For one week, twice a year, an enormous hall at the Brisbane Convention Centre is filled with trestle tables loaded with books of every genre and topic. These are books which have been donated and as such you can strike gold one time or silver the next.
All proceeds raised from book sales help fund Lifeline’s many counseling services. So you have the double bonus of buying great books and knowing the money you pay is being used to help people.
I have never come away with no books. OK, I admit I love books of every type (except horror). I have found many specialist books at Bookfest including University textbooks, computing books and of course history books.
I spent one hour looking through the books then went off to a wonderful get-together with Genealogists for Families group where we had a lovely lunch and then chatted genealogy for ages. Then back to the Bookfest for three hours.
I attended on the last day when the prices are reduced and you have options of filling a plastic (biodegradable) shopping bag for $5 but even so I only spent $55 which included the books below as well as forty-five five others.
The Greater London Street Atlas was very heavy and if I had bought this new and paid for postage from England it would have cost close to this amount.
|A selection of my Lifeline Bookfest treasures|
Australia Day 2012: Wealth for Toil
To participate, choose someone who lived in Australia (preferably one of your ancestors) and tell us how they toiled. Your post should include:
- What was their occupation?
- What information do you have about the individual’s work, or about the occupation in general?
- The story of the person, focusing on their occupation; or
The story of the occupation, using the person as an example.
His son, George Howard Busby never went into the stonemason business, the reason for this is unknown although I have my suspicions that George had a bit of a taste for adventure.
George was a member of the Brigade for a few years, long enough to get a tattoo of crossed axes and helmet which was listed on his WW1 records which gave me the clue to start looking for his employment information. Ken Capell co-author of Brisbane Ablaze was able to give me some information about the working conditions.
As a brigade member they were required to stay onsite and as George got married in 1904. He is listed in the electoral Roll for 1905 as a fireman. I can understand why he did not stay in the job too many years post marriage. We believe he left sometime in 1906-7 as he is not listed in the 1907 employment list.
George completed a st John’s First Aid course in 1909 which was a requirement to be in the Ambulance service. I have this certificate but it didn’t mean anything in particular until I found in Trove that George had his service terminated with the ambulance Brigade in January 1911.
In the 1913 electoral roll he is listed as being an engineer
He was wounded at Gallipoli and returned to Australia as being unfit for further military service. He then acted as a recruiting sergeant around the southern half of Queensland.
It is interesting to compare William and George’s experience with modern times when it is almost expected that people will have four to five career changes in their working life.
These changes are not like Richard John Rollason’s forced career change in 1863 when he changed from being a silk ribbon weaver to a labourer as his profession did not exist in Queensland.
My Grandfather, William George Busby, served in World War 2 and was based in Darwin at the time it was bombed in 1942. The bombing continued from 19 February 1942 to November 1943. Darwin was bombed 64 times during this period.
Other areas also bombed were Townsville, Katherine, Wyndham, Derby, Broome and Port Hedland.
William is the only son of George Howard Busby and had a long interest in the military. He had joined the militia between the wars. I was able to access his between the wars service record online at the National Archives of Australia NAA: B4747, BUSBY/WILLIAM GEORGE
|Militia Form obtained from Australian National Archives|
It is an interesting idea especially as so many of the 2012 Goals (much better word than Resolutions!) I have seen have related to “becoming more organised”
Incidentally this is not my desk, I stole (borrowed) this image a number of years ago and unfortunately I can’t remember where I acquired it from).
(Paper Pile Monsters is a term I came across used by Juliana Smith who has written many columns on organising and many other topics available at Ancestry. She is an excellent columnist.)
For me it is a bit like being a child and eating those vegetables you didn’t like, the only way to get around this is to make it a bite size, time-limited job. So my high-tech tool of choice?
We can all do something, no matter how much we dislike it, if it is time-limited. So twenty minutes intensive filing, reshelving and general tidying then I reward myself with some genealogy internet searching (also unfortunately using the timer!)
What suits one person won’t suit everybody but between us, I am sure we can come up with lots of different ideas that each of us can look at, try and see if that works for us.
So I’d be very interested in knowing what tips, tools and tricks you use to stay/become organised?
|My home with Tami who has now sadly passed on|
|Ibis, Pacific Black Duck, Crested Pigeon, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo & Lorikeets|
|Flowering Red Gum Loved by Lorikeets|
|Green Tree Frog|
|Sulphur Crested Cockatoo|
Week 1 – Blogs: Blogging is a great way for genealogists to share information with family members, potential cousins and each other. For which blog are you most thankful? Is it one of the earliest blogs you read, or a current one? What is special about the blog and why should others read it?
I only started blogging in March 2011and started with lots of moral support from Judy Webster who has a number of excellent blogs.
Being a newbie, I also have spent a lot of time reading the resource pages at Geneabloggers and say thank you wholeheartedly to Thomas MacEntee for all his time and efforts, in compiling these resources.
I also spent a lot of time reading many of the excellent blogs listed on that site. I must also say thank you to everyone who have given kind support and have given suggestions on how to improve my blogs.
I now follow about 150 blogs, so picking just one is pretty much impossible for me. The joy of reading blogs is that, if you look, you can always find a writer/s on the topic in which you are interested.
Special mention has to go to James Tanner’s blogs, including his excellent one on TechTips.
There are so many wonderful blogs out there! All I can say is please keep writing them so I can keep learning from you all!
To continue giving micro-loans in this worthwhile project and to reinvest the micro-loan repayments back in more micro-loans which helps to ensure and improve the future for those families.
Will I achieve all of these? I aim to give it a good try. Come along for the ride and see how I go.