Finding your way around...

Photo of Fanny Rosina Atyeo
Fanny Rosina Atyeo (1875-1966) was a dutiful daughter, hard-working sister, and beloved Aunt to many. She kept a daily diary from (at least) 1907 until her death. Her niece, Olive Fanny Heath Sims (nee Hobart), kept those diaries in a box, and now Olive's eldest son, his wife, and their daughter are gradually putting them online. They provide a fascinating snapshot of life at Gawler River, South Australia, and surrounds from 1907 until 1952.

To find the information you need, there are three indices:
1. Year of writing,
2. People in the diaries (with links to their family tree information, annotated with the years they are mentioned),
3. Places mentioned.

When you know which year you want to read about simply click on that page, and then you can search within the page for the information you want. You can also use the search tool in the top left corner to look for any mention of the person you are looking for.

The diaries have been transcribed by Fanny's great-nephew William George Sims, his wife Alison Mary Sims (nee King) and his daughter Natalie Ann Sims. We haven't finished yet. Aunty Fan wrote a lot.

The annotations have been made using the wonderful resource of the Genealogy SA database of Births, Deaths and Marriages in South Australia. It's well worth becoming a member!

We hope you find them interesting. Please get in touch if you would like to connect:


  1. Hello I am one of many nieces to fanny ateyo I am celica heath granddaughter and vivienne Bartlett joy dawe daughter can t wait to read about my aunty


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