Category Archives: Wangaratta

The Donegal Relief Fund 1858

Research of our Irish forebears is difficult most of the time. Late civil registration in Ireland, an English, Anglican leaning aristocracy in Australia that thought recording someone as being born in “Ireland” was adequate, excruciatingly common surnames and unimaginative christian … Continue reading

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Trove Tuesday – Wangaratta 1863 – Part 4

Following on from the last Trove Tuesday we continue reading an account of Wangaratta published in the Ovens & Murray Advertiser (O&MA) in January 1863. Having reviewed the temples of Bacchus, we naturally turn to the temple of Themis. This is … Continue reading

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Wangaratta Rate Books to be digitised

I’m so excited about the news that the very active and vibrant Wangaratta Family History Society will be digitising and indexing Wangaratta rate books over the next few years. Just can’t wait! 130 years of history to be more accessible

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Trove Tuesday – Wangaratta 1863 – Part 3

Following on from the last Trove Tuesday we continue reading an account of Wangaratta published in the Ovens & Murray Advertiser (O&MA) in January 1863. As in all Australian cities, the public-houses of Wangaratta are a prominent institution, six in number; … Continue reading

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Trove Tuesday – Wangaratta 1863 – Part 2

Following on from the last Trove Tuesday we continue reading an account of Wangaratta published in the Ovens & Murray Advertiser (O&MA) in January 1863. A tannery has been lately established in Templeton-street, and but for the doubts entertained by the … Continue reading

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Sepia Saturday – A quartet of hotels

Choosing images for this week’s Sepia Saturday was quite easy. The challenge was to show a quartet of photos using the themes of towns, hotels or main streets. I knew immediately that I wanted to look at four hotels in … Continue reading

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Trove Tuesday – Wangaratta 1863 – Part 1

In January 1863 the Beechworth based Ovens & Murray Advertiser (O&MA) published a fascinating and at times hilarious account of Wangaratta. The report is important as the office of the Wangaratta Dispatch (later Despatch) was destroyed by fire sometime in … Continue reading

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Sepia Saturday: The punt on the river and other tales

 Sepia Saturday is this week inspired by floods and weather events. This is an opportunity to touch on some early history of Wangaratta and its relationship with the two rivers that have been so much a part of the town’s … Continue reading

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Sepia Saturday 219 – Arches and significant buildings

This week’s Sepia Saturday is brought to us by the themes of domes, arches and significant buildings. I thought this would a good time to give a quick tour of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Wangaratta and quickly outline the many … Continue reading

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