Saving Trove Articles

Saving Trove Articles

When I have found a result in the Trove digitised newspapers which I need to keep this is what I do:

  • Zoom in on the section of the newspaper that I want to keep.  In this case it is a notice about Heinrich Rubeni my 3x great grandfather.


  • Position the text under the name of the newspaper and the date it was published, as in above picture.
  • Take a screenshot of the page.  You can use the Print Screen key on the keyboard, a snipping tool or a graphics editing program.  Edit the screenshot in a graphics program and select just the newspaper text you require, the name of the newspaper and the date it was published.  Crop the picture to the selection.


  • Before uploading the picture to my family tree I copy the Harvard/Australian citation from Trove so that I have the correct source for the information and I can find it on Trove again if I need to.



  • and paste it into the event description box.


How To Download Your Family Tree From


This is the pedigree view of my family tree.


Near the top left hand corner of the screen next to the name of my tree, ‘Willison Family Tree’ is a menu titled Tree Pages.  Click on Tree Pages and then click Tree Settings.


Near the bottom right hand corner of the screen it says, “Export your family tree data, as a GEDCOM file, to your computer.”  Click on the green button Export Tree.  Depending on the size of your tree this may happen quickly or it might take a little while.  It’s a good opportunity to make another cup of tea.


When it has finished you will see the above screen and the green button has changed.  It now says Download your GEDCOM file.  A GEDCOM file is a standard file for family tree software programs.  If you have a family tree software program installed on your computer you can use it to open your GEDCOM file.  Even if you don’t have a family tree software program on your computer it is still a very good idea to keep a copy of your family tree on your own computer as a back up.  I’ve spent years creating my tree on and I would be devastated if I lost it.  Please be aware that this process does not download the photographs or stories you have uploaded to Ancestry.

When you click Download your GEDCOM file, make sure you know where it is being downloaded to on your computer.


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.

What Did Hazor Bodger Say? – Trove Tuesday

What did Hazor Humphrey Bodger, my 3x great uncle, say to the judges at the Strathalbyn Show on March 4 1869?  Hazor was a farmer in McHarg’s Creek, South Australia, and from newspaper advertisements and articles I can see that he was breeding and showing draught horses in South Australia for a number of years.


A description of the show and underneath Hazor’s prize win.

1869 ‘THE STRATHALBYN SHOW.’, Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 – 1904), 6 March, p. 6,

On March 4 one of Hazor’s horses came second to that of Mr. W. Rankine.  Now the Rankine name is very well known in Strathalbyn as the town was founded by two Rankine brothers William and John.  I have been unable to ascertain if this is William Rankine the said co-founder or another Rankine however, I feel sure the Mr. W. Rankine listed here if not the man himself is a member of said family.  Did Hazor suspect favoritism or was it simply that he could have charged a higher price for his stallion’s services had he won the competition.

Apology Requested

Apology Requested

1869 ‘THE WEEK’S NEWS.’, Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 – 1904), 20 March, p. 5,

I don’t know what Hazor said but the Secretary of the Strathalbyn Agricultural Society was requested to write to him.  He was informed that unless he apologised to the Committee for his conduct towards the Judges at the last show, he would not be allowed to exhibit there again.  I’m guessing he used some fairly strong language.

There are no further newspaper articles showing Hazor entering horses in the Strathalbyn Show again, that I have found, so I don’t know if he gave the apology or not. He later moved to Victoria and entered horses in shows in Victoria and south eastern South Australia and unfortunately died when he was thrown from a horse at only 52 years of age in 1879.


1879 ‘ITEMS BY CABLE.’, The Narracoorte Herald (SA : 1875 – 1954), 11 November, p. 2, viewed 25 May, 2015,

Trove Tuesday – Finding Photos

I decided to search Trove for newspaper articles with pictures.  My surname Willison (my maiden name) isn’t very common so I did a search for Willison, then narrowed it down to South Australia and Illustrated as in the picture below.


I got 37 results from this search 21 of these were for my family.  Here are some of the pictures I found.

Gilbert Gordon Willison

Gilbert Gordon Willison


Don Willison



Edith Willison crouching, planting the tree.


Don Willison On the Second Motor Bike