25 Apr 2019
April 25, 2019

Our First ANZAC

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Biography of A World War I Soldier – Private William David Maher William David Maher, my first cousin three times removed, was the first of our family to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force following Britain’s declaration of war against Germany. He signed up exactly one month after enlistment opened for Australian volunteers, on 10.. read more →

Colonial Irish Stew

Colonial Irish Stew Technically it is autumn…just. Even though the days are still occasionally hot the evenings are cool.  It’s time to get the slow cooker out for a comforting stew. As it is St Patrick’s Day I am reflecting on my Irish heritage. I have  prepared some traditional Irish fare to share with my.. read more →

08 Mar 2018
March 8, 2018

International Women’s Day

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Celebrate Anastasia Maher On this International Women’s Day, I’d like to celebrate the life of my great great grandmother Anastasia Maher. She was born at a time and a place where a new world was emerging.  Her childhood was spent in a melting pot of cultures fixated with making a fortune on the Bendigo goldfields… read more →

16 Aug 2017
August 16, 2017

Discarded Chinese Heritage

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My grandfather left me a small blue bottle that has Chinese characters embossed on it. He showed this item to me a few years prior to his passing. At the time I thought he was indicating that this would be mine when the time came because I was the only family member who was interested.. read more →

Hot off the press

Satisfaction and a sense of achievement is what I felt when I held a copy of my publication for the first time. Family history writing is like that. After many years of research that ramped up towards the end, the compilation was complete. Thanks, in part goes to the 150 plus members of our Facebook.. read more →