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A Meeve relative: A research sidetrack in Tasmania

When map reading I note that we are close to the place a distant relative of grandson no 2 died and was buried. The family story is that he was struck by lightning but a little research indicates he was struck by a tree limb that he was felling.  Something to beware of when researching: how time and re-telling changes fact.I also note how first aid practices have changed. A sad story.

INQUEST MARRAWAH An inquest was held at Marrawah Friday, before Mr. H. G. Spicer, coroner, and a jury (Mr. K. C. Laughton foreman) touching the death of Michael William Meeve, which occurred at Marrawah on the previous day. Sergeant Donoghue, of Stanley, represented the district police, and made the necessary arrangements for holding the enquiry. Bernard Charles Cronin, a farmer, residing near Marrawah, deposed to being acquainted with the deceased, whom he had employed to assist him in clearing on his farm. Witness and the deceased, Meeve, started to work in company on the morning of the 14th inst., and …

Wattle Day and a contemporary response to Olga Ernst's fairy tales.

Every so often I quietly 'google' for new references to Olga Ernst and today, appropriately as it is 'Wattle Day', I was rewarded with two new references to Olga's fairy tales. I have been researching Olga's contribution for almost four years and I am thrilled to see some momentum building through the interest of others in her story.
From the Storytelling Guild's blog 
Q&A about Olga Ernst in this interview with Belinda Calderone
Vonny Kemister is testing a story to tell at the Botanic Garden. Vonny’s story comes from Olga Earnst’s [sic] Fairy Tales from The Land of the Wattle (1904)
A reference to my talk at Brighton Historical Society in 2012
My research would not be so rich or so accurate without the help of Ernst relatives who have sourced further information, fellow researchers, friends in the Melbourne Lutheran Trinity community and of course my coffee-drinking companion and research assistant Susan. I am always grateful for further information.