Saturday, November 20, 2010

Genealogy Magazine Pricing

I was in the newsagents to-day and had a look at the genealogy magazines. Mostly I can't help myself and nearly always buy one. To-day I bought the Australian Family Tree Connections magazine.

While I was there I had a look at the others and one that caught my eye was 'Family Tree' which is published in the UK. Now I am not picking on this one in particular because I'm sure all the other overseas publications are just as bad when it comes to pricing here in Australia.

The price of this magazine in the UK is £4.60 and here in Queensland in Australia they want $15.95

On to-days exchange rate £4.60 = $7.47822 in Australia
or $15.95 = £9.811132

Either way you look at it, it is bloody expensive. And our dollar is doing so well, because us Australians know how to manage the budget. And this Australian has a budget that doesn't extend to paying such ludicrous prices.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Poor Solicitor

In a court in Cairns on Tuesday the 3rd of July in 1951 -

Mr. Bennett remarked that both his clients had "beautiful new cars" in which it was difficult to judge the speed. He added: "These are modern new cars - not like mine. Your Worship. I can not afford one of these - I am only a solicitor."

One of those clients was a Vivian HEDGELONG who was charged with speeding, ie. 40.9 miles an hour in a 30 miles per hour speed zone. 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Mary Jane BAINES

The following is the contents of a note written by a researcher on ancestry and sent to me in a email.

It discusses a person by the name of Mary Jane BAINES who married one Aldred TRUNDLE on the 6th May in 1875 in Brisbane after Aldred's first wife Mary Jane (nee SMITH) died on the 15th of October in 1872.

I know that she was born in Achill, Co. Mayo, Ireland in about 1849. Her father was Mathias and her mother was Jane (aka Elizabeth) McDowell. Her siblings were Thomas (?-1907 d. in qld), Lucy (abt. 1852-1936 d. in qld), Margaret Anne (abt. 1855-1943 d. in qld) and Mathias (1857-1944). They were all born in Achill. I cannot for the life of me find a death certificate for Mary Jane, as she may have remarried after Aldred Trundle. From the sounds of it he was quite a handful and was charged with several stealing crimes so perhaps they got divorced?

To-date no one has been able to find anything about the second Mary Jane (nee BAINES) after her marriage to Aldred TRUNDLE. They apparently did not have any children and neither her death nor any subsequent marriage has been found.

Aldred TRUNDLE died on the 28th of March in 1911 at Dunwich which is a small community on North Stradbroke Island in Moreton Bay.

Should anyone recognise any of the people in this blog or wish to know anything else about any of these people, please write to me.