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Monthly Archives: October, 2013

Showcase Record – November 2013

Showcase Record – November 2013 VPRS 947/P0 Inward Overseas Passenger Lists 1852 – 1923 Immigration Records: Immigration records that are held by Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) provide information about the administration of inward and outward immigration for Victoria. The inwards records relate to both assisted immigrants and those who came unassisted or were privately […]

Mark “Chopper” Read – Did he or didn’t he?

Whilst no one should glorify death at the hands of someone else, it is something that is a part of our society. Mark “Chopper” Read’s final interview, which aired on Sunday 20 October on 60 Minutes, displayed a callous and cold blooded murderer, with a complete and utter lack of remorse. Until Sunday’s confessional, “Chopper” […]

Irish Famine Orphans

I was searching VPRS 521 (Register of Names, Particulars and Personal Descriptions of Prisoners Received 1850-1941) as an alternative method of finding Irish Famine Orphans who were convicted of a crime. The Series records Names, Ship and date of arrival into Victoria, personal description and particular scars, marks, tattoos etc. One entry caught my eye […]

Irish Famine Orphans – Pt2

You can contribute too!! I am so excited – I was talking to a Researcher in the Reading Room about “my” Irish Orphan project and he turned out to be the Great-grandson of one of the Girls. His ancestor, Winifred Jane Nealis, arrived on the “Lady Kennaway” and was admitted to the Immigration Depot on 13th […]

Irish Famine Orphans

My obsession with the Irish Famine Orphan Immigration began as a result of being asked to present an Information Session at the Immigration Museum in October 2012 as part of their “Leaving Dublin” Exhibition”.  After a great deal of research, my session, titled “Irish Immigration to Victoria using the Resources of Public Record Office Victoria […]

Showcase Record – October 2013

Crawford Pasco (1818-1898) Sketches by Crawford Pasco VPRS 5488 Born in Plymouth, England in 1818, Crawford Atchison Denman Pasco established his long career on the seas with the Royal Navy at the age of 12. By 1837 Pasco had been involved in the Portuguese Civil War, the Battle of the Scheldt, the siege of Oporto […]

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