Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Australia Day 2022 Honours List....... 26th January 2022


Australia Day 2022 Honours List

The Australia Day 2022 Honours List recognises 1040 Australians.

The list includes:

  • 732 recipients of awards in the General Division of the Order of Australia (7 AC, 25 AO, 155 AM and 545 OAM) - gazette
  • 30 recipients of awards in the Military Division of the Order of Australia (3 AO, 16 AM and 11 OAM) - gazette
  • 197 Meritorious awards - gazette
  • 81 Distinguished and Conspicuous awards - gazette
  • 58 Australians recognised for their contribution in support of Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These individuals, recipients of awards in the General Division of the Order of Australia, Meritorious Awards and Military Awards will also be included in an ongoing and permanent COVID-19 Honour roll - gazette

Announcing the Australia Day Honours List, the Governor-General highlight that of the 732 awards in the General Division of the Order of Australia, the highest ever percentage (47 per cent) are for women and 45 per cent are for service to local communities.

”Congratulations to the outstanding Australians recognised in today’s Honours List. Collectively the recipients, whose achievements span community service, science and research, industry, sport, the arts and more, represent the strength and diversity of Australia.

“It has been a challenging couple of years and the recipients announced today are a reminder and reflection of the richness of spirit, selflessness and good in our community.

“The fact that the list includes the highest ever percentage of women is very encouraging and I look forward to this positive trend continuing. We will continue to increase awareness and encourage nominations for people from parts of our community that have been historically underrepresented.

“To the individuals being celebrated today; thank you for your contribution to Australia and congratulations on being recognised by your peers and your nation.

“To all Australians, please consider nominating someone outstanding from your community for recognition in the Order of Australia. The Order belongs to each of us and we each have a part to play. The only way a person can be recognised is for someone to nominate them.

Biographical notes

(The easiest way to search for the biographical notes by name or keyword is through this database. These pdf documents are organised by type of award).
Government Gazette

You can read their individual stories

Courtesy of ABC news

Friday, January 21, 2022



Panning by S.T. Gill


GSQ have not one, but two great blogs for us this week..

Monday 10 January 2022    Going local can turn up interesting information  by Pauline Williams & Bobbie Edes

Monday 17 January 2022    Accentuate the Positive – 2021 (Jan 2022) by Bobbie Edes

* Queensland State Archives Reading Room reopening Feb 7th.

Bookings will still be required via EventbriteYou can also use ArchivesSearch catalogue to pre-book records before your visit.

NOTE.. new album : Outback Roadtrip     Over 680 images from the 1990s captured what Queensland looked like 30 years ago. 

*  Billion Graves 10 of the World’s Most Beautiful Cemeteries

*  New edition of illustrated book capturing essence of Ireland released | The Irish Post

* The Pirate Kitty of Ferny Hills: How a thieving ginger cat brought joy to a Brisbane neighbourhood - ABC News

* Carol's Headstone Photographs A brilliant site and all free..never hurts to let Carol know that you appreciate her work.

Genealogy Tips: Finding lesser-known places for family history research - Santa Ynez Valley Star 

Transcription Tuesday 2022     Scottish Ancestral Research

* National Archives UK The 1920s: Beyond the Roar New edition of illustrated book capturing essence of Ireland released | The Irish Post

* When Can I Reuse This Calendar?

Outback Family History

The Prospector who dug his own grave-       50 Years With The Pan –

Mother Dead Finish:   New Book Review – Shooting Through by Katrina Kittel

Atlas Obscura

The Wonder of Mumbai’s Coastal Wildlife     Innis House Virginia 

The World’s Worst Sandwich      Fried Onion Burger

Lion Rock Mountain  Arachnophobes, Look Away

The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft   Killer Rice

The Prison Cell of Ludger Sylbaris   Bone Worms and Gators, Oh My

A Hilarious Victorian Lie     Whiskey Bottle Tombstone   

What Happened to Moon Trees?      Cisternerne  Sci-Fi Dystopias

Bluespring Caverns  Saving Pacific Newts  

Recreating Ancient Recipes  The Secret Lives of Kitchen Appliances

New Zealand’s Colossal Squid     Grandma Ida’s Nut Rolls Gravestone

How to Care for a Corpse Flower   Brauerei Hofstetten  World's End  

Protest Button Archive   A Historic Russian Recipe

Who’s Protecting Britain’s Medieval Churches?  Steens Mountain

Jug Bridge Monument   Uncovering Buried Buildings

Save the Hummingbirds    Places Frozen In Time     Alinjagala   

‘Food Grammar’  Georgia Guidestones


Tchaikovsky's Patroness       The Age of the Birth Certificate

Freedom Libraries and the Fight for Library Equity  

We All “Scream” for the Metatextual Ski Resorts and Climate Change

Anglo -Celtic Connections

Who Do You Think You Are Magazine: February 2022




Please note .. there will be only one blog listed from each author, as there are so many great blogs. Please do read some of the other blogs as well as the one listed.

A Genealogist In The Archives     

Thumbing Through Your Ancestor's Books


 The Gentle Author

 Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

 Textile Ranger

 Dreams and Adventures at Cosy Cottage


 Jennifer Jones


  Diary of an Australian Genealogist

  The Irish Story

  Humoring the Goddess

   Tales from the Grave

  Before Bernadette

  My Family Connection to a Well-Known Australian Artist.


   Thumbs Down

   The Legal Genealogist

  Mapping the ancestors



(United Kingdom) Wiener Library and Archive-World's Oldest Holocaust Archive Still Collecting Materials


The Wiener Holocaust Library in London, England, United Kingdom, is the world’s oldest Holocaust archive collecting materials since the Library’s founder gathered evidence of German antisemitism from the 1920s—before Hitler came to power. The Archive has over one million documents.


Founded as the Jewish Central Information Office in 1933, which itself grew out of an earlier bureau that Alfred Wiener had operated in 1920s Berlin, the institute was established to monitor German antisemitism. Much of the collection was gathered before and during the Holocaust.


Wiener, a trained Arabist and decorated World War I veteran, had become concerned at the antisemitic conspiracies that were swirling around post-WWI Germany and threw himself into efforts to monitor and combat Germany’s far-right underground.


He began collecting pamphlets, books, and leaflets in an effort to track German ultranationalists and opened an office under the main representative body of German Jews. By the mid-1920s, he was publicly debating German nationalists — both in print and in public debates — and in 1925 authored a critique of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.”


By the time Hitler came to power in 1933, it was not safe for Wiener to remain in Germany. He moved his operations to Amsterdam, from where his staff established a network that could provide information on Jewish life across the Third Reich.


Kristallnacht was a turning point, and eyewitness accounts poured into Wiener’s Amsterdam office from Jews across Germany and Austria. Researchers, many of whom had fled with Wiener in 1933, began collecting testimonies — 305 of which remain in the museum’s collection — that were stored and fed into urgent reports that were sent to politicians and newspapers around the world.


In 1939, Wiener moved the archive to London where he had built close ties to the British Jewish community. Throughout the war, Wiener and his colleagues forensically gathered information from Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe. They published a fortnightly digest of information picked up from trusted informants, escapees and newspapers across Europe, which began to piece together the systematic destruction of Europe’s Jewish communities.


The information gathered by Wiener and his associates before and during World War II formed part of the evidence that was submitted at postwar trials, including Nuremberg and Adolf Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem in 1961.


Increasingly, however, the library has sought to become a center for both educating about the Holocaust and warning about antisemitism, genocide and fascism.


An affiliate website, The Holocaust Explained, (  received over 2 million unique views from 200 countries across the world in 2021, making it one of the most popular Holocaust education websites globally.


To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



The Fate of Caroline Blumenfeld Hoxter and Her Children: Final Chapter   Amy       Brotmanblog: A Final Chapter

Beryl Reading – A Baby on a Postcard historybylarzus

2022 – and a New Year Goal Dreams and Adventures at Cosy Cottage


Theresa Smith

Book Review: The Paris Bookseller by Kerri Maher

Book Review: Nightmare Alley by William Lindsay Gresham

Better Reading

Book of the Week: Burnt Out by Victoria Brookman

Looking After Country with Fire by Victor Steffensen, illustrated by Sandra Steffensen Kids

Podcast: Miriam Margolyes on Her Extraordinary Life Story

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

FRIDAY FOSSICKING 14th Jan 2022, Among the tombs, house histories, Qld State Archives, FREE Irish resources, Tinteán Magazine articles, Japan's ghost houses, great book reviews, interesting blogs, million Irish infected with COVID, help for using 1921 census, annual update to online records, pirate women, and a whole lot more..

Feel free to share, the title is the link..

That Moment in Time

CEMETERY - COMMENTS & QUANDARIES additions to both Australian and International sections… Do use Reader where it is an option…far easier.

For those unsure as to what READER is… look for the bars before the URL .. click on that and you will be able to read the articles without all the ads.

The title of the page is the main link.. feel free to share..

Headlines of Old

CONVICT DAYS  TROVE TUESDAY 18th Jan 2022, Ann Rumsby, convict ship Mary Ann, convict oddities, Parramatta Female Factory..

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Stay safe and well.
This will pass.

Friday, January 14, 2022



Panning by S.T. Gill

I hope you all had a great Festive Season..let's hope that this year is kinder to us all.. Welcome back.


AMONG THE TOMBS  Windsor & Richmond Gazette 26 Sep 1930. Interesting Reading

Queenslander House | House Histories | Queensland

13 Sep 1934 - "DIFFICULT" BEQUESTS - Trove Thanks to Noelene Harris
DESPATCH  newsletter of Public Record Office Victoria incl. 

The 2021 issue of Provenance is now online

Seven new research articles available. full list of records, here.

Local History Grants Program ext. to Feb 7th apply now & lots more..

COVID-19 measures at Queensland State Archives. 


Reading Room closed to the public from 10 – 21 January 2022

You can still access all our online services:
The ScriBbler    Stella Budrikis. Always interesting..

TROVE additions to newspapers plus coming soon...

Irish genealogical association's new president is long-term Who Do You Think You Are? advisor 

IrishGenealogyNews: Irish genealogy, history and heritage events, January 2022 Claire Santry

The latest articles at Tinteán Magazine...

A Tale of Two Malahides   Keneally, A Man for the Ages

Paul Strzelecki, Hero in Australia and Ireland

Sunburnt Irish A-Z and more....

The Treaty Debates: December 14 1921- January 7 1922   The Irish Story

Outback Family History

Employees on Tramways – 1908 to 1960   

Gus Thorn – pioneer profile           The Heat Wave – a verse

Atlas Obscura

New Year, New Places    'Svampen'  Sweden  Pirate Women

The Unclaimed Baggage Center podcast  Abandoned Fairy Village

Rescue Within a Rescue    Eduard Bohlen Shipwreck   Nambia    

Snake Rock Connecticut        Japan’s ‘Ghost Houses’  

Hidden Beach Mexico   17th-Century Dating Practices

Long-Lived Memorial Flowers    The Gates of Hell Turkmenistan         

A Bananas Quest  Cheapside Plane Tree The World’s Youngest Desert

The Woman Preserving Baltimore’s Black History Rait Castle

25 Places Reborn Through Graffiti  Kaliningrad Oblast

The Original McDonald’s French Fry   A Fairy Tale Ghost Town

Fishy Bunkers The Old Gibson Guitar Factory


50 Years Later: The Evolution of Prison Policy   

Eight Women Astronomers You Should Know 

“Where There's Drink, There's Danger”   How the Maya Kept Time

A Weed is But an Unloved Flower 

Anglo-Celtic Connections

The Ontario Ancestors  (OGS) Virtual Conference to be held June 24- 26, 2022

Annual Update to Scotland's BMD Records   Sunday Sundries

Always Interesting

Please note - as there are so many great posts written by so many great bloggers, I will only be posting one per author per week. Do wander through others written by these authors as they are well worth reading/following.

Shauna Hicks History Enterprises

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 1 Foundations - Thomas Price - 

Black Raven Genealogy (Dara McGivern)

2021 in Review – Accentuate the Positive

Stair na hÉireann (History of Ireland)

#OTD in 1929 – Brian Friel, playwright and author of Dancing at Lughnasa, is born near Omagh, Co Tyrone.


Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2021 - Responses


Another Year read all the way through 

The Legal Genealogist 

Loving the bad boys…

Humoring the Goddess

Have You Started Being Creative Yet This Year?

The Gentle Author

Margaret Rope’s East End Saints


Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Ancestor Score for 2022

Anne's Family History

Portmore Lodge, Cheltenham

The Frugal Family Historian

Help for Using the 1921 Census

Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

The Children and Grandchildren of Caroline Blumenfeld Hoxter: Leaving Germany


Ancestors in Cork? New online records lets you find their graves 

Heroic Irish father drowns after saving sons in Australia

More Irish family records become available online for free

The Irish who dug the tunnels for New York’s subway system

Search for Sir Ernest Shackleton's Endurance to begin next month

Irish-American woman reveals how Irish pub owner saved father's life

Watch: Celtic Woman's incredible rendition of "Wild Mountain Thyme"

The ancient stone circles and dolmens scattered across Ireland 

Donegal bar turns brilliant "COVID fine jar" into a charity fundraiser

1 million Irish infected with Covid since start of pandemic

The legendary Danny Moloney, philanthropist and founder of Liffey Van Lines, passes

Three Dublin pubs where you're sure to find authentic Irish trad music


Ragbag on road- Maldon Historical Ragbag

An echo of Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’!     Pauline Connolly 

More searching tips, RootsTech 2022 & Other News: My Week in Genealogy 1-7 January 2022    Diary of an Australian Genealogist

Following the Trail of An Old Ax-head TextileRanger

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cutting Cable Humoring the Goddess

Good friend to Australia died penniless Samantha Anne Elley

Family update 2022    In Days Gone By


Theresa Smith

The Week That Was…

Book Review: Scary Monsters by Michelle de Kretser

Book Review: The Furies by Mandy Beaumont

The Week That Was…

Book Review: The Maid by Nita Prose

Better Reading

Book of the Week: Murder Most Fancy Kellie McCourt

The Last Beekeeper by Siya Turabi

Clouds on the Horizon by Penelope Janu

Podcast: Morris Gleitzman on Ending His Popular Once Series

Podcast: Fleur McDonald on Writing Rural Fiction

Books for Lazy Days at the Beach

Books to Get Swept Up In

Books that Tell Amazing True Stories

Books Full of Drama and Intrigue

The Long Weekend by Fiona Palmer

Beautiful Little Fools by Jillian Cantor

Since We Last Met by Bronwyn Sell

Podcast: Charlotte Wood on What Art and Artists Teach Us

and from my blogs..


LAST IGP Archives UPDATE FOR 2021...... Jan 1 2022, Donegal, Dublin, Fermanagh, Meath, Monaghan…Please share, the title is the link.. 

Many thanks to all who volunteer to create this invaluable source of records… free to all..

That Moment in Time

FRIDAY FOSSICKING 7th Jan 2022, something new, suggested pages, want your story told?.. You can be a guest blogger..

FF returns in full on Jan 14th… subscribe free.. 😄

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Headlines of Old

TROVE TUESDAY 11th Jan 2022... MEMORIES   some more popular posts ... Trove Tuesday returns in full on 18th Jan 2022.. If you wish to subscribe you can do so via the Subscribe image in the side column.

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Keep safe and well.
This will pass.