I can’t tell you why I started thinking about cricket and my family history tonight, but as I did I decided it was time for a Trove Tuesday post, or any post for that matter as it has been a while.
I grew up with cricket. Every Saturday in summer, in Grafton where you really should be at the beach because it is so stinking hot, my sister and I used to hang out watching Dad play cricket. My fondest memories are of him hitting sixes, (which very recently he told me never happened because he was actually a bowler), and of my sister and I doing crazy jumps off the swings in the park and stealing huge blocks of ice from the locker rooms, (we must have been too young to steal the beer that would also been there!).
So with crazy, mixed-up memories of my life growing up with cricket that I need to sort out – thanks Dad! I thought I would dig into the past and see if anyone in Dad’s family from the Booyong/Pearce’s Creek area is recorded as playing a Bangalow team. They are of course, and as I searched I started to remember many conversations between Dad and my grandfather when he was alive about various family members and their cricketing adventures. There is also a very well-researched local/family history book ‘Clunes to Caribbean’ by Hugh Gallagher, 2001, that details many matches and players of the local area when cricket was a major part of the community.
I found this article that mentions various names connected to my family at Booyong in 1927 – Pearson, Kirkland and Trimble – and they are just the ones connected by marriage. I can see from the results of my search there are many similar articles but I like this one because it has so many familiar names.
My two children are nearly old enough and are as keen as mustard to get out and give cricket a go. Even though it goes against family history, I think they will play for Bangalow.
I discovered two nights ago that Trove had started to load digitised versions of my local newspaper The Northern Star onto its website. I am very excited to see this because many of my father’s ancestors have lived in the area covered by this newspaper since the 1870s and 1880s when they moved from Kangaloon and Marshall Mount in Southern NSW.
I have inherited a few copies of marriage notices and the like from my Nan who either collected them herself or inherited them over the years, but there are many events that I have to discover for myself and this task has now become so much easier.
To be honest, I was so excited to see The Northern Star appear that I really didn’t know where to start and just threw names in almost randomly to see what results appeared. (Not really what an efficient reference librarian should do). Tonight I have been trying to be more efficient and have already found something unexpected.
I did a search for my 2x great grandfather Hugh KIRKLAND and found an article from 1911 regarding the death of someone described as one of his employees.
SUDDEN DEATH. (1911, September 11). Northern Star
(Lismore, NSW : 1876 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved November
9, 2011, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72431616
The employee unfortunately passed away very quickly one day over just a couple of hours. I am particularly interested in this article because the employee is described as “an Indian”.My husband’s parents are both from India, (we tend to describe him as Anglo-Indian with quite a bit of Portugeuse ancestry), and although we have neighbours who are of Indian descent and have been here for many years, I did not expect to find my farming 2x great grandfather employing men from India. I obviously have a lot to learn!
The article is very brief and warrants further research to discover the results of the autopsy. I would also like to find out more about Maffra and where he came from if possible. As this newspaper has not been completely uploaded to Trove yet I may have to be patient for a little longer. I will be though, because a great deal of it is already there.