I started my own family history research some 25 years ago. At the time, I was the Historical and Genealogical Officer with the New South Wales Land Titles Office, and had been assisting the general public for many years, through early land records research. I only ever knew one grandparent, my maternal grandmother, Anna Davies (nee Wilson), who I adored, the others having died long before my birth. I was one of her favorites. Continue reading
“Ghost walks return to life” in Cairns with Shadows of the Past dramatised evening tours of the McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery. The event features 12 stories of the lives and deaths of the Cairns pioneers buried there. The cast of ghosts floating around and speaking their stories, or the stories of their loved ones, will take the audience back in time. The performance will be accompanied by the evocative music of Cairns Brass. Continue reading
I have just spent three absorbing, and very educational days with Niles Elvery, Regional Coordinator, and three other members of the Q ANZAC 100 team from the State Library of Queensland. The first morning was a unique opportunity to look at some of the State Library’s precious original First World War materials. Continue reading
Cairns & District Family History Society was fortunate to have Dr Jan Wegner, Senior Lecturer from James Cook University in Cairns, visit our Resource Centre on Saturday, 21 March, and give us a detailed presentation on how to research properties and explore the history of houses in Queensland. Continue reading
Cairns Post Tuesday 3 Feb, 2015
The following article appeared prominently in the Cairns Post yesterday. It features the McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery education kit researched and written by Cairns & District Family History Society in partnership with the… Continue reading
McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery – Student Education Pack
Cairns Regional Council has just released the Student Education Pack for the beautiful heritage-listed McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery.
The pack, which consists of Teacher’s Notes and a Student Workbook, was compiled by… Continue reading
Cairns & District Family History Society Inc finally has a vibrant new website up and running, ready for visitors!
The former website served its purpose very well for many years, mainly as a static information site. Continue reading
Victoria Wills and Probates 1841 to 2009 can be searched online from the Public Records of Victoria website. Wills from 1841 to 1925 have been digitised and can be viewed and download free of charge. Copies of later wills can be ordered online.
One of the search criteria is residence. Continue reading