It has been some time since I updated the rdhs wiki blog. My apologies.
The wiki continues to grow, both in members and in information, although today all Wetpaint wikis appear to be having ‘site maintenance’ which makes it impossible to add to or edit any information on the wiki. As annoying as this is it has given me time to write up this blog.
Some interesting additions to the wiki include George Drew’s page where much detail has been added. This includes the information when his 18 month old son who was run over and killed by a government carriage. The inquest into the death found the toddler died from a ‘visitation by God’.
Details for most of the 2,200 electors on the 1903 electoral roll for the area have been transcribed and added to the wiki. This information has been added in a number of different ways. These being: individual polling booths electors, e.g., Cudgegong, Wollar, Bylong, Glen Alice, Lue, etc., all electors by surname, all electors by place of residence and all electors by occupation. The Rylstone polling booth, which had 527 electors, has yet to be transcribed.
The photograph section of the wiki continues to grow. Member KenTurvey has added a number of interesting photographs featuring the area and relating to people who are connected with the area. Photographs of signatures for both A McDonald and his son George McDonald have been added as has a copy of the shipping indent for the Ascendant with details of the Freestone family’s arrival to Australia. William George Boyce’s headstone in Esbjerg Fourfelt Cemetery has been uploaded by member LindaMilly. Check out more recent additions to the photo gallery.
Some interesting discussions are also being conducted via the wiki. Member stickybeak is seeking photographs featuring John and Christy Ann McDonald. The Bayliss and Gately families also appear in recent discussions.
Enquiries relating to people and places in the area continue to be received. An enquiry concerning the Rogers and Miskle family arrived this week. The Miskle family appears to have lived at Blind Creek, near the present day village of Lue, and the Rogers family may have settled around Cudgegong and Ilford. Both families look as though they will be interesting to research.
Volunteers are needed to type up the ever growing mountain of information to be added to the wiki. I have managed to obtain copies of a number of electoral rolls, return of stock and other lists which have only been partially transcribed and added to the wiki. I have two volunteers working on this type of project, but could use many more. I also have boxes of handwritten material which needs to be transcribed and added to the wiki as well. If you are interested in assisting with this please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can forward you the information which needs to be transcribed in pdf format.
Please tell anyone who may be interested about the wiki.