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December 2023

We are always delighted at this time of year to bring you the winning entry in the GSV Writing Prize, which this year is Anne Prince’s ‘The Ancestor Box’. The ‘Ancestor Box’ contains her family archive of documents and photos dating back to 1825. Anne has used these records as a basis for further research into the lives of three of her female forebears, intertwining their stories with that of her mother’s work on the family history. It’s a great reminder to us all of the importance of handing on our research to the next generation, perhaps in the form of our very own ancestor box.

John Fitzpatrick’s forebears were punt operators at key river crossings along the Melbourne to Sydney road in the mid-nineteenth century, building inns and hotels along the way. John’s great grandfather, William Henry Clark, eventually settled in the Wangaratta district, earning himself a reputation as ‘the father of Wangaratta’. In ‘A Christmas present from Nellie Melba’ Bill Barlow explores the significance of his unique family object, a book signed by Dame Nellie Melba, and ponders what the future of this artefact should be. June Torcasio’s grandmother, Alice, kept a diary from 1909 to 1932. June uses it to give us an intriguing insight into life on the farm in that period, describing everything from the seasonal round of farm life, to the advance of technology in the shape of cars and radio, from involvement in the local community to awareness of events in faraway Melbourne.

Two ‘How to’ items provide information on researching Maltese ancestors. Patrick Ferry and Kathryn Graham from the National Archives of Australia provide a guide to researching Maltese ancestors in Australian immigration records, while Margaret Vines follows with resources for researching these ancestors back in Malta. Research Corner is a guide to the most important records for researching your Australian ancestors in all the states and territories.

Barbara Beaumont

Editorial Team

  Ancestor December 2023

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