Once again April is almost here, and this is the time to remember our fallen heroes and those who have returned to this wonderful country of ours to reassimilate with their families and communities.
It is also a time to think about what these wonderful men and women have done for our Country. Within the Australian War Memorial and the National Library of Australia many of their records are now being released.
The RSLVirtualWall web site is another avenue of information. They are endeavouring to get as much information and as many photos as possible to help tell the human side of these veterans so that future generations will be able to access who their ancestors were and how they lived and died.
There is now another interesting part of this story, as the technology of DNA has now come to the forefront of actually naming those fallen who have never been identified. This is a large project being held world wide, not only for Australians.
Within the Logan Village ANZAC community we have just such an individual. John Henry Hunter Service Number 3504 was in the 49th Battalion 9th Reinforcements. John died on or near the 26th September 1917 in Belgium. In September 2006 a grave was found by Belgium workers who were building a gas line near Zonnebace.
With the use of DNA which had been supplied by his niece, he was identified and reinterred in Buttes Cemetery on the 4th October 2007.
Many people are sceptical of DNA matches, but in this case it has proven to be worthwhile. If when looking into your ancestry you have a Digger who has never been found, it might be worthwhile to contact the Australian War Memorial for information on this project.
As with all ANZAC days the Museum will be open after the Service held on the Logan Village Green. This will enable visitors to ask questions about their wish to research their family member, or just to look at the display that is housed there.
Logan Village Museum March 2017.
This week I would like to talk about the importance of keeping family history correct and in order, so that future generations will be able to access and add to this information.
When looking at 5 of the first families who settled in the Logan Village area these being the Bishop, Hawkins, Wendt, Storey and Yore, it is interesting to note that of these five families there were 51 children. Of these 51 children 4 died in infancy and 8 did not marry.
From the 39 remaining children there were 32 families who married into these Pioneer Families of the District. These names were Barbour, Beutel, Bloomer, Buch, Carter, Davis, Duff, Edmunds, Featherstone, Freney, Gierke, Horgan, Hull, Irwin, Jenkins, Kingston, Kirby, Laycock, Le grand, Logan, Love, McLennan, Mantell, Minchenton, Muchow, Richards, Smith, Stegemann, Stringfellow, Wilkinson, Williamson and Wright. It is also interesting when looking at the next generation of children, that some of these surnames come up again, as these descendants find their partners and stay within the area.
When looking further into the History of the area, you will note some of these families have roads or in 1 case a whole Suburb named in their honour.
There were families who moved away from the area to gain their own farm land, but we at the Museum have been able to keep a track of where they went to and how they enhanced the area into which they migrated.
This is where the strength of a growing community gains its pride, by spreading resources but also keeping in close contact with the general populace.
There are still many descendants of these families living within the Logan City area, or having moved here only to find that this is where the grass roots of their families are.
Until next time, if there are questions about the area please come and see us at the Museum, 7 days a week 9.00 – 12.00 and we will certainly try to assist you in your quest for knowledge.
What an interesting Month we have had at the Museum. There have been numerous buses calling in to see us and what stories these visitors have been telling us. Twice we have been able to connect people on these buses who were related but did not know each other. They had only come on the tour because they had a connection to Logan Village and wished to know what we could tell them. By doing this all of our Volunteers on the day were so pleased.
These visitors have assisted by putting names to faces on the School photos. This is great as it helps to cement the story of the School and those who lived in the area. There was also talk of the School Banner. In 1909 this Banner won the competition for Queensland as the best Banner for its time. This badge of honour is still held by the current Logan Village School.
It would be a great asset for the Museum to know the whereabouts of this Banner. There was talk of it being restored a few years ago, but to date nobody knows anything else.
Also during these visits it has to come to pass that we are now in the possession of a few more wedding photos. Our Wedding wall and now door, are crammed, but there will be more room available when the new shed is finished. This is being built by “Your Town” formerly “Boys Town” and the workmanship which is there for all to see is something amazing. These workers are being shown the old way to handle wood and to get the best effect from it.
Until next month when we should be able to say that the new building is finished and we are striving to organise the layout appropriately.
The beginnings of International Womens Day was in 1908, when it was thought through, as a reason to start to celebrate women throughout the world. This thought then culminated in a march through New York city which was supported by 15,000 women, demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. In many respects the world thinking has not changed, but it is improving. From the beginning of this day of celebration, and still even though this has been a continuous campaign for over 100 years. As stated on the Official Web site for this day, that in 2014 it was thought that parity would not be possible world wide by 2095, but we are now in 2016 and the gap has increased to 2145
Australia has come a long way and I am sure that in many areas of helping achieve this parity we are improving. Within the History of Australia, I and many others have found it very interesting on how as a fledgling nation, we had our own disparity.
In 1923 there was a wonderful book called “Queensland its People and Industries” written by Mr Mathew Fox, There are 5 volumes, over 2,000 pages, to this book. Nowhere is there a name of a Wife, Mother or Daughter mentioned. Such a wonderful testament to the workings of Queensland for the time, but there is only 1 girl riding a horse, who is unnamed, but the horse has its full pedigree listed.
At the Museum, we are in our own little way, assisting in this celebration of womanhood, by doing the genealogy and the history of this area. Where possible we are researching the Mothers, Daughters and Sisters and giving them the recognition they deserve for the work they did to establish this wonderful town we call Logan Village.
Yes the land was cleared by all members of the household, and the chores were also shared, but when the Fathers, Husbands and sons went to War it was the Mothers and Daughters who stayed behind and kept the farms going.
We should all remember what International Women's Day is all about. It is the celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action to advance the roll of Women in our Society - whatever that looks like globally or at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women's Day has been occurring for over a century - and is growing annually from strength to strength.
The Logan Village Museum is the main channel for collecting local History for the triangle from Tamborine, Jimboomba and Waterford. As many of the pioneer families are integrated with these areas, it is important to not just study Logan Village. We do digress from this area, especially when the Pioneer descendants have moved to other areas, we still like to document where they moved to, as in some cases these descendants have moved back to the lands of their forbearers..
At present all information is documented either in scrap books, or computerised. Over the Christmas break we have been concentrating on Wedding Photos for the Pioneer Families their descendants and in-laws. Many of our Pioneer families have intermarried therefore strengthening the History of the area.
Since the 150 year celebrations of Logan Village, the importance of this information for the general public has been proven, by the number of visitors who come just to find what information we have. We have also been able to put family members in contact with each other through the proper documentation of the information.
The Volunteers at the Museum all have their own special feeling to bring to this project. We are now expanding into another new building in the next few months, therefore there will certainly be room for other volunteers to join us.
There is no skill required other than the wish to join a wonderful team and share the passion of keeping history alive for others to enjoy.
All items donated or loaned to the Museum are now catalogued. Last year over 1060 items were donated, and to date this year we have already had a further 64 items donated. These items include photographs, books and also items which are no longer in use within the general public. Every item will be on display for all to enjoy and reminisce. This is what a Museum should be, for any visitor to enjoy and bring back memories of past times.
Until next time, please think about what it is that you are throwing out, and maybe it could be placed in the Museum for others to reminisce.