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Waterfall General Cemetery

Wollongong City Council is currently inviting the community to have a say on the future management of Waterfall General Cemetery. This cemetery is the burial site for over 2000 tuberculosis patients, who sought treatment at the nearby Waterfall Sanatorium, between 1909 and 1949.

You'll find more information at

There is also a 15-min documentary about the site - there's a link from the page above, but if you'd prefer to go directly to the video, it's at

New publication: Dr. David Keith Ballow: Colonial Surgeon and Martyr to Duty

By Patrick J. Tynan

Father Pat Tynan, well known Brisbane historian, has recently added a biography of Dr. David Keith Ballow to his list of published work.

Born in 1804, Dr.Ballow, a ‘gallant and jovial’ Scottish doctor, having graduated from the University of Edinburgh, migrated to Australia in 1834. He first worked in New South Wales as a colonial surgeon in Invermain (Scone) and Sydney. In 1838 he was transferred to Moreton Bay convict settlement. After this closed down, he became First Resident Surgeon at the Brisbane General Hospital.

He became involved in every aspect of the life of Brisbane. He served as a magistrate and coroner, was a leading member of the Church of England, was appointed to various trusteeships and boards dealing, among other things, with education and the arts, and was the first to grow cotton in Queensland. He died in 1850 from typhus contracted ministering to infected people on the quarantine station at Dunwich and is buried there. His name lives on in the Wickham Terrace building which bears his name.

The book is of considerable interest, not only to the medical profession, but also to those interested in the history of Brisbane in general. Anyone wishing to order a copy can do so by sending a cheque or money order to Pat Tynan, P0 Box 29, Royal Brisbane Hospital, Butterfield St., Herston, 4029. Price $30 (including postage) of which $5 goes to the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

[This item was contributed by John Hunter (07) 3856 0882]

Proposed Australia-wide Family History Index database

Family history researcher Roma Waldron is in the process of establishing an Australia-wide Family History Index database. She invites interested researchers to contact her with contributions to the database. The database has the following fields: SURNAME, NAME, BORN, PLACE, ARRIVED, SHIPS NAME, DIED, PLACE DIED, PLACE BURIED, FATHERS SURNAME, FATHERS NAME, MOTHERS SURNAME, MOTHERS NAME, SPOUSE 1 SURNAME, SPOUSE 1 NAME, DATE, PLACE, SPOUSE 2 SURNAME, SPOUSE 2 NAME, DATE, PLACE.
If you are interested in contributing to this project please email Roma at
Roma has provided a sample in spreadsheet form index_sample.xls
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