Thanks to Trove I discovered a hidden story about my great great grandmother Emma Steer (later Whitlock). Within five years of her arrival in the 'colony', and still only 18 years old, she had been proposed to, seduced, abandoned and left pregnant by a philandering neighbour. With few resources at her disposal, but with the full support of her parents, she sued for breach of promise in Melbourne's Old Court in 1857 and won. See: Breach of Promise, Bendigo Advertiser.

The women in my family are very proud of Emma, and it now appears that the men are too. Emma's great great grandson and his wife had a new baby last week now named Emma in her great great great grandmother's honour. Who knows what challenges she will have to face? But Trove has helped give this 21st century Emma a legacy she can be proud of.

Read more: Annie Talvé, Project Sisu