This morning I was looking at a list of street names for Burnie and came across several names that may be familiar to some readers. One name in particular is Rockliff, which I believe came from George William Rockliff, who owned a cordial factory in Cooee.
Both George's maternal grandparents were former convicts: Francis Fitzmaurice and Mary Ellen McDonnell of Cork, Ireland.
While there is much debate surrounding the date of Australia Day, did you know Australia Day was first celebrated on 30 July 1915? It was a sequel to Belgian Day held on 15 May 1915.
The first Australia Day was celebrated with carnivals and street processions and a variety of entertainments such as concerts and other novel events. The intent was to raise money on behalf of wounded and invalided soldiers.
A hundred years ago much work was being undertaken to extend railway lines across the northwest. It facilitated easier transportation of goods and to a lesser extent the development of various parts of the district. It was once said that there were more kilometres of lines in the northwest than the rest of Tasmania put together. There were fourteen lines in the northwest and west as against seven in the remainder of the State. Below is a campsite during the Don-Melrose railway construction in 1915.
This website has been updated to make it easier to navigate. With several hundred images uploaded in the past month alone, it became necessary to expand the list of place names. Therefore the Gallery has been changed in terms of appearance and content to facilitate ease of use.
It is hoped through the use of the Gallery page, you will make new discoveries about your Tasmanian ancestors and enjoy the material presented. Last but not least, I also welcome comments and suggestions from visitors to improve the content of this website.
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