#52Ancestors, Harris, Poolman, Woolley

Google Mapping – Byron Bay

Week 39 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: MAP IT OUT Byron Bay is the touchstone of my paternal family; a place where generations lived, worked and played. It is also the centre of several family ‘myths’. This map, created using Google My Maps, is designed to plot the lives of the Harris, Woolley and Poolman… Continue reading Google Mapping – Byron Bay

#TroveTuesday, Standing

TROVE Tuesday – Henry Standen was “capitally convicted…”

While convict records provide a wealth of information about a person following conviction, contemporary British newspaper accounts can be a rich source of information about the crime as well as that person's life in the UK before transportation. Therefore, this week's finding is not from TROVE but from the 19th Century British Newspapers Collection (Gale),… Continue reading TROVE Tuesday – Henry Standen was “capitally convicted…”

#ScenicSaturday, Hooper, Stewart, Woolley

Scenic Saturday – Hobart

Hobart docks 2019 This tranquil harbour is where some of my ancestors began the Australian chapters of their life stories. Those stories, featuring imprisonment, hardship, separation, love, recidivism, isolation, theft, bushranging, adultery and even manslaughter, take place in Tasmania, Sydney, Newcastle and the far north coast of New South Wales. Eventually their lives intertwine. The… Continue reading Scenic Saturday – Hobart

#PhotoFriday, Browning, Harris

Family photo Friday – A study in sepia

. Today's photo is a 1920s studio portrait of my grandfather William Henry Allan Harris (i906-1985), his sister Iris Edna Harris (1910-1998) and his brother Herbert Erroll Harris (1908-1996). The subjects are the three children of my paternal great grandparents, Herbert John Harris (1881-1977) and Mary Isabel Browning (1885-1972). The family was living at 16… Continue reading Family photo Friday – A study in sepia

#52Ancestors, #TroveTuesday, Everingham, Standing

Trove Tuesday – The namesake

Week 23 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: NAMESAKE I think that most of us have wondered where on earth our parents found our first names and why they gave them to us, particularly if the name isn't a traditional family name. Why Brian Roger Harris? Where did the Brian and the Roger come from? Was… Continue reading Trove Tuesday – The namesake

#52Ancestors, Browning, Harris

“I foolishly gave it all away…

Week 37 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE Herbert John Harris PROMPT: MISTAKE In 1919 my paternal great grandfather Herbert John Harris made what he considered to be the biggest mistake of his life. He exchanged life as a farmer on his property at Wadeville, in the far north coast region of New South Wales for that… Continue reading “I foolishly gave it all away…