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Hi, I don't know if this is the correct site to post this query, but here goes! Joseph Evan Gardner was in the RAAF during WW2 and presumably at the Tocumwal Air Base in 1945 as he married there in O…


I don't know if this is the correct site to post this query, but here goes!

Joseph Evan Gardner was in the RAAF during WW2 and presumably at the Tocumwal Air Base in 1945 as he married there in October of that year.

I am trying to discover where he might have been during the period say, early December 1945 and mid January 1946. Would he have still been at Tocumwal or would he have been demobilized by then and returned to Sydney?

Is there any reason, e.g. an…


Added by Mary Crane on September 8, 2022 at 21:26 — 2 Comments

researching my father in law Maurice Roy Jones

Hi, my name is Margaret Clark and I have been researching my father in law to obtain his birth certificate and when he came to Australia. He was born in UK on 11/2/1913. Others in the family have him coming out on the SS BORDA arriving in Sydney in 1929. This M Jones is aged only 7 in 1929 so obviously not the right one.

He married a Mary Linda Lewis in 1936 and I would say his arrival in Australia would not be much before that year.

My email address is:   …


Added by Margaret Ann Clark on June 17, 2022 at 17:08 — No comments

Henry William Duckworth

Looking for information on my father, hasn’t been in the UK since 1967, he left for Australia on a British Airways flight in January 1967, He was sponsored a railway guard by Melbourne tramlines any information of his activities after that date would be greatly appreciated.

Added by Suzie Stokes on April 9, 2022 at 8:58 — 2 Comments

Searching for Naturalisation Records


I am requesting assistance in locating my Fathers Naturalisation Certificate Records.

I have searched the archives records without success - What am I dung wrong!

Can anyone help with search procedure,

Any suggestion greatly appreciated.

Added by FRANK ELLERO on February 12, 2022 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

Missing WW2 service record

I am looking for the service record of George Boyd Connor.  According to the dva nominal roll he had 3 separate service numbers - 437957, N78812,  NX34870   I suspect the first of these was from his time in the Sydney University Regiment, the second from the 20th Infantry Training Bn, Wallgrove, and the 3rd from active service - mainly with the 2/33rd Bn AIF.     He was in the 2/33 Bn at the time of his discharge in January 1945 which I believe was on medical grounds.  

NAA Record…


Added by Felicity Hickman on January 21, 2022 at 20:57 — 5 Comments

Information on Horace Henry Hillman

I am looking for a possible inquest of Horace Henry Hillman, a mate on a ship "Don Diego" in July-August 1876. While the ship was standing off the island of Atiu, Cook Islands. He fell through an open after hatch and broke his neck. He was buried on shore. This is according to The Age, Melbourne dated Tue 15 Aug 1876 - Page 2.

I am wondering whether an inquest was conducted and if so, the result of that inquest. Where would I apply for a copy of his death…


Added by Ducie Grace Hood on December 5, 2021 at 11:51 — 4 Comments

DEPARTURE LIST "Angelina Lauro" October 1970

Would LOVE any assistamce in locating this list - doing research for a dear friend


BIZOS Ilias born 1923

Added by Milda Brook on September 30, 2021 at 21:32 — 1 Comment

Removal of Record

Hi, I have searched and found my oldest brother's Army records previously on NAA, however now I cannot find them. Is it possible they have been removed for some reason? He enlisted during the Vietnam war era but never lasted past recruit training.  Any assistance is appreciated. Julie

Added by Julie Ann Deaves on September 25, 2021 at 17:18 — 1 Comment



My interest is WAAAF

Is there a list of bases WAAAF we're on during service?

Any help and links on any topic relating to WAAAF appreciated.


Added by Christine Hall on September 15, 2021 at 12:54 — No comments

Sea Mines Laid in Australian water by German Raiders October and November 1940


I seeking advice on how to search for the German Raider Pinguin and auxiliary minelayer Passat laying mines on the east and south coast of Australia in October and November 1940.

I've placed numerous combination in the search and come up with nothing. All I have to go on at the moment is two books: Ghost Cruiser HK33 written with the cooperation of Pinguin survivors (the ship was sunk by a RN cruiser in the Indian Ocean) and…


Added by Paul StJohn Shiels on August 3, 2021 at 1:13 — No comments

missing records

I am looking for AIF records for Cecil Leslie Watson. AS far as I know he joined the Defence Services about 1921 in Western Australia . He served as a career soldier from then until about 1960

I can only find a death and burial record in 1964 in the defence services records

Added by Gaynor Alice Johnson on July 15, 2021 at 21:02 — 2 Comments

Homeless Veteran


I heard on the radio (2GB 873) this morning that a homeless veteran living in Orange, NSW had died and is being buried I think on Monday. The presenter Ben Fordham was trying to find out which war the veteran was in or something about his military service.

His name is Glen Sutton - age 69 so birth year would be about 1952. Death June/July 2021 Orange.

It would be lovely to find out something so maybe Veteran Affairs could be approached to provide a cross or…


Added by on July 2, 2021 at 9:25 — No comments

Annie Eliza Thompson (Nee Yendall)


I'm rather new to family History research.  My father Andrew Gordon Thompson DOB: 26/01/1934 at Lidcombe NSW passed away on 16/08/2008 at Dubbo NSW.  My mother Ellen Lenore Thompson (Nee Paul) DOB 19/09/1937 at Southport QLD has dementia & I am one of her 5 daughters and her EPOA.  During COVID I started going through all mum & dads photo albums and discovered that they hadn't made any notes on most of the photos at all and we have now missed the boat on getting mum's…


Added by Michelle Morris on June 11, 2021 at 0:10 — 10 Comments

Photorgraph required

I applied for my fathers war service history and received it. I thought there would be a photo of my father within the paperwork but there was none.

How do I obtain a photo of my father.?


Added by Ross Wilson on June 2, 2021 at 1:28 — No comments

Change of Name in the late 1800's

Hi,  I have hit a brick wall and need help.  I can not find the birth certificate of my grandfather,  Leopold Leslie Manual Tanks.

On his death certificate it states he was born in Moree on the 30/08/1894.  I have found another person, Edward Tanks born 30/08/1893 in Moree.

I am thinking is it possible that his name was changed/and there is a mistake of one year on the certificates.  Could anyone direct me on where I should search next.



Added by Beverley Cooper on April 18, 2021 at 13:06 — 12 Comments

Marjory Bernice STEVENS

I am looking for infomation about Marjory Bernice Stevens born 18th March 1922 in Snowtown, South Australia - she left Australia in 1946 (after being married in Sydney on the 18th April 1946) for the UK as a war bride - my question is when did she reliquish Australian citizenship and take up British Citizenship when offered by the British Government to become a British Citizen - how do I find this infomation

Added by Leigh Roberts on April 7, 2021 at 0:53 — No comments

Morrison family

Hi, I am trying to find details of my uncle Angus Macpherson Mackay Morrison who came to Melbourne aboard the Cameronia on 19th December 1951. I am not sure what to do next.

Can anyone point me in the right direction.

Thanks Angela

Added by Angela Grant on April 1, 2021 at 1:36 — 3 Comments

Lane family

Are there any people in Australia with the surname Lane that have roots in South Africa.

Especially Erasmus roots.

Added by Vera Erasmus on March 20, 2021 at 2:17 — No comments

Trying to find family of Johannes Gottlieb Erasmus (changed name to Peter Lane) born 28 October 1928 South Africa

I am searching for family of Johannes Gottlieb Erasmus born in South Africa on 28 October 1928. And maybe a  naturalization, marriage and death certificate

He joined the South African navy when he was 18.

In 1947 the navy ship he was on left from the Cape South Africa  for Australia (Sydney??). A few months later when the ship returned to South Africa he was not on board

 A was declared awol or possibly dead.

In 1960 he wrote a letter…


Added by Vera Erasmus on March 17, 2021 at 1:34 — 2 Comments

record search

I am trying to locate a record about my father being taken into custody by police for non payment of a child support payment. I'm not sure what or who managed that aspect of child welfare, especially when the child's mother was indigenous,

This happened in Cootamundra NSW sometime between 1930 and 1944. He had previously worked with the  young indigenous woman who was also employed on the same property, and  they became close for a time. Their relationship did not last though due to…


Added by Laureen L Hackney on March 14, 2021 at 17:40 — 1 Comment

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