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Genie To do List

Geni-mate  GeniAus recently blogged about her to-do list, which had me think about my to-do list, which is on the wall beside the computer, and which I have not looked at once during April. The main reason was that my focus in April was on the A-Z Challenge.

The list below will probably end up taking me all of 2016 to complete.  I have a busy couple of months coming up, so there will be limited time to be ticking too many items off in the near future.

The list is divided into categories, just because it tickles my fancy to make an organised list. Actually, now that I think of it, I often spend more time making and designing the list, than I spend ticking items off the list.

Please forgive the list being quite messy, but I’ve been adding to it, over the past couple of days, and don’t want to do what I said in the above paragraph that I normally do. That is spend too long on the actual list.

Categories are: Writing; To Complete; Organise. I probably should do the organisational tasks first, but I am going to do the writing tasks first. They are articles which I intend to write, hopefully for publication.

Just to keep myself honest, I will post the list again, at the end of the month, hopefully with a few tasks crossed out as done.

Thanks to GeniAus for giving me a gentle nudge to get back to it.

 

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A-Z Challenge: Link List

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I am back again for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge so have made the commitment to blog every day in April except the Sundays. Some bloggers choose a theme, and others do random posts. For me, a theme works better, so them I’ve chosen for 2016 is Towns in Victoria. I will be choosing  towns with a relevance to my family history, where possible.

At last, May is here. And that means that the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is now complete. I will post my ‘reflections’ on the challenge next week, but for today here is the link to the towns in Victoria that I chose to include.

A for Axedale

B for Bundalong

C  for Castlemaine

D for Diamond Creek

E for Echuca

F for Falls Creek

G is for Greta

H for Heathcote

I for Irishtown

J for Jan Juc

K for Kyneton

L for Little River

M for Mallacoota

N for Nagambie

O for Omeo

P for Patterson Lakes & Patterson River

Q for Queenscliff

R for Rochester

S for Shepparton

T for Trentham

U for Upper Ferntree Gully

V for Violet Town

W for Whroo

X for aXe Creek

Y for Yarrawonga

 Z for Zoo – Melbourne Zoo 

Thank you to all who visited my blogs during the challenge. I will be visiting blogs during May, as I didn’t get much time during the challenge. There are so many interesting blogs out there that I’m looking forward to checking in to.

A-Z Challenge: Z for Zoo

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I am back again for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge so have made the commitment to blog every day in April except the Sundays. Some bloggers choose a theme, and others do random posts. For me, a theme works better, so them I’ve chosen for 2016 is Towns in Victoria. I will be choosing  towns with a relevance to my family history, where possible.

 

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Z is for Zoo. Zoo? I hear you ask, surely Zoo cannot be a town?  You are correct. Zoo is not a town. There is no town in Victoria that starts with the letter ‘Z’, so I have had to get creative. I say that Z is for the Melbourne Zoological Gardens. 

The Melbourne Zoo, is almost as large as a small town, probably larger than some. Also, a visit to Melbourne would not be complete without a visit to the Melbourne Zoo – for both adult and child.

The Zoo is situated just 4 kilometres from the CBD and very close to many hotels. It is accessible from the city by train or tram as well as on the walking/cycle path. There is plenty of car parking space for car drivers.

Opening in 1862, and modelled on The London Zoo, Melbourne Zoo is Australia’s oldest. Originally the zoo, was used to acclimatise animals that arrived after a long ship voyage to Australia.  In 1870, exotic animals started to arrive for public display in the zoo.

The zoo has been upgraded many times, from a zoo that kept animals in small cages, which was the norm for their time until today where the animals are in large fields and almost look to be free range. Those old cages have been heritage listed, so they still  stand today, but are not used at all.

The Melbourne Zoo is set in a beautiful garden setting, with many flower beds and picnic grounds available.

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The Zoo is administered by the Zoological Board of Victoria with generous donations and bequests from the public being accepted.

Some of the animals in the zoo are elephants, monkeys of all types, giraffes, birds, reptiles – just to name a few.

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photo: visitvictoria.com.au

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photo: visitvictoria.com.au

So that is it for April A-Z2016. Please forgive me for my Z choice.

 

 

 

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A-Z Challenge: Y for Yarrawonga

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I am back again for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge so have made the commitment to blog every day in April except the Sundays. Some bloggers choose a theme, and others do random posts. For me, a theme works better, so them I’ve chosen for 2016 is Towns in Victoria. I will be choosing  towns with a relevance to my family history, where possible.

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Y is for Yarrawonga, situated on the Victorian side of the Murray River.

Yarrawonga is very relevant to my family history, as my TAYLOR family spent many years in the Yarrawonga and nearby Bundalong area.

There is a long bridge joining Yarrawonga to Mulwala, on the NSW side of the river. The bridge has a dip and a bend in the middle which was caused by Victorian and NSW mis-communications. As the bridge was being built, starting from both sides, it was soon realised that it wouldn’t meet in the middle.

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photo: tourisminternet.com.au

There is also the original stock bridge, of just a single lane, which crosses over the weir, into NSW.

Below is information about Yarrawonga that appeared in the Australian Handbook in 1903.

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Today Yarrawonga is a popular tourist destination with very mild climate and Lake Mulwala as the major attraction. Water skiing, sailing, canoeing, swimming, fishing and cruising are popular activities on Lake Mulwala which is just a short walk from the town centre.

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photo: victorianplaces.com.au

There are lovely picnic grounds around the lake, and being so close to town, are usually packed on a sunny day.

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photo: travelvictoria.com.au

Yarrawonga is promoted by the tourism authority as an “Inland Aquatic Paradise”. Along with the lake, there are many beaches along the Murray River. Campsites during holiday periods are usually snapped up quickly.

 

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photo: travelvictoria

sources: wikipedia; travelvictoria.com.au

 

 

A-Z Challenge: X for aXe Creek

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I am back again for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge so have made the commitment to blog every day in April except the Sundays. Some bloggers choose a theme, and others do random posts. For me, a theme works better, so them I’ve chosen for 2016 is Towns in Victoria. I will be choosing  towns with a relevance to my family history, where possible.

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X is for aXe Creek. So sorry, but that is the best I can do with the letter X as there is no town in Victoria beginning with X. So Axe Creek it is.

Axe Creek isn’t a town, it’s a location, about 20kms from Bendigo. Axe Creek is named after the creek that is close by.

Axe Creek is surrounded by National Park and much of it, including privately owned land, is protected by Trust for Nature. This is to ensure the bushland, birds and animasl are not threatened.

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There are no amenities or shops at Axe Creek. Other than the church, there is only the Axe Creek  Primary School.

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The area of Axe Creek has, in recent years become a popular area to live on large acreages, as it is close to the school and quite close to Bendigo.

 

 

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A-Z Challenge: W for Whroo

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I am back again for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge so have made the commitment to blog every day in April except the Sundays. Some bloggers choose a theme, and others do random posts. For me, a theme works better, so them I’ve chosen for 2016 is Towns in Victoria. I will be choosing  towns with a relevance to my family history, where possible.

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W is for Whroo, an old gold mining town near Rushworth in northern Victoria. Gold was discovered at Balaclava Hill, Whroo in 1854, causing an explosion in the population. Thousands of hopeful miners converged on Whroo. Many miners claims were made, but after four years most had left, the gold having been depleted.

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One of the families that I am researching had many family members who were gold miners at Whroo, so I have done a little research on the area.

The old Whroo cemetery is fascinating to visit. It’s possible to see that joining of families that occured through marriage in the area. Very sad though, is to see the number of very young who died there. It was a tough existence there.

GEORGE HODGE, my family member died there aged just 36, and leaving a young family behind. He died of miner’s pthisis, which is caused by the dust from the mine getting into the lungs for a prolonged period.

photo: mmg.com.au

Description of Whroo in the Australian Handbook 1903. Photo:mmg.com.au

All that is left of Whroo today is signs of the diggings and the Balaclava Mine and the Whroo Cemetery.

source: victorianplaces.com.au

A-Z Challenge: V for Violet Town

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I am back again for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge so have made the commitment to blog every day in April except the Sundays. Some bloggers choose a theme, and others do random posts. For me, a theme works better, so them I’ve chosen for 2016 is Towns in Victoria. I will be choosing  towns with a relevance to my family history, where possible.

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V is for Violet Town, a small town, just off the Hume Highway, in north eastern Victoria, with a population of just over 1000. Violet Town is situated on the Honeysuckle Creek and most of the street names are named after flowers

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Violet Town in the early days.  Photo:violettown.org.au

Originally this small town came into being as a coach stop on the main road from Melbourne to Sydney.

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Violet Town is very important to my family history as my grandfather and great grandparents lived there until the early 1900s.

My grandfather WILLIAM LOWE JONES and his siblings were born between 1884 and 1889,  just outside Violet Town at Gowangardie, a large sheep run, where their father CORNELIUS JONES was a labourer and sheep shearer.

My great grandmother MARY CALNAN was born at Violet Town to Irish parents WILLIAM CALNAN and ELLEN BOYLE. Mary Calnan was a midwife in the area and helped out with many births at this time.

Very sadly, there was a murder in our family, also at Violet Town. You can read about PATRICK BOYLE’S daughter,  The short life of Ellen Boyle 1853 – 1871 in my recent blog post. Patrick Boyle farmed on the Honeysuckle Creek. His daughter was murdered just outside Violet Town on the Murchison Road.

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Today Violet Town is a quiet but progressive small town. It’s claim to fame is the Violet Town Market which is held monthly and brings many visitors to the town.

 

 

sources: wikipedia, violettown.org.au

photo: goulburnrivervalley.com.au

 

 

 

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