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Looking for Naval Records for Herbert James Barker

I am trying to find my grandfather's naval records, and I seem to be going around in big circles. Hopefully someone out there can lead me in the right direction.

My grandfathers name was Herbert James Barker Born 4 August 1894 Died 28 Sept 1969.

Family have told me that he was on HMAS Sydney when it sunk the Emden in the Cocos Islands on 9th November 1914.

I have managed to find out off his war gratuity application that he was on HMAS Protector…


Added by Sandra Pricolo on April 17, 2012 at 21:26 — 3 Comments

Irish Orphans 1850

MARY ELIZABETH WALSH arrived in Sydney on the John Knox in May 1850.  I am searching for her from her arrival date until she married in 1852.   Please contact


Added by Lorna Gray on April 10, 2012 at 23:09 — 8 Comments


My family came out to australia in november of 1969, we flew in from sweden where we were living but originally we were from croatia, there was my mother and father and 7 children. all i know is that we were at bonegilla for a time but i dont have any recollection of that, my parents have both past away and i have been to visit bonegilla where we started out, they suggested this site. i would like to get more information about dates and just information in general, when i did the name search…


Added by senka church on April 10, 2012 at 21:35 — 3 Comments

Ernest Willaim Loe B 1904

i am trying to trace my uncles son his name is Reginald Gordon Loe and his mothers name was Bessie and his wifes name is Glennis, they lived in Cohuna Victoria and the last thing i have is of them on the Electorial roll 1982 and they lived at 19 William Street Cohuna.

i have researched the Loe family tree and would like to know when my uncle died and also where my cousin is.

my mother was Mabel Ida Loe and their parents were George Loe and Lillian Caroline (Newland) they was a…


Added by Jeanette Armstrong on April 7, 2012 at 17:42 — 5 Comments

Alan F Stephenson

I'm trying to find out what happened to my cousin Alan F Stephenson & his family in Australia.

Alan was born in 1913 in Ulverston, Lancashire, England. In 1935 he married Ellen Doyle, born in Ashton-under-Lyne in 1913. They had three children. William F in 1936, Anthony A in 1938, Judith M in 1942.

Alan was a pianist/organist who travelled for Wurlitzer. I know that he played the organ at The London Hotel, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. I have an undated newspaper clipping of…


Added by Allan Cassley on April 3, 2012 at 3:44 — 11 Comments

Thomas Ryan

Would like to find out if there is any way of searching for the death of an individual where the parents are unknown but the spouse is known without having of buy numerous death certificates.   Searching for Thomas Ryan who died at sometime between 1871 and 1880 - lots of Thomas Ryan deaths whose parents are unknown.

Added by Suzanne Ryan on March 29, 2012 at 14:24 — 2 Comments

re: T.P.Cooke - Actor

Regarding my family history - This gentleman was a well known English actor, acted in naval roles.

Born 23.4.l786 Marylebone,   died in l864, 37 Thurloe Square.

I am interested to know who his wife was, please?

He was the father of Martha Mary Cooke, also actress, I think she also had a sister.

Wondering when Martha was born (I think in Bath) and when she died (probably in Australia,)

Help would be appreciated,




Added by Felicity Adderley on March 8, 2012 at 13:59 — 25 Comments

Abby Mitchell

I am trying to locate any records on my great uncle who was my grandmother's youngest brother.  My grandmother, Gardenia Ruby Mitchell Walters O'Donnell said he put his age up to enlist in WW1 and was killed in France in 1916.  I don't what his real name was.  She referred to him as Abby and I think he was born in 1900.  Abraham has been suggested, although my uncle was called Richard Albert O'Donnell and I did wonder if his name could have been Albert and my uncle was named after him.  My…


Added by Janice Derwin on March 7, 2012 at 19:36 — 11 Comments

Harriet Jones Actress

Trying to find out what boat Harriet Jones, actress came out on in perhaps November l825.

Believed to have landed in Sydney  N.S.W with two children and possibly husband.

Acted with Barnett Levey's Theatre.

Added by Felicity Adderley on February 26, 2012 at 11:01 — 12 Comments


am trying to find infomation on my greatgrand fathers family ,he was john charles adams ,came to australia with his parents richard mansell adams and mary adams {nee Holmes} from Scotland can not find any info on them would appreciate any help

Added by shirley gleeson on February 25, 2012 at 18:25 — 4 Comments

trying to find family

hello i am trying to trace my father and his family his name is ANDREW COCKBURN WILSON his wife MARY ELIZABETH WILSON(HAMILTON) AND THEIR SON ANDREW WILSON they arrived in freemantle australia in july 1968 their first house was 170 orrong road rivervale wa could anyone tell me anything about them seem to have lost them again thanking you john wilson

Added by john wilson on February 19, 2012 at 0:03 — 1 Comment

looking for more info.

I have found my father-in-law through the military service records for ww1. but cannot find any information on him either before or after the war. His name was Bernard Nuttall d.o.b. 7 june 1895. He enlisted in Aug 1914 at Albert Park Victoria and we know he stayed on in Australia after the first ww for some time returning to the u.k. only because his mother was very ill. He spoke very rarely of his time in Australia or the war only saying he left England by working on a ship and when he…


Added by ann rose nuttall on February 16, 2012 at 6:19 — 5 Comments

Searching for details on my grand-mother

I am searching for information on my grandmother.  The only thing I can find is a Passage for Fiancee of Harold Francis Smeeton.  I can find marriage details, but cannot find anything on her prior to the wedding.  Nothing.  My grand-mother's name is Lucy Smeeton (nee Armitage).  I can find no information on her parents or any siblings, birth date - anything.

Added by Jacqueline Isobel Barnes on February 6, 2012 at 21:54 — 12 Comments

Horrocks / Walls families from the Wigan areas.


 I am looking for information on the Horrocks and Walls families from the Wigan areas, for my research on my family history. I have hit a few brick walls and any info; however small will be much appreciated to me The main person I need info on is Thomas Horrocks b. wigan 1804.  He is my grx3 grandfather. I need to find a baptism for him as it then may lead me to who I think his parents are.


Added by arlene grundy on September 27, 2011 at 19:50 — 3 Comments

Horrocks/Walls Wigan areas.


 I am looking for any information on the Horrocks and Walls families from the Wigan areas, any info no matter or small is vital to me solving some brick walls I am up against with this family history many thanks.


Added by arlene grundy on September 27, 2011 at 19:38 — 1 Comment

hi    i am looking for my couson who arrived in austrailia in the 1950s is name is david pooter will be in is 60s now can anyone help

hi    i am looking for my couson who arrived in austrailia in the 1950s is name is david pooter will be in is 60s now can anyone help Continue

Added by christine mabbs on September 21, 2011 at 8:17 — 2 Comments

Looking for a site to find landing in montreal 1957

I arrived in Montreal 1957 with my family from Greenock Scotland I'm looking for the landing register in Montreal Aug 15th 1957, where would I find this?? Can any one help..

Added by Marion MacPherson on August 27, 2011 at 3:05 — 3 Comments

Photos 1956 Olympic Torch Relay


Information required on the following photos by J Fitzpatrick of the 1956 Olympic Torch Relay.

Wanting to know if these photos were of the torch change over at the Innisfail Shire Hall Nth Qld.

Image no. : A7135, O1/52
Barcode : 11858579

Image no. : A7135, O1/46
Barcode : 11858576

Thank you

Added by Vern Tomasich on June 9, 2011 at 18:02 — 2 Comments

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