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Debra replied to Ben Dare's discussion AIF 9th Battalion Nominal Rolls 1916
"Hi Ben,  I think the only roll you will find is on departure from Australia:"
Debra replied to Chris Kealy's discussion Embarkation Rolls WW1 21st Bn/ 11th Reinfs
"Hi Chris, The Battalions which embarked on the Orontes 29 March 1916 are listed here: Just click on the blue link for each to get a list of names."
Debra replied to Richard Pietrzyk's discussion Lost relative
"Hi Richard, Jerzy Zygmunt (George) PINKAWA was on the electoral roll in Canberra up until 1980 (the most recent I can look at).  He was teaching singing in 1974: SINGING TUITION GEORGE PINK.AWA Graduate of the Conservatorlum Del Liceo…"
Jun 7
Debra replied to Carol McKenna's discussion Father's Court Martial
"Hi Carol, I assume you put his name into RecordSearch and found the list of entries.  If you click on each entry in the list it will open on another page and you will see 'Request Copy' over on the right hand side of the page. …"
May 30
Debra replied to Maria Hayes's discussion HAYES, REGINALD JAMES
"Hi Maria, The first service number (5240) placed before the WW2 service number means that he continued his defence service after the war.  His records will still be with the Central Army Records Office (CARO).  This page gives more…"
May 30
Debra replied to Diane King's discussion Tracing my Maternal Grandfather
"He was an English Labourer aged 20, contracted to land at Sydney.  Even less info on the Sydney arrival which you can see here: The UK outbound has him as a 20 year old Carman, contracted…"
May 24
Debra replied to Jason Brown's discussion Information on Edward Hanks WW1
"Just posting the link to your previous post to save anyone duplicating.... I have also been unable to find anything on this man. There is nothing at all in the available online newspapers…"
May 6
Debra left a comment for Debbie E Miller
"Is this Albert's record here? Alias Bernard ALLAN, married Vera PATTLE in 1919.  (173 pages) If not, can you post some information about your Albert?  Approx birth year and place and names of…"
May 5
Debra commented on Pamela Bruce's blog post James Bruce/Ann Tate
"James BRUCE's inquest papers include a deposition by his sister Janet, wife of Isaac HUGGINS.... 'The deceased was my brother, his name was James BRUCE, his age was fifty two years, he was a ship's carpenter, he was a widower without…"
May 4
Debra commented on Pamela Bruce's blog post James Bruce/Ann Tate
"James BRUCE is not listed among that family group on the Marchioness of Douglas. I still don't know why you think that the James BRUCE who married Margaret MORRIS in Scotland is the same person as your James BRUCE who died in…"
May 3
Debra commented on Pamela Bruce's blog post James Bruce/Ann Tate
"Pamela, I cannot find a record of James BRUCE arriving on the Marchioness of Douglas, where did you see that? Why do you think that the James BRUCE who married Margaret MORRIS in Scotland is the same person as your James BRUCE who died in…"
May 3
Debra replied to Natalie Noonan's discussion Reading old records: Victoria, Australia, Index to the Children's Registers of State Wards, 1850 -1893
"Not sure of the very first word, but might be 'Ordered', the rest is... 24 hours in cell on bread & water for setting fire to some school books & clothing in one of the closets at the Melbourne school on 10/3/73 Recommitted…"
May 3
Debra commented on Erinn Harnden's blog post Finding My Great-Grandfather's Service Records
"Service Number: 3744573 Private WJS HARNDEN Anniversary of National Service Medal Medal Number 4278/02 These were introduced in 2001 so someone in the family must have obtained it on his behalf."
May 1
Debra replied to Barry Edwin Hyder's discussion WW1 service photos
"Photographs were not included in WW1 service records.  You would have to hope that someone in the family kept a copy if the soldier had one taken.  Some were published in newspapers and the AWM also has some on their website."
Apr 24
Debra commented on Neville Arthur Brauer's blog post Ship arrivals at Cairns QLD in 1900-3
"Cairns wasn't an immigration port as they couldn't get into the inlet to berth and had to anchor in Trinity Bay and tender cargo and passengers to shore.  I think that they probably only stopped when they did have cargo as well…"
Jan 18
Debra commented on Neville Arthur Brauer's blog post Ship arrivals at Cairns QLD in 1900-3
"I have been having a bit of a sticky beak around, and if you are looking for Margaret Smith DUNCAN then she was Jane's much younger sister and born in 1892.  It is unlikely she would have arrived with Jane in 1900."
Jan 18

Comment Wall (6 comments)

At 5:39 on October 31, 2011, Lorraine Lawrence said…

Hello Debra,

Yes you can willingly be my friend,let me know how you wish to contact me. I hope you have good news for me in the search for my family in Australia.



At 19:42 on November 25, 2011, LancashireBoy said…

Thank you for your information Debra



At 17:50 on April 2, 2012, Mark X Wheelan-Lamont said…

Will pop down to the Research Room tomorrow and grab the details for you.

At 8:14 on September 22, 2012, Joyce Stone said…

Hello Debra - thank you for replying to my query re; pte Wm. Farmer.  I have documents pertaining to w. Farmer, and photgraphs, taken obviously back in ap. 1916.

We would like to know more about his family tree, but I am not too sure how to set about finding information, in Australia.  Any tips would be much appreciated.  Once again, many thanks.  Regards Joyce.

At 13:24 on September 6, 2013, Kay Sandsrule said…

Hello Debra,

Thank you for your reply.  I have tried Ancestry Com.Au. & Ancestry UK, Findmy Past, most sites that I can go onto,  but nothing comes up. 

Her Name is Gladys Willett Vellacott, maiden name Spooner.

If you can help, it would be great/wonderful.



At 3:36 on March 22, 2014, reli korce said…

 Hello. My name is Reli and i am helping my friend. His father has been living for 20 years in Australia from 1938 until to 1958. His father was called Ilia Ilia (Elias) ll and has worked in a tabacco factory in Brisbane and maybe he has performed military. I would like to know if his father might be an Australian citizen. 

All the goods, Reli

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