Family Photo Friday – Ivy Cordelia Harris

This post is a short story based on the life of Cordelia Ivy Harris (1898-1984), a 2x great aunt and is based on fact (see Bibliography). The Promise 14 June, 1941 Ivy’s first thought after waking was that she had woken as Mrs Ivy Neimann of Lismore for the last time. That afternoon she was…

American sailors come to town!

Week 2 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: FAVOURITE PHOTO One of my favourite photos is this sepia image of as yet unidentified sailors from the U.S. navy. The photo was taken in Lismore, New South Wales on 31 July 1925 during the young men’s visit to the town. It was sent to my 15 year…

Family Photo Friday – I Growed On This

They say that every picture tells a thousand stories. This wonderful photo of Richard STANDING (1856-1923) with his (at least) three kegs certainly tells a few stories about a real character. It also raises a few questions at the same time. First and foremost – Richard Standing was a BIG man. Just what was in…

Knit One, Purl One

Week 49 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: CRAFT I was at a talk recently when I heard the rhythmic ‘clickety clack’ of knitting needles. I looked around and, sure enough, an older lady was knitting. She was listening to, and watching, the speaker intently as her knitting needles moved furiously. I couldn’t help but wonder…

John HOOPER – A “notorious character”

Week 48 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: THIEF Where do I start? Sixteen of my direct ancestors were sentenced to transportation ‘beyond the seas’ to the colonies of Australia, all for theft.[1] None of them saw their family, friends or homes again. Some had lived in rural England. Others came from the slums of the…

Family Photo Friday – Maria Kezia Roberts

M y 2 x great grandmother Maria Kezia ROBERTS was born in Windsor, New South Wales on 10 January 1839. Maria Kezia was the grand daughter of William ROBERTS, a convict sent to Australia on the Scarborough in the First Fleet. William married Kezia BROWN, a convict who was transported to Australia on the Neptune,…

Pte. John David Jacob Richardson – Lest We Forget

Week 47 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: SOLDIER The photograph One of the photos in the box of assorted family memorabilia that I inherited was a formal studio portrait of a soldier. His uniform, his pose and the style of the photo are all typical of the pre-embarkation photos taken of many Australian World War…

A handsome…spoilt and flamboyant young gentleman

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…

The Everingham Millions – A cruel trick or a real treat?

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….

Family Photo Friday – George Henry Standing

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…