Cairns

My ‘elusive’ grandfather – George Frederick Davies

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

“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

Keeping History Alive with the Q ANZAC 100 Workshop

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

Cemetery exposes city’s past

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

Cemetery curriculum for Cairns kids

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

Did your Cairns relative die in Victoria?

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.

PROV Index to Wills, Probate & Administration Records 1841-2009

One of the search criteria is residence. Continue reading