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Guest speaker 5 Apr 2016: Cathy Koning – Soprano Dorothy Rudder

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KILMORE HISTORICAL SOCIETY GENERAL MEETING
TUESDAY 5 APRIL 2016

Dorothy Rudder's suitcase 002-2

Like opening Pandora’s box, when Cathy Koning of Pyalong opened a battered old suitcase little did she realize the journey this would take her on.

The case belonged to Dorothy Rudder, a great aunt of Cathy’s husband, and contained a treasure trove of unpublished and rare theatre items, WWI and historic memorabilia including shipboard menus, programs, letters, autographs, flyers and make up.

Cathy set out to discover the hidden story behind these items and the life of Dorothy Rudder a Sydney soprano and versatile performer who appeared in pantomime, revue, vaudeville, opera and operetta. She even performed at Covent Garden in London.

Such an amazing life deserves to be better known and Cathy has completed Dorothy’s biography – entitled “Dainty Diva”,

So join us in hearing Cathy’s tale of this interesting Australian woman.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 and end at approximately 9 – 9:30, with time for questions and general business.

Supper will be served after the meeting and all are welcome to participate.

All members and non-members are welcome to attend.

Dorothy Rudder early 1920's-3Dorothy Rudder soprano 1916-4

 

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Researching your World War One soldier

In October 2015 the Society held a seminar at the Kilmore Library on “Researching your World War One soldier”. The following notes were distributed at the seminar and briefly outline how research was carried out in preparing the WWI profiles published in the local newspaper, the North Central Review and later added to our website.

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Researching your World War One soldier, seminar held by Kilmore Historical Society at Kilmore Library, 25 October 2015.

PRIVACY – Not an issue

The example shown is based on the records of Claus Valdemar GRONN

Starting point

C. V. Gronn is listed on the following Rolls

  • Kilmore Shire Honour Roll – Kilmore Memorial Hall
  • Kilmore State School – Honour Roll
  • Kilmore Presbyterian Church – Honour Roll

First step

National Archives of Australia web site, search for Gronn 4788 (http://www.naa.gov.au/)

Second step

Check Victorian Births Index for his birth in Kilmore (http://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/home/family+history/search+your+family+history/)
Found in 1897
Then search for his death – found in 1976

Third step

Search the Australian War Memorial web site (https://www.awm.gov.au/)

Fourth Step

Learn about the 7th Battalion
General search on the internet (https://www.google.com.au/advanced_search?hl=en)

Fifth Step

Search the online old newspapers on Trove (http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/search?adv=y)

Sixth Step

Search local cemetery web sites for his burial/cremation (http://smct.org.au/deceasedsearch/)

Seventh Step

Search the Victorian Public Records Office web site for wills (http://prov.vic.gov.au/research/wills-and-probate)

Other sources
Deceased Soldiers
Books

Books held by the Mitchell Shire Public Library Service (http://swft.msls.ent.sirsidynix.net.au/)

Useful Booklets published by UNLOCK the Past (http://www.unlockthepast.com.au/)

  • The War to End War – Tracing your Great War Australian military ancestors, Neil C Smith
  • Trove – discover genealogy treasure in the National Library of Australia, Shauna Hicks

Grahame Thom
Kilmore Historical Society

Kilmore Newspapers on the Web

by Liz Pidgeon

Trove

In early 2007 the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program was launched.  The National Library of Australia, in collaboration with Australian State and Territory libraries, began a program to digitise Australian newspapers for access and preservation purposes. By May 2009 Trove had been launched as a resource for information about Australians for Australians. It includes digitised newspapers from 1803-1954, The Australian Women’s Weekly to 1982, journals, articles and datasets, books, pictures, photos, objects, music sound and video,  maps, diaries, letters and archives, archived websites, people and organisations and lists.

Trove includes four separate specific newspapers for local research:

Kilmore Advertiser [1915 – 1918] 

Kilmore Free Press [1870 – 1954] 

Kilmore Free Press and Bourke and Dalhousie Advertiser [1865] 

Kilmore Free Press and Counties of Bourke and Dalhousie Advertiser [1865 – 1868] 

Trove also includes major newspapers for each state.  For Victoria, The Argus [1848 – 1957], is included.

The site uses electronically translated text and as such there are some errors, so for this reason think about your search strategy and possible spelling variations when looking for your subject of interest.  Once registered, a researcher can correct text.  Local news was reported widely so don’t restrict your search to local newspapers only.

This site continues to grow and has become the major online resource for Australian history.