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1891 & 1901 Census of New South Wales
Liverpool Vital Records
World Memory Project
State Records turns 50
Oranges and Sunshine
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NEW AUSTRALIAN CENSUS RECORDS |   
1891 & 1901 Census of New South Wales
We're excited to announce the recent launch of the 1891 and 1901 Census of New South Wales. The 1891 Census is the first census since 1841 to have survived, as a fire at the Garden Palace in 1882 destroyed the 50 years of census records held there. There are just over 450,000 records in these two census collections.

While only the collectors' books remain from the original records, the 1891 Census and the 1901 Census are still good tools for placing families in a particular place in time. Individual's names aren’t included, just the householder, but the number of persons in a household was recorded as well as, in the case of the 1891 census, the number of any Chinese or Aboriginal people.
The records in the 1891 Census may include:
  • Name and number of district
  • County, sub-district, and locality
  • Name of householder
  • Total number of persons in schedule
  • Number of Chinese or Aboriginal people included
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    The records in the 1901 Census may include:
  • Surname of head of household
  • Residence
  • County, district, sub-district
  • Number of persons in household
  • Gender of persons in househould
  • Now available on Ancestry.com.au
    NEW UK COLLECTION   |   
    Liverpool Vital Records
    What do former British Prime Minister William Gladstone, controversial Jack the Ripper suspect and murder victim James Maybrick, and Victoria Cross recipient William Ratcliffe have in common? Liverpool.

    Your Liverpudlian ancestors may not be as famous, but they may have left their mark on the Church of England parish records we've recently released.

    Or perhaps your Scouser ancestors were Catholic? The 1559 Act of Uniformity made the Church of England the official state church, which meant tough times for Roman Catholics until the Catholic Relief Act of 1829. So it's no surprise that registers of Catholic ordinances, like the ordinances themselves, were sometimes kept secret, or ordinances weren't recorded at all.

    In spite of this, thousands of Catholic registers exist. Liverpool has historically been home to one the largest Catholic populations in England, including thousands of Irish immigrants, and Ancestry.com.au is now the proud home of more than a million Liverpool Catholic parish records.

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    UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM  |   
    World Memory Project
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry.com have launched the World Memory Project, which will recruit the public to help to build the world’s largest online resource for information on Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of non-Jews who were targeted for persecution by Nazi Germany and its collaborators. The project will dramatically expand the number of Museum documents relating to individual victims that can be searched online.
     
    The Museum's archives contain information on well over 17 million people targeted by Nazi racial and political policies, including Jews, Poles, Roma, Ukrainians, political prisoners, and many others.
    The Museum assists thousands of people worldwide every year who are searching for information about individuals in its collections. The World Memory Project will greatly expand the accessibility of the Museum’s archival collection and enable millions of people to search for their own answers online.
    STATE RECORDS NSW  |   
    State Records turns 50
    It's time for cake! This year marks the 50th anniversary of State Records NSW. To mark the occasion they have launched a fantastic digital gallery showcasing just a fraction of the records under their care.
    One particular item of interest is the story of James William Smith (pictured right), a 'Sobraon Boy' who, after his time aboard ship, disappears into the pages of history. You may recall we talked about nautical training ships for boys who were 'heading in the wrong direction' in our March newsletter, when we launched The Entrance Books for the Vernon and Sobraon.
     
    Maybe James William Smith is your ancestor or perhaps you have some knowledge which could shed some light on this mystery? Let us know at editor@ancestry.com.au.
     
    Point of interest: Oranges and Sunshine
    Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals in recent times: the organised deportation of children from the UK to Australia during the 40s and 50s, some without their parent’s knowledge.

    Almost single-handedly, against overwhelming odds and with little regard for her own wellbeing, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice.
    She discovered a secret that the British government had kept hidden for years: one hundred and thirty thousand children in care had been sent abroad to Commonwealth countries, mainly Australia.

    Children as young as four had been told that their parents were dead and had been sent to children's homes on the other side of the world. Many were subjected to appalling abuse. They were promised oranges and sunshine; they got hard labour and life in institutions.

    Starring Emily Watson, David Wenham, and Hugo Weaving, Oranges and Sunshine is directed by Jim Loach, son of acclaimed director Ken Loach.

    Oranges and Sunshine opens in Australia on 9 June and, with thanks to Icon Films, we have 50 double passes to give away to Ancestry.com.au members.

    Simply tell us, in 25 words or less, the biggest secret you've discovered in your family history research. Don't forget to include your name and mailing address and send your entry to rsvp@iconfilm.com.au (with 'Ancestry.com.au' in the subject line) by 23rd May 2011.

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