Journey to the past
Saturday, 21st September, 2019
By Maddison Bassett-White
Three women from Sydney have embarked on an adventure in Broken Hill in search of their family’s history.
The three women have travelled to the Silver City to research their family history for the future generations of their family, so that they know where their roots were, and where they came from.
On March 19, 1932, a man from Broken Hill and a woman from Haberfield, Sydney, met. These two people were the women’s grandparents.
Joseph and Julia (aka Evita) Nassar, were two of the over 750,000 people who witnessed the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Six weeks after meeting they were married, and Julia moved with Joseph to Broken Hill.
The women’s three mothers were born in Broken Hill, and their grandparents and great grandparents lived here until 1946, which is when they moved to Dural, Sydney.
This is where they opened up a business on a farm.
Joseph kept coming back to Broken Hill to check up on shops he left behind to be leased out until they were sold.
Only one of the three women had been to Broken Hill before. Gail Torv had visited Broken Hill about 16 years ago with her mum for her 70th birthday, as she hadn’t been here for a long time and wanted to see what had changed.
But her cousins - Margaret Tadrosse and Annette Cahill - had never visited the Silver City.
When they haven’t been researching their family history in archives and looking for relatives that still live here, Margaret, Gail and Annette have been busy visiting Broken Hill’s tourist destinations, including the Miner’s Memorial, The Big Red Chair, and the Sculptures.
They have also viewed the city’s sights on some of Broken Hill’s bus tours.
They have had a great time so far, and have come across many historical aspects about their family and Broken Hill.
They found four shops on Argent Street (141 - 147) that their grandfather owned until the late seventies, by searching through archives and land titles.
They located their great grandmother’s grave stone. She had passed away in Sydney at the age of one hundred and four and was then brought back to Broken Hill, so that she could be buried with her husband who passed in 1941.
Gail, Margaret and Annette have also managed to find long-lost relatives still living here.
Over their time here, these women have had an eventful trip filled with fun, history and the reuniting of family.
They have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and found the whole experience exciting and interesting.
They have said that they would definitely come again to visit their family and the Broken Hill community.