grey sands, an annual called Millotia tenuifolia  var. tenuifolia . It's common name is Soft Millotia and, yes, it looks soft and is soft to the touch. Soft Millotia in its entirety. Soft Millotia o...
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Sepia Saturday: Photographing children
This blog is generally about family but this post specifically highlights some photos I have purchased. I think it's sad that snapshots and formal photos are sold online. Presumably when homes are cleaned out after people die their families don't want the o...
Sepia Saturday: Photographing children
Sepia Saturday: Photographing children
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