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Success with Trove 20 Nov 2011 08:04 #140

Hi all,

More South Australian papers are now available via the Trove website: trove.nla.gov.au
I've had a great time finding various snippets on my SA ancestors. Much of it I already knew, but with a bit of creative searching I found a few surprises such as:
-1865 The Tiger Adrift. -Yesterday being the day appointed for landing the natural specimens from the St. Magnus, some curiosity was evinced by the Portonians who crowded round the Government Steps to witness the landing of peacocks, vulture, deer, porcupine, &c. But the sensation somewhat increased when it became known that Joe Brans, the waterman, was in possession of the tiger. As Joe approached the wharf the cage seemed to be shaky, and how it was landed intact was a mystery, though the railway dray had no sooner taken charge of the creature than he managed to escape* A cry was raised 'The tiger is loose,' and on reaching the Company's gate some idea of the size of the animal was formed, as Messrs. Neinnan and Marchant bore the creature triumphantly to the former gentleman's store, where he was lodged in a beer cask till the cage was repaired. Though the tiger is small, he is a very handsome specimen of his species.
-1879 Joseph Brands, waterman, of Portland Estate, was charged by James Love, ranger, with keeping an unlicensed dog. Fined 20s- and costs 15s.
-1881 with his boat "I Will if I Can" took part in the official opening of the Torrens Lake.

When searching try reversing the order of names; abbreviations such as Geo or Fred or Alf for forenames; Initials instead of full names. I've also discovered some death notices aren't picked up by the search engine so I also look at particular issues of newspapers rather than just relying on searching.

A great way to avoid housework!

Robyn
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Success with Trove 18 Feb 2012 02:23 #273

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Trove is an excellent research tool for South Australian research. I have used the newspapers extensively with great success.

My research has been mostly for the surname SMITH. When I started to use Trove I had no expectation of finding anything but how wrong can you be.

In the Brighton area between 1860 and 1878 I found 43 references to my great great grandfather. Now I have a reasonably rich understanding about the man and the life he lived. It came as a shock to learn that he had been declared insolvent. With this information I checked out his children and their partners to discover that his eldest daughter's husband was also declared insolvent. Now this was of interest to me because he was a dentist and had trained my great grandfather in the trade.

My great great grandfathers third daughter witnessed an assault on her husband in Kingston and gave evidence in the local court. The newspaper report was most insightful.

I keep checking Trove in the anticipation that additional newspapers of interest to me will be added to the digital records.

Ray
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