Annotated Map

The second unit of my Diploma in Family History was Place, Image, Object.

The first assessment was to create an Annotated Map of a place of significance to your family history along with a 250 word reflective statement.

I chose to do James Shingles and his brick-making in Maffra.

Assessment 2 Annotated Map Belinda Payne

Reflective Statement

James Shingles – Brickmaker of Maffra

 The township of Maffra, in the Gippsland region of Victoria has been the birth place of many generations of Shingles (including my mother) since our founding couple (James & Mary Ann) moved to the area around 1872.  Although I was not born there myself, I feel a great affinity with the area especially since I began researching my family history.

As James was a brick-maker, I used an earthy type background along with a brick title and arrows to further enhance the contents of the map.  In keeping with the time period of the photographs I utilised an older type map to illustrate the geographical location.

I chose to draw together just some of the highlights of James life to show the major impact he had on not only populating the town but also helping build it brick by brick.  Many of the building made with Maffra stamped bricks still stand strong today, over 140 years later. 

As a scrapbooker of many years, I found the creative process of making the map quick and easy. I was very grateful to my mother who showed me the technique of creating the title and arrows. It allowed me to create the theme and look I desired.  It just goes to show that you never stop learning things from your parents!

Creating this annotated map has not only brought James out of the shadows but has given me the skills to create more maps to showcase the lives of other family members.

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I have been researching my family history since 2009. I am interested it the family names Shingles, McEwan, Snowdon & Witt around Gippsland and Wodonga areas of Victoria, Australia

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