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?
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
Week 40 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT; HARVEST This post, the 'Hungry Years', describes one family's survival in a time of near starvation in the very early years of the colony of New South Wales following the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788. Harvests were poor and the population was often desperate for food.… 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 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