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Debra replied to Deb Moran's discussion William Patrick Cahill WW1
"You say you have his service number - what is it?  Where and when was William born?  Did he marry?"
Oct 28
Debra replied to Deb Moran's discussion William Patrick Cahill WW1
"The AIF Project also has a list of known aliases here: There is a William CAHILL there."
Oct 27
Debra replied to Lyla Murray Rhodes's discussion Birth
"Your previous post is here: Just click on 'add reply' to keep it in one place."
Oct 26
Debra replied to Lyla Murray Rhodes's discussion Birth of Vera Drayton
"The mother's name was Melina DRAYTON, not Melina MURRAY.  The child died the following year. The mother is unlikely to be Melina DRAYTON who married George MURRAY in 1849 as…"
Oct 25
Debra replied to david's discussion Arrival back Australia(Brisbane?) Rees Evans , Alma Evans daughters Jesse&Irene.
"If they came into Queensland from the USA then you won't find anything online as only assisted immigration from the UK and Europe has been indexed."
Oct 25
Debra replied to Wendy Elizabeth Johnson's discussion William Henry Arthur Kilby details of Ward of State
"'both indifferently', so he could read and write a little when he was first committed.  As far as I know, no photographs were taken of State wards.  You will see on his record that he absconded from Sunbury on 23.8.69 and there…"
Oct 9
Debra replied to Cheryll Beaumont's discussion Trying to find Army records for my father No luck Can anyone help please
"Hi Cheryll, Because he served after the war you will not find his records in the public domain.  You will need to complete this form here: They will tell you the options for viewing his…"
Oct 2
Debra replied to SM's discussion Historical passport records
"You would need to ask the NAA for advise about available records"
Sep 26
Debra replied to Neil Krief Bartlett's discussion Andrew John Bartlett WW1
"The war ended in Nov 1918 so he was discharged and didn't get any further than going to camp in Sydney."
Sep 26
Debra commented on Neil Krief Bartlett's blog post Andrew John Bartlett NX54980 Prisoner of war
"Hi Neil, His service record: After the allied surrender on 15 Feb 1942, the POWs were taken to Changi and then marched to Burma.  He "died of illness whilst POW (ulcers)" on 2 Dec 1943. The last…"
Sep 19
Debra replied to Nganakita's discussion Helpme! I cannot find details of Great Uncle World War 1 on this site?
"Go to ; and click on the link in "Use RecordSearch to search our collection." Put in the full name and 'search'."
Sep 17
Debra replied to Eaine's discussion Our Lady's Girls Orphanage, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Jul 9
Debra replied to Gary Lawrence Jones's discussion 3400499 Ernest Macklin - Military Records
"His records will still be with the Central Army Records Office.  If he is deceased you will need to provide a death certificate and proof of relationship."
Jul 7
Debra replied to sara smith's discussion Victoria, Australia, Index to the Children's Registers of State Wards, 1850 -1893
"OK, I can see now that your David is also number 9246 as he was recommitted, and there is more information there.  His mother's partner is James DORAN of Ballarat. "
Jun 26
Debra replied to sara smith's discussion Victoria, Australia, Index to the Children's Registers of State Wards, 1850 -1893
"The registers are digitised on PROV. However they are indexed by surname, committal number and year, and because the name is SMITH it…"
Jun 26
Debra replied to Cindy Fletcher's discussion Looking for my birth father
"STEWART Robert John (Greybeard) Death notice 22MAR2005 Aged 61 late of The Oaks, formerly of St. Andrews Daily Telegraph (Sydney) 24MAR2005"
Jun 22

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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