Week 16 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: AIR In an earlier post ‘Naming and Shaming‘ I wrote about how at … Continue Reading AIRING THE DIRTY LAUNDRY
If ever I see home again … I want nothing more … than to forget these awful days—swollen bodies, bloated from … Continue Reading HE DIED AN AUSTRALIAN HERO
Week 9 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: DISASTER Scenes have been described as “apocalyptic” as Australia’s bush fires have intensified, … Continue Reading Evacuation before the ‘apocalyptic’ bushfires of January 2020
Recently I had some free time and I decided to play tourist in Sydney, the city that I had lived … Continue Reading 1788: The First Fleet landed at Sydney Cove after 8 months at sea
Week 2 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: FAVOURITE PHOTO One of my favourite photos is this sepia image of as … Continue Reading American sailors come to town!
Week 49 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: CRAFT I was at a talk recently when I heard the rhythmic ‘clickety … Continue Reading Knit One, Purl One
Week 48 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: THIEF Where do I start? Sixteen of my direct ancestors were sentenced to … Continue Reading John HOOPER – A “notorious character”
Week 47 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: SOLDIER The photograph One of the photos in the box of assorted family … 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 … 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 … Continue Reading The Everingham Millions – A cruel trick or a real treat?
Week 43 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: TRANSPORT The ship Neptune, under contract to former slave traders, arrived in Sydney … Continue Reading The Neptune – the ‘Hell Ship’ of the ‘Death Fleet’
As soon as I saw this week’s prompt I thought of two photos in my collection. Both of these photos … 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 … Continue Reading John Knight’s Passport: Another step towards freedom
Week 40 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT; HARVEST This post, the ‘Hungry Years’, describes one family’s survival in a time … Continue Reading The Hungry Years
Week 39 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: MAP IT OUT Byron Bay is the touchstone of my paternal family; a … Continue Reading Google Mapping – Byron Bay
Week 8 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: FAMILY PHOTO . Today’s photo is a 1920s studio portrait of my grandfather … Continue Reading Family photo Friday – A study in sepia