Sunday, January 26, 2014


For operating a vehicle in Spence-street whilst not in possession of a current certificate of competency or learner's permit, Matson Wilton was proceeded against by the Superintendent of Traffic. He pleaded guilty by letter, and was fined £1, together with 6/- costs of- court.

TRAFFIC BREACHES. (1935, July 31). Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 - 1954), p. 11. TROVE

Tuesday, January 07, 2014


For having allowed, on January l8,
two employees to deliver ice after 2 p.m.. Thomas Ludlow, ice vendor, of Sylvan-road. Toowong, was fined £1, with 3/6 costs, on each of two charges. The employees, Albert Ponting and William Sutherland, were each fined 15/, with 3/6 costs, for having delivered the ice.

INDUSTRIAL PROSECUTIONS. (1929, February 16). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 26. TROVE

Friday, January 03, 2014


In memory of William Slawson, Frederick Slawson, Francis M'Cafte, Robert M'Con nell, and Harry Moar, who died on the Zenobia, 9th September, 1897. Inserted by the Zenobia crew.

Family Notices. (1898, September 17). The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), p. 536. TROVE

Friday, November 15, 2013

Early lesson in Geography

One of the immigrants who arrived by the Whakatane stated he had heard that Cairns was the nearest port to the Darling Downs.

Town and Country. (1910, January 14). Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 - 1954), p. 3. TROVE

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Constance HODGSON

While looking at death notices on Trove I came across the following notice -

ARMSTRONG.-On the 14th February, at Hawthorn, Bulimba, Connie, adopted daughter of M. Armstrong, aged 3 years.

Family Notices. (1889, February 23). The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), p. 337. TROVE

Because I have ARMSTRONGs and HODGSONs on the tree and 'Connie' was only 3 years old, I decided to do a little research and this is what I have found.

Constance HODGSON died 14th February, 1889 and her parents were listed as William HODGSON and Mary STRICKLAND.

Constance HODGSON aged 2 years arrived on the Chyebassa in Brisbane 3rd March, 1888. She was listed in steerage and there doesn't seem to be any association with any other passenger; there were males in their 20s and 40s listed before and after her and none of the surnames appear to be connected with the name HODGSON

Constance was buried in the Balmoral Cemetery, Portion 1, #168
Then on 25th May, 1934, Mary Florence COOPER was buried in the same grave after she died the previous day and although I have not located her birth, her parents, James COOPER and Eliza MURRAY were married in Brisbane on the 29th of March, 1867.

I haven't been able to find any other mention of the couple William HODGSON and Mary STRICKLAND on passenger lists or in the Qld BDM index from 1829 to 1983. I thought that M. ARMSTRONG may have been Mary STRICKLAND but as I said previously, I have not found any connection.

I have posted this here in case someone is looking for Connie.

It was only a short life, and I can't imagine that it was very good.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


A remarkable case of a family being prostrated by ptomaine poisoning, the illness being attributed to the eating of ox tongue, came to light on Sunday. The Ambulance Brigade received a call during the afternoon and in response to it bearers proceeded to a place known as Mountain Camp. They there found five members of a family, Belinda   Pedwell (the mother), Victor Pedwell (aged 20), Albert Pedwell (15), Walter Pedwell (15), and Mary Priscilla Pedwell (17), to have been attacked. The eldest son Victor and the daughter May were in such a state as to necessitate their removal to the General Hospital, where, on inquiry later, they were reported to be out of danger and doing well. The other three sufferers, Mrs. Pedwell and the sons, Albert and Walter, were not so bad, and they recovered under the attention the ambulance men were able to afford. -Brisbane Courier.  

A FAMILY POISONED. (1918, March 14). Northern Star (Lismore, NSW : 1876 - 1954), p. 2. TROVE

Sunday, October 27, 2013


Arthur Twible, 15, charged by George Sparkes, of Ultimo, joiner, his stepfather, with being under 16 years of age, and "found" wandering with persons having no lawful visible means of support, was ordered to be sent on board the Vernon.

POLICE. (1879, February 15). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 3. TROVE