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The Ugly Sisters of Lismore Base Hospital

Week 41 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: CONTEXT Most of us have really interesting, sometimes strange, family photos that really need a context or an explanation in order to make sense of them . Two photos that include Allan Harris, my rugby league loving grandfather dressed up as a most unattractive nurse, fall into this… Continue reading The Ugly Sisters of Lismore Base Hospital

#TroveTuesday, Harris

Trove Tuesday – Grand Final Fever

Every family has at least one event that has achieved almost legendary status over time, perhaps an amount of notoriety. One such occasion occurred in September 1953 when South Lismore Rugby League Club's First and Reserve Grade teams won their respective Minor and Major Premierships.[1] Stories about the tries, the extra time, the drought between… Continue reading Trove Tuesday – Grand Final Fever

#52Ancestors, Harris, Poolman, Woolley

Google Mapping – Byron Bay

Week 39 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: MAP IT OUT Byron Bay is the touchstone of my paternal family; a place where generations lived, worked and played. It is also the centre of several family ‘myths’. This map, created using Google My Maps, is designed to plot the lives of the Harris, Woolley and Poolman… Continue reading Google Mapping – Byron Bay

#PhotoFriday, Browning, Harris

Family photo Friday – A study in sepia

. Today's photo is a 1920s studio portrait of my grandfather William Henry Allan Harris (i906-1985), his sister Iris Edna Harris (1910-1998) and his brother Herbert Erroll Harris (1908-1996). The subjects are the three children of my paternal great grandparents, Herbert John Harris (1881-1977) and Mary Isabel Browning (1885-1972). The family was living at 16… Continue reading Family photo Friday – A study in sepia

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“I foolishly gave it all away…

Week 37 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE Herbert John Harris PROMPT: MISTAKE In 1919 my paternal great grandfather Herbert John Harris made what he considered to be the biggest mistake of his life. He exchanged life as a farmer on his property at Wadeville, in the far north coast region of New South Wales for that… Continue reading “I foolishly gave it all away…


Lynwood – A matter of perception

Two articles that were printed in the local paper, the Moruya Examiner, exactly 100 years ago made me realise how different people can have almost opposite opinions about the same thing, in this case a house. These articles describe my home Lynwood as an "exceptional first-class residence" and a "beautiful home" with a "large drawing… Continue reading Lynwood – A matter of perception