Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday afternoon genealogy fun – Newspaper Headline on your Father’s Birthday

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun – this week, it was Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Newspaper Headline on Your Father’s Birthday

Because of the time difference, and other commitments, I don’t usually get a chance to do these until Sunday afternoon (or evening), which is why I’ve named my series Sunday afternoon Genealogy fun.

1)  What was your father’s birth date?

My dad was born 21 January 1923

2)  Find a newspaper from his hometown, or a nearby larger town or city, that was published on that date.  What was the major headline on page 1 of that issue of the newspaper?

Since dad was born in Heidelberg, a suburb of Melbourne, in Victoria, Australia, I chose the Argus, one of the daily newspapers for Melbourne.  Copies of the Argus up to 1954 can be found on the Trove website. Since dad’s birthday fell on a Sunday, there was no newspaper for that day.  I therefore looked at the next day, Monday 22 January 1923.  As I mentioned last week, the headlines in the Argus didn’t appear on the 1st page – the first few pages were used for classifieds, advertisements, etc.

On page 6 , there was a News Summary.

Argus page 6 22 Jan 1923
NEWS SUMMARY. (1923, January 22). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), p. 6. Retrieved March 29, 2015, from

These are a few of the items from the summary

Eleven rebels were executed by the Irish Free State Government on Saturday

Among the recent treasures discovered in King Tutankhamen’s tomb in Egypt are walking sticks decorated with fine filagree[sic] work and a footstool of the Queen’s throne.

Heavy traffic on the railways is expected in commemoration with the Foundation Day holiday. Special trains will be run on Saturday and Monday.

Herr Cuno, the German Chancellor, said that the world couta, now see the hollowness of the French pretext that no operations of a military character were contemplated. France had committed a breach of the Versailles Treaty.

“I have too high an opinion of M. Poincare’s intelligence,” said Herr Cuno, “to suppose that he can for a moment think that the occupation of the Ruhr will result in the collection of reparations.”

Thirty armed Irish rebels were responsible for the wrecking of a goods train at Ardfert, County Kerry.

Five of the men charged with murder in connection with the fighting between mine guards and strikers at Herrion (Illinois, U.S.A.), have been acquitted, but they have been arrested, together with eight others, on another murder charge.

Amid stormy scenes, students from the National University at Peking stormed the Chinese Parliament and fought with legislators.

The Malahide viaduct, one of the most important bridges on the Great Northern railway in Ireland, has been blown up by the explosion of a land mine.

Sensation followed sensation during the prosecution at Bastrop (Louisiana) of persons accused of murder in the interests of the Ku-Klux-Klan.

An important scheme is projected for establishing extensive cold storage at Swansea (Wales) in order to cope with the Colonial meat trade.

Owing to the occupation of the Ruhr district and the arrest of coal officials German workmen threaten a general strike.

The following page, page 7, had the full articles.  The full page is only available as a PDF File. (I tried converting the PDF file to a JPG, but the image wasn’t very clear).Argus page 7 22 Jan 1923

Another Melbourne newspaper was the Age, but the issues for 1923 are not yet available on Trove.