From Gavin to Judy ... Thursday 30th June 2011
I know I shared with you when we were out for dinner recently
about Geoffs website of The Family History
Every time I click through the site I always wish ... if only
I had so much bloody spare time !!
Anyway it is an awesome achievement
He has sent us all today this bit of an update of the History
and I am real sure that you could fill in lots of info as well
You seem to remember everything about everybody ... a great memory
that I am sure Geoff will appreciate
The first job would be to grab a glass of wine (bottle actually)
and sit down and have a look at the site
As I mentioned it is pretty amazing and obviously your mum is
there heaps as well
Anything you can share to ensure accuracy would be appreciated
I am sure
And Geoff, well done and awesome stuff ... keep up the great
From Geoff ... Thursday 30th June 2011
And HELLO once again to you all !!
Yes, it has been a while ... but I've got a good excuse !!
As well as doing this particular Family History, I am also researching
my Dad's side as well, plus also my darling wife's Dad and Mum's
family histories as well ... and this is where the time has been
When you look at the Index Page for the Meers History below,
you will see that it is divided into fourteen sections ... Sharon's
Dad's name is Coudrey and if you check that albumn - HERE
- you'll see fifty-eight sections, yes, that's 58 !! ... and
it goes all the way back to the 1500's ... and that's over five
hundred years ago !!
A massive amount of research over a long period of time ... please
accept my excuse !!
Maybe one day we can get the Meers History back this far as well
Righto, let's get going
You've probably noticed that this is a very long email ... and
it is !!
Lots of details along with over thirty links to click on
These include all the updates I've received along with the new
information I have been sent and that I've recently found
But first, a few "Thank You's"
The Entire Fahey Family ... who live in Hallett and are members
of the Historical Society
I've said it before but I'll say it again ... what a fantastic
parcel that was to receive !! ... terrific information and photos
Still a bit more to do, but you'll see a lot of it included in
the links below ... everytime I look at it, I want to buy the
Meers' Home in Hallett !!
Margaret McDonald ... daughter of Daniel Joseph and Kathleen
Mary Meers (nee Victory)
Really appreciated the information on James and Judith Meers
And the terrific photo of Daniel !!
If you ever find the copies of his Birth and Death Certificates,
please, please send me a copy !!
Bianca Rowland ... grand-daughter of James Vincent and Margaret
No, I hadn't forgotten nor was I ignoring you !!
Thanks for your photo ... and you'll see it below
Also you'll come across a shot of your great-grand-mother with
your grand-parents which was taken on their Wedding Day
Plus, you'll see photos of the family home and the garage where
your grand-father worked
And another plus ... there are contact details for Milda Fahey,
who went to Primary School with your Dad !!
I hope you all enjoy looking through all this Family History
As usual, if I've made any mistakes or wrong assunptions, please
let me know ... it is difficult to put all this together, and
I really want it to be as accurate as possible
If you have anything new on our family tree, please also send
that so it can be included on this site
Finally, there is a question right at the end of this note ...
hope someone has the answer !!
Regards ... and hope to hear from you soon ... Geoff
'Bierwirth / Beerworth' and 'Meers' Family History Albumn
Main Index Page ... CLICK
HERE ...... and then refer to the Section Numbers as
Section #10 ... James and Judith Meers
UPDATED ... all of the information in this section has recently
HERE ... passenger lists showing the Family's arrival
in Australia during Nov 1849
HERE ... gravesite and headstone for Judith Meers who
died during October 1907
HERE ... obituary for Elizabeth O'Halloran, their daughter,
who died in October 1926
HERE ... burial details for James and Judith's son, John,
who was buried in Sept 1929
Section #07 ... Daniel and Mary Meers
HERE ... Daniel won the 'Tilting Match' at the Carrieton
Sports Day ... April 1906
HERE ... A 'severe' accident when driving home in a dog
cart ... October 1906
HERE ... here is a portrait type photo of Daniel Meers
... date unknown
HERE ... a "Clearing Sale" on their property
following Daniel's death ... March 1922
HERE ... added another Death plus a Funeral Notice for
Mary Meers ... August 1942
Section #06 ... James and Louisa Meers
UPDATED ... added full names and birth / death dates for all
of James and Louisa's children
HERE ... added thirty-two photos of the Family Home in
HERE ... added eight photos of their son James' Garage
HERE ... James Meers fined after trying to get an after
hours beer ... November 1921
HERE ... Louisa and daughter, Mary, assisting at a Strawberry
Fete ... November 1926
HERE ... The Burra High School 1929 Annual Break Up ...
mentions two of the Meers' children, Winifred and James, in three
different sections ...... and these have been highlighted in
yellow ... talented kids !!
HERE ... added another report on the Mt Bryan Easter
Sports Meeting ... April 1931 ... and note there are now seven
different reports on the above Index Page detailing Eileen Meers'
athletic prowess during her school years !!
HERE ... James and Louisa Meers and here is a black /
white photo ... date unknown
HERE ... James and Louisa Meers' son, William (Bill)
... from the late 1960's
HERE ... James and Louisa Meers with their children ...
five photos from 1920 to 1964 ... NOTE - this was elsewhere on
our web site ... now included in this Family History
HERE ... Louisa and daughter, Eileen ... two photos from
HERE ... Louisa Mary Meers ... three photos from May
Section #04 ... John and Eileen Roneberg (nee Meers)
HERE ... Memories of Gladstone South Australia ... lots
of recollections and photos during Geoff's brother, Brent, trip
to Gladstone on Wednesday 31st January 2007 ... NOTE - this was
elsewhere on our web site ... now included in this Family History
HERE ... added three photos of the Church where they
were married ... March 1943
HERE ... here is a copy of their Wedding Certificate
... Saturday 6th March 1943 ... NOTE - this was elsewhere on
our web site ... now included in this Family History
HERE ... the Birth Notice for their first child, John
Andrew Roneberg ... March 1945
HERE ... John Roneberg advertising for mechanics for
his business ... January 1950
HERE ... court appearance and fined for trying to avoid
the tax man !! ... August 1950
HERE ... Birth Notice for their fourth child, Brenton
David Roneberg ... November 1950
HERE ... given 'great credit' for assisting with building
the new School ... February 1952
HERE ... a very serious car accident involving all the
family ... 23rd December 1952 ... NOTE - this was elsewhere on
our web site ... now included in this Family History
HERE ... supporting the District and Bush Nursing Society
... July 1954
HERE ... an incident in Bishop Avenue ... "Girl
Dies In Knife Fray" ... December 1969 ... NOTE - this was
elsewhere on our web site ... now included in this Family History
EXTRA !! ... James and Louisa Meers' Great-Grand-Daughter
HERE ... Photo of Louisa, her son James and his Bride
Margaret ... and there are notes and a photo from Bianca Rowland
!! ... for future reference, this page is linked to Section #06
on the Main Index Page
QUESTION ... The Farm known as ... "Shannonside"
Can anyone help out with these newspaper articles ??
There are three notices below, referring to the farm known as
Does anyone know of this farm ??
And who is this particular "James John Meers" ??
If he is from "James + Judith", he would have been
around one-hundred-and-ten years old when these notices were
And the James from "James + Louisa" did not die until
And who might the "Mrs Mary Meers" that is mentioned
be ?? ...... Daniel's wife maybe ??
Is this the same property sold by Daniel Meers' estate back in
1922 and listed above ??
I've got a blank spot ... just cannot work it out !!
From Geoff ... Friday 1st July 2011
Hi ya Gavin
... and thanks for all your compliments ... more please !!
That upload / update is done, and now gotta go search for more
Family History stuff
Both 'Roneberg' and 'Meers' ... never ends !!
And hello to you, Judy
Must be at least eighty-three years since I've seen you !!
Yep, please do what Gavin says ... if you see anything that's
not right, let me know
And if you've got any "treasures", I'd really like
to have copies
Enjoy looking around ... might bring back a few memories for
I think you know one of the people who received the original
email ... Margaret McDonald
From Judy ... Sunday 3rd July 2011
I'm having major problems with the computer ... new one ... should
be up and running next week
I have heard of 'Shannonside' from Mum and will let you know
what I know
Kate and John Dann may also be helpful ... Auntie Mary's children
From Geoff ... Sunday 3rd July 2011
The hammer might make you
feel better ... doesn't really help, though !!
Have you Kate and/or John's email addresses ??
Hear from you when the "New Machine" is doing what
it should !!
From Judy ... Tuesday 12th July 2011
Just a quick note ... will write more after John goes on fishing
Shannonside was where my Mum (Winnifred Meers) was born ... I
have her birth certificate
From what I remember, the farm was inherited from Grandpa's Father,
Daniel by James John Meers or possibly was actually left to Uncle
Dan who was just a child but Grandpa "lost it" ...
at the pub instead of working, etc
So the woman may have been Grandpa's mother and the James John,
The address of the home in Hallett was Scrub Road
Go to Google Maps ... find the railway station with the red roof
as you come into Hallett ... the railway line gone now ... go
across the road, to the right, and you will see Uncle Jim's garage
... then go up a little and to the right and you will see the
house ... the boundarys adjoined
Great job you are doing !!
From Geoff ... Wednesday 13th July 2011
THANKS for this !! ... good memory you got there !!
Got the Google Maps okay ... just can't locate the place from
your description ... but will keep looking !!
Look forward to hearing from you during / after the weekend
And I would like a big heap of fish ....... with batter wrapped
around it and, of course, chips !!
From Judy ... Wednesday 13th July 2011
You have gone too far into Hallett ... the house is actually
out of town, on the way in from the south
Have attached some maps
The red rectangular roof to the left of the #32 is the train
Travel along the road to the right the drive into Uncle Jim's
Further up the map, in line with the other #32, is the old house
When you locate it on Google Maps you will see where Uncle Jim's
garage was on the upper left hand of the block
Please let me know if you need more help locating the houses
... good luck !!
I remember the Hotel well - CLICK
Uncle Bill used to deliver milk and eggs, carried in a wheat
bag over his shoulder
It was a great treat to go with him and as you waited outside
on one of the seats you were brought a lemonade
Bill was inside having a beer and you were always told ... "Dont
Did you go and stay there as a child or was it only John, Terry
and me who had holidays there ??
From Geoff ... Thursday 14th July 2011
I received the two "mht" files that you attached ...
the maps of Hallett
I've no idea if you are a 'computer whiz' or not so I don't know
if you realise this but when you use that file format to save
a page that you have adjusted by zooming or searching, it will
save the original page you looked at
And that's what happened here ... I received two identical pages
with no zoom added like I guess I was supposed to get
Not to worry ... I have included another map below
Have you heard of "ScreenShots" ?? ... this allows
you to capture a picture of what is being displayed on your monitor
and it saves it in a simple image format like "jpg"
That is what the map below is ... I use software from IRFANVIEW
and you can check it out by clicking HERE ... it is also free !!
'tis real simple to install and use .... if you decide to give
it a go, let me know and I'll send you a copy of the settings
I use, etc, etc
Now to the maps !!
Firstly, you are not allowed to be thinking that people who live
in Cairns are pretty dumb !!
I still can't work it out though
On the map below I have made a note about the train station along
with a few numbers near various places
Are any of these right, by chance ??
If not, they may help in you giving me a few more directions
... might have a Big Party up here when I eventually work it
I don't remember the Hallett Hotel like you do
Somewhere in the back of my mind there is a picture of me playing
/ going into the cellars at the back of the Home and that are
shown on THIS page
I've no idea why ... it's just there ... must have been something
to eat kept down there !!
However, I did have a 'holiday' in Hallett when I was a kid ...
but, again, I have no idea why
I have a thought of a train trip all by myself and staying with
I remember having to do the breakfast dishes and then the day
was all for myself
Uncle Jim showed me how to load and use his .22 rifle and I used
to wander around looking for rabbits ... or anything else that
Went through a lot of ammunition ... but never hit anything or
brought home dinner !!
I clearly remember wandering through the paddocks and thinking
about what the hell I'd do if some wild bull came charging over
It was good fun playing at being "John Wayne" !!
I couldn't have been too old either
Another memory is going to bed one night and there was a spider
up in the corner of the room ... in memory it is about a big
as a dinner plate but in reality it was probably around an inch
Uncle Jim said that's not gunna bother you ... but after he turned
out the light, I laid there bug-eyed in the dark and thinking
that monster was going to fall on my face !!
PS - it was gone in the morning !!
How would it be if you could grab all the digital equipment we
have these days ... and then jump on a time-machine and go back
and record everything you saw !!
And to be able to sit down and talk to people ... 'hate' myself
for not doing more of that when I was younger, even for my Dad
and Mum ... what stories they could have told !! ... though at
times I think there was quite a bit of 'secrecy' about 'things'
in the family ... I just love a few good Family Skeletons !!
I'm going to try and finalise the Shannonside information as
soon as I can, using the details that you sent and will send
you a link when it's done
I am also thinking of making up a "Memory Page", which
would include all the notes I receive from people like me, you,
and anybody else who may think of something ... could end up
being a terrific story
Nice talking to you ... regards ... Geoff
From Judy ... Thursday 14th July 2011
Brilliant !! ... Well done, Geoff !!
Yes, that is the railway station
#4 is Uncle Jim's
#3 is Nana and Grandpa's house
#1 is Uncle Jim's garage
And I am in computer kindy !! ... as is fairly obvious ... thanks
for the tips
And thanks for the memories
John's mum is arriving in three hours so I must run
From Geoff ... Friday 15th July 2011
Aerial Views of Hallett South Australia
Showing all of the Meer's Family "Places - of - Interest"
Homes ...... Garage ...... Railway Station
Please send me any details and/or photos and/or information that
could be included in this "Beerworth
/ Meers Family History"
... and also ... please send this note on to anyone who you feel
may be interested
From Judy Brookman ... Monday 25th June 2012
Spoke to Margaret Meers sometime ago ... she knows nothing about
Nana Meers most probably purchased Grandpa's house (bankrupt)
with money from the Beerworth's
I don't know for sure, but Mum always referred to the Halley
house as Mum's, and house in St Marys as Mum's even though Grandpa
He always shared a bedroom with Bill for as long as I can remember
Kate Dann is on Facebook
She has a partner Ken Newton and has two daughters Rhiannon and
Eloise ... Rhiannon has a son Miles
Phone 08 8381 4173
Address is 3 Calauria Cresent Trott Park South Australia 5158
Kate may have some family knowledge as she was aware of your
Dad's previous marriage ... I wasn't
John Dann is divorced has one son Stuart
Phone 08 8322 5089
Address is 7 Balee Avenue Sheidow Park South Australia 5158
I don't know either email addresses
From Geoff ... Thursday 28th June 2012
Hi Judy ... and to you too, Margaret
This Family History research takes time ... lots and lots of
I have recently been working on Sharon's side of the family ...
have had a lot of success and have been able to trace her Dad's
ancestors (Coudrey) all the way back to the early 1500's !! ...
have a look - HERE
Now it's back to The Roneberg and Meers Histories for the next
#01 - Shannonside
Just below there are a couple of articles from The Burra Record
... dated 2nd March 1927
I reckon that these "confirm" that the farm was definately
known by that name ... and do you agree with that assumption
Naturally I don't like to upload anything unless I am almost
100% sure it is correct !!
#02 - Nana and Grandpa Meers
I am not sure what your note above means and would you mind explaining
it a little bit more for me
I guess "Halley" is meant to be "Hallett"
#03 - John and Kate Dann
I have left a message for Kate on her Facebook Page ... sometimes
these are missed, and if I don't hear back from her, I will give
a ring over the weekend
I'll also give John a call
#04 - Upcoming Research
Daniel and Mary Meers (nee McCabe) ... see Section #07 on THIS
Starting now, I am going to try to finalise the details on this
BUT ... I also want to discover more information on their parents
James and Judith Meers (nee ???) ... see Section #10 on THIS
John and Ellen McCabe (nee Frost) ... see Section #09 on THIS
Have you any information and details that may help ??
#05 - Photos and Certificates
Hey, do you have any 'old' photos of our Family ?? .... or any
birth, wedding or death certificates ??
I would really appreciate a copy of anything you may have ...
anything at all !!
I have no idea how computer-savy you are, but if you scan anything,
would you do it at a minimum of 600dpi as this makes an image
that is perfect to be uploaded to the internet ... the files
are a bit big when sending attached to an email, but that does
not really matter at all
As an alternative, you could send everything up to here via registered
post and I would do the scans and return it to you ... guaranteed
That's about it for now ... and here are the Shannonside articles
mentioned above ... bye, Geoff