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Australian History Research now has online workshop series

Australian History Research now has online workshop series
Norfolk Island Shipping 1788 – 1814 will be the first of our online workshop series.

From 15 August 2020 to 15 September 2020A special facebook group will be set up – there will be three webinars (which can also be viewed afterwards), resources, primary records, questions and answers and much more.Includes both arrival and departure, passenger lists and other intra shipping between Port Jackson and Norfolk Island 1788 to 1814, includes:ConvictsMarines and Marine SettlersFree people and settlersNSW Corps and their familiesColonial SentencesCivil personnelChildrenCost is $25.00 per person and includes the four weeks of webinars, records, workshops, activities etc

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Airedale & Wharfedale eJournal June 2020 now available

The latest version of the Airedale and Wharfedale eJournal is now available from the members only section of our website. The content includes:

Letter from Stan & Lynda
Chairman’s Report
History of the Deanery of Craven 1812
Keighley March Meeting
Notes from an Exile
Questionnaire Replies
Emily Smith – Salvationist
Finding Lost relatives
Website Update
Annie Forrest
Horsforth News
Using Education Records
Fell Lane Chapel
A Chivalrous Man
New Members

Please note that subscriptions for the year 2020/2021 are due 1st September. The rates are as follows:-

Single UK Membership with Posted Journal £12
Joint UK Membership with Posted Journal £14
Single Overseas Membership with Posted Journal £16
Single UK Membership with E-Journal £10
Single/Joint Overseas Membership with E-Journal £10

A Group Photograph – Before, Now & In-Between

The above link relates to a Website by Andrew Tatham. It is a fascinating story, with detailed family trees showing what is possible with extensive research. His site states:

“The culmination of 21 years of research and creation based on a First World War group photograph. A mix of the traditional and innovative new ways of showing history and human life.

The lives of all 46 men in the photograph are told through artefacts, letters, poems, stories, an animated film, family tree drawings, photographs, photomontages, memorials, old stained glass windows, new stained glass windows, & a new group photograph – as shown in the slideshow below and in the pages you can read from the book on this website.”

Burley Woodhead School

In Response to a question raised in the Schools in Photographs Section of the Website, the following information has been kindly provided by Peter Grinham

You’ve asked on this post: … Harry Renton front row right. Can you name anyone else?

The Burley Local History & Archive Group –
have the following information:
Mary Chorley & Burley Woodhead school children c1920s at the Wharfedale Music Festival, Ilkley.

Mary Chorley is the teacher in the centre – more info about her here:

  • A number of children have been identified on the photograph:
    Back Row from right: Lance Renton & Kathleen Craven later Fordham.
  • Middle Row on far right below Lance Renton is his sister Daisy Renton. Also on the middle row to the left of Mary Chorley is Elsie Craven (later Pickard) (sister of Kathleen above) & next to her is Winnie Morritt later Clough. ​To the right of Mary Chorley is Olga Oliver.
  • Front Row: On the left is believed to be Leonard Whetzel & on the right ​Harry Renton (b1914).

Kind regards

Peter Grinham
Chair Burley Local History & Archive Group (BLH&AG)

eJournal December 2019 now Available

The latest version of the Airedale and Wharfedale eJournal is now available from the members only section of our website. The content includes:

  • Programme
  • Burley October Meeting
  • Burley November Meeting
  • Keighley September Meeting
  • Keighley October Meeting
  • Keighley November Meeting
  • Help Wanted
  • Dockroyd Graveyard
  • Notes from an Exile
  • Rationing during the War
  • Friendly Societies
  • Dubb Mill
  • Ella Feather Memories
  • The Gott Surname in Cowling
  • From Craven to the City
  • Website Update
  • Henry Bayley of Grindleton
  • Fierce & Awful Grandeur of Edwardian Mill Fires
  • New Members

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2019-09-05 Burley Meeting Report

Hardy v North. The Yorkshire Jarndyce v Jarndyce?

Speaker: Mary Twentyman

Mary opened the talk explaining the title of her talk is derived from the central plot of ‘Bleak House’, a book by Charles Dickens. The case is a central plot device in the novel and has become a byword for seemingly interminable legal proceedings.

Jarndyce v Jarndyce concerns the fate of a large inheritance. The case has dragged on for many generations before the action of the novel, so that, late in the narrative, legal costs have devoured the whole estate and the case is abandoned.

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