During the past week, I have been going through my hints on Ancestry for the descendants of Robert Harley and Euphemia Dandie, and I came across some hints linked to Richard Harley, for a Richard Harley who was working as a teacher in Tasmania.
My relationship to Richard is:
One of the hints was from the Tasmania, Australia, Teacher Employment History Cards 1886-1945 collection. This record showed that Richard Harley was born about 1885 in Victoria. This matched the details for my Richard, but I wanted to see if I could find a newspaper article that might mention a family member, so that I could confirm this was the same Richard. I therefore did a search on Trove for “Richard Harley”.
The following article was the first result.
The following is the article attached to the photo
The next article was from about a month later.
There were many more articles about his case, but I wanted to see if I could find an article that mentioned a family member. I thought the most likely relative to be mentioned would be his father Robert, so I tried searching for Robert Harley, in Tasmania, in the 1920s, and I found this article, that told me more about Richard’s case, and mentioned his father Robert Harley.
The teacher record showed Richard was born about 1885 in Victoria, and the newspaper article listed his father as Robert Harley, so this indicated that this was my Richard, but there was a possibility that there might have been another Richard Harley with a father named Robert who came from Victoria. I therefore did a search on the Victorian BDM website, using the criteria: surname Harley, given name Rich*, event birth, and found that my Richard’s birth entry was the only one.