Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Trove Tuesday : Occupation Clicker

Doing some background research on brothers John and James Auld, bootmakers from Victoria, I came across the following article and was intrigued with the advertised occupation:

Source: Advertising. (1873, August 13). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 1. Retrieved April 21, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5869315

What is a clicker?

My immediate thought was that the position involved counting of some description. To double check, a quick search in Trove, searching for "clicker boot making", revealed an extensive article published in the South Australian Register in 1870. An extract of the article detailing the work of the clicker follows:
In ordinary ' upper'-making the first process —that of cutting— falls to the lot of the clicker. His chief skill consists in so placing his plates as to economize the leather, avoiding flaws, and yet preventing waste. In this respect he is able to bid defiance to machinery.
Source: BOOT FACTORIES. (1870, June 18). South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), p. 3 Supplement: Supplement to the South Australian Register.. Retrieved April 21, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39196950

So not only is the occupation not one of a counter, it is one of the most important jobs in the bootmaking industry. This skilled position invloved maximising the number of uppers cut from a sheet of leather and doing so whilst avoiding flaws and thin sections in the leather.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Trove Tuesday : Finding a link

Following on from last weeks Trove Tuesday post featuring Catherine Mary Auld, several questions have arisen in regards to;

  1. Does Catherine Mary Auld belong to a new branch of Australian Aulds, or; 
  2. Does Catherine Mary Auld belong to an already existing Auld branch that has been previously identified, and if so, which one?

...and could Trove be used, in combination with other resources, to help answer either of the two questions posed.

The parents of Catherine Mary Auld

Last week we identified Catherine's parents as William AULD and Louisa Ann BARNES by using the Queensland historical BDM indexes. A further search the Queensland marriage indexes revealed a marriage circa 1896 (index number 1896/C588). Hoping that details of their marriage had been published in a local newspaper that was currently available on Trove, I started the search. Unfortunately all results were unfruitful.

Newspaper marriage notices invariably list the parents of the individuals being married, so it was a little bit of a disappointment to not find a marriage notice. Knowing that the titles being added to the National Library of Australian Newspaper Digitisation Program is a continually expanding list, it is always worth checking the new titles coming page. A check here reveals there are several titles on the list that may be helpful that cover the late 1800s time period. So, although Trove can't help at this particular time for the marriage, it will be worth doing this search again, when the titles are made available online later this year.

Death of Louisa Ann Auld nee Barnes

Having no joy with the marriage, I concentrated on the deaths of the parents. A search of the Queensland death indexes for a Louisa Auld over the time period 1896 up to 1983 give only one result. Louisa Anne AULD died circa 1931 (index number 1931/B13629) - her parents are listed as Charles BARNES and Mary Anne MADDERN, thus confirming Louisa's maiden name of Barnes.

Three extended funeral notices appear in The Brisbane Courier on 21 March 1931 for Louisa, they read as follow:
Source: Family Notices. (1931, March 21). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 12. Retrieved April 8, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article21680576
Although no clues can be found to answer either of our two questions posed, there is a wealth of information to be found in the notices for potential research leads in the future.

Death of William Auld

Looking for the death of Catherine's father William Auld in the Queensland death indexes, we find five potential candidates:

  1. 1937/C1660 William Auld - parents William AULD and Barbara HUNTER
  2. 1950/B26252 William Charles Auld - parents John AULD and Ada ROBERTS
  3. 1952/C3294 William Auld - parents Andrew AULD and Charlotte SCARBOROUGH
  4. 1953/B45153 William Auld - parents Archibald AULD and Catherine UNKNOWN
  5. 1957/C4633 William James Auld - parents William Milne AULD and Dorothy May PRICE

Using a process of elimination with Trove as our tool, a search for "William Auld" and narrowing our search to the identified years listed above, we can confirmed that the William Auld that we are interested in passed away in 1953. Three bereavement and funeral notices were published on The Courier-Mail on three different dates. The notices include the following:

Source: Family Notices. (1953, September 2). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 16. Retrieved April 8, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article51086551

Source: Family Notices. (1953, September 3). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 14. Retrieved April 8, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article51095593

Source: Family Notices. (1953, September 19). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 16. Retrieved April 8, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article51069754

Question Answered

The information provided in the Queensland death index for the death of William Auld in the year 1953, lists the parents as Archibald and Catherine. For a moment we will assume that William Auld was also born in Queensland until evidence suggests otherwise. A search of the Queensland birth indexes reveals only one William Auld born in 1872 (index number 1872/B13910) to parents Archibald AULD and Catherine HEAPS.

The immediate family of Archibald Auld and Catherine Heaps are known to me from information submitted to the Australian Auld database by 5th generation descendant Kay Youngberry. The son of James Auld and Agnes Whyte, Archibald was born in Muirovonside Stirlingshire Scotland. One of ten children in a coal mining family, Archibald married Catherine Heaps in 1854 and immigrated to Moreton Bay (then part of New South Wales) onboard the Alfred in 1858 with his wife and two children Jane / Jean and James. Once settled, Archibald and Catherine went on to extend their family with Agnes, Thomas, Archibald, Margaret, Andrew, Robert, William, John and Catherine. Archibald died in 1885 aged 54 years.

From the information previously provided all we knew of Archibald's son William was that he was born 4 May 1872 and died 1 September 1853. Through the valuable resources found on Trove, we can now add another generation of the Auld family to the database. Thus linking in Catherine Mary Auld to an already existing Auld branch that had been previously identified.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Trove Tuesday : Catherine Mary Auld

With only an hour left for today's Trove Tuesday I thought I would make things easy on myself (joke) and look for an Auld  mentioned on Trove...that isn't listed in my Auld database.

The find...

A quick search of the archived newspapers on Trove, reveals a marriage between Frank Morris and Catherine Mary Auld. The detailed write up that appears in The Brisbane Courier on 5 March 1927 reads as follows:

An interesting wedding was celebrated at the Albert-street Methodist Church on February 12, when Mr Frank Morris (only son of Mr. George Morris and the late Mrs. Morris, Charters Towers) was married to Miss Catherine Mary (May) Auld (eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Auld, Buckland-road, Nundah). Rev. W. L. Slater officiated. The church organist presided at the organ. During   the signing of the register Mr. J. D. Abraham rendered a vocal solo. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a frock of ivory mariette, made   with panels heavily beaded in silver over a French pleated skirt. Her tulle veil, which was kindly lent by Mrs. Robert Auld, formed a train, and was arranged in cap effect, finished with orange blossoms. She carried a shower bouquet of dahlias, asters, and maidenhair fern set in tulle, with white satin streamers, and silver slipper attached. There were two bridesmaids - Misses Hilda Little and Margaret Auld (sister of the bride). The former wore a frock of lavender mariette, which had a beaded and pintucked bodice and a French pleated skirt. The latter wore a pale blue mariette frock, heavily beaded in flower design. Both maids   wore black picture hats, and carried shower bouquets with tulle streamers. The bridegroom's gift to the bride was   a handbag, and to the bridesmaids a tourmaline bar brooch and conjette handbag respectively. The duties of best man were carried out by Mr. Norm. Finter, and those of groomsman by Mr. Charles Auld. At the conclusion of the ceremony the reception was held at Webster's Cafe Majestic. The bride's mother received her guests wearing a frock of black mariette, heavily beaded, with which she wore a hat to match. The posy was of mauve asters and maidenhair fern. Subsequently the bridal pair left for their honeymoon, when the bride wore a travelling frock of navy blue Marocain, with a hat to harmonise, and a black satin travelling Coat. The three-tier wedding cake was made at the Imperial Cafe by Miss Hilda Little, and iced and de- corated by Mis. H. S. Thurecht. The bouquets were the work of Peterson's Acacia Florists.
Source: MORRIS-AULD. (1927, March 5). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p.25. Retrieved April 2, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article21111628

So who is Catherine Mary Auld?

The article gives us some clues as to who Catherine Mary / May Auld is, including:

  1. She is the eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs W. Auld
  2. Parents live at Buckland Road, Nundah
  3. Mrs Robert Auld (lender of the tulle veil) - possible auntie or sister-in-law
  4. Has a sister named Margaret Auld
  5. Charles Auld (groomsman) - possible brother

A quick search of the electoral rolls in Queensland for the year 1925, reveal our Catherine Mary Auld living at The Braes in Union Street Nundah. Four other Auld family members are also listed, Charles William, Louisa Ann, Robert Andrew and William.

Source: Ancestry.com. Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Original data: Australian Electoral Commission. [Electoral roll]
We could assume that William Auld and Louisa Ann Auld (the only other female listed) are Catherine's parents - listed as Mr & Mrs W. Auld in the original article. This assumption is confirmed with a search of the Queensland historical BDM indexes. The indexes tell us that Catherine Mary AULD was born circa 1897 (index number 1897/C3408) to parents William AULD and Louisa Ann BARNES.

Siblings of Catherine Mary Auld

Whilst searching the BDM indexes an additional search reveals the following children for William and Louisa Auld :
  1. 1897/C3408 Catherine Mary Auld
  2. 1900/C5619 Robert Andrew Auld
  3. 1902/C3171 Charles William  Auld
  4. 1904/C10881 Margaret Louisa Auld
  5. 1907/C5983 Muriel Nellie Auld
  6. 1909/B19618 Archibald John Auld
  7. 1911/B24705 Thomas Keith Auld