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Stephen Hoy

I have received the message copied below and can I say that this is not what I expected from a site like the National Archives of Australia.

When you are searching for somebody and they send you an email asking you to contact them as they have information, it builds your hopes up and then when you receive this your hopes are dashed.....I am very, very unhappy about this!!…


Added by Wendy Faiers on October 19, 2017 at 18:54 — 2 Comments

I'm looking for information about my great-uncle Mário Vitorino Enguiça, a politician deported in East Timor. For years I've been looking for information since Portugal has a democracy. One of the ch…

I'm looking for information about my great-uncle Mário Vitorino Enguiça, a politician deported in East Timor. For years I've been looking for information since Portugal has a democracy.

One of the chances could be his escape to Australia. In my research I think he may (not sure) escape between 1941-1945, after the invasion of the Japanese.

I live in Portugal and…


Added by Elsa C. Enguiça Marques de Lemos on October 11, 2017 at 4:18 — 12 Comments

Stephen Hoy


I am trying to trace Stephen Hoy who I believe emigrated to Australia, possibly NSW in 1965. I have found online Incoming Passenger Cards relating to the years 1962,1965,1967 and 1972 for Stephen all giving NSW as the area he was living.There are also records of Carol Ann Hoy who I believe to be Stephens wife

In 2003 Stephen posted on Genes Reunited the following message:

"Any information on Margaret Mary O'Callaghan living in Romford Essex in 1940's and early…


Added by Wendy Faiers on October 6, 2017 at 1:30 — 6 Comments

Mary Annie Cellars

I am trying to locate information regarding my great-grandmother who died on 21/4/1939, aged about 61 years.  She was buried as Mary Potter (having been married to James George Henry Potter in 1916).  However she was buried at Karrakatta Cemetry with 3 of her children and Paul Albert Delakonny (father of the 3 deceased children) with whom she lived for about 12 years prior to her marriage to Potter. Before living with Delakonny, she was first married to Alfred John Rainforth. The marriage…


Added by Dellas Marie Port on September 11, 2017 at 15:43 — 33 Comments

Gardiner in Melbourne

Hi folks ,

Looking for any relations for a Lucy ellen Gardiner lived mostly in Melbourne from 1900 until her death in 1955

In St Kilda.

She was married to Harry James Gardiner ( born in Wales 1890 ish ) emigrated to Aus six months old .

Unfortunately he joined up with Australian Army and left to fight in northern France in 1915.

He got injured at the front line and was hospitalised to the uk where he fell in love with a girl and never went back to Australia and had left… Continue

Added by Duncan David Lewis on August 22, 2017 at 9:42 — 10 Comments

Lost Medals

How do I go about finding out which, if any, medals were won by my Grandfather. He fought at The Somme. Any help or advice welcome. TIA

Added by Michelle Steen-Plomer on August 18, 2017 at 7:11 — 2 Comments

Ellen Phyllis Reddy

I have exhursted my knowledge o this blog.I am looking for information on a (Ellen Phyllis Reddy B.1892) who married John Hubert McCourt B.1894 D.1947. in Perth 1919, When did she arrive in Perth?, There was a baby b.Sept.1910 in Perth.Harold Bertram McCourt. This family family left Perth and I found her again via ( Electrol Rolls. 1903-1980. Hudstville. NSW.

Added by Michael John Madden on August 13, 2017 at 17:00 — 9 Comments

Trying to locate RAAF WW2 technical drawings (as in "Drawing A-3251)

Have been looking through RAAF Technical Orders circa 1942, and there are sometimes references to drawings with a prefix 'A'. They would be engineering or technical drawings.

I am having trouble locating where these drawings might be found.

To give an example: In Technical Order Publication Hudson Order No.46 (covering the installation of radar equipment) in one of the sections, "Structural Section" it started off "Refer to drawing A-2632"

In other cases the…


Added by Carolyn franzi on July 25, 2017 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

Looking for George McWardle Taylor

Trying to locate the decadents of a World War 2 serviceman by the Name of George Taylor or George McWardle-Taylor. He was held by the Japanese as prisoner of war and returned to Australia at the end of the hostilities. Either he or his family owned a farm at Clyde and he had perhaps 3 sisters who also worked on the farm. Unfortunately, that is all the information I have, my interest in finding his family is to reunite them with a photo of George and a locket that also has his photo in it. He…


Added by Dianne Cowling on July 23, 2017 at 15:37 — 4 Comments

RAAF 200 flight

iam looking for a photo of RAAF service number 65396 WILLIAM RODERICK MCCORMICK, he was with the RAAF 200 flight  

The years from around 1938 to 1948, iam looking for a picture of him

thanks for any help

Christopher Russell

Added by christopher russell on June 26, 2017 at 9:36 — 11 Comments



I am looking for more information on the above ancestor. and service.

On his record there seems to be only a typed page with his name on it.

Could someone check please and direct me to any othere sources to get info



Added by Jennifer Gilbert on May 25, 2017 at 15:56 — 2 Comments

Eric Charlton Lord

I am looking for the records of Eric Charlton Lord born in Queensland 1889. It appears he may have been in the Merchant Navy and possibly died WW1. How does one find records? Any help would be most appreciated.
Thanks regards Lola

Added by Lola Couvee on May 23, 2017 at 9:54 — 12 Comments

My father-in-law was Colin Murchie, born, I believed, to James and Maggie Murchie on 24 April 1937 in Adelaide.  I discovered only yesterday, that he was adopted and was actually the son of Dorothy S…

My father-in-law was Colin Murchie, born, I believed, to James and Maggie Murchie on 24 April 1937 in Adelaide. 

I discovered only yesterday, that he was adopted and was actually the son of Dorothy Snow.

As I am trying to update our family tree, I would welcome any information about either the Murchie family, concerning whom I already have a fair amount of information, or the Snow family, about whom I know almost nothing.

Aside from this blog, I also can be…


Added by Rhona Murchie on May 2, 2017 at 19:21 — 5 Comments

James Bruce/Ann Tate

I am trying to trace my 2nd Great Grandfather James Bruce, born in 1823 in Fife, Scotland to David Bruce & Janet Kidd.

In 1847' James Bruce emigrated to Melbourne, Australia with his parents etc, they came by a ship called ' Marchioness of Douglas leaving his 1st wife Margaret Bruce and sons then got marry again to Ann Tate in 1848 in Cape of Good Hope. Ann Tate died Sept 27 1853 aged 35.

James died on 14 July 1876 at Melbourne hospital aged 53.

I am trying… Continue

Added by Pamela Bruce on May 2, 2017 at 3:54 — 13 Comments

Finding My Great-Grandfather's Service Records

Hi. My name is Erinn, and I'm currently trying to locate some of my great-grandfather's service records. It's really important to me as I am currently researching my family tree, and I also plan on serving in the military in a few years time.

My great-grandfather's name was William John Spencer Harnden, and he served in the Australian Defence Force at some point between 1951 and 1972, as a part of the National Service Scheme. He was born on the 29th of April, 1934 in Australia… Continue

Added by Erinn Harnden on April 28, 2017 at 19:15 — 3 Comments

Tracing Sylvia Sanders Price

Looking for relatives of Sylvia Elsie Sanders of Perth and Adelaide. She married then divorced Craig Broderick Larsson. Sylvia might have had a daughter in 1940s/ 1950s. Her first husband was Norman Price and she seems to have retained this surname.

Added by Rframe on April 23, 2017 at 10:15 — 4 Comments

Seeking news of Alicia Bell

Who was a nurse in Adelaide, South Australia in 1949. I am her daughter.

Added by Myrana Wahlqvist on April 15, 2017 at 20:16 — 1 Comment

john alexander paterson

im looking for my great great grandfather john paterson

He had a son called john alexander paterson born 1879 at Goolwa - Robe south australia.

John alexander says he married elizabeth watson on the marriage cert. - Or Mary Lynch keeps popping up?


Added by isobel ledden on February 13, 2017 at 18:11 — 2 Comments

Finding my father Edward Keith Hawke THOMAS born 1924 in Reading, England.

I am trying to trace my father EDWARD KEITH HAWKE THOMAS born in 1924 (Reading, Berkshire) who was in the UK Royal Navy during WW2. He absented himself from HMS Golden Hind in Sydney Australia around September 1946.  He married my mother in July 1943 in Reading, Berkshire.  I was born in 1944.  I am not aware that he returned to this country but his mother and maybe other family may have still been here although…


Added by Patrick Edward May on February 11, 2017 at 23:23 — 45 Comments

WW11 Records

How long does it take before WW11 records are released, I am waiting for my father in-law and great uncle's records to be released. Jan

Added by Jan Blow on February 8, 2017 at 19:37 — 6 Comments

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