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Perservering Welshwomen

from The Maitland Daily Mercury, 30 January 1914

The women of Haverfordwest – worthy descendants of those brave Pembrokeshire women. Women who used their red cloaks with such success in repelling the attempted French invasion at Fishguard in 1797 – are once more banded together in the public service.

Last week (says the “British Weekly” of Dec 25) a band of 10 got together on an almost impossible road leading from Hook to Haverfordwest, the highway over which the women have to struggle on market days.

Despairing of getting the Pembrokeshire County Council to do the necessary work, by any other means, they decided to effect temporary repairs themselves, and thus shame the public authorities into action.

 

Being of Welsh ancestry, this article made me think of my female Welsh ancestors. I’m sure my great great grandmother MARTHA LLOYD was a very determined and perservering woman.

With her husband JOHN TAYLOR and two sons, one a toddler, the other an infant, she made the journey to Australia to give her family a better life. I’m sure that took great sacrifice and perseverance. And I thank her for her sacrifice which gave me the comfortable life I have today.

My great great grandmother is NOT in the photo above. This is a photo of Welsh women that I came across in Issue 25 of Tracing Your Family History Magazine. There were no names given to the ladies, but they definitely look to me like very strong, determined and persevering women.

A-Z Challenge: Reflections

So now that I’ve said goodbye to April, I’ve also said goodbye to the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge for 2016.

What a busy month that was! The mountain of work, that came with the challenge this year, was caused mainly, by me choosing to do the challenge on two blogs. What on earth was I thinking??!! Also the topics I chose for the themes on both blogs, caused quite a bit of research.

Of course, I wasn’t organised enough to have done that research before April began. In 2015, I promised myself that I would have the research completed by April 1. Oh well, there is always next year.

Here are my thoughts:

What worked:

I thought both themes were really great. From my point of view anyway. They seemed to create quite a bit of traffic to my blog. Much more traffic than last year. It seems that themes that relate to Australia bring many overseas visitors. I hadn’t thought of that when choosing the themes.   Surprisingly, I received many lovely comments in relation to the content and choice of themes.

I was gob-smacked by the number of comments left on my blog. They came in fairly constantly during the day, and then in the morning when I checked, there were similar numbers from northern hemisphere bloggers.

Very happy to say that I picked up new followers on both blogs. Big suprise to me.

Due to the research that needed to be done for  both themes,  I learnt so much about this state and the town where I live. There were towns that I chose for no reason at all, that are now on my list to visit.

For the ‘Bendigo’ theme I chose places to visit and activities that were my favourites or that I thought would be great for tourists and particularly families, to come here and see. I made the decision at the start to keep the posts non-commercial, just to show how much there is to do and see here without spending heaps of cash.

When researching one of the towns, I came across a blog with a story about one of my ancestors, leading me to newspaper articles. This was an ancestor that I haven’t had time to do much research on yet. So have a head start now.

There were some blog posts about Bendigo, relating to places and activities that I haven’t been to yet. So looking forward to catching up with them.

I noticed this year that there were quite a few geni friends and geni friends to be, who posted. Seemed to be many more than last year. I’m looking forward to checking out their blogs during May.

Managed to post Z with everyone else on April 30. I was sure I would be late getting it done.

What didn’t work so well:

I seemed to be one or two days behind for the entire month. Whenever I managed to catch up, it would be short lived, and before I knew it, there I would be, one day late again.

Because I was frantically blogging or researching every day, I didn’t get to visit as many participating blogs as I would have liked. I have list on the wall next to the computer, and intend to visit during May. Now, I wonder if I could find time to a visit to all?  There are many great blogs out there, and topics on any subject imaginable.

I was also chasing my tail answering comments on my blog due to the amount of traffic and comments left.The number of comments is, of course, a positive. It is my lack of time that is the negative. Please accept my apologies if was slow to reply to your comment. I really did appreciate that other bloggers took the time to visit my blog.

For the ‘Towns in Victoria’ theme, I tried to choose towns which related to my family history. It would have been perfect for me if every town had a relevance, but unfortunately, a little over half of the towns that I posted about were towns chosen for other reasons. I tried to make the second choice, a town that appealed to me, but for a couple of the letters I just had to make a choice for no reason,other than it’s first letter.

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With eight positives and four negatives, it looks to me like the April A-Z Challenge is a winner.

Hmm now I wonder what theme I will choose next year…… Regardless of the theme, next year, this blogger will participate on only one blog. Also I will be choosing a theme that has an X and Z! These were a big problem for me on both blogs this year.

* The above  post also appears on my other blog, Next Phase In Fitness & Life

 

 

 

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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photo.heraldsun.com.au

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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photo: homesales.com.au

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