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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

Immigration Records 1970's and 1980's

I am researching my family history and wanting to know if there are Immigration Records available for the 1970's and 1980's from England to NSW Australia.

I am searching for a John R L Evans b 1937 who migrated in the 1970's

and a

Robert William (Roy) Evans b 1913 Wales and his wife Bronwen Evans b 1910 Wales who migrated in the 1980's. Robert William and Bronwen Evans are the parents of John R L Evans

Added by Kay Parsey on February 8, 2017 at 10:17 — 1 Comment

tracing old friend

Hi i am trying to trace members of the cunningham family that emigrated from new brighton, merseyside in late 1964 arriving in melbourne on the 24-12-1964 aboard the Fairsea from southampton. there were 4 members of the family, mother, one daughter and two sons tony and johnny. after arrival they settled in melbourne. I would appreciate any help in tracing them.


Mike Leicester

Added by mike leicester on February 7, 2017 at 5:30 — 3 Comments

mr Lennart Abrahamsson

Lennart abrahamsson born 1932 in sweden, came to Australia 1950´s, was married and had a daughter which probably is still alive. his parents was andrea abrahamsson and kalle, the mother was born in 1900-06-14 and died in 1972. Lennart Went on a ship to Australia and stayed there for the rest of his Life. The last Residence he had was in Mount Druitt Nsw.

Where he lived. The wife was English. I have many times tried to find them without any results what so ever. Lennart passed away in…


Added by åsa alderlöf on February 4, 2017 at 22:14 — 1 Comment

lennart Abrahamsson from Sweden living in Mount Druitt , New South wales

I am searching for my moms cousin Lennart Abrahamsson born 1932 i Ronneby sweden, born by andrea abrahamsson and husband Kalle, born 1900-06-14 in Ronneby and died in Ronneby 1972. Lennart took a ship to Australia in the 1950´s, the last address my mom had was mount Druitt , Nsw. New South wales, Australia, they got a daughter they called vicky, but what date she is born i do not have a single clue.lennart died in 2000 as far as I know. the wife was English how ever.

Added by åsa alderlöf on February 4, 2017 at 22:04 — 1 Comment

search for haughney family

 i am very interested in contacting the family members of Patrick & Josephine Haughney who arrived in Australia aboard the ship Strathmore in 1963.I would welcome any help.They came to Australia from the UK. but were from Carlow in Co. Carlow, Ireland.

Added by john mcevoy on February 1, 2017 at 4:00 — 2 Comments

John Warwick c1837 born Australia?


This is my first post, hopefully I will get it right.

I am looking for any info on a John Warwick, he married my x3 cousin Esther Jane Fairhurst (spelt Fairest on Australian BMD site) was married   28/3/1855 at the Holy Trinity Church Sydney, Garrison Church aged 16

Esther's history:

Baptisms: 4 Jul 1839 St Peters, Liverpool, Lancashire, England

Esther Jane Fairhurst - Child of John Fairhurst & Sarah…


Added by Edith Ward on January 27, 2017 at 22:04 — 3 Comments

Ship arrivals at Cairns QLD in 1900-3

I believe that my Grandmother arrived from Scotland about then but I haven't been able to find any listings on her. Her name was Jane Ferguson Duncan and was accompanied by her sister Margaret.Any help would be appreciated.

Added by Neville Arthur Brauer on January 15, 2017 at 6:32 — 5 Comments

Passenger Jaworsky

I am trying to find the passenger listing for Adela Jaworsky & her son Anton, they arrived in Melbourne 7 Nov 1950 aboard the Fairsea from Bremerhaven.  I  have tried searching NAA but come up with nothing. Can anyone assist me please? Thanks in advance.

Added by Jo Frost on December 4, 2016 at 14:00 — 4 Comments

family research

I am trying to discover if a family went to Austrailia during the 1960/70 's. I tried to search on immigration but I think they only go to a certain date .The names of 2 of the family members were Cheryl Murray and Beverley Murray and other family members may have travelled with them  from England to Austrailia thank you

Added by lesley edwards on November 30, 2016 at 0:57 — 1 Comment

Edward Hopewell

I am looking for any information on Edward B Hopewell and his wife Shirley or children. He arrived in Australia with four of his children on the "New Australia" in 1957. I believe they went on to have two more children. Any information would be useful. Thank you. Judith Guy

Added by Judith Guy on November 22, 2016 at 0:57 — 8 Comments


I am researching the names on the First World War honour roll in Dowerin and I have men who served in both world wars: Thomas Richard Coxon N100073; Lesley Alexander McLachlan 39113; Ernest Reginald Trindall 7255. I need some help to access those records.

I also have: Thomas Bernard Kiely who has no digitised record and only 2 folios; Charles Werndly who has no digital copy and only 1 folio. Both of these records are held in Melbourne. Can I see them if I get there, and do I need to…


Added by Diane Hatwell on November 13, 2016 at 18:39 — 12 Comments

departures from Australia

I have asked this question before on Record forum, but maybe somebody will be able to help me now having not seen this request last time.

I was here in Australia in 1948  and have my arrival date, but am unable to get my departure date.

I left Melbourne in 1949 , my name was Patricia Charmaine St George-Moore..  I was accompanied by my mother Mrs Noelle St George-Moore and my Grandmother Mrs Hilda Bessie…


Added by Patricia Charmaine Gallinetti on November 7, 2016 at 12:09 — 6 Comments

Trying to find details of Peter Malachy(Mal) Hynes & wife Agnes

First time at this & I'm not having any luck finding details  online of their arrival by ship from Nr Ireland  into Melb approx 1971-1973 & I don't think they travelled under the immigration scheme but paid their passage themselves.

 I would like to get details of their passports is this possible? as well as any other info relating to them.

Thank you for taking the time to read this



Added by Michael Hynes on October 28, 2016 at 0:55 — 3 Comments

Anthony Beveridge

I am having trouble finding any records on my Uncle Anthony Beveridge. So far I have his shipping record and a hostel he stayed at when he migrated to Adelaide from England

Added by Kath Parker on October 20, 2016 at 9:17 — 2 Comments

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