The photograph One of the photos in my box of assorted family memorabilia that I inherited was a formal studio portrait of a soldier. His uniform, the pose and the style of the photo are all typical of the pre-embarkation photo taken of many Australian troops just before they left for overseas, perhaps never to… Continue reading Pte. John David Jacob Richardson – Lest We Forget
Week 45 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: RICH MAN My 4 x great grandfather James Blackman (1759-1842) was described in his youth as 'a handsome, well-educated, spoilt and flamboyant young gentleman'. The son of James Blackman and Jane Hearne, James was christened on 25 May 1760 at Deptford in Kent, England. Reportedly James was a… Continue reading A handsome…spoilt and flamboyant young gentleman
Week 44 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: TRICK OR TREAT The case of the "Everingham Millions' caused a minor sensation in Australia in the 1920s and early 30s. It was claimed that the First Fleeter Matthew James Everingham (1769 - 1817) was the son of Sir John Everingham and the heir to his vast estate.… Continue reading The Everingham Millions – A cruel trick or a real treat?
This photo of my great grandfather George Henry Standing (1878-1943) had me reaching back through time. I had heard a number of family stories about the man but I had no idea what he looked like and what he was really like as a man. He died eleven years before I was born and I… Continue reading Family Photo Friday – George Henry Standing
Week 43 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: TRANSPORT The ship Neptune, under contract to former slave traders, arrived in Sydney Cove on 28 June 1790, one of the six ships in the Second Fleet that had been sent to the new penal colony of New South Wales. The ship's human cargo of convicts, some dead… Continue reading The Neptune – the ‘Hell Ship’ of the ‘Death Fleet’
Week 41 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: CONTEXT Most of us have really interesting, sometimes strange, family photos that really need a context or an explanation in order to make sense of them . Two photos that include Allan Harris, my rugby league loving grandfather dressed up as a most unattractive nurse, fall into this… Continue reading The Ugly Sisters of Lismore Base Hospital
Week 42 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT; ADVENTURE For most people a passport is a ticket to adventure, to holidays and trips far from home. To John Knight, one of my maternal 3 x great grandfathers, his Ticket of Leave Passport was another step on the long road to freedom. This passport allowed the unemployed… Continue reading John Knight’s Passport: Another step towards freedom