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 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 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
Week 36 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: SCHOOL DAYS The story of Osborne Ladies College, a girls’ school which operated in Blackheath in the Blue Mountains from 1923 until the death of its founder in 1958 reads in places more like a gothic fantasy tale than reality "'In the spirit of the Navy': Violet Gibbins… Continue reading Osborne Ladies’ College – A “Gothic Fantasy Tale”
Not Quite 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks OR #52Ancestors #52Ancestors History is a novel for which the people is the author — Alfred de Vigny. I am finally starting the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge and have quite a bit of catching up to do. Hopefully this blog will be a good forum for… Continue reading 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks