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  • 01 March 2023 1:49 PM
    Message # 13114549

    Use this topic to let our group know of the little resource gems we find when researching specific or hard to find details!

  • 01 March 2023 2:19 PM
    Reply # 13114569 on 13114549

    Thanks to Sharon for finding this.

    The link is to a listing of prisoners on Cockatoo Island Prison 1847-1869, and includes convicts as well as settlers who were convicted to hard labour

  • 04 March 2023 11:41 AM
    Reply # 13119026 on 13114549

    Ships' deserters, 1852-1900 including stragglers, strays and absentees from H.M. ships

    by Jim Melton

    Published by Library of Australian History, Sydney, Australia., 1986

    ISBN 0908120648

    National Library Catalogue Item:

    SAG Library:


    Find out if you ancestor was one of 10,000 or so listed deserters, stragglers, strays and absentees from the crew on Her Majesty's Ships.

    The information in this resource has been gathered from the New South Wales Government Gazette and Police Gazette.


    Last modified: 04 March 2023 3:12 PM | Anonymous
  • 05 March 2023 5:35 PM
    Reply # 13119909 on 13114549

    We talked about crew lists yesterday. Here is one you mightn't have thought of. Missionaries. They were travelling the Pacific and there are a couple of ships with crews listed here. Ship Records (

  • 20 March 2023 11:57 AM
    Reply # 13137566 on 13114549

    Have been visiting Op Shops when I get the chance and finding treasures in the book departments.  

    My favourites are old books on colonial history that have obviously been in someone's bookshelf (or box in the garage) for many years but they can hold a wealth of information about these early times.  

    You can't always find something on Google and reading a book that is sometimes 'first hand' information is so valuable.

    It's worth the trip!

  • 13 September 2023 12:09 PM
    Reply # 13253679 on 13114549

    At our September meeting there was a lot of interest in where we could to learn more about First Nations  people.

    Andrew mentioned an excellent program on ABC iView about First Nations weapons and hunting equipment.

    The program is called 'First Weapons' and there are 6 episodes.

    I'd also recommend a documentary on SBS on demand - 'The First Inventors' with only 4 episodes.

    I hope you will track these down and enjoy.

  • 05 October 2023 10:07 AM
    Reply # 13263139 on 13114549

    Ruth suggested we put together details of the sources our members had suggested during our Arrival  sessions in March and June this year. 

    These details have now been put together and you can access them under our Quick Links section on our webpage.

    Thanks to all who contributed suggestions!

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