Phillip Hughes 1988-2014

So sad. It casts a shadow over the coming test series. Maybe I felt it more because he was so young, had achieved so much, yet obviously had so much more to give – and also because the SCG and St Vincent’s Hospital are so familiar to me. But I have nothing to add, except my condolences to all concerned.


I will not be posting tomorrow.

More Whitfield family history

It has been a productive year for family history on this blog. Here is a list in reverse chronological order.

  1. 1914-1918
  2. Whitfield family history update
  3. Grandpa Tom Whitfield (1866-1948) in today’s paper!
  4. Sutherland revisited — 2
  5. Another gathering of the clan – and Sutherland draws me back… 3
  6. To Stanwell Park: 1
  7. Shellharbour
  8. One hundred years ago or thereabouts…
  9. A very mixed bag
  10. The swimmer
  11. Anniversary Day/Survival Day
  12. Stray stories of family and Australiana — 5
  13. Stray stories of family and Australiana — 4
  14. Stray stories of family and Australiana — 3
  15. Stray stories of family and Australiana — 2
  16. Stray stories of family and Australiana — 1
  17. William and his tribe…
  18. William made it–or I wouldn’t be blogging, would I?
  19. Tangible link to the convict ship “Isabella” and the immigrant ship “Thames”
  20. Sis
  21. Unexpected connections
  22. Family history–some news on the Whitfield front

And do check the oldie but still goodie Family stories 3 — About the Whitfields: from convict days where the comment thread still keeps throwing up nuggets of information.

Yesterday in checking Trove around my father’s birthdate I found more searching The Illawarra Mercury from 1910-1919.

On Norman Harold Whitfield, my father’s cousin

This one confirms his being at Gallipoli, though he had arrived in Egypt too late for the landing.

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And this one I had not seen before: Illawarra Mercury 28 February 1919.


I had known about Rabaul. See Illawarra Mercury 14 August 1914.


My uncle, Colin Whitfield

Obviously I never knew him, nor he me, though when I was in high school I used an Algebra textbook that was in our house, inscribed with his name. This is such a sad story. I had never before seen this detailed version, though it confirms the oral accounts I have had of that dreadful tragedy back in Shellharbour in 1915. Illawarra Mercury 9 April 1915.


My grandfather and grandmother had already lost two other sons, Aubrey (1893-1906) and Thomas W (1906-1906): see my 2013 post What a treasury of family history!