Monday, May 6, 2013


Having just clicked the reply button on an email granting permission to the State Library to archive this blog for perpetuity, I guess you could safely say I've got history on my mind. 

I'm very honoured to have been added to their archive, but slightly terrified that my future grandchildren could be reading this one day. 

Hi, guys! I am your ancestor and I don't much care for snakes. Stay in school!

Anyway, when the email from the library requesting permission to archive came in, I was busy poring over this map, which Joyce sent me after her visit the other day. 

It shows the area as it looked when it was originally settled, right around 1880 I believe. I can see where our place is and a lot of the names around about are still living around here today. 

While I'm a little wary of having my ramblings locked away forever, maps like the one above remind me of the value of preserving records of our way of life for future generations to look over in years to come.

I'll be visiting the Laidley Pioneer Museum soon to see what else I can find. I would SO LOVE to find a photo of our place as it looked in its heyday.


  1. Preserving our life as it is in 2013 is just as important as you wanting to see what life was like in your house a long time ago so you will be doing someone someday a favour by recording history about life at Laidly....onwards and upwards PRESERVE AWAY. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

  2. Don't worry about it. After a while you forget it even happen LOL
    I agree it will makes life a lot easier for your future family and anyone else looking, or who may live in your home.

  3. I work in family history and the 'interesting' Spooner family was associated with the Grandchester area in the late 1800s. I would recommend going on the NLA website of digitised newspapers, Trove, and inputting Grandchester 1880s- very absorbing reading. You can often find lots of information about the early European families and their homesteads.

  4. I used to work at the SLQ and I know there are a dedicated team of people there who would LOVE to help you research your house! Try calling them, or start by having a look through the online photo archive at Picture Queensland
    Thousands of photos have been digitised, you might find it!
    :) Rhi

  5. How exciting. I hope you find some interesting stories just like yours will be one day to other people.

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  7. It's really great. I know how you feel about wanting to find an image of your place in it's heyday. I'd love to do that as well, though no luck as yet. Great job!

  8. Congrats on your blog being archived, kudos to you and your writing. I'm still sorting out Betsy's history, agree how exciting to find an old pic. mel x

  9. Its good to know that it shows the area as it looked when it was originally settled, right around 1880 as you believe. Shows where our place is and a lot of the names around about are still living around here today. Its nice old post office blog.

  10. We have a copy of a photo of our house taken in 1910 but it was built sometime in the couple of years before this. It was given to us many years ago by a lovely old lady in her 90's who was born here. She died 6 months after giving us this photo so we are very grateful to have met her and talked to her about the property and the house/s that have been built here. The current house is the last of 3 that were built on the property.
    Cheers, Robyn

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