Author Archives: Jenny Coates

We Have Moved!

Conversations With Grandma moved several years ago to a self hosted site. All the posts on this site have moved over and I’ve added a whole host more. Plus there are free resources about the Wangaratta area including a list … Continue reading

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Australian Local and Family History Bloggers

Listed here are blogs by members of the Australian Local and Family History Bloggers Facebook group. We are a support group for independent bloggers of Australian history. We don’t allow blogs about business publicity or bloggers attached to libraries or … Continue reading

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Margaret Considine (c1818-1895)

Another post from my earlier university days. Much more research has been done since this was first penned in 1999. This post has NOT been updated with the new research. Margaret Considine was born circa 1818 at Sixmilebridge, a townland … Continue reading

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Gordy Moore (1885-1967)

I am having a break from the blog while I concentrate on my PhD. This post comes from research I did for an Advanced Diploma in Local and Applied History that I was completing at the University of New England … Continue reading

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The Real Grandma

The impetus for this blog came out of many years tracing my family history and long talks and explorations of Wangaratta with family members. One of those family members was my dear Uncle Bert who had a wonderful memory and … Continue reading

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“Scenes of riot and debauchery” – Dr Murphy’s letter

Dr Francis Murphy was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1809 to public servant Francis Down Murphy and Mary (née Morris). He trained in the medical profession in Cork, Trinity College, Dublin, and London qualifying  as M.R.C.S., in 1835. The next … Continue reading

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On This Day In Wangaratta – 4th July 1875

This day marks the 140th anniversary of the death of George Moore at the tender age of 28 years. George died at the home of his parents on the One Mile Creek after a four week battle with typhoid fever. … Continue reading

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The bank teller and Ned Kelly

Regular readers of this blog will know that I don’t spend a lot of time on Ned Kelly. Blogs and websites dedicated to the Kellys explore the subject in great depth and I could never, nor do I want to, … Continue reading

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On This Day in Wangaratta – 22nd June 1857

Bushranging has long been a part of Australia’s history and folklore. We have all heard about the big stories, but we probably don’t realise that bushranging occurred regularly in poorly policed areas and that Wangaratta was one such place, until … Continue reading

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