- Category: Diane Oldman
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Assassination Attempt on Prince Alfred
In March 1868, a mentally disturbed Irish-born Australian shot and wounded Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, at a picnic on Sydney harbour. The would-be assassin, Henry James O'Farrell, falsely claimed to be a Fenian and his shots resounded around Australia as a torrent of violent and irrational anti-Irish hatred spread through a colony already tense and nervous about reports of terrorism in England. O'Farrell was convicted and sentenced to death.
Prince Alfred himself tried unsuccessfully to intercede and save his would-be killer's life.
- Category: Mystery
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I'm looking to return six Tweede Distributie Stamkaart issued to individuals with the surname de Ruiter who resided in Delft in the last century.
The surname may now have been Anglicized to de Ruyter
- Category: Julie Martin
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Can anyone identify any of the men featured in a photo from my grandparents' collection?
The man in the centre of the photo appears to be the focus of the group. He's the only one seated and has a certificate or document in his hand and the hand of an official looking man on his shoulder.
My grandfather, William Hassell is squatting in the front row, far right.
- Category: Opinion
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A poll of WAGS members shows that 60% of their Australian research is not local to Western Australia, it is spread across Australia. A similar poll of members worldwide research revealed that for a majority of members their primary interest is not in Australia. The same would apply to the majority of local societies world wide, the local society attracts members for other reasons.
So why join your local society, or for that matter a society in another state / county or country, and what benefits can you expect?
- Category: Julie Martin
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Family history leads - where to from here?
I've decided to use Google Blogger as the means for telling the stories of my family and ancestors and as you can imagine, was very interested to read in the Bookmarks feature in the December 2012 issue of the Western Ancestor, that The New Zealand Genealogist (August 2012) featured an article entitled Blogging your family history.
The article was informative with many helpful tips and ideas and because I'm always interested to find out how other societies disseminate information about the services and resources they provide, examined the issue more thoroughly. It's an excellent publication and well worth a look.
- Category: News Items
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Twelve months ago, the bookshelves in the WAGS library were culled of obsolete and duplicated material. Since then, they've been filling up again and members making regular visits to the Society's premises in Bayswater would have seen some of the new titles displayed on the bookcase facing the main entrance into the Library.
Now all members are able to see what new items have been added to the WAGS Library.