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Pets on the 1911 UK Census

Today is National Dog Day!

The Glasspoole family included their dog Spot, their cat Tom and 11 white fowls on their 1911 England Census form.

Do you have a pet you consider part of the family?

Access the 1911 England & Wales Census FREE on Ancestry.com.au until 14 October 2013.

Emily Wilding Davison Hiding on Census Night

Did you know that British suffragette Emily Wilding Davison hid in a broom cupboard in the Houses of Parliament on Census night so she her place of residence would be “House of Commons”?

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She is listed twice on the 1911 England Census - once at home and once with her address as “Found Hiding in Crypt of Westminster Hall Westminster” (shown above)

A  plaque was later set in place in Westminster in 1999 to commemorate the event.

Search the 1911 UK Census FREE on Ancestry until 14 October 2013.

Our U.S. School Yearbooks collection is one of the most entertaining on the site. 
There are lots of famous faces in these yearbooks including this dashing young man, who is of course Brad Pitt.
He may now be one of the most famous men in the world, but here he was a 16 year old student at Kickapoo High School, Missouri in 1981.

Our U.S. School Yearbooks collection is one of the most entertaining on the site. 

There are lots of famous faces in these yearbooks including this dashing young man, who is of course Brad Pitt.

He may now be one of the most famous men in the world, but here he was a 16 year old student at Kickapoo High School, Missouri in 1981.

Bloomsday

Did you know 16 June is “Bloomsday” - a celebration of Irish writer James Joyce’s famous novel Ulysses, set on this day in 1904.

Why did he choose this date for the setting of his story? It was the day of the first date with his future wife Nora Barnacle.

And here they are on the England & Wales, Marriage Index in 1931. Happy Bloomsday!

Happy Queensland Day!
Today (6th June) marks Queensland Day which celebrates the day QLD became a colony.
We found this wonderful postcard of the state capital Brisbane in our Australia Historical Postcards collection which is free to search.

Happy Queensland Day!

Today (6th June) marks Queensland Day which celebrates the day QLD became a colony.

We found this wonderful postcard of the state capital Brisbane in our Australia Historical Postcards collection which is free to search.

Emily Davison in the 1911 England Census

Emily Wilding Davison was born in Blackheath, London on 11 October 1872. She grew up to become a militant activist who fought for women’s suffrage in Britain and was jailed 7 times. 

Here she is on the 1911 England Census, boarding with 50 year old Charlotte Batimon. Emily was aged 38, single and lists her occupation as “Political Secretary”.

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On 4 June 1913, Emily stepped out in front of King George V’s horse at the Epsom Derby and sadly died a few days later.

There have been claims that Emily did not intend to commit suicide, that she was trying to disturb the Derby in order to draw attention to her cause. We’ll never know.

F Scott Fitzgerald spotted in 1920 Census

Great Gatsby author Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born on 24 September 1896 in Minnesota.

Here he is on the 1920 U.S. Census, aged 23, living with his parents Mary and Edward, sister Annabelle and servant Margaret.

His occupation in 1920? Author and writer. His first novel, This Side of Paradise was published a short time later in March 1920.

In the same year, Fitzgerald married novelist Zelda Sayre and their daughter Frances was born in October 1921. He went on to write 3 other novels including his most famous, The Great Gatsby.

F Scott Fitzgerald died on 21 December 1940. He is buried with wife Zelda in Maryland, the gravestone inscribed with the final sentence of The Great Gatsby - “So we beat on boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the wind”.

150 years of the London Underground

This week marks 150 years of the London Underground. The first underground journey took place between Paddington and Farringdon on the Metropolitan Railway on 9th January 1863.

We found this old postcard of Piccadilly Station in our UK and Ireland Historical Postcards collection which is free to search online.

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Louisa Collins

On this day, 8 January, in 1889, Louisa Collins was hanged in Darlinghurst Gaol, the last woman to be hanged in NSW. Dubbed as “Lucretia Borgia of Botany”, Lucia poisoned her two husbands and son with rat poison. 

Here she is in the NSW, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930. Her height has been recorded as 5 foot 3 1/2 inches, with black hair and brown eyes.

Under the execution date, it is noted that His Honor the Chief Justice Darley said “I hold out a hope of mercy for you on earth”.

Mary Christmas

You may remember this time last year, we came across Santa Claus in the 1930 U.S. Census alongside his wife Mabel and 6 children.

This year, we have found Mary Christmas. A number of them in fact.

There is Mary Christmas, aged 39, on the NSW, Assisted Immigrant Passenger List, 1828-1896 with her husband Robert and 4 children including another Mary.

Then there is Mary Christmas, aged 59, from Hawthorn in Victoria who is listed in the Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903. Her occupation is shown as ‘home duties’ and she is living with Samuel Frederick Christmas, presumably her husband.

And it’s not just in Australia. Mary Christmas from Utah is shown on the 1940 U.S. Census. Kent born Mary Christmas can be found in the England and Wales, Birth Index in 1920 and Mary Christmas from Islington is included in the London Electoral Registers, 1832-1965.

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