Entries by Bernice Barry

A new beginning

I’ve been writing posts on my ‘Georgiana Molloy 1805-1843’ Facebook page since November 2013 but this is the very first new blog on the full website.  The site went live today, together with one enormous posting of all the archives and photographs from Facebook, to make sure that any new viewers don’t miss out on what’s […]

Feedback and reviews

Boffins Bookshop, Perth WA Thank you for putting us in very special company on the front page of the Mother’s Day 2015 recommendations newsletter. Viva Books, Busselton WA What an outstanding read Bernice Barry’s new book, Georgiana Molloy, is. This is a biography on a significant historical Australian settler that should become a part of […]

The local book launch 18th April 2015

An enormous thank you to the Hon Barry House, the team at MR Bookshop, the friends who sent flowers and sponsored the wonderful wine we drank from Gralyn and Cape Mentelle (‘Georgiana’) the descendants of original Augusta settlers and the many others who travelled to join us in Margaret River. We launched a book… but […]

Erased by the passing of time

On the subject of the highs and lows of research… It’s exciting when you find the grave you’ve been looking for after a five year search. Not so exciting when you see that the family chose sandstone for the headstone, a very common choice in the Carlisle area during the 18th and 19th centuries. It’s […]

Unravelling mysteries

Ten years ago I had no idea what the note on this envelope might have meant but when I saw it again recently I had learned enough about Georgiana’s mother to understand the abbreviations she used. It’s the same with handwriting. Documents can be difficult to transcribe until you become familiar with an individual hand. […]

A 19th century mind at work

Sometimes an old document can give a strong feeling of connection with the original writer. Thinking not just about the factual evidence in the words on the paper, but also about the person who wrote those words, can create vivid pictures of an individual who lived long ago. It’s hard to believe now, but in […]