Trove Tuesday – Paddy Guerin/Gearin

There are two Paddy Guerin/Gearins in the family I am currently researching, an Uncle and his Nephew.  I haven’t yet found out which story refers to which gentleman however I wanted to share these stories on Trove Tuesday.  The Guerin family lived near Braidwood in New South Wales, Australia.


“She was a good ‘un once, like Paddy Gearin – never known to baulk”



“A ‘Good’ Excuse”



Had A Few Bears Across His Chest

“Had a few beers across his chest”  I had never heard this saying before until I came across it here.  I realise it means he was drunk however I’ve been unable to find any references to its origin online.  Has anyone else ever heard of it?

Minecraft At The Museum And The North Terrace Mounted Police Barracks

I’m helping out with a school holiday event called Minecraft At The Museum (click the link and go about half way down the page) this week and Sunday we were setting up the computer network in an old museum building called The Armoury which is behind the South Australian Museum on North Terrace, Adelaide.

Setting up the computer network

Setting up the computer network

The Armoury, above the door it says Australian Light Horse and Scottish Infantry

The Armoury, above the door at the top of the steps it says Australian Light Horse and Scottish Infantry

I hadn’t been to this part of the museum since I was in primary school so it was exciting to me to find these lovely buildings with their references to South Australia’s early military.

Being the curious person that I am I took a heap of photos and when I got home started Googling!  I found this article by R.J. Potts Chief Superintendent (Ret.), Hon. Secretary, S.A.Police Historical Society Inc. The Former North Terrace Mounted Police Barracks.

In 1854 tenders were called for what became termed the ‘armoury building’ on the southern side of the quadrangle. Designed by the Colonial Architect W. Bennett Hayes, and built by contractor W. Lines, the building was completed in 1855, and was built of uncaused limestone with brick quoins, and with a slate roof. It is believed that the limestone used in the construction of the armoury building and the east and west wings of the mounted police barracks, came from the banks of the River Torrens, at or near the site of the present (2001) Festival Theatre. Other stone from Murray Bridge was also used.1

More of the mounted police buildings

More of the mounted police buildings

Large iron swing entrance gate

Large iron swing entrance gate

Large iron swing entrance gates ‘with massive arches surmounted by three stone structures’ were built on the eastern and western sides of the quadrangle, adjacent to the northern end of each building and were completed in 1851. (One of these entrance gates remains in position on the eastern side of the parade ground in 2001).2 (my note – it’s still there in 2016)

Troop barracks

The back of the Armoury

Tenders were then called in 1850 by the Colonial Engineer for the erection of a purpose-built stone and brick single story barracks complex. The single story buildings that were designed by Captain Freeling and built by contractor J.H.Walker were completed in 1851. Built of limestone and brick with slate roofs and featuring gables with decorative fretted barge boards, they formed the eastern and western wings of a quadrangle that contained a parade ground measuring 210 feet (approx. 65 metres) by 110 feet (approx. 35 metres).3

Troop rooms, mess rooms and quartermaster's quarters

Troop rooms, mess rooms and quartermaster’s quarters

While the original building on the eastern side of the quadrangle has been demolished (1950’s), the two-story building still standing on the western side of the quadrangle still contains sections of the 1851 construction. These buildings are believed to have contained troop rooms, mess rooms and quartermaster’s quarters.4

While independent volunteer rifle units were established in S.A. as early as 1844 in metropolitan districts of Adelaide, it was in 1850 that the first South Australian regiment, ‘The Adelaide Rifles’ was raised. The regimental headquarters of this unit was located within the armoury building in the North Terrace Mounted Police barracks complex, which it shared with the S.A. mounted police. The companies that made up the regiment remained at their particular metropolitan locations.5

It is well worth reading the whole article if you’re interested in South Australian history.

Friday Faces – We Finally Have A Name For A Face

My parents have jokingly argued about whose ancestor this was for years as the photo got mixed in with both of their photo collections and neither could remember whose it was.  My Mum gave me the photo yesterday and I have been able to identify it!  This is Eleanor Wigley nee Greenway, my Mum’s paternal 2x great grandmother.


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Eleanor Wigley nee Greenway b 1831, d 1917

Nothing was written on the back of the photograph however the cardboard frame of the photo lists John Lay & Son, Eaglehawk, as the photographer.  I found out that John only operated the business under the name John Lay & Son between 1904 and 1906 so this narrowed down the possibilities of who it could be greatly.  I thought the woman appeared to be in her 80s in the photo. In my family tree database I searched for everyone who had lived in and around Bendigo and narrowed it down to all the ladies and those born over 100 years ago.  Eleanor was the only one who fit the time frames.  She was between 73 and 75 in the above photo.

On checking a family photo we received, relatively recently, of the Wigleys I found that it is indeed Eleanor.

Charles and Eleanor Wigley seated in the centre with some of their children and grandchildren.

Charles and Eleanor Wigley seated in the centre with some of their children and grandchildren.

Google Search By Image

I’ve been scanning and sorting more of my Dad’s photos and I wanted to see if there were any photos of a taxi similar to his online.

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This is where Google’s search by image function comes in handy.

Go to and click on the camera icon in the search box

Go to and click on the camera icon in the search box


Click on ‘upload an image’


Click on ‘choose file’



Click on the picture you want to upload and click on the ‘open’ button, in some programs it might be the ‘okay’ button


Wait while the picture uploads



Now Google will compare your picture with all the pictures it can find on the world wide web and will show some similar ones



You can also enter a word in the search box, I used Holden and it narrowed down the search and gave two websites about Holdens as well.


I think this was the closest match

I think this was the closest match.  You can also use this function to see if there are any copies of a photograph online.

Google Indoor Maps-King Charles’ House

I obviously missed the announcement from Google that they were now providing indoor maps as I got such a pleasant surprise when I was searching for the birth place of a client’s ancestor.  I had the house name, King Charles’ House, New Street, Worcester, Worcestershire from an obituary and from census records so I looked it up to get a photo of what it looks like now and I was able to zoom right in and then there was an arrow to click pointing in the open front door!!


This is what it looks like now.

This is what the outside looks like



The sign says, From this house King Charles II escaped his enemies after the Battle of Worcester September 3 1651.



The entrance



It is now a pub



It was so exciting exploring a centuries old building in England from my house in South Australia.







Incredible wood carvings on the fireplace. On Google you can zoom right in and see the detail of the carvings.  I wonder if this was done by someone in the Nichols family or their employees.

This was the home of Edwin Nichols, he was born here and ran a furniture manufacturing and antiques business here which was passed down to him from his father and he passed it on to his own son Edwin Jnr.  Finding out how they came to own the house is another fun challenge!

It is well worth having subscriptions to both and  As I said above I used an obituary and census records to find the house.  Find My Past makes the British Newspaper Archive available to its subscribers which is where I found the obituary.


I hadn’t been able to find Edwin in the 1841 census on Ancestry (you can’t search by address on Ancestry) so I checked on Find My Past and only searched for Nichols, New Street, Worcester where I found a John Nichols listed.  The image on Find My Past was very faded and pretty much illegible so I went back to Ancestry and searched for John Nichols and there was Edwin as well however he was recorded on the original census form as Edward.  I know it is the right person because of the address, his age, and his occupation of Cabinet Maker.  All this information also fits with future censuses as he remained at this address until his retirement in 1885.

Friday Faces

Left - William Henry Scadden (my great grandfather) Far right - Elizabeth Scadden (my great grandmother)

Left – William Henry Scadden (my great grandfather) Far right – Elizabeth Scadden nee Hayward (my great grandmother)

This is the only photo I have of William.  Here are some earlier posts about William Henry Scadden-

Elizabeth Scadden nee Hayward my great grandmother in later years.

Elizabeth Scadden nee Hayward my great grandmother, in later years.

The Scaddens lived at Houghton in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia.  It is a beautiful area.

Houghton Adelaide Hills

Houghton in the Adelaide Hills, I don’t know when this was taken.

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2010 Scenes Around Houghton


Houghton War Memorial