FindMyPast: 2 Queensland record sets, 1 has images

Queensland military and hospital

Each year 25 April is known as Anzac Day – remembrance day to honor Australians and New Zealanders who service and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.

From the Australian government’s “Australian War Memorial” 2013, archived website, we read “The spirit of ANZAC, with its human qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity. On ANZAC day, ceremonies are held in towns and cities across the nation to acknowledge the service of our veterans.” 
Source: Be sure to visit the website to see videos, circa 1915 photos, and transcripts of  Australian Anzac Day speeches.

From the New Zealand government’s website we read “Anzac Day – 25 April – marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian troops, popularly known as Anzacs (the acronym for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps), on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey in 1915. While the campaign ended in military defeat, it is widely claimed that the Gallipoli experience helped foster a sense of nationhood in both New Zealand and Australia.” Source: “Anzac Day resources” Be sure to read here about the Gallipoli campaign where more than 130,000 men died.

In honor of Anzac Day, FindMyPast has release two new record sets as noted in their “FindMyPast Friday April 26th” post released a day early.

Queensland Soldier Portraits, 1914-1918

“All the portraits were taken by Talma Studios during the First World War. The studio set up a tent at a soldier’s camp at Enoggera, Queensland and photographed members of the Expeditionary Force. Uniforms were provided for every soldier. In some cases, the soldier had yet to be fitted out. This meant every soldier appeared in uniform in the portraits. The portraits were also republished alongside reports of wounded or missing soldiers. Not every soldier from Queensland was photographed, but this collection does represent almost half of the Queensland soldiers.”  Myrt did her homework, and demonstrated  a search for J Taylor took her to the series that included Mr. Taylor, so she scrolled down the left navigation listing to locate and then click on Taylor’s specific entry.

Queenlander Pictorial - J. Taylor


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Title: J. Taylor, one of the soldiers photographed in The Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 1915.
Date: 19 June 1915
Creator: Unidentified
Contributor: Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866-1939)
Description: Photograph appears on p. 24 of The Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to the Queenslander, 19 June, 1915
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Is part of: Picture Queensland ~ State Library of Queensland : digital image collection ~ Portraits ~ World War 1 soldiers
Digital format: image/jpeg
Publisher: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland
Image number: 702692-19150619-s0024-0055
Rights: Out of copyright. For further information
Conditions of use: You are free to use this image without permission. Please attribute State Library of Queensland
Source: Digitised from The Queenslander, 19 June, 1915
Item is held by John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland
Subject: soldiers
military uniforms
Australia. Army. Australian Imperial Force (1914-1921)
World War, 1914-1918–Queensland

Queensland Hospital Registers

“The registers have been made available by the Queensland State Archives and some records have been transcribed by Judy Webster. The records include registers of patients diagnosed with consumption, admission and discharge registers, and quarantine records. 58,000 assorted Queensland hospital records from hospitals across Queensland including Brisbane, Croydon, Dalby, Mackay, and Wallagarra.”  Finding an entry in this record set gives additional options – to add to your FindMyPast online tree, and to find possible matches for James Taylor in other FindMyPast record sets.

Queensland Hospital Registers JAMES TAYLOR


Alex explains the hints for “Is this the same person?” come from birth, marriage, death records, parish records, BTS (Bishop’s Transcripts), and census. In 2018 they added military records, and in 2019 they are working to add newspapers to the hints.


The Circle of Life

I’m brought to tears reading how Dave and Colleen note the tender time of role reversal as their parents age. 💔

A couple of years before Dad passed away I came for a visit. It was a few months after he had suffered a stroke. Our nephew Brad (or was it Christopher?) had driven Dad to pick me up at SeaTac airport.

Dad lumbered out of the passenger side of the Jeep and I started to walk toward him. But I stopped as I noticed he was walking with great effort dragging a foot, a somewhat useless arm dangling at his side.

It was then that I realized the extent of Dad’s recovery process, but more importantly I recognized how despite his handicap he was showing great love in welcoming me, his little girl. He had once carried me on his shoulders, and had taught me many things over the then 50 some-odd years of my life.

It was for me to wait as he showed he could still be my hero. And when we embraced I felt his strength was still there though somewhat waning.

Though he was oft times a grouchy lion of a man, I could see how he set aside his pride and used every effort to meet ‘My Pat’ at the airport. ❤️

And in the years that followed his mortal body suffered profound deafness and other challenges. But thankfully I could still be there to be taught at his knee.


I learned of his love and devotion to his “Blanchey-Babe.” I learned you can teach an old dog new tricks when he agreed he would stop the grouchiness and accept the home caregivers and nurses so we could bring Blanche home from the nursing home . (Long story there.)

I recall assisting her to sit on the glider with him on the porch in the background. I hope they know what a profound sense of belonging and a wonderful bunch of memories they gave us over the years.

IMAGE: Our beloved step-mother Blanche Myrtle (Jackson) Bennett Player when she could still walk without aid, and our father Glen S. Player, MD on the lakeside lawn of their Medina, WA home we affectionately call “Overlake”. Circa 2006.



AdobeStock_92927888 Peace Dove

I’m not Catholic or Muslim, nor do I live in the Louisiana communities where three principally Black churches were ravaged by an arsonist’s torch. But I care when others are hurting. 💔

Communities gather around houses of worship and cemeteries where loved ones are laid to rest. These sacred spots are the heart and soul of a community.

What prompted my writing? Several friends have said regarding Paris’ Notre Dame fire “It’s only a church – just stone & brick.”

So too, was another house of worship that burned yesterday – the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. (1)

They are all just made of brick and stone, but they represent the best hopes for learning to live a kind life by thinking of our Maker.

Happy to read in The New York Times “The fire at Notre-Dame cathedral on Monday prompted immediate pledges of millions of euros to help rebuild it. On Tuesday, it spurred donations to do the same for much smaller places of worship thousands of miles away that were recently destroyed by arson.”(2)

On a completely different level these are historical icons that were there, for good or bad, when our ancestors walked the face of the earth.


(1) O’Conner, Tom, “Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque burns at the same time as flames engulf Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris”, Newsweek, 15 Apr 2019 ( : viewed 16 Apr 2019)

(2) Zraick, Karen and Niraj Chokshi, “Donations to Black Churches Destroyed by Arson Spike After Notre-Dame Fire”, New York Times, 16 Apr 2019 ( : viewed 16 April 2019)

IMAGE: “Peace Dove with Olive branch” vector illustration, bphotoplotnikov licensed by Adobe to Pat Richley 19 Apr 2019. (https://stock/ : licensed 19 Apr 2019). [ file modified to .png format for this blog post alone.]


REACTION: AAPA Statement on Race & Racism

Please take time today to read the source document linked at the end of this post.

Responsible genetic genealogists recognize incontrovertible evidence that 99.9% of human DNA is the same, therefore we can no longer hold to age-old prejudices rooted in hatred and bigotry.

We then are free to embrace each other in full fellowship and together appreciate the beauty of biological and cultural diversity.

Today on Facebook, noted genetic genealogist Debbie Cruwys Kennett shared the link to a five page statement, unanimously accepted by the American Association of Physical Anthropologists Executive Committee, March 27, 2019 at the 88th Annual Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio.

Of particular note the statement includes the following text:

“Racist political doctrines should not receive support from scientific endeavors, but in practice racism has been co-constructed with inaccurate depictions of human variation provided by scientists. Over our history, the AAPA, and many of its members, have been complicit in producing and reifying racist ideologies via the misuse, falsification, or biased production of scientific information. We acknowledge this history and stress that we should not paper over it even as we seek to end these practices and prevent the reemergence of misconceptions about race in the future.”



ARCHIVED: WACKY Wednesday – You, too, can ZOOM!

Find out how you can use Zoom Meeting and Zoom Webinar technology for family events, society meetings, 1-on-1 client consults and such. Cousin Russ explains how he and DearMYRTLE use this technology to host interactive study groups and technology demos. Hosted by DearMYRTLE’s *very* distant cousin Sweet Sadie.



19:03:07 From Melissa Barker : Hello Everyone!
19:03:33 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Hi all!
19:11:39 From Dave Robison to All panelists : I was taking a bite of my dinner!!!
19:18:47 From Rose Mazza : hi everyone
19:43:08 From Andy Hatchett : Right before this show started Zoom announced an integration with Google’s G Suite :0

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19:43:36 From Cousin Russ :
19:48:41 From Cousin Russ : Website with copyright-free graphics to use with green-screens
19:49:11 From Sarah Bell : unsplash is good too
19:50:58 From Dave Robison to All panelists : Can you show how to take “Record” off the menu at the bottom. I’m always afraid I’ll click it when I go to chat!
19:54:58 From Andy Hatchett  : Dave- even if you click it it won’t start without other input from you- (local or cloud, etc) Not sure the button can be totally removed.
19:55:24 From Shelley Murphy : Thanks, very informative. I need to go, was listening in.
20:04:43 From Mark Barrus: Thanks for the Demo. I heard Zoom went public today at $36 / Share
20:07:29 From Andy Hatchett  : Melissa- Thanks for subscribing 🙂
20:07:39 From Mark Barrus : Nice to see you
20:08:21 From Mark Barrus  : Thanks for the invite.

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Most DearMYRTLE Webinars are embedded in a Myrt’s Musings blog post, along with selected comments and links we mention.