Reading the list of newspapers waiting to be released by the NLA’s Trove, I noticed the Port Fairy Gazette would not be far away. Out of interest, I ran a search for “Port Fairy” and bingo many “coming soon” articles came up. As my Harman and Bishop families lived in Port Fairy at various times, I went straight for a search on “Harman”. Eleven matches came up with nine relevant to my Harmans. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw one of the article previews:
“Mr James Harman, Byaduk, aged 85, died last week. He landed in Port Fairy in 1853 and…..“
It looked like it could be my ggg grandfather’s obituary. I search for his obituary every time Trove releases a new paper. To date all I have found is the following snippet from The Argus:
Brothers Walt, George, and Jonathan all had lengthy obituaries why not my ggg grandfather. Even the shadow dweller, brother Alfred had a Family Notice when he died!. It did seem that my only chance was to search the microfilmed Hamilton Spectators at the Hamilton History Centre. The hard part about that is getting to Hamilton.
Trove’s release of the Port Fairy Gazette (1914-1918) happened today and yes, the much-anticipated article was available. I clicked on the link. This is it, I thought. What did I find?
Twelve more words than the preview. Only 12 words. How can I expect any more in The Hamilton Spectator? How I can ever expect to find any mention of the death of my ggg grandmother Susan Read, wife of James, who died in the same year?
On the bright side, I found a couple of good Bishop related articles and a nice article about my gg uncle Charles James Harman prior to his departure for Egypt during WW1. So far, only 1916 is available but based on the results so far, I think I’m bound to find more when the other years become available.
It was a big day for Trove today with 13Victorian titles released and another Western District paper, the Portland Observer and Normanby Advertiser (1914-1918) was among them.
Also of interest to me are the Flemington Spectator (1914-1918) and the Wangaratta Chronicle (1914-1918). Sarah Harman and her husband George Adams lived in Flemington and so far I have found plenty of “Adams” matches in the Spectator but none for Sarah or George yet. Herbert George Harman, nephew of James Harman was a reporter for the Wangaratta Chronicle for over 50 years and I have found matches for both him and his father George, mostly to do with their Masonic activities.