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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 — 1 Comment

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

Feiwel (Fritz) Kaminker



According to Ancestry there was a Feiwel Kaminker who lived in Australia.


I am looking for more genealogical information of Feiwel (Fritz) Kaminker. I am not familiar with genealogical searching. I am living in The Netherlands. So any help would be very much appreciated.


This is the Feiwel (Fritz) Kaminker who I am looking for. Feiwel (Fritz) Kaminker was born on 11 March 1914 in Nisko, Galicia, Austria (now Poland), son of Naftali…


Added by els on January 20, 2021 at 20:18 — No comments

Johanna Maria Froom her location

I am looking for Johanna Maria Froom (1930) .

She was married 2nd july 1953, with Jetse de Jong (1927).

Added by Keimpe Jan de Jong on December 28, 2020 at 1:02 — 3 Comments

Trying to Locate Valerie Leslie Howard (maiden name)

 I am trying to locate an old friend Valerie Leslie Howard ( maiden name) born Plymouth Uk.Arrived in Melbourne October 1957 with her parents George & Frances Howard .Last known to be living in Ormond Vic area 1958/9.Was a member of Elwood Life Saving Club.May have married a boy with surname of Wood or Woods who was training to be a schoolteacher.  Would now be 77 years old.

Any assistance would be appreciated.

Added by Eric Michael Faulkes on December 16, 2020 at 13:10 — No comments

Names of 2/3rd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment. 7the Battery B Troop but which Gun Detachment?

Family History 

Father VX34003 Gunner Carlyon, J.T 'Tom'.

Battle of Crete.


Taken Prisoner - StalagVIIA, Stalag VIIIB/344, Lamsdorf March to Berlin StalagXIIIC, POW 92760

I'm putting together the back story of my father's journey, and I have not been able to find the breakdown of which Gun detachment that he was in. 

I have photos of a group of 8 men, including my father, in shorts in front of tents, on the back - Photoservice…


Added by Patti Green on December 3, 2020 at 13:03 — No comments

Mention in Dispatches

I've obtained from the NAA the service and casualty records of my wife's grandfather during WWII.

These explain where he went but not what he did. There's a view he was mentioned in dispatches.

How can I discover such information if true? (Thanks In Advance)

Added by John on November 22, 2020 at 11:47 — 1 Comment

Smithfield Hostel in 1969

The Gamble family (father, Alan; mother Rita; myself Tony, aged 13, and my sister Sarah Louise) arrived in Adelaide on board 'Castel Felice' in February 1969 having left Southampton on 8 January. I have located our passenger arrival record to confirm this, though I'm unsure of exact date of arrival.

  • I believe we lived in Smithfield Hostel before moving to Brimsdown Road in, at that time, Elizabeth West until, for family reasons, we returned to the UK in February…

Added by Tony Gamble on November 12, 2020 at 8:12 — No comments

Seeking my fathers military service records

My FatherPeter James Chislett served in the Australian Army from 1939 to 1978, retiring with the rank of major. His DOB is 05/11/1925. I cannot find any records of his service, can you please help?

Added by andrew james chislett on September 4, 2020 at 18:43 — 3 Comments

Searching for Australia Passport from year 1950's

I am searching for Australian passports for my family members issued in the year 1950's.  

Can someone direct me to the right website to search for old passports.

Christine Petroff

Added by CHRISTINE PETROFF on August 30, 2020 at 1:40 — No comments

Aircraft passenger manifests, Inward - Cairns - January to March 1964

Attached are Passenger Cards for my family who flew to Cairns on 26 January 1964

1) George Petroff (born 13 February 1924)

2) George Petroff (born 24 November 1953)

3) Ira Petroff (born 8 November 1956)

4) Motu Petroff.  

I am looking for the Aircraft passenger manifests Inward list for Cairns for 26 January 1964.  

I checked on NAA but could not locate the Aircraft passenger manifest.

Kindly asking for…


Added by CHRISTINE PETROFF on August 30, 2020 at 1:35 — No comments

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