Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Trove Tuesday - Parkinsons Found

We have chased Mr GeniAus' Parkinson ancestors from Yorkshire to Australia and back again and haven't been able to gather much info on them.

I noticed earlier today that The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser (NSW : 1856 - 1861; 1863 - 1889; 1891 - 1954) is now digitised on Trove and I knew that the Parkinsons when in Australia resided in Armidale so off I went to Trove where I did a simple search for Parkinson in that newspaper..... and I found some stuff.

I didn't expect to find an obituary for William Henry Parkinson of Batley, Yorkshire, Mr GeniAus' Great-Grandfather.

1925 'OBITUARY.', The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser (NSW : 1856 - 1861; 1863 - 1889; 1891 - 1954), 11 September, p. 6, viewed 2 November, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191992774
This is so exciting as it confirms the children's names and locations and tells us something about the old boy's activities.

 Mr GeniAus' Great Uncle, George Henry,  stayed in Australia when the rest of the family returned to Yorkshire. An item in 1903 relayed some sad news for the Parkinson family.
1903 'Events & Rumours.', The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser (NSW : 1856 - 1861; 1863 - 1889; 1891 - 1954), 13 February, p. 5, viewed 2 November, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191959755
I didn't realise that another brother, Robert was working in Liverpool, NSW but I knew that Harry was in England. This item filled me in.


1916 '"HELL ON EARTH.".', The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser (NSW : 1856 - 1861; 1863 - 1889; 1891 - 1954), 4 February, p. 6, viewed 2 November, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191872649

Another article (1927 'Mr. G. H. PARKINSON.', The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser (NSW : 1856 - 1861; 1863 - 1889; 1891 - 1954), 19 July, p. 2, viewed 2 November, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article192071565) that I will try to transcribe later tells me that George Parkinson was afforded a hearty farewell by the congregation of the Armidale Methodist Church when he left his position at Armidale Motors to move to Ipswich in Queensland in 1927.

And finally in 1949 there is news of George's death.
1949 'PERSONAL.', The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser (NSW : 1856 - 1861; 1863 - 1889; 1891 - 1954), 18 February, p. 8, viewed 2 November, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article193686273
I wonder if there is an Ipswich paper digitsed on Trove that will tell me more of the Parkinson story.

3 comments:

Kylie Willison said...

What wonderful finds Jill. I love obituaries for the same reason, lots of information!!

Derek Whitten said...

The letter from Harry to Robert is a special find! How lucky Jill!

Derek Whitten said...

The letter from Harry to Robert is a special find! How lucky Jill!

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