December 9th, 2013
The War Memorial was constructed as a memorial to the Great War, a repository for records, relics and research materials. The original building was completed in 1941. You can probably guess the next bit.
What it is now, is a very large military museum ( Read more...Collapse )
December 8th, 2013
Was in town to day watching part of the "Stan Siejka Launceston Cycling Classic 2013" as the banner across the road called it. The Masters part, because my brother was riding in it, and I wanted to take some photos. But it wasn't particularly successful, either at getting photos of Ben riding or bike racing in general.
Still, I have them and they might be of interest to competitors or someone :)
The Masters event, one of the prelude races to the "big event" later in the evening, is run over 30 minutes. (They ride around and around for 30 minutes and then for another 2 laps.)( Read more...Collapse )
December 7th, 2013
Don't want to write these any more, which is silly but there it is. So this one might be short on words. I have some hope once I actually get started it'll be better.
So I did retake that photo. I still meant to go over to the fountain thing and take a photo, but I didn't.
Note clouds. Forecast is for much rain. After much frowning at map and Centenary bus route, I planned a schedule for today that involved getting off at the Russell Offices (admin centre for the defence forces & the Dept of Defence) and walking down to the lake.( Read more...Collapse )
December 3rd, 2013
I am avoiding my trip report writing :(
Waiting for Centenary bus, to start afternoon visiting.
A bus that goes around all the touristy places is a wonderful thing. Otherwise, if you want to visit something, you have to find it on the map, work out which buses go that way, work out where those buses leave from and make sure it's the right direction, find that place, work out which stop to get off at and then afterward, work out where the bus in the other direction stops and what time it is expected to go past. Repeat for any other places.
With a bus that loops the touristy places, you get on, at the same place every time, and the driver tells you the best place to get off, and you know the bus will be back about the same time every half an hour so it's easy to work out when to leave.
One way is simple and fun. One way is difficult and stressful.
Anyway, I'm waiting for the bus. I go into a local cafe thing and get something for lunch. A bacon and egg roll thing as it turns out. I have a few bites, but not hungry so I'll leave it for later. Also buy a drink at a corner shop but that doesn't last long.( Read more...Collapse )
December 1st, 2013
Today's plan is simple. Go to the National Museum, then go across the lake to see what I feel looking at over there. Oh, and catch up with Jo.
To get to the museum I could, of course, catch the Centenary bus and do the loop, and get there just after 9.30. However, my phone claimed it was just 1.4 km drive from where I was staying, which is what? A 20 minute easy walk, and the last part of which would be along the edge of the lake. So I could a leave a bit earlier and get there just after it opened.
I should include a map of Canberra
for those not familiar with the city. Basically, it two circles, on either side of the lake. The bus terminuses, shops and YHA where I was staying are to the top and top-right of the northern circle (e.g. Canberra Central). The southern circle, with Capital Hill, is where Parliament House is, and between that and the lake is where most of things I plan to visit are, also lots of parks and gardens. So the "centre" of the city, that in any sensible place has been built and developed over decades, is all open space and public buildings. Also, it's very new. Canberra itself is celebrating it's centenary this year, but most of the buildings are from more recent times. The lake itself was constructed in the 1960s and I think most of the construction (of significant buildings and suburbs both) in city is from after that. So whereas in a town of any size, you have layers of building, development, demolition, replacement, redevelopment over time, in Canberra it's much of a single layer. On my first visit here, about ten years, I decided it had been dropped by aliens.
Anyway, let's go and have a look around :)
Because I'm not a car, I didn't need to go around the circle but could cut across the middle. It's all park (and car park) area. This looking back the way I've just come. ( Lots of photosCollapse )
November 30th, 2013
Now LJ seems to be cooperating...
My proposed itinaery for trip was:Tuesday
Visit National Museum because it's out on its own.Wednesday
See how many places that are together on the other side of the lake I can get to. They being:
National Portrait Gallery
Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
Some others I've probably forgottenThursday
Blundell's Cottage in morning
Rest of day for things left over from TuesdayFriday
On Tuesday morning, I got to the boarding gate in Launceston airport and sat down, and an announcement came over saying they were going to start boarding soon. Now that is good timing!
I'll start with photos from the plane, of course. Although they're not very good. It was a bit cloudy.
Launceston from the plane. The silver stripe on the right is the South Esk (the wide bit just after the bend is Duck Reach, then it turns around to the right and heads into Trevallyn Lake) so, pulls out street atlas, the housing areas are West Launceston, Summerhill (dog-leg on the edge is Outram St) and Prospect. Then onto the west (Meander River too). All looking very green for late November.( LOTS of photosCollapse )
November 28th, 2013
OK I have decided I will do a trip report, because I like to look back at them years later. With photos, of course, but these will mostly be of things I saw while walking/on a bus with maybe a handful of photos and a overview of places I actually visited to give an idea of what they're about. Then I can do more detailed posts of them sometime down the track when/if I feel so inclined. That way I can give myself a record of what I did without spending hours and hours editing photos.
Of course, based on the first day, this still leads to a lot of photos for each day. But then you don't have to look at them all!
(Also, if anyone particularly wants to see what photos I took in a given place, or what I thought of it, wave your hand because I'll probably never get around to it otherwise.)
November 17th, 2013
Thought last part would take ages because there wasn't really anything left to write, except some closing comments, but I had it all less 500 words done by breakfast.
November 15th, 2013
I added a new line to my red graph:
4750 words to go but sure there's another story. We've just had the big fight, and it seems you can't resuscitate a ghost with jumper leads. Not a selkie ghost anyway. Hopefully there's still lots of "wrapping up" to write.
November 14th, 2013
Not really 10K of story left, although I'm sure characters intend to spend all that sititng around wondering how to find the werewolf and arguing what whether they should. Something needs to happen to jolt them along a bit.
November 13th, 2013
November 11th, 2013
This is a page from the second edition of Aussie: the Australian Soldiers Magazine: printed in the field by the AI.F. Printing Section
, from February 1918. I shared some excerpts
a few weeks ago, but kept a page for today.
THE LIGHT HORSE AT LONE PINE
When the Lord Mayor of Bristol gave his address to the men gathered at the Bristol Art Gallery, as guests of the city, to celebrate Gallipoli Day, he told a story concerning the Light Horse which, if authentic, opens up a nice theme for investigation. The story, which the Lord Mayer said had been communicated to him by one in constant touch with Australian soldiers, was briefly this that during the night following the day upon which the Light Horse made their never-to-be-forgotten charge at Lone Pine, their horses, which of course had been kept behind in Egypt, stampeded into the desert, and a big proportion of them lost.
Quite by accident I came across a book in which the incident is referred to in some detailed. The book is entitled The Coo-ee Contingent
, by an unknown author, published by Messrs. Cassell & Co
. This is how the writer records the weird matter:-
"The sergeant came in white-face. 'Sir,' he stammered, 'those--horses--well it's the horses of the chaps that are at Gallipoli; they're going mad.'( Read more...Collapse )
November 10th, 2013
I am good. See!
Today finds me at 32665 words.
Writing at just 2500 words a day has confirmed my thoughts about writing processes, and writing faster. I'll have to make some notes.
So I was given lighthouses as a theme. I don't actually have many photos of lighthouses. They tend to be in remote places and I don't.( Read more...Collapse )
November 8th, 2013
Actually, this one is in Charles St, just around the corner from the Mall. It took me a while to be sure there was actually something there.( Read more...Collapse )
November 7th, 2013
Day 7 @ 11:04 pm
So, a bit under 5K needed to reach halfway and today I was home all day. So yeah....
Gah. I think I will restrict myself to 2500 exactly for the next 10 days.
(Actually I finished at 3794 words for the day, but that was just 206 words off 4K which is much nicer, and then it was just 750 words to 25K... Spreadsheets are bad.)
November 6th, 2013
Day 6 @ 11:17 pm
I know this. I know it. It took me too long to learn it but I KNOW it. Admittedly I haven't had much use for it in recent years but that's no reason to forget.When characters are digging in their heels and not doing what I want, I have to stop and work out what it is they want.
(Learning this was how I knew outlining was not for me to do. The more I think I know about how the story will go, the more I get stuck.)
So, having rediscovered that writing "wheel" this morning, today was much easier despite being away all day. Total word count: 20111.
November 5th, 2013
Day 5 @ 10:25 pm
I've finally worked out what is going on with this Nano novel! It's trying to make my other WIPs look better by comparison.
16700 words. That's 1/3 done.
Also where the turning point (aka end of Act 1) should be. Which is what SHOULD be happening in the next scene for the present day story line and it's getting closerfor the past story line so it's actually sort of working as a plot. Who knew!
November 4th, 2013
Day 4 @ 09:18 pm
So my "2500 words a day" didn't last long. I am sticking to 3000 words a day though.
Yeah, those word counts actually give a daily average of 3335, which rounds down to 3000.
I have no idea what I am writing next though. One main character, Joe*, doesn't want to be dragged off into the bush and turned into a werewolf. So I'll have to try a less obvious approach. The modern day characters are more interesting in wandering around museums than advancing the plot, but they have finally obtained their stuffed penguin. There is no plot reason for them to acquire a stuffed penguin but it was a condition of including one of the characters.
I'm not sure that is how this writing things is supposed to work.
On the positive side, we had our first local write-in today, and it went well.
*I said to him, if you won't give me your name, I'm calling you Joe. His solution to that is to turn the POV into first person. Gah.
November 2nd, 2013
This is how it goes:
I finish my 2500 words for the day, and it's the middle of the afternoon and if I get to 3000 I can have another lollipop. So I put some numbers into the spreadsheet and work out it wouldn't hurt to do some 3K days.
So I do that, and now I have 5640 words total. Which is an ugly number. 6000 is nicer, and it's about 300 words away, and that will only be an average of 3K per day.
So I'll do those extra few words. And then?
Hence, my user icon :)
November 1st, 2013
Quotas met for the day: 1
I have encountered a problem. The first few hundred words each day are hard, but by the time I reach 2500 words, the writing is easier but there I have to stop.
There are local write-ins arranged throughout the month so I don't want to finish too soon and as I am only doing 50K this year (That is 50000 exactly. Not a word more) I'm working on just 2500 words aday (+-10% to allow for end of pargraphs.) But I want to write more, and there is this nice, almost empty long weekend too. Meh.
Words written: 2034
Cups of tea: 2
Lollipop rewards: 2
Times cryptozoology used: 1
Words written: 1314
Words saved from being deleted because they'll do as a start: 138
Cups of tea: 1
Problems solved without help from help people:1
Lollipops about to be eaten for reaching 1000 words:1
Words written: 138
Jugs threatened with beatings with wooden spoon if they don't work: 1
Cups of tea: 1
Posts to Nano bug forum: 1
Words about to be deleted because start is in the wrong place: 138
Words written: 0
Cups of tea: 0
Sad faces typed due to above zeros: 1
October 27th, 2013
Whatever you do during the day, if it's work, school, play, kids, find a few minutes first thing in the morning to type up a few lines
. It doesn't have to be a lot, just a sentence or two, or a paragraph. Then later in the day when you do have time to write, it'll be much easier if you're not looking at a blank screen. And you won't be thinking "2000 words to write tonight and I haven't even started". Because you'll have started!
And yes, I said 2000 words. You only need 1700 words a day (well OK 1667 but that's an ugly number) to get to 50K by the end of the month, but if you can those extra few hundred each day, you'll have a buffer in case you need a take a day off or something goes wrong. Also, it is much easier to keep motivated when you're ahead of the game
, rather than just managing to keep up or behind. Once you get behind it's harder.Write often
Whatever your daily goal, do it every day. If it seems to hard today, it will be harder tomorrow. Yes, it will. Really. And whatever you do, don't think you can make it all up in a burst on the weekend. You won't. Really. There is one exception to this, and that is iff* you wrote at least 13,000 words on the previous words then you can take it easy the following 5 days. (But if you have put in that effort, why waste it?)
Otherwise, remember if you don't do it today, it will be harder tomorrow
One things many experienced writers will tell you is it's not writing they enjoy as having written. The thought of having to sit down to actually type out words IS off-putting, especially at the end of the day when you're tired and it seems so much easier to just sit and watch TV... Once you actually have some words on the paper, the rest will be easier. Word warsGather some friends who are also doing Nano. Set a timer for 10 minutes. At the end, see who has written the most words. Repeat.
Set a timer for 10 minutes. At the end, see if you wrote more words than the previous time. Repeat.
Set a timer for 10 minutes. Write.
It doesn't matter if you're competing against other people (and if you are, you actually wins) as long as you do nothing but write for 10 minutes. No looking at Facebook. Or a quick check to see what that email that just came in is about. Or talk with whoever else is in the room. Or watch TV. You can do all these things at the end (it's your reward). Get the hang of doing this, and your productivity will go up. It helps avoid procrastination. (It's only ten minutes, that's no big deal). It helps focus your brain on the job at hand.
When you're done for the day, update your word count and tell people.
If you're finding it hard, tell people. It can get hard. Read those motivational emails you've been ignoring and you'll find there are times when it's hard for everyone (even those people who write 200K in November find it hard at times).
If you need help, with anything from thinking of character names to plot problems to hating your writing and wanting to delete all evidence of its existence, talk to people.
It's the social aspect of Nano that makes it work, so make use of it.
Although if you find you're spending more time socialising than writing you're doing it wrong :) Make it part of your routine: 10 minutes focused writing, 10 minutes chatting online, 10 minutes focused writing....
Set rewards for reaching certain word counts. A small rewards for each 1000 words (a bit of chocolate, a cup of tea, listen to a song, play a game for 10 minutes). A slightly bigger rewards for every five thousand words (ice creams, an episode of a TV show on a new DVD or a chapter of book, a new game for 30 minutes, go shopping). Decide the rewards before you start, and you get it iff you reach the goal.
*iff = if and only if
October 24th, 2013
This is supposed to be photos from Longford Show, but mostly it's photos of animals.
Like a baby blue tongue lizard.
Or adult blue tongue lizard that I'm holding.( Read more...Collapse )
October 23rd, 2013
This is the MT-LBu (Soviet amphibious, armoured, tracked multi-purpose vehicle) operated by Tassie Tank Adventures
. I took some photos of the inside.( Read more...Collapse )
October 14th, 2013
Putting this here so it can be found (and copied) by anyone who might want it. The names are taken from a photographic honour roll printed by Beattie, held at the Queen Victorai museum entitled Officers of the 12th Battalion AIF. It's a framed print of 145 small photos with names underneath, and another fifty names at the bottom without photos.
The Burnie RSL Club has the same roll, but I don't know if that's the original or another print. Those names are listed in the Tasmanian War Memorial Database, by Fred Thornett, available online through the state library.
There are 197 names so I'll put them behind a cut. Names with * don't have photos.
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October 10th, 2013
My comment on Facebook wasn't prompted by the number of Victorian stations that I have photos, but number of photos of stations, parts of, lines leading into that I have in relative to other photos of Melbourne/Victoria. I spend half an hour at Wangaratta waiting for a bus and there's not much else to do other than wander along the station platform. Or I take a couple of photos every time
I go through Southern Cross. You get the idea :)
But have them I do, so for your amusement, photos of Victorian train stations. In alphabetical order. (Spelling might be wrong for a couple, as I took it from the out-of-focus signs in the photos.)
Benalla (that's a actually a signal tower at the entrance, but the best I had)
Bendigo( Read more...Collapse )
October 6th, 2013
I probably should start promoting my photo reference website.
As it says somewhere on the site, a few years back I spent many hours one evening trying to work out the layout of a coach house/stable on the Internet, with no success. Not long after, my mother, who had just started volunteering at a local National Trust property, asked me if I wanted to go out with her and help them with their computer. I spent a few minutes with their outdated computer system and the rest of the day taking photos of their coach house and stables (and other buildings). Useful. Since then, whenever I come across something that might be useful, I take photos. This includes visits to museum, tourist sites, open days (and ships), and re-enactment events. Also some original (from old books, magazines, postcards) material. I've started putting them on a WordPress site, so I can find them easier and other people can use them too.Is here.
Problem is, there are thousands of them and I keep getting more, and it's hard to know what might be of interest/use to other people. So some feedback would help. At the moment, it's a little heavy on transport-related subjects and I want to broaden the range. So last weekend I added a tractor, bulldozer and some outboard motors. Right... Amongst the photos I could use, I have lots of doors & windowse, or kitchens, or churches, and there's a football club or photos from the local Doors Open day (inc. town hall, customs house, power station). Or I add a train, more tall ships, some military vehicles :) All request will be considered (maybe not taken seriously, but considered.)
Also, if you could share this post (or the site) with people who might find it useful, that would help.
Young Endeavour and Søren Larson. Last two.( Read more...Collapse )
October 2nd, 2013
Tecla @ 08:47 pm
This is Tecla
, the third of the Dutch ships
on their trip around the world. Built in 1915. And that's all I can remember. This is the last ship I looked at. ( Read more...Collapse )
October 1st, 2013
:) @ 08:05 pm
As it is October now and not September, I don't have to post something every day so I won't today. So no LJ post tonight.
September 30th, 2013
but didn't have much luck so I had to take photos of other things instead.( Read more...Collapse )
September 29th, 2013
Bonus post. Just in case you've ever wondered what the view is like from a top of a tall ship. That's the platform partway up a mast. This bit actually:( See moreCollapse )
The British Lord Nelson
is owned by the Jubilee Sailing Trust and was "purpose built to enable able-bodied and physically disable people to sail together". I'm going to take the easy way and put up the photos in the order I took them, because I can't remember being on board. (I remember going o nboard and leaving, but not the in-between parts) so I can't really make any useful comments.( Read more...Collapse )
September 28th, 2013
Melton Mowbrary, in the Southern Midlands, where the road to Bothwell joins the main highway. Originally known as Crossmarsh. That is the area was known at Crossmarsh. Then the guy who built the hotel (in the 1850s) named it (or his property) after his birthplace in the UK and that name was picked up for the area.( Read more...Collapse )
September 26th, 2013
, from Rotterdarm. One of the three Dutch ships travelling around the world together. They have a web site for the voyage
. Their next stop is Sydney, for the Naval Review, and then onto New Zealand.( Read more...Collapse )
September 25th, 2013
Once upon a time there was a famous sea captain. This captain was very successful at what he did; for years he guided merchant ships all over the world. Never did stormy seas or pirates get the best of him. He was admired by his crew and fellow captains.
However, there was one thing different about this captain. Every morning he went through a strange ritual. He would lock himself in his captain's quarters and open a small safe. In the safe was an envelope with a piece of paper inside. He would stare at the paper for a minute, then lock it back up. After, he would go about his daily duties.
For years this went on, and his crew became very curious. Was it a treasure map? Was it a letter from a long lost love? Everyone speculated about the contents of the strange envelope.
One day the captain died at sea. After laying the captain's body to rest, the first mate led the entire crew into the captains quarters. He opened the safe, got the envelope, opened it and...
The first mate turned pale and showed the paper to the others. Four words were on the paper, two on two lines:
"Port Left, Starboard Right."
September 24th, 2013
The Dutch barque Europa
. Originally built in 1911 as a lightship and later adapted to be a tall ship. Along with two of the other visitors, she's one an around the world trip.( Read more...Collapse )
September 23rd, 2013
Too tired to edit lots of photos tonight so here are some I already had prepared :) Taken from Bellerive (Kangaroo Bluff).
That shows how the Mountain dominates the landscape, all dark and brooding there too, and the little city huddled at the bottom. Also if you look closely, you can see Europa
arriving (a Dutch sail training ship/restored barque who I'll putting up photos of soon).
And that would be Lord Nelson
, a British ship built to "enable people of all physical abilities to sail side-by-side as equals". (Third on my list of photos to put up.)
September 22nd, 2013
How Wounded Soldiers are Transported in France
An up-to-date Ambulance Train used to convey Troops to Base Hospitals. The complete trains consists of 16 carriages, with a total length of 313 yards. The train is vestibuled throughout and fitted with electric light and fans. The exterior is painted khaki colour.
General view of train.( See moreCollapse )
September 21st, 2013
Some of these are a bit weird. Not the first few. They're just normal night time photos, to warm up with :)( Read more...Collapse )
September 20th, 2013
Caught Tassielink bus to Hobart (and took lots of little videos out bus window).
Got to YHA hostel (best backpackers in the city) and guy at the desk couldn't find me, because I'd been booked in for October 20 (note to self: possibly changing a booking via email isn't a good idea). I seem to have the room to myself.
Caught bus over the river to Bellerive.
Walked up to "Kangaroo Bluff Historic Site" which is apparently the name of the place. Watched last of the tall ships arrive. Took lots of photos of the old fort (battery). For about 2 hours. Flattened phone.
Walked backed down to Bellerive village. Took photos for Town List. (Half an hour walk + photos)
Caught bus back to city.
Went to Dick Smiths and bought a cable so I can recharge phone.
Went to library and borrowed the tallest children's book. Which is apparently "Leaf Litter" by Rachel Tonkins.
Went to supermarket for things to eat and drink.
Came back to backpackers. Ate stuff. Played online. Had cable fall apart but it still works.
At 7 pm went down to waterfront to look at ships in the dark.
Took lots of photos of pink & purple & regular-coloured dark ships. Flattened camera battery. (Damn.)
Came back to backpackers. It's 9 pm and no one else is in here. So I moved from the top bunk (more private, but the ladder is a bugger) to a bottom bunk, which really is more practical.
Wrote this list.
Next I'll go to bed :)
September 19th, 2013
Here's a couple of memos from the overseer at the Cascade Female Factory (which was the city women's gaol by then, but with the same name).Cascade Factory
10 Sept 1858
I have the honor to bring under your notice that the Soldiers are constantly prowling about the Hill in the rear of the Buildings passing signs and calling the prisoners by name, and when ordered away by the Constables, they only laugh at them & tell them to mind their own business -- This morning three Soldiers and a female name Isabella Black a TL holder were on the Hill behind the Buildings making Signs & calling to the Women in the Wash yard, & it was with the greatest difficulty that the Officers could keep order I was compelled to go myself and order them off -- When the Constable spoke to the Woman the Soldier threatened to knock him over if he interfered I therefore beg leave to request that you will give the necessary direction to prevent occurrences of this kind as it is utterly impossible for discipline to be maintained in this Establishment if such irregular Conduct is permitted.
I have the honor to be
yr most obedt ServR Atkins
The second memo:Cascade Factory
10 Sept 1858
Isabella Back D North
I have the honor to bring under your notice that the Ticket of Leave Holder aforenamed was this Morning in company with 3 Soldiers on the Hill behind the Washyard calling out to the prisoners etc & when spoken to by the Constable she abused him & called him most improper names -- As she is a very bad character, and a frequenter of Brothels I beg leave to recommend that she be ordered not to reside in Hobart Town
I have the honor to be
Your most obedtR AtkinsThis is Miss Black.
Seems she had a habit of not being where she should be (absconding). It seems she was absent at the time of this incident too. She was ordered "Not to reside in the district of Hobart" (bottom left column) and had her Ticket of Leave revoked.
September 18th, 2013
I shall write a short (well) bit about my list of names before I start talking about some of the things found while looking for individuals. This could be interesting because brain is doing weird word substitutions like "out" instead of "about" and missing out works like "brain" so hopefully it will make sense :)
If you're looking for the WW I records for someone, you go the National Archives website
, go to the records search page, select "Name search" and the first item under category is "Australian Defence Forces personnel records", then under that "Army personnel" and then World War I.
Then you'll get a list of results that give name, serial number (or rank), place of birth, place of enlistment and next of kin e.g.
Eeles Eustace : SERN 368 : POB Nile TAS : POE Claremont TAS : NOK F Eeles George
Or if you're not looking for a particular surname, you can search on series B2455 First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920). Which is what I did, with "tas" in the keyword field so it bought up every entry with tas in the results (including any with that in the name, but they were all born or enlisted in the state anyway). Which gave me a very long list (3 Mb in size) but there are some problems. It doesn't include...Anyone who was born elsewhere, grew up here and enlisted elsewhere. This is a small but not insignificant number.
If the attestation pages were lost the POB and POE are given as N/A so they are missed
Someone who enlisted as an officer with the different forms so the POB and POE are given as N/A
Any others who for some reason didn't have an entry for POB or POE (e.g. nurses don't always have all the details listed on the first page).
Those who joined overseas military forces
It does include a small number who enlisted, commenced training but didn't get to serve. Of the two we looked at, one was medically discharged and one signed up in October 1918. I think this might include all those without a service number or rank, so about 200 of them.
The bigger problem though... "First Australian Imperial Force" included army personnel, nurses, the flying corps but not the navy. On the pull down menu on the search page there is an entry for "Navy personnel" below the army, but it's not broken up into conflicts. This would because Series A6770 is "Service Cards for Petty Officers and Men, 1911-1970" ALL LUMPED IN TOGETHER. Except I realised later, they're not ALL together. These is also "A6769, Service Cards for Navy Officers, 1911-1970". I did a keyword search on both these series and ended up with 5000 names, and then pulled out all the ones born on or before 1905.
1905 because that is the absolute earliest someone could be born and be too young to have served in WWI. Do you know the minimum age to enlist in the navy then? I don't, but I've come across a number of 14 year olds so I assume that is it. Although I have found one 13.5 year old but he was enrolling in the naval college and his brothers, father, uncles, grandfather etc were all military officers so there might have been some strings pulled.
Then there is the problem of finding out if the individuals actually saw service in WW I. Those "Serve cards" are a single card, with mostly personal details on the front and service details on the back, But even if there is an entry for the relevant years, it doesn't always mean war service. It did occur to me that if they were issue medals (which is listed on the cards), then they qualify for inclusion. (And since then I have no seen any mentions of medals even amongst those know to have served.) The young officer create another problem. They enrolled at the naval college as cadet midshipmen, and were listed on the books of Cerberus, for about four years, when they were then rated as Midshipmen. But, it seems they were then sent off to the Royal Navy (UK) for more training and experience, and during that time they might have seen active service but it's not going to appear on their RAN record. Their was a lost interchanging between the Royal Navy & the Royal Australian navy and often the only indication is "RN" scrawled in a corner. One fellow I might mention later joined the army, fought at Gallipoli, ran off to Royal Navy for the rest of the way and afterwards was a lieutenant in the RAN for two years before becoming a light house keeper. People. Interesting.
Also, as well as making the list as complete as possible, I'm making separate lists for those in the flying corps and nurses.
The answer to all the above problems is to use other sources. The start of list of navy personnel comes from a book about the Sydney/Emden battle that listed all the Australian born crew, with where they were living when they signed up (which is really good because it gets around the born elsewhere/enlisted elsewhere problem). Any mention of an officer in a book or a photo in the Weekly Courier gets checked, and added. Ancestry gave up lists of men who enlisted in the Canadian & US armies (birthplace "Great Britain, Tasmania"), and some UK servicemen. We've searched the Commonwealth War Graves site, and the London Gazette archives. A memorial plaque at St Helens (see a photo of it here (click on the little camera icons)) gives a list of Tasmanian nurses, with about 20 names that weren't already on my list. They're what I'm checking at the moment, Some are errors/shouldn't be on the list. I've added a handful though. Then I'll go and look through the British nursing records, as I know there were Australian nurses who signed up there. There's also a list of people in the 1911 English census who were born in Tasmania but in the Royal Navy.
The problem I have though, it takes time to check each source and we keep finding new ones. So my To Do List is getting longer and longer (and really not helped by losing a week to LOST FILES, THANK YOU COUNCIL IT PEOPLE). I'll have to call it Project Hydra, although I really want to call it Cerberus.
September 17th, 2013
This is the first photo I took with my current camera (18 July 2007). It doesn't look as bad resized. A lot of bad photos in that folder :)
September 16th, 2013
A Youth Futures castle
that was open for people for people to look through. There were other people in here while I was trying to take the photos (the "guide" and two-three others) so I had to work around them.( Read more...Collapse )
September 15th, 2013
Some photos from Streets Alive
art trail. The theme was "Home is what you make it".
Sanctuary, by Martin Cole( Read more...Collapse )