Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Trove Tuesday: Follow the clues and paper trail...then recheck

Searching for something to blog about for today's Trove Tuesday, I came across the following death notice:

DEATHS.
AULD.-At his mother's residence, Pound-street, on 21st December, 1883, JULIAN CHARLES FREDERICK AULD, eldest son of the late ROBERT T. AULD, surgeon, in the 29th year of his age ; esteemed and regretted by all who knew him.

Source: Family Notices. (1883, December 22). Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser (Grafton, NSW : 1859 - 1889), p. 4. Retrieved January 7, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article62141584

From the information contained in my Auld database, I knew Julian Charles Frederick Auld was the first of six children born to Dr. Robert Thomas Auld and Mary Webb Clarke. Using the information contained in the death notice we get several clues that Julain's father has previously passed. A previous search of Trove and blog post on Trove Tuesday: Dr Robert Thomas Auld reveals that both Julian and his father passed away at the family residence in Pound Street, Grafton, NSW ...within two weeks of each other - Dr. Auld having passed away on 8 December.

Although I had previously found a small obituary for Dr. Robert Thomas Auld, another search of the online newspapers came up with a rather extensive obituary that was printed in the local Grafton newspaper, the Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser. The obituary follows:

Source: Clarence & Richmond Examiner. (1883, December 18). Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser (Grafton, NSW : 1859 - 1889), p. 2. Retrieved January 7, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article62141560

Even if you think you have found everything there is to find, always remember to recheck and perform another search. New newspapers are being adding constantly to the vault of treasures that Trove offers the researcher. You never know what may turn up!