David Coombe - portrait by Phillip England, tasmaniantintype.com, 2017.)

david coombe history – genealogy, e-books, old projects

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This page links to some of my old projects.

Many years back I worked on my family's ancestry. Many people stop there. But the Biographical Index of South Australians had the wrong ship of arrival for my Coombe ancestors, so I then looked at that other family. Then when Trove came, I frequently wondered which Coombe was being referred to in a newspaper. That led to a one name study of early Coombe (+ spelling variations) migrants to South Australia. As you can see, one thing kept leading to another.

In that one name study I came across the death of Thomas Coombe, landlord of the Gasworks Hotel, Brompton. That led to me writing Deaths at Josephine's Gasworks Hotel (e-book, 2013). I then actually sought out a murder to re-investigate. This culminated in Three Rabbits Alibi (e-book, 2015). But I was becoming disatisfied with Deaths at Josephine's Gasworks Hotel and was working on a rewrite in 2016 when I chose to become distracted by the S.T. Gill controversy.

I haven't re-read my e-books for a long time and don't know how well they stand up. I wrote them when e-books were surging. I think I was comparitively naive when I wrote them - as a researcher, as a writer, as a thinker.

I'm no longer actively researching family history and genealogy, but others occasionally find these web pages helpful.

Three Rabbits Alibi – an e-book

e-Book: Three Rabbits Alibi– A True Story of Murder, Madness & the News in Colonial Melbourne.

It's 1850s Australia
A double murder
A locked room
The murderer is dying from a gunshot
But the reporter says the scene is near impossible

Featuring (arguably) colonial Melbourne's best journalist, Edmund Finn, also known as Garryowen, author of The Chronicles of Early Melbourne. There are also bushrangers. And yes, it is all factual.

Family History & Genealogy

Family history research:

Mostly Coombe (family history) in Australia & Coumbe in North Hill, Cornwall
Family History & Genealogy

Deaths at Josephine's Gasworks Hotel – an e-book

e-Book: Deaths at Josephine's Gasworks Hotel.

This is the true story of Josephine. From 1863 to 1874 she was the publican at the Gasworks Hotel in Brompton, an inner suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. Was she also a serial killer?


#TroveGenie: A Social Media Experiment To Crowd Solve a #HistoryMystery using NLA's Trove

Bowden, Brompton and Hindmarsh

Charles SMITH of Colonial Victoria as a one name study of sorts.