• April 17 – Mark Lang – Genealogy Software Packages
  • May 15 – B&W film – “The Back of Beyond” – the life & times of Tom Kruse, mailman of the Birdsville Track.
  • May 26 – History Week Open Day – 1:00 to 8:00. Free admission.
  • June 19 – Kirsten Weidenbach – Bringing a Biography to life – using her bio of Tom Kruse.

On 26th May 2010 we will be holding and open day at our resource room in the Trinity Church Hall, William Road Christies Beach from 1:00 – 8:00pm. There is no charge to come along and have a look at our comprehensive library.

While Ros Dunstall is away the Aussie interest group will be held alternate months at the homes of Sharon Green and Jeanette Bell.  Contact Sharon for details.

The English Interest Group has been suspended until further notice. If you have a query about an English matter, please contact Keith Jones direct on email.

Have been a bit lax in getting stuff up here of late – Christmas, school holidays, grandkids visiting, health and a few other things have held me back, but here it is – now –

January – meeting was held in the Church instead of the hall with a members show and tell – interesting apparently – I couldn’t stay for the whole meeting.

28th– English Group meets at Keith Jones’s place 2pm – contact Keith


3rd – Resource Room open 6:30pm – 9:00pm
10th – Computer Users Group meets – Ann Van Der Linden’s place – contact Ann
13th  – Aussie Interest Group meets – Ros Dunstall’s place – contact Ros 
17th – Resource Room open 1:00 – 3:00pm
20th – Group meeting – Church Hall – speaker is Keith Lokan on the subject of Maralinga
23rd – Scottish Interest Group meets – Anne Dow’s place  – contact Anne
25th – English Interest Group meets – Keith Jones’ place – contact Keith


3rd – Resource Room open 6:30 – 9:00pm
10th – Computer Users group – Ann Van Der Linden’s – contact Ann
13th – Aussie Interest group – Ros Dunstall’s place – contact Ros 
17th – Resource Room open – 1:00 – 3:30m
20th – Monthly Meeting – Church Hall – speakers Ros Dunstall, Darryl Smith, Mary-Ann & David Minor on the subject of their trip to China.
23rd – Scottish Interest Group meets – Anne Dow’s place – contact Anne
25th – English Interest Group meets – Keith Jones’ house – contact Keith

The next three montht will follow shortly…

Right now I am listening to Kevin Rudd & Malcolm Turnbull delivering the Nation’s apology to those children who were placed in the custody of Orphanages, Charity organisations, and other institutions in the 20th century – and to the children sent out from Britain, Ireland and Malta between 1948 and 1974 (and some before that as well.)

In the early part of the last century my own grand-father was placed in the care of the Salvo’s as a child born out of wedlock, as a baby and was transferred as a child of 4 to Eden Park, where he lived and worked until he was 14 and deemed “old enough to care for himself”.  If he hadn’t had the strength of character and forebearance that he did – none of my siblings or I, or indeed our beloved mother would have ever existed.

I just want to say on behalf of the friends I had as a child, who were placed in the “care” of the Salvation Army Home at Wistow – Eden Park – and on behalf of my dearly loved grandfather – thank you gentlemen, this apology has been a long time coming.

Since I was late with November (only did that this morning) I may as well do December at the same time. At least that won’t be late.

4th – 6th December – Celtica Festival – Pt Adelaide
Since many of our members have ancestors with Celtic backgrounds, I thought this would be a good place to start – even though most of us have wound down for the year already. It is reasonably priced too – FREE!! There will be music, story telling, art, dancing and food – all with a distinctly British & European Celtic flavour.

5th December – A Day on the Green – Barossa Valley
If you are into the B52’s or you want to “walk foive ‘undred moiles” and then “walk foive ‘undred more just t’ see a mun whoo’d walk a thoosand mioles” with the bespectacled Proclaimers, then is is for you! Pardon my poor attempt at writing in a Scottish accent. This year’s event will be held at Peter Lehmann wines.

11th December – End of School Year
The witching hour for those with kids at school  – now starts the weeks of trying to find things to occupy the little darlings while they are home and complaining of being bored.

13th December – 31st December – Lobethal Christmas Lights
The annual light show at Lobethal turns on at dusk on the 13th and off again on the 31st. A great place to take the kids or overseas visitors. Catch a bus up from the city – it is easier than trying to drive up and find a park.

20th December – Carols By Candlelight
Another annual Christmas event – enjoyed by thousands every year.

Thought it might be a good idea to list some of the relevants things that are on around the place for this month – even though I’m a bit late for some of them, it being halfway through the month and all, but here’s a few that are up coming for the rest of the month –

16th November – National Day of Tolerance
This is the day on which we are all supposed to observe and tolerate the traditions and cultures of others within our community, whether they be indigenous Australians or migrants.

16th – 22nd November – National Adoption Awareness Week
Started only last year, this is a week where the subject, mechanics and consequences of adoption are explored and the support for both birth parents of adopted children, and the adoptees themselves is brought into focus. Through a series of community based events that explore the adoption process, the program hopes to further foster the awareness of all the processes involved from various angles, and to use the knowledge gained from these activities to foster a more constructive attitude to adoption will flow through to policy-making, support services and education, and will help Australia work towards a more positive adoption environment.

The program for this year will be hosted by Deborra-lee Furness (Mrs Hugh Jackman) and moderated by Julian Morrow, will include speakers such as Tim Costello of World Vision; Hugh Evans of the Global Poverty Project; Dr. Jane Aronson of the World Wide Orphans Foundation; Michael Potter of the New Life Home Trust; Jacqui Gilmore of the Hope For Children organisation; and Scott Neeson from the Cambodian Children’s Fund.

19th – 22nd November – Classic Adelaide Rally
This one is especially close to some of us as one of members works tirelessly on this event every year – good on ya NOLA!  The annual car rally starts in the Adelaide CBD each day and travels through South Australian wine districts including McLaren Vale, the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula, and the Barossa Valley.

21st November – Our Annual General Meeting & Christmas Luncheon
Our AGM will be held immediately following the luncheon which commences at 12:30pm. The formalities of the day will begin at 1:15pm as usual.  Members please bring either a sweet or savoury plate to pool.

23rd – 29th November – Social Inclusion Week
An inaugural NATIONAL week of observation where activities are planned to include all members of the public regardless of race, creed or colour or any other object of discrimination. The catch cry for this project is “It’s not about me, it’s all about WE!”  The main event during this week will be the –

National Street Party
National Street Party is about connection, caring, inclusion and celebration. It aims to establish a sense of community by inspiring individuals and groups to look beyond their own ‘backyards’ and engage with those around them. It aims to inspire communities to come together, connect and care for each other.

In South Australia, there will be an event held by the Knox Community – Anglicare Australia’s “Living Beyond Suicide” group beginning at 5:00am – that’s right – 5:00am at either Adelaide Shores Sailing Club or Oarsman Reserve at West Lakes (you can start from either place) and walk 5kms to Henley Beach, where a rememberance ceremony will be held at 6:30am followed by a breakfast, entertainment by the Amazing Drumming Monkeys, and an open air market in Henley Square.

And that’s about it for what’s on around the place. There  is of course the Christmas Pageant on this morning in the city (I feel sorry for them walking in town in this stinking heat!), and the Christmas lights in the various towns get turned on later in the month.

This came to me today from a friend in our group – I have doctored it a little so that it applies to Australia and to England as well :-


“Here is something everyone should read and act accordingly. If you don’t, you’re  hurting yourself and your email mates.  Please read right to the bottom.

By now, I  suspect everyone is familiar with www.snopes.com (Rumour busting site hosted in US) and/or  www.truthorfiction.com for determining  whether information  received via email is just that: true/false  or fact/fiction.  or Urban myth Both are excellent sites.

 Advice from Snopes.com Very  important!  

1) Any time you see an E-Mail that says  forward this on to ’10’ (or however many) of your friends, sign  this petition, or you’ll get bad luck, good luck, you’ll see  something funny on your screen after you send it, or whatever,  it almost always has an E-Mail tracker program attached  that tracks the cookies and E-Mails of those folks you forward to. The host sender  is getting a copy each time it gets  forwarded and then is able to get lists of ‘active’ E-Mail  addresses to use in SPAM E-Mails, or sell to other spammers.  Even when you get emails that demand you send the email on  if you’re not ashamed of God/Jesus ….that’s  E-mail tracking and they’re playing on our conscience.  These people don’t care how they get your email addresses  – just as long as they get them. Also, emails that talk  about a missing child or a child with an incurable disease  –  “how would you feel if that was your child”….E-mail Tracking!!!  

Ignore them and  don’t participate!

 2) Almost all E-Mails  that ask you to add your name and forward on to others are  similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send  business cards to the little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards. All it was,  and all any of this type of E-Mail is, is a way to get names  and ‘cookie’ tracking information for telemarketers  and spammers – – to validate active E-Mail accounts for  their own profitable purposes.  You can do  your friends and family members a GREAT favor by sending this  information to them; you will be providing a service to your friends, and will be rewarded by not getting thousands of spam  E-Mails in the future! If you have been  sending out (FORWARDING) the above kinds of E-Mail, now you  know why you get so much SPAM!  Do yourself a  favor and STOP adding your name(s) to those types of listings  regardless how inviting they might sound!…or make you feel guilty if you don’t!…it’s all about getting email addresses  – nothing more!  You may think you are  supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT!  Instead, you will be  getting tons of junk mail later and very possibly a virus  attached!  Plus, you are helping the spammers get rich!  Let’s not make it easy for them!  

Also: E-Mail petitions are  NOT acceptable to White House, Congress (this applies only in the USA – No 10 Downing Street, London and Parliament House, Canberra DO accept electronic petitions – but they have to be set up correctly)  or any other  organization – i.e. social security, etc. To be acceptable, petitions must have a signed signature and full address of the  person signing the petition, so this is a waste of time and  you’re just helping the Email  trackers.  

AND MOST IMPORTANT:… don’t forget… delete other people’s e-mail addresses on your e-mails and when forwarding/sending useBCC.” – un-quote.

So there you have it folks – all those help this and save that emails that you are total junk!

On December 10th this year, Queensland will officially celebrate its emancipation from the contol of New South Wales.  This milestone provides many opportunities to celebrate throughout the year.

There is a website you can visit where much more detail is given that the bit I have put here –
www.q150.qld.gov.au/ will get you there.

On the www.news.com website on Satuday morning there appeared a story about the latest happenings – or rather non-happenings to do with the clipper ship “City of Adelaide”.

To say that I was absolutely disgusted to read what the journo had written would be more than just and undersatement. I simply couldn’t believe how ill informed this person really was, AND I still can’t believe how useless our State Government is.

I can’t believe also that people cannot see the signifcance of this vessel to our history here in SA, and in fact to world maritime history as well.

The City of Adelaide is now the ONLY surviving clipper ship in the world – the other was the Cutty Sark but since she caught fire and was badly damaged, the ‘City’ is really the only one left.  This ship was purpose built to carry migrants to South Australia, and did so 23 times between 1864 and 1887.

She is one of only TWO surviving vessels that brough British migrants to Australia – the other is the Edwin Fox and that is now in New Zealand!

She is the OLDEST surviving composite clipper ship in the world – built in Sunderland by Pile & Co in 1864, she is 6 years older than the Cutty Sark.

It is estimated that somewhere in the vicinity of a quarter of a million people – that’s 250,000 people – are descended from the passengers who travelled aboard this vessel during her 23 voyages to South Australia.  That is one hell of a lot of people!

In 2011 it will be the 175th Anniversary of the beginning of South Australia. Wouldn’t it be nice to have this living piece of our history & heritage back in Adelaide for those celebrations?

Did you know that the City of Adelaide bears the coat of arms of our city of Adelaide on her stern? That’s right – when Adelaide the city was just 30 years old, some far seeing gentlemen, including the ship’s first master David Bruce, built this fine vessel and named it after out city, and had the Coat of Arms of Adelaide carved and painted on her stern.

But that is not the only connection to this city and our state – for 23 years she made annual voyages back and forth between English ports and Adelaide. She did not go to any other Australian capital city ports – only to Adelaide and other South Australian ports like Pt Augusta to load wool. And during those 23 years her captains numbered 3 members of the one family  – David Bruce, her first master was in charge of the “City” from 1864-1867; his son John Bruce was her master from 1867-1873; and another son Alexander Bruce was her master from 1875-1876. Twelve – yes 12 of her 23 voyages were under the command of members of the one family. One of those captains – Alexander Bruce was also the Wharfinger at Port Adelaide between 1881 and 1891. Many of his descendants live in South Australia today. And to add to that, John Bruce married the daughter of George French Angus!!

It would be truly great if the Government got off their bums and looked into this vessel properly and did something about saving our heritage!

Please visit the City of Adelaide website at www.cityofadelaide.org.au and while you are in a visiting mode go to that news.com story and read what they have to say there. Oh, and leave a comment too – the address is http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,26283225-2682,00.html



Jeanette B. informs me that the Black Forest Primary School will be holding an open day to commemorate their 90th anniversary on Saturday, 31st October 2009 from 11am.

Classrooms will be open, and plenty to see and do, so if you went to Primary School there as Jeanette did, why not drop by and catch up with faces and names from your past.

They have a website running on this subject at present – might be worth a look at, since by my calendar the 31st is tomorrow not Sunday??? The website is at www.BLForest.sa.gov.au

Celtica Festival
Date: 5-6 December 2009
Time: 12:00 noon – 7:00pm
Venue: Pt Adelaide Waterfront at the end of Mundy Street, Port Adelaide
The event celebrates the Celtic traditions of Europe and the Bristish Isles through music, art, literature, craft, language and cuisine. Plenty to do, see and hear.

The Every Generation -it’s on for young and old Festival is held between 1st and 31st October each year. Coming events from now until the end of the festival in the Southern areas of Adelaide are :-

Linking the Generations Morning Tea
Wednesday October 28th
Time: 10:00am
Venue : Aldinga Community Centre – Symonds Reserve Hall, Stewart Avenue, Aldinga
Cost: Free
The morning tea is for seniors and will include a visit from a group of senior students from the Aldinga R-7 School’s Leadership Team. Bookings are essential. Contact the Office Volunteer on 85565940.

Managing Mobiles for mature aged by school students training
Wednesday 28th October
Time: 12:45pm
Venue: Ascot Park Primary School, 1-37 Pildappa Avenue, Park Holme
Cost: – Free
Students from Ascot Park Primary school will provide seniors with one on one training in the use of mobile phones. Contact Leah on 82763055 or Tricia on 82778930.

Come & Try – Tai Chi – Chi Kung
Thursday, 29th October
Time: 6:15pm – 7:00pm
Venue: Flambouron Hall, 18 Fulton Street, Glenelg.
Cost: Free
Try a free introductory lesson in the art of Tai Chi – Chi Kung. Relaxation and achievable exercise for all. Call Allan for details on 83712488.

Mayoral Garden Party
Friday 30th October
Time: 2-4pm
Venue: Partridge House, 38 Partridge Street, Glenelg
Cost: Free
Hosted by the Mayor of Glenelg, Ken Rolland and his wife Anne. Tickets are required for entry – call the Holdfast Bay council on 82299999.

If you have ancestors in Wales, the following may be of interest to you –

< The National Library of Wales has now on line around 190,000 wills to view free. Some date back as far as 14th century until 1858 when civil probate was introduced. Any one interested address is http://www.llgc.org.uk/  or go straight to the Library. >

A seminar entitled Ships Ahoy!! will be held at the Adelaide Office of the National Archives of Australia at 78 Angas Street, Adelaide on Tuesday November 10th 2009 between 10:00am and 11:00am – and it is FREE to all, but you must book – phone 8409 8400 or email adelaideevents@naa.gov.au

The aim of this seminar is to teach attendees how to navigate through the wide variety of maritime records that are held by the National Archives. It should be well worth giving up the hour to attend – especially to those who are interested in this subject.

The Annual General Meeting of the Fleurieu Peninsula Family History Group will be held on Saturday November 21st 2009 at the Trinity Uniting Church Hall, William Road, Christies Beach commencing with a luncheon at 12:00 noon. The meeting proper will begin at 1:30pm, and will include elections for the positions of Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. Members will be notified by email of the nominations once all have been received. Nominations for the above positions should reach the Vice-President by close of business on 7th November. Voting is open to all financial members of the group. Proxy votes will only be accepted via the appropriate form, duly completed and signed, and which are delivered to the Returning Officer prior to the commencement of the elections.  Members attending the luncheon are requested to bring either a sweet or savory plate.

Several of the Committee and members manned our stall at the Meadows Country Fair yesterday (18th October) on what proved to be an absolutely lovely sunny Spring day. We were visited by a steady stream of traffic, having been placed between the Meadows Primary School Reunion marquee and a rather interesting stall selling the most amazingly crafted metal animals and other gadgets. There was quite a packed program of events during the day, with plenty to see and do – and delicious food at every turn. The organisers of the event – which this year coincided with the 150th Anniversary Celebrations at Meadows – can be justifiably proud of their efforts in putting on such a great day. Well done Meadows!! And well done to our folk who manned the stall too – especially Di who was there from go to whoa!!

Welcome to the new Blog belonging to the Fleurieu Peninsula Family History Group (Inc.). We are a group of likeminded individuals whose main focus is the researaching of our respective family histories. Our members range in age from around 25 to well over 70, and we welcome new members among us all the time.

Membership is open to anyone wishing to research their family history. Just because our group’s name is Fleurieu Peninsula Family History Group (FPFHG from now on), doesn’t mean that our members are only researching families who lived on the Fleurieu – quite the contrary – we have members researching in all states of Australia, UK, Canada, USA, Germany, South Africa, Holland, the former Kingdom of Prussia and more.

Our group meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 1:30pm in the Trinity Uniting Church Hall in William Road, Christies Beach, where we enjoy a social afternoon of sharing information, research tips and assistance, listening to a wide range of speakers and much more. We hold various workshops, seminars and other events throughout the year.

We have set up a Resource Room at the hall, with the kind permission of the Trinity Church, which holds a myriad of books, CD’s, DVD’s, magazines, micro-fich and film. Our collection is  not unlike our family trees – forever growing and multiplying. Members are welcome to borrow items from the Resource Room.

You can find more information about the group by visiting our website at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~safpfhg/ 


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