"heavenaddress" has used the "Mortality
Files" since early 2011.
The reason for approaching "heavenaddress"
was to see if they were interested in providing an "Online Funeral
Notices" service for Australia's Military Veterans. DVA who
receive all the information in a timely manner have declined to
provide this service for the Defence Community.
Derek Goh, the Managing Director, has
very generously agreed to this. Most of Australia's funeral industry
already uses "heavenaddress". A significant redesign of parts of
their input process is needed to implement the "Online Funeral
Notices" and this will take some time. However the process is
already underway. Importantly there is no cost to the veteran
The "heavenaddress" concept allows for
individuals to add photographs, tributes etc to individual entries.
The term "Australian Defence Community"
is the preferred choice of the Royal Australian Regiment
Corporation. There is no formal definition of who is eligible to be
included in our Community. HeavenAddress staff vet every input and
if they have any doubts they refer them to me. However the
"Australian Defence Community" is intended to embrace a wider group
than the "Mortality files" do. The "Mortality Files" were
established by Tony Scroope and the late Geoff Olney in relation to
an "Agent "Orange" court case.
The "Mortality Files" have relied on
information provided to them. The detail has often been less than
what a funeral director would require. Exact dates of death have not
been provided. When Tony and Geoff started there was no Nominal
HeavenAddress Address adapted our files for
their process. To facilitate this they have made some assumptions
which produce errors. In time these will be corrected. Dates of
Death which show only a year in records of the "Mortality Files"
have been converted to 1st January for that year. A consequential
error could be that age at death is incorrect by one year. "Place of
Birth" was not shown on the floppy disk version of the Nominal Roll
but is shown in the online version. HeavenAddress have used
"Australia" as the place of birth for all conversion to its system.
Where we are advised of corrections we
will make them and advise HeavenAddress Address.
HeavenAddress has spent years in Google/Yahoo/Bing search
optimisation in particular with "Google" and searches for names
which are on their site appear at the top of the result list.
approach HeavenAddress in relation to errors they refer the matters
to me and so both sets of records are corrected.
23 May 2011