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Reasons for Discharge from AIF WW1

My great uncle enlisted in C Company 4th Battalion in Nov 1915 and was discharged Feb. 1916, Noted on his records is "Services no longer required". As this was at the height of WW! in France can you suggest a reason for him not being wanted. There are no medical notes to suggest he was unfit. Thanks

Added by Paula Hill on October 22, 2012 at 13:23 — 2 Comments


I would like to find information re; Pte Farmer. W 37th Bn.A.I.F. (deceased). 1917. Can anyone help - please?

Archive Reords are not very clear at this time. Any clues would be gratefully received. Thank you. JS

Added by Joyce Stone on September 1, 2012 at 5:39 — 6 Comments

Medal citation

Where can I find a copy of the citation for the winning of a Military Medal in July 1917. I have the record in the London Gazette , but want the citation that says what the soldier did to win the medal

Added by Richard Ridgwell on July 5, 2012 at 11:42 — 1 Comment

WW2 medical records

I have found my fathers Aust military records for the time he served between 1942 and 1946 but i am trying to find out if he had any medical issues at the time of service or if he made any subsequent claims for medical issues and treatment through veteran affairs.
He died in 1989.

Added by Jennifer chittick on June 10, 2012 at 12:53 — 3 Comments

Immigration to Australia Records.

Several years ago I found a record of the Parnell family arriving in Sydney in 1927 or 1926 on the "Borda". However I can no longer find this record and would like to find it again to verify the children that came with grandfather Frederick James Parnell.  Can you suggest where to look?

Added by Paula Hill on May 29, 2012 at 13:10 — 2 Comments

6th Australian Division, 2/1 Battalion.

Can anyone tell me if the 6 div. 2/1 Bat. were stationed in Australia or New Guinea in 1942-1943.  Very important to find out if my father was around 9 months prior to me!

Added by Paula Hill on May 15, 2012 at 13:12 — 2 Comments

Shipping records of my family to Australia from Bombay,India.

May I enlist the help of experienced Researches who are far more adept at finding information than I am.

I am looking for my Great Uncle's family who were from Bombay in India, I understand that the family emigrated to Australia probably in the late 1950's.

I last saw my Uncle, Aunt and cousins when they arrived in Liverpool aboard the ship 'Circassia' which sailed from Bombay to Liverpool on 19th March 1958.

My Uncle and his family intended to stay and live in Newport,…


Added by Shirley Silvers on May 11, 2012 at 6:56 — 2 Comments

Uk immigrants from 1960 to 1965

I am trying to find any information on my family, they travelled according to my elderly relative on teh HMS Fairsky in 1960 to Brisbane and half the family left back to Uk on the HMS Fairsea in 1961 but their father stayed on another year.

First of all would the HMS FAirsky be the right name, I cant find any information about this boat travelling to Australia in the 1960,s?

How can I get a record of the passenger list for thse ships for the two years 1960 and 1961?

I am…


Added by j perry on May 5, 2012 at 5:05 — 6 Comments

Mary Elizabeth Walsh and David Follington

Thank you Debra for your input.  I have most of the family history after 1852 but would like to know what Mary did for two years after landing in Sydney and before marrying David Follington.  eg: Who did she work for and where.  I am hoping also to get some clue to her parents deaths in Ireland as well.

Added by Lorna Gray on April 19, 2012 at 11:13 — No comments

Re Looking for Naval Records of Herbert James Barker

Forgot to include email address.


Added by Sandra Pricolo on April 17, 2012 at 21:27 — 1 Comment

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

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