Martin Boyce Saturday, April 08, 2017
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Who do you think you are? has made Ancestry.com widely known as a family history research tool. But regardless of what the advertising suggests, it does not have it all.
The library provides you access to various Family History databases, including Ancestry.com, which could broaden your depth of knowledge about members on your tree or even stimulate new branch growth!
FindMyPast has a great range of material covering most countries of the world, however with a particular focus on the records of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Records of women can be found among any of the resources indexed.
Women can be particularly hard to trace so resources which point directly to women can be a boon. Calais Laceworker Immigrants to South Australia and South Australian Destitute Women are a couple of the indexes available via FindMyPast.
The Biographical Database of Australia is designed to help researchers find one person in thousands, to avoid confusing persons of the same name and to track individuals across time. It aims to gather data from a wide variety of original manuscripts and bring them all together under the individuals name. It's a great starting point, for sifting out those with the same name who are not your ancestor. Don't forget to try both of your female ancestors surnames if you know them.
Come in to one of the Sutherland Shire Libraries to search and see the original documents supplied via the library's subscription.
Sutherland Shire Libraries Friday, March 10, 2017Calling Major Tom/ David M. Barnett
Calling Major Tom is a funny, uplifting tale of friendship and community about the world's most unlikely astronaut. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll get a David Bowie earworm and you will cheer on all the grumpy men in your life. There's a starman waiting in the sky. And his name is Thomas. He is very happy to be on his own, far away from other people and their problems. But beneath his cranky exterior lies a story and a sadness that is familiar to us all. And he's about to encounter a family who will change his view of the world forever.
4321/ Paul Auster
The golden child/ Wendy James
Blogger Lizzy's life is buzzing, happy, normal. Two gorgeous children, a handsome husband, destiny under control. For her real-life alter-ego Beth, things are unravelling. Tensions are simmering with her husband, mother-in-law and even her own mother. Her teenage daughters, once the objects of her existence, have moved beyond her grasp and one of them has shown signs of, well, thoughtlessness ...Then a classmate of one daughter is callously bullied and the finger of blame is pointed at Beth's clever, beautiful child. Shattered, shamed and frightened, two families must negotiate worlds of cruelty they are totally ill-equipped for. This is a novel that grapples with modern-day spectres of selfies, selfishness and cyberbullying. It plays with our fears of parenting, social media and Queen Bees, and it asks the question: just how well do you know your child?
We were the lucky ones/ Georgia Hunter
The refugees/ Viet Thanh Nyugen
"The Refugees, is a collection of perfectly formed stories written over a period of twenty years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family. In The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will, the stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration"--Provided by publisher.
Hold back the stars/ Katie Khan
"A startling and evocative novel, harkening to both One Day and Gravity, a man and a woman revisit memories of their love affair on a utopian Earth while they are trapped in the vast void of space with only ninety minutes of oxygen left. After the catastrophic destruction of the Middle East and the United States, Europe has become a utopia and, every three years, the European population must rotate into different multicultural communities, living as individuals responsible for their own actions. While living in this paradise, Max meets Carys and immediately feels a spark of attraction. He quickly realizes, however, that Carys is someone he might want to stay with long-term, which is impossible in this new world. As their relationship plays out, the connections between their time on Earth and their present dilemma in space become clear. When their air ticks dangerously low, one is offered the chance of salvation--but who will take it? An original and daring exploration of the impact of first love and how the choices we make can change the fate of everyone around us, this is an unforgettable read"-
Difficult women/ Roxanne Gay
A collection of stories of rare force and beauty, of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection. The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, and must negotiate the elder sister's marriage. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realise when her husband and his brother impersonate each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer. A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind. From a girls' fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbours conform, compete, and spy on each other.
The Chilbury Ladies Choir/ Jennifer Ryan
As England becomes enmeshed in the early days of World War II and the men are away fighting, the women of Chilbury village forge an uncommon bond. They defy the Vicar's stuffy edict to close the choir and instead resurrect themselves as the Chilbury Ladies' Choir. There's a timid widow devastated when her only son goes to fight; the older daughter of a local scion drawn to a mysterious artist; her younger sister pining over an impossible crush; a Jewish refugee from Czechoslovakia hiding a family secret; and a conniving midwife plotting to outrun her seedy past.
City of friends/ Joanne Trollope
Lincoln in the Bardo/ George Sanders
The extraordinary first novel by the bestselling, Folio Prize-winning, National Book Award-shortlisted George Saunders, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War The American Civil War rages while President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son lies gravely ill. In a matter of days, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy's body. From this seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of realism, entering a thrilling, supernatural domain both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself trapped in a transitional realm - called, in Tibetan tradition, the bardo - and as ghosts mingle, squabble, gripe and commiserate, and stony tendrils creep towards the boy, a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul. Unfolding over a single night, Lincoln in the Bardo is written with George Saunders' inimitable humour, pathos and grace. Here he invents an exhilarating new form, and is confirmed as one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Deploying a theatrical, kaleidoscopic panoply of voices - living and dead, historical and fictional - Lincoln in the Bardo poses a timeless question: how do we live and love when we know that everything we hold dear must end?
Sutherland Shire Libraries Wednesday, March 08, 2017
The Stella Prize Shortlist 2017 has been announced! The Stella Prize was established in 2013 for writing by Australian women in any genre. You can request copies of each of these extraordinary books from the Library.
|The 2017 Stella Prize will be awarded in Melbourne on the evening of Tuesday 18 April.|
|The Hate Race/ |
Maxine Berber Clarke
|Dying: A Memoir |
by Cory Taylor
| The Museum of Modern Love|
by Heather Rose
|Poum and Alexandre/|
Catherine Saint de
|Between and wolf and |
a dog/ Georgia Blain
| An isolated incident/ |
Sutherland Shire Libraries Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Norse mythology/ Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he presents his fashioning of the primeval Norse myths into a novel, which begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds, delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants, and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly recreating the characters--the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions--and making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again (from publisher).
Moonglow/ Michael Chabon
A man bears witness to his grandfather's deathbed confessions, which reveal his family's long-buried history and his involvement in a mail-order novelty company, World War II, and the space program.(from publisher).
History of wolves/ Emily Fridlund
Even a lone wolf wants to belong.... Fourteen-year-old Linda lives with her parents in an ex-commune beside a lake in the beautiful, austere backwoods of northern Minnesota. The other girls at school call Linda 'Freak', or 'Commie'. Her parents mostly leave her to her own devices, whilst the other inhabitants have grown up and moved on. So when the perfect family mother, father and their little boy, Paul move into the cabin across the lake, Linda insinuates her way into the family's orbit. She begins to babysit Paul and feels welcomes, that she finally has a place to belong. But something isn't right. Drawn into secrets she doesn't understand, Linda must make a choice. But how can a girl with no real knowledge of the world understand what the consequences will be?(from publisher).
The dangers of truffle hunting/ Sunni Overend
Behind every good man is a great woman - or three The kaleidoscopic new novel from Wally Lamb: the number one New York Times bestselling author of She's Come Undone. Every Monday evening, Felix Funicello sets up a new film at an old vaudeville theatre for his weekly movie club. But one night, as this sixty-year-old scholar prepares the projectionist booth, he is confronted by an unanticipated guest: the ghost of Lois Weber. Once a trailblazing motion picture director from Hollywood's silent film era, Lois invites Felix to sit back and watch a new feature on the big screen - scenes from Felix's life. Though unnerved by these ethereal apparitions, Felix comes to look forward to his encounters with Lois. And as these magical movies play before him, he begins to reflect on the trio of unforgettable women who have profoundly impacted his life: his troublesome yet loving sister; his Generation Y daughter; and Verna, a fiery would-be beauty queen from the 1950s. An evocative and kaleidoscopic convergence of Hollywood, feminism and family secrets, I'll Take You There is a radiant homage to a single life and to the resiliency, strength and power of women (from publisher).
News of the world/ Paulette Jiles
"In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence. In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna's parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows. Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act "civilized." Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land. Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember--strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become--in the eyes of the law--a kidnapper himself"(from publisher).
"All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unripe secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season." It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother's recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor's son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. They are young; it's not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance—and the subsequent cover-up—will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth. As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey, her God-fearing best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently? (from publisher).
Love lies and linguine/ Hillary Spiers
"Hester and Harriet lead comfortable lives in a pretty cottage in an English village. Having opened their minds, home and hearts to Daria, a mysterious migrant, and her baby son Milo, the widowed sisters decide to further expand their own horizons by venturing forth to Italy for their annual holiday...Back in England, Daria and Milo are celebrating - they've received official refugee status with papers to confirm they can make England their home. Meanwhile nephew Ben, who knows only too well how much he owes his aunts, is hurtling towards a different sort of celebration - one he's trying to backpedal out of as fast as he possibly can...With a huge secret hanging between the sisters, an unlikely new love on the landscape for Hester and new beginnings also beckoning for Harriet, Italy provides more opportunities for adventure than either of them could ever have imagined. But which ones will Hester and Harriet choose?..As Hester and Harriet throw all their cards on the table in Italy, and potential catastrophe threatens Ben in England, it's anyone's guess how chaos will be kept at bay..."-- Back cover.
"Kate and Harriet are best friends, growing up together on an isolated Australian cape in the 1880s. As daughters of the lighthouse keepers, the two girls share everything until a fisherman, McPhail, arrives their small community. When Kate witnesses the desire that flares between him and Harriet, she is torn by her feelings of envy and longing. But one moment in McPhail's hut will change the course of their lives forever. Inspired by a true story, Skylarking is a stunning debut novel about friendship, love and loss, one that questions what it is to remember and how tempting it can be to forget."(from publisher).
The heart of Henry Quantam/ Pepper Harding
Henry Quantum has several thoughts going through his head at any given time, so it is no surprise when he forgets something very important, a Christmas gift for his wife, Margaret, which he realises on the morning of December 23rd. So Henry sets off in search of the perfect present for Margaret: a bottle of Chanel No. 5. But much like Henry's ever-wandering mind, his quest takes him in different and unexpected directions, including running into the former love of his life, Daisy. Meanwhile, Margaret is questioning whether she and Henry belong together after all. This is a funny and sweet debut which shows how the seeming insignificant events can change our lives forever, perhaps for the better (from publisher).
Sutherland Shire Libraries Wednesday, February 22, 2017While searching the Library catalogue you may have encountered a book listed as available at Sutherland Stack Fiction.
These are a collection of books which are housed behind the scenes at Sutherland Library - items that the Library definitely wants to keep, but for some reason (e.g. older condition, or not in as high demand) the open shelf is not the right place for them.
The Hundred and One Dalmations/ Dodie Smith
Pied Piper / Nevil Shute
The Min Min/ Mavis Thorpe Clark
The Red Badge of Courage/Stephen Crane
Gone Troppo/ John Grady
The Witch's Thorn/ Ruth Park
The Bodysurfers/ Robert Drewe
Sutherland Shire Libraries Friday, February 17, 2017
|All fall down/|
|Behind her eyes/|
|The nowhere man/|
|The book of mirrors/|
|Something for nothing/|
|The unfortunate victim/|
|Police at the station and|
they don't look friendly/
Sutherland Shire Libraries Friday, February 17, 2017
On 13 July 1935 a public drinking fountain, situated at the intersection of Port Hacking Road and the Kingsway in Caringbah, was officially received by then Shire President, Councillor Edward Seymour Shaw, on behalf of the citizens of the Sutherland Shire. The elaborate structure, which featured a bubbler fountain for people, water troughs for horses and smaller animals, seats around the sides, a sundial, a bronze lighting standard with 14 inch opal ball perched atop, and the inscription, ‘Come ye to the waters’, was presented as a gift by Mrs Amy Mackay who the Propeller newspaper reported ‘had lived in Sutherland Shire for many years, and had always wanted to show her appreciation for the people in the area by some small token.’
Two years later Donald Mackay and his young bride, Amy, settled into their newly erected home at Port Hacking which they’d named ‘Wallendbeen Lodge’ after the merino sheep station near Yass where Donald was born in 1870. This beautiful and romantic Federation residence still occupies a prominent position as one of the deepest water frontages at Burraneer Bay. The couple shared a love of nature and Donald and Amy regularly enjoyed many of the outdoor activities Sutherland Shire has to offer such as fishing on the waterways, hiking in the National Park and taking a double-scull outrigger for a spin from Cronulla to Audley and back. “They say marriage is a lottery, with more blanks than prizes,” recalled Donald many years later, “well, in my case, my luck was in; I got a real sport for a life-mate.” For some years it appeared as though the adventurer may have settled down, but Donald’s days of roaming were not yet behind him.
In 1926 Donald Mackay financed the first of his expeditions to Central Australia. Travelling with anthropologist, Dr Herbert Basedow from the University of Adelaide, he set out on camel to explore and cross the Petermann Ranges in the south-west of the Northern Territory. Earlier ventures by white explorers into this unforgiving land had been met with death and disaster, but Donald’s careful preparation and dogged determination, coupled (crucially) with the assistance of the local Indigenous inhabitants, meant that the expedition successfully traversed nearly 1200 miles (1900 km) and added valuable geographical data to the official map of terra incognita. Despite these achievements, the Petermann Ranges is probably best remembered as the place where Lewis Hubert Lasseter (1880 – 1931) starved to death whilst searching for his mythical lost reef of gold.
Over the next decade Donald Mackay led five further explorations to Central and Northern Australia. In 1928 he journeyed to Arnhem Land on horseback, again with Dr Basedow. In 1930, 1933, 1935 and 1937 Donald took advantage of developments in aviation technology and returned to the Red Centre where he supervised aerial surveys of huge tracts of previously uncharted areas. The Mitchell Library in Sydney holds copies of all Donald Mackay’s reports and the maps which have contributed significantly to increasing our understanding of remote areas of Australia. Additionally, during his 1930 expedition Donald discovered the large lake on the border between Western Australia and the Northern Territory which the Commonwealth Government later named after him.
Donald Mackay was appointed an O.B.E. in 1934 and C.B.E. in 1937. Many, however, felt that these accolades did not fully recognise the services Donald had rendered to this country. At a welcome home event in 1937 Shire President, Councillor Shaw said that "a photograph of Mr Mackay should be hung in every school as a tribute to Australia’s greatest explorer". Council even approached then Prime Minister, Joseph Lyons, to award Donald Mackay with a greater honour, namely a knighthood. The request was unsuccessful, perhaps in part due to statements Donald had made in July 1933 criticising the harsh treatment and conditions endured by Indigenous Australians, thus instigating official denials from Prime Minister Lyons. The Sydney Morning Herald reported on 25 July 1933 Donald’s declaration “that if the Prime Minister can prove to him that the treatment of aborigines in the past has been humane, he will admit publicly that his own statements were incorrect and unjustified.”
Now engraved with the words ‘Lest We Forget’ and used each Anzac Day as a commemorative site, the fountain Amy Mackay donated over 80 years ago still stands, although it was reconstructed to a more simplified shape when relocated in 1972 to its current position in the small park in front of the Caringbah Hotel on the corner with Mackay Street, named after Donald George Mackay, ‘the last Australian explorer.’
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