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FamNet eNewsletter October 2015

ISSN 2253-4040


Quote:  “To ensure a long and healthy life, choose your grandparents wisely”.  Anon.


Editorial 1

From the Developer 2

Telling your story.    8.  Producing and Using Charts. 2

News and Views. 3

Wairarapa Wandering. 3


Prayer Book from 1869. 4

The Nash Rambler 5

Jan’s Jottings. 5

Scanner Mouse. 5

Intel Compute Stick. 6

Heir Hunters – a Scam.. 6

My Mother’s Family. 6

A Visit to Wellington. 8

DNA Testing for Family History. 8

Group News. 8

Whangarei Family History Computer Group. 8

Waikanae Family History Group. 9

Community. 9

Information Wanted. 9

Pictures. 10

Book Reviews. 11

A Million Years in a Day. 11

The Girl who Stole Stockings. 11

In conclusion. 12

A Bit of Light Relief 12

Advertising with FamNet 12

To Unsubscribe,  Change your Email Address, or Manage your Personal Information. 12

Copyright (Waiver) 12



Sadly Gail has finished her series of articles on DNA testing for Family History, although there may be further articles triggered by a query or some new development.  This series has been very popular, with Gail and I getting excellent feedback.  As all our newsletters are on line indefinitely you can look up any of her old articles.  (On the FamNet web page click the [Community] button to see a list of newsletters.  You don’t need to log on).  I’ve put the complete index to her articles later in this newsletter.

I love the increased reader participation, with more contributors, and more people taking advantage of “Letters to the Editor” and “Can you help”.  The more diversity of view the better this newsletter will be, so I’ll always welcome contributions: anything that might be of interest to our readers who are “People with an interest in family history with a New Zealand connection”.  Whether it’s a one-off or a regular series like Gail’s, anything that interests you is likely to interest other readers.  It might be a story of your search for family, a story of some local history, how-to comments, requests for help, or even general comments on today’s and yesterday’s society.  It wouldn’t be much good if the newsletter only reflected my interests, which focus on science and technology, particularly computer programming.  And I'd REALLY love it if somebody were to step forward to be our editor!

In this issue: -

·         From the developer: I realised that I should talk about family tree charts before I talk about linking trees, so that’s the topic for this month.

·         Wairarapa Wanderer: Adele writes about a couple of Royal Hotels, and a prayer book that has found its family.

·         Jan’s Jottings.  Interesting gadgets: a Scanner Mouse and Intel’s Compute Stick.  I want a Scanner Mouse!  See Jan’s demo

·         Heir Hunters:  Wayne alerts us to an email scam.

·         My Mother’s Family:  Tricia Moir tells us of a visit to the U.K. to research her family.

·         A Visit to Wellington: I write about a week that Mary and I spent in Wellington.  We were overwhelmed by the Te Papa Gallipoli exhibition.

·         DNA for Genealogy.  There’s no new article, but I’ve given the complete index to Gail’s articles so far.

·         In the community section, Judy is seeking information about John Irving Beattie, Neil is looking for his half brothers (Glendinning), and Dorothy would like help with a photograph.  Can you help.

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From the Developer

I had planned to cover “Linking and Merging Trees”, but it occurred to me that I should cover family tree charts first.  I’ll cover how you link trees later, probably next issue.  I’ve also written about our trip to Wellington where we visited the World War I exhibitions at Te Papa and the Dominion Museum, but I’ve put that in News and Views.

Telling your story.     8.  Producing and Using Charts

So far I’ve covered these topics.

1.  Writing your story as notes, or with Word.  Embedding links in Word documents. 

2.  Embedding pictures in Word documents

3.  Saving Documents for Web Publication.

4.  Saving Scrapbook Items

5.  Sharing your Story: Managing your Family Group

6.  On Line Editing: More Facts, Family, GDB Links

7.  Comparing and Synchronising Records


In FamNet you’ll normally use either the Page View or the Tree View to look at information on a person.  The Page View shows everything that we know about that person, the Tree View shows less but shows you more people, with the display showing the grandparents, great grandparents, and siblings as well as parents and children.  Click the links to see examples of these views – they will take you to my records, and I’ve made my record public so you should be able to see them.

The Tree View is great for navigating around your immediate family, but insufficient if you want to see your cousins or wider relationships.  For this you need a family tree chart.  The most common types of charts are Ancestors, Descendents, and Hourglass which is a combination of the two.  FamNet can produce all of these.  To use this you need to have a subscription, and you need to be able to download and run a Windows program.  Some networks will prevent this, and some Apple computers lack the compatibility options needed to run Windows programs, but most users (including Apple users) should be able to use the Chart program.  Your browser may need the “Microsoft .NET” add on installed.

To produce a chart, open a record in Page View and click the [Chart] button.  Click this and you’ll be offered options to select the type of chart (default is Hourglass), and to limit the number of generations of ancestor or descendents (default is “no limits”).  Click [Get Chart Data] and the program downloads data and displays the chart.  Here is the top left corner of my hourglass chart.  Which presents a dilemma: at normal size the chart won’t fit even on a large screen.  To solve this problem there is a scale control so that the chart can be displayed at less than 100%, but below 50% the names are becoming unreadable and I need to go down to 20% to see my whole hourglass chart.  Click the thumbnails below to see these examples. Printing may be the only answer as charts can be quite large.  Even at 50% scale a descendents chart from my Great Grandfather John OLD(1821-1896), which contains over 2700 names, requires 141 A4 pages.  100% requires four times that!

When a chart is viewed on line each cell is a “hotspot”.  Click it and the corresponding FamNet page is opened.  Right-click it and a menu offers options including “NewChart” which will redraw the chart based on the person that you’ve just clicked,  For example, you could produce a series of charts to identify your cousins by starting with your ancestry, then producing descent charts for each of your grandparents.  I’d love to program FamNet to produce “M charts” that list all the descendents of a subject’s grandparents (or higher generations), but I couldn’t figure out how to represent this in 2 dimensions.

You can produce charts from other people’s records.  The normal privacy rules enforced by FamNet will apply: for example, if you produce a descendents chart starting with my father you’ll see both my brother (who has died) and me (I’ve set my record public), but unless you are in my family group you’ll only see “Private Partner” and my children will be listed as “Female”, with none of their spouses or children (my grandchildren) even shown.  If you are in my family group then you’ll see them as I do. 

If you want to share a chart by email then you can print it to a PDF file, and email this. 

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News and Views

We invite contributions from FamNet members for this section: please contact The Editor if you have any material.  Contributions received after the 22nd of each month may be carried forward.

Wairarapa Wandering


There are two Royal Hotel’s in New Zealand that actually display the Royal Coat of Arms, although no permission had been granted from the Home Country to display them!

Naseby’s Royal Hotel was originally built in 1863.  Naseby is in Central Otago, South Island.  When I was researching the other Royal Hotel a friend had been down to Naseby and he sent me a photograph of the Coat of Arms, but I cannot see it on the website of the Hotel today. It was a lovely Wooden Coat of Arms.

Featherston, in the lovely Wairarapa, is the other hotel with the Coat of Arms. When I was asked to research the history of this establishment, I sought the assistance of Pat Flynn who lives in Featherston: during the renovation of the old building we were permitted to view the interior of the hotel.  Featherston Royal Hotel has just been sold, as its been lying empty for a few years. 

When I enquired through Parliament about the permission on displaying the Coat of Alms on each Royal establishment, I was advised that no permission had been sought to have the Coat of Arms. But isn’t it nice to have them!

In 1869 New Zealand had its first royal visit when Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, the 2nd son of Queen Victoria, visited New Zealand as Captain of H.M.S. Galetea.  After nearly a week in Wellington, His Royal Highness proceeded to Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin, and Auckland, being received everywhere with great enthusiasm.  The Galatea district, which is in the Bay of Plenty, is named in his honour.

Prayer Book from 1869

A few years back I posted a message on Rootsweb, looking for some family who might be interested in a prayer book that I’d been given.   The prayer book had been sent to me by a lady in Taita, Wellington.  She had bought this treasure for a $1 at local NaeNae Salvation Army Shop.  The book is inscribed

Sophey  Yates

With best loved birthday wishes

May 12th 1869.


I couldn't put it in a museum, for some reason I held back although we now have several good museums around Wairarapa, but no, I kept it on the computer desk with me. Perhaps it’s the Irish blood in me, something will come up for this book?  And most importantly, Yates wasn’t a Carterton Family.


Now all I can say is OMG!  It’s been claimed!


One of Sophey’s Gt. Granddaughters, from New Plymouth, will have it when she gets ordained next month in Hamilton.  How is that for happiness?  Her relation who kindly made contact with me recently via telephone and email gave me the history.


Arrangements are being made to collect it from me at Clareville. Its old and fragile and I am going to miss it, but great that its being reunited with family!  To me it’s been found at the right time when a family member could carry it with her at her ordination.


I spent most of the day on the computer and telephone, and so with the permission of the kind lady who first sent it to me (who I’ve never met, but I’ve helped her over the years on email with her family in Greytown cemetery, doing photographs etc.), it’s going back to family just in the nick of time!


The lady who contacted me is a member of NZSG and so I asked her to please write up this story of the family in a future NZSG magazine when she has time.  (Or for a FamNet newsletter – Ed).  It has to be told.  Sophey was born in London in mid 1850s, so she and I had something in common, me from London as well!


Adele Pentony-Graham

Carterton Early Settlers Researcher.

The Nash Rambler

Peter’s computer has died and he’s waiting for a new mother-board to be sent from the U.S.  He apologises for his lack of contribution this time.

Jan’s Jottings

Scanner Mouse

Two years ago, whilst browsing through the Brookstone Store in Salt Lake City, my friend Lily Baker spied a Scanner Mouse.  She called me to come and see!  Instant purchase!! Instant new BFF!!! (Best Friend Forever!). 

No one we talked to in the Family History Library had seen this mouse. And this is still the same today. I looked at the websites for stores like WalMart and Smiths and Staples and Office Depot and yes, they were on the web sites, but walk into the store - and they have never heard about them!!  Not sure why, because everyone I have demonstrated too, just say “I want one”!!!  So here is your chance to see a demo and see if you would like one too. 

It’s just great for quick jobs like the instructions that come with a new purchase, a paragraph in a book that is interesting, an article in a newspaper or magazine etc. The OCR is amazing. Not a single error in anything that I have scanned. You can save in all the popular formats.

Cost? My first one cost $US89 and then Brookstone (US store – it’s at many airports) dropped their price to $20.  Ebay etc have them around $US25. PB Technologies in Penrose Auckland have stock from time to time.

Also in the demo I use Irfanview, Clip Mate and TreePad. Irfanview is a graphics program with many features including: it saves to a non lossey .jpg file. So if you have downloaded a .jpg file, you can save this in Irfanview and know the image won’t lose resolution as you use it. ClipMate saves everything you highlight and copy.  Really useful if you are creating a document etc and moving images or text around. TreePad is a wonderful Personal Information Manager, Organiser, Database etc.

Check out the demo and ask me if you have questions or would like more info. 

Email for further information. 

Intel Compute Stick

Here is something else new.

I am always watching out for new devices that will make travelling with your computer just a little easier.   I have found something that is lighter, easier to pack, cheaper, and will let you have all your favourite programs with you!!  You can use it at home also.  Intel Compute Stick!!  It is just 10cm long, just under 4cm wide and just over 1 cm high. Smaller than a small cell phone.

You will also need to pack a USB hub and a keyboard. I have found a spider hub which gives you 4 ports to use and a lovely light, small wireless keyboard with a large mouse pad. I also purchased a 64GB memory card for storage. It will take a 128GB card.  You would be wise to pack two external drives for your data, images, scans etc. Two in case one fails (you need these if you were taking a notebook too).

Once you have arrived at your destination, you need to locate a monitor or TV with a HDMI plug. Plug in your stick and way you go!!  Most hotel TVs have an HDMI port. In a Library or Archive office you would sit at one of their computers and plug your stick in the HDMI port.  Now you have a full computer, with all your programs loaded and ready to go. 

Certainly great for at-home use if space is a problem. Certainly great if you use a large TV monitor. Very light and I don’t think you would need to present it when going through security at the airport - so that’s a plus!.

Cost? The Stick would be around $300. I saw the keyboard - Logitech K400plus - for around $60. Spider Hub around $25.  and search for Compute Stick.

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Heir Hunters – a Scam

Wayne Laurence has sent this in.  If you get an email like this just ignore it, don’t reply.  It’s a scam: -

Kindly Accept & Acknowledge my Proposal! I am a member of the Heir Hunters Company in the United Kingdom, assisting distant relatives of people who have died with or without making any official will. I understand that through Internet is not the best way to link up with you but because of the confidentiality which my proposal demands hence i chose to reach you through this medium. Although, I have already sent you this same letter one month ago, but I am not sure if it did get to you since I have not heard from you. I wish to notify you again that your name was mentioned as heir to the sum of £5,600, 000.00 sterling pounds. In the last testament of our deceased client name now withed and will be review upon your reply. As the heir hunter’s team of detective, the race is now on for us to track down the often distant relatives in line for a windfall. I came across your profile and email while searching through genealogy database. My aim is to assist people claim there lost relative fortune instead of the government or Bank MD'S to use the money to enrich their treasury. Please send an acknowledgment email to enable us process your inheritance fund with all due verification from the HM COURT and TRIBUNAL SERVICE in your favor. I expect to hear from you soon. Yours Truly, Lowr M.”

This link is to a BBC report about the scam.  (It’s safe to click).

My Mother’s Family

(If you liked this story we’d welcome a similar contribution from you.  Ed)

From Tricia Moir

The Yeo family history has been traced back 22 generations and finally to the Plantagenets – King Edward I.  This has all been documented by a distant relative in England who lives close to where my mother and grandmother’s families were born and lived. 

Whilst in England in July this year I went to Chudleigh and Ugbrooke House and saw the chapel there (St Cyprians) where my grandparents Bessie Yeo and John Paul Bilski were married.  Lord Clifford, whose estate it is, managed to get me a copy of the entry of their marriage from the Parish registers for me.  I also have a copy of my grandmother’s birth certificate and grandparent’s full marriage certificate.  These were obtained for me by distant relations of my husbands in England.  This is a much cheaper way to obtain certificates than from heritage websites.

At the time of their marriage John Paul Bilski was in residence at Heathfield Farm, Kingsteignton, and Bessie Yeo was at Gappah, Kingsteignton.  The marriage witnesses were Frank Yeo, Bessie’s brother and Doris Friend.  (Click the image at the right to see a larger version).

John Paul was in the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces stationed at Devonport, England, where I presume he met my grandmother Bessie.  He fought most of the war in France and was hospitalised there according to his war records which I got online at the New Zealand Archives.  This is a great place to get old records of older generations.

According to Bessie Yeo’s birth certificate she was born on 12 February 1896 at Teifer Terrace, Christow, in the sub-district of St Thomas, County of Devon, England.  Her parents were Henry Yeo and Alice Maud Mary Yeo, formerly Lee.  It appears that she was born at home.

My grandfather John Paul Bilski was born on the West Coast of the South Island in New Zealand in October 1876. His Polish parents immigrated from Prussia in January 1876 on the ship Shakespeare with John Paul’s 3 siblings, who were all named on the ship’s manifest.  John Paul was named Johann, which is the Polish word for John and I am not sure where the Paul came from.  He died on a trolley bus coming from the city in New Plymouth to his home on 05 February 1960.  Bessie died on 18 October 1975. 

My mother Mary Bilski Nansett was born at Gappah, Kingsteington, Newton Abbot, County of Devon, England on 07 October 1919 and died on 21 July 2011 in her 92nd year.  Her family immigrated to New Zealand in 1920.  Unfortunately my father Victor Nansett died on 06 October 1970 aged 56.

Also whilst in England I went to Worcester Cathedral where I saw King Edward II’s tomb and to Leicester where Richard III was re-interred.  This was an absolutely wonderful trip to see some of my family history and whilst there I went to Scotland and managed to get some information on my late husband’s grandmother from the museum in Dingwall.  His Moir history has been traced back to about 1786 so hope to do some more on this as well. 

The names of our ancestors can be spelt differently.  My grandfather John Paul Bilski’s parents were named Bielski and on his birth certificate his name was spelt Byelski and his birth date was 23 October 1876 and not November 1875 as was thought.   On his marriage certificate he has put that he was 36 years of age which meant that he was born in 1882, but I think that was because he was about 20 years older than my grandmother. (He changed the spelling of his name to Bilski as did some but not all of his siblings.  I also found that the name of Yeo was miss-spelt as Geo on some heritage sites. 

I find that this is all very interesting and makes me want to do more research into all my ancestry.

I would urge people doing their ancestry to talk with their elders and start as soon as you can if you are interested in it.  Get all the old photographs you can and talk about them.  Scan them into your computer or take copies of them.

(And start putting them into FamNet, so that there’s an easy way of keeping track of them, and sharing them with your family – Ed)

A Visit to Wellington

From Robert.

Last month Mary and I spent a week visiting Wellington, travelling by train both ways.  If you’ve got the time this is a very pleasant and relaxing alternative to flying: I’d taken my computer and a book to read but I happily whiled away the time just looking out the window as the scenery passed.  The point of our trip was to see both the World War 1 exhibitions, and to see the World of Wearable Arts show.

Our first day focussed on the Te Papa “Gallipoli, the Scale of our War” exhibition.  This has to be the best exhibition that I’ve ever seen!  I have seen most, if not all, of the films about the period that have been on TV over the last few years, including all those broadcast over the Gallipoli centenary period, and I’ve read a lot about World War, so I’m reasonably well informed, but while I understood it all intellectually it wasn’t until we visited this exhibition that I understood emotionally how truly ghastly it all was.  At times both Mary and I were in tears.  For Mary the most emotional moment was in the re-creation of Col. Malone’s dugout where a voice was reading his last letter to his wife.  For me it was in the next section, where a nurse on the SS Maheno, a hospital ship that was sent from New Zealand, learnt the fate of her missing brother.  What dreadful conditions!  We had 98% casualties, many from illness.  Soldiers were so weak and exhausted that they’d fall into the latrines – a pole to sit on hanging over a stinking trench – and be unable to get out.  It’s easy to share Corporal Apiata VC’s opinion that everybody who served there deserved a VC.  It’s particularly scandalous that Col. Malone was awarded nothing more than a couple of Mentioned in Despatches, no doubt because he stood up to the idiots in command and refused suicidal orders, leading his men on a successful night attack on Chunuk Bair instead of the ordered daylight attack which would have been another massacre.  You must see it!  You have until April 2018, so make the journey!  Click this link to see a 3 minute TVNZ video about the exhibition. 

Day 2 we visited “The Great War” exhibition at the old Dominion Museum.  This too was an excellent exhibition, but it was a more conventional museum experience and while it showed us more of the history of the whole war and exhibited actual weapons and many pictures, it lacked the emotional punch of Te Papa’s exhibition.  As for day three’s highlight, all I can say is “Wow!”  I had expected a slickly-produced “fashion show”, but it was so much more: from the time the superb jazz band started ¾ hour before the show’s start to its finish about three hours later, we were transported to a magical world, and time flew by with a combination of fashion, dance, cirque, music, and fantasy.  I hope we’ll go again! 

DNA Testing for Family History

This is a complete list of the articles written by Gail over the last year or so.

© Gail Riddell 2014

Just click the link to go back to a previous article in this series. 

1.  What is Molecular Genealogy?

2.  Where would I begin?  

3.  What test should I take?

4.  What DNA will NOT tell you and the risks involved.

5.  Direct paternal line (men only).

6.  Direct maternal line (men and women).

7.  All the lineages including maternal and paternal (men and women).

8.  Understanding direct paternal results.

9.  Understanding direct maternal line results.

10.  Understanding your Autosomal ("cousin") results.

11.  Understanding the X Chromosome.

12.  Bits ‘n Bobs:  DNA Testing Companies, Glossary.

13.  DNA Websites, Blogs, and Forums

14.  Commonly Asked Questions – Some Basic, Some Advanced

15.  DNA – Something a little different…

Group News

Whangarei Family History Computer Group


image001 Wayne: (09) 437 2881

 Pat: (09) 437 0692


Thursday evening venue is 6 Augusta Place, Whau Valley. Call Wayne or Pat or;

email, if you need directions.

 Saturday meetings are held in the SeniorNet rooms in James Street.

The rooms are upstairs in the Arcade leading to Orr’s Pharmacy and Tiffany’s Café, Start time 9.30 till finished before 1.30pm.

Waikanae Family History Group


Email:  Phone  (04) 904 3276,  (Hanley Hoffmann)

Venue:  Meets every 4th Thursday morning at the Waikanae Chartered Club, 8 Elizabeth Street Waikanae, just over the Railway Crossing from 9.30am to 12 -12.30pm, every month from January to November. Research days planned for either 2nd or 3rd Thursdays at 9.30am approximately four times a year.

FAMNET Workshop

Hanley has been away, so I have no report from Waikanae for this month.  I can report that the FamNet workshop was well attended, and there was lots of interest and plenty of questions from those present.  The workshop went for at least a couple of hours (with a break fortunately), which meant that it was a huge amount of information for people to absorb, perhaps too much, but unfortunately there’s little alternative when I have to travel so far.  Even then I didn’t cover all the facilities of FamNet.  The most important take-away is that there’s a Help link on every page (look at the bottom, or else click [Show Navigator Bar]

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Information Wanted.

Remember that you can post photos for identification, and information wanted requests:-

Click here to post a photo

Click here to request help with some information

We’ll post the photos and information requests in the next newsletter, and they’ll remain on display for at least a year.

If you can help either Judy, Neil, or Dorothy with their information requests please email them, cc

I have already suggested that Judy try Papers Past, and that Neil try the on line telephone directory, and also search FamNet for Glendinning and approach the database owners with this name in their records.

Judy Boland:  John Irving Beattie

Good afternoon FamNet

I hope someone out there can help me.

I am seeking information on John Irving Beattie born 7 August 1889 in Lancs. England.

John Beattie migrated to Australia, served in World War I, where he was captured by the Turks on Gallipoli and spent the remainder of the war years in captivity in Turkey.

He returned to Australia in 1919.

In 1930 he went to Victoria  BC, Canada intending to reside permanently in Canada.

Sometime between 1930 and 1937 he arrived in New Zealand.

On 6 November 1937 he wrote to OIC Australian Army advising them of the loss of his AIF discharge papers.  His address then was 37 Vivien St Wellington C3  NZ.

In 1946 he is listed on NZ Electoral Rolls as living at Tokoroa Waikato.

In 1954 he is listed as living at 86 Kiwitea Street Mt Albert.

In 1963 he is living at Masonic Village Queenstown Road SE5.

He remained at the Masonic Village until his death on 13 March 1978.

He died at Auckland aged 88, and was cremated at Purewa Cemetery Auckland.

He was not married and left no children.

Any information, especially any references in newspapers that might shed light on his life would be very much appreciated.

Many thanks

Judy Boland

Darwin NT, Australia.

Neil McIntyre:  looking for his half brothers, surname  Glendinning: -


Hi everyone at FamNet,

The preface of this issue has really hit home.   I have three half brothers in New Zealand, who I have not heard from in years, and was wondering the best way to do something about it from here in Australia.   I am 83 years young (smile) and they are only marginally younger, but would like to come over and see them, provided that I can find them.  Just on happenstance,

they are Eric Keane Glendinning ( bunnythorpe Palmerston North area) David Glendinning  (Levin)  and Cyril Bruce Glendinning (Wanganui)   Any advice would be much appreciated

Greetings from oz     Neil


Dorothy Burnell: what year or decade do people think that these clothes were worn by these women?  The women in the photo, who had a Maori mother and an English father, were born in the 1830’s in Northland, and were both deceased by 1916. It is being said that the women would have been about 30 when this photo was taken, but this seems inconsistent with the style of the photo, the clothes, and the hairstyles.

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Book Reviews

A Million Years in a Day

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by Greg Jenner published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2015, ISBN978-0-297-86978-8 (Available through Whitcoulls)

Review by Peter Nash

This book takes the actions a person does every day, for example toilet, eating, washing, dressing and brushing teeth etc, and goes into the history of that action from almost prehistory up until the recent past.

For example: the chapter on "Rise and Shine" gives the history of measuring time and clocks. The chapter on "Answering the call of nature" gives the history of toilets and sewerage disposal. The chapter on "Jumping in the shower" gives the history of personal hygiene.

Each chapter and the history of that action in that chapter add up to give a history of domestic living throughout the ages. The author does explode a few myths and legends about how our ancestors lived.

An interesting read which can help add colour to your family history.

The Girl who Stole Stockings

Described by the author, Elsbeth Hardie: -


I have a new book coming out in mid October that will be of interest to your circulation list.


The attached gives you some preliminary information on the book which will be available in bookshops throughout New Zealand, including Whitcoulls.

'The Girl Who Stole Stockings'  is the true account of Susannah Noon and the other one hundred women who were sent from England to New South Wales on the convict ship Friends in 1811.  They arrived in NSW at a time when there were only 100 women residents who had not arrived as convicts.  In following Susannah and her shipmates as they served their sentences in NSW, the book provides an insight into how convicts – and female convicts in particular -  fared during the Macquarie era,  a period about which little has been written.  

Susannah later came on to New Zealand in the 1830s to live in a whaling station in Port Underwood, just south of the Marlborough Sounds.  The book tells the story of the shore-based whaling industry in the 1830s and 1840s and also provides an account of the land machinations of the arriving Europeans, including an account of the fight at the Wairau.  Susannah’s two daughters both married and settled at the top of the South Island and both went on to have large families.

The 340-page book includes 55 pages of references and over 30 colour illustrations and is the result of over seven years’ research.  Further information about this book is available here and at this website.


Elsbeth Hardie

Tel 09 522 1816

Mob 021 900742

In conclusion

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