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



Gustav Ferdinand Buring

It was only because I noticed a Mr G. Buring listed on the passenger list, at the South Australian Maritime Museum, for the Princess Louise that I found my 3x great uncle Gustav Ferdinand Buring. He wasn’t listed on any other passenger lists that I had found. In finding Gustav I was then able to find his parents and make the connection back to the family in Germany.

Passenger List for the Princess Louise

Passenger List for the Princess Louise

I was recently contact by Ian from Bendigo Graves to find out if the Gustave Buring buried in the Raywood Cemetery, Victoria was one of my ancestors.  When I confirmed that Gustav is my 3x great uncle, Ian asked if I could write a short piece about him.  This is what I wrote;

Gustav Ferdinand Buring

b 9 Jul 1824

Berlin, Prussia

Gustav Ferdinand Buring was born on 9 July 1824, to Charlotte Klauser and Johann Andreas Buring/Biering and was baptised on 05 Aug 1824 • Sankt Georgen, Berlin Stadt, Brandenburg, Prussia1.

In 1849 as part of the South Australian Colonisation Society Gustav, with his brother Friedrich Adolph Buring and his family, left Hamburg on the Princess Louise bound for South Australia2.

There is no record or indication that Gustav ever married.

I have been unable to ascertain exactly when Gustav went to the Victorian gold fields from South Australia. Gustav’s brother Friedrich went also however Friedrich returned to South Australia when he became ill and died in South Australia on 3 Dec 18563 at 40 years old.

Gustav Ferdinand Buring death notice

Gustav died in 1880 in Raywood, Victoria, Australia.

Gustav is the uncle of Theodor Gustav Hermann Buring of H. Buring and Sobels Quelltaler Winery and great uncle of Hermann Paul Leopold Buring better known as Leo Buring. Germany, Select Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.

2South Australian Maritime Museum passenger list database Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.


I’ve been having fun working on a number of projects lately.  Family history research, designing two websites, making an e-textiles wall hanging and learning to draft a pattern for a skirt for myself and making the skirt too.

This is the website I’ve designed for Deja Vu Beach Cafe, my cousin’s new cafe which opened yesterday in Christies Beach, South Australia.  I will also be making her restaurant website too, The Vault Food and Wine, that’s this week’s job.

A couple of months ago I was asked to research a piano which I thought sounded like an interesting thing to do and it was.  The family wanted to know if their ancestors had brought it with them from England to Australia as that was the story which was passed down.


Ernest Gabler was a well known piano manufacturer in New York so there is a lot of information available about him and his brother who was also a piano manufacturer.  From the serial number on the piano’s frame I was able to find out that the piano was manufactured in 1882.  The family in question came to South Australia from England in 1884.  Gabler pianos were being exported to England and also to Australia and South Australia in particular at this time.

Unfortunately I was unable to determine whether the family brought the piano with them to South Australia on the S.S. Port Jackson or purchased it in South Australia as there is no remaining ship’s manifest listing the ship’s cargo that I could find.

Family Photos

I recently got a big bag of family photos from my cousin Glenda, here are just a few.


Dad, Nan and Uncle Bill

Dad, Nan and Uncle Bill circa 1950


Nan with Favorite Chris and Lightning Larry

Nan with Favorite Chris and Lightning Larry

I knew that my Uncle Bill trained greyhounds as did my Dad but I didn’t know how early he started.  This photo is from 1948.  I found Favorite Chris’ pedigree online but not Lightning Larry’s.


Great Grandma Elizabeth Willison nee Reid

Great Grandma Elizabeth Willison nee Reid

Elizabeth and William (photo below) came to South Australia from Scotland on board the Loch Fyne in 1879.

Great Grandpa William Willison

Great Grandpa William Willison

William had a farm at Para Hills (South Australia) for many years.

Nan Daphne Willison nee Scadden

My Nan, Daphne Willison nee Scadden

I’m not sure where Nan worked as a nurse.