Scenic Saturday – Cascades Female Factory, Hobart

On 21 April 1853 Margaret Stewart (1836-1889), my paternal 2 x great grandmother, arrived in Hobart on the convict ship the Duchess of Northumberland. Margaret was one of 216 female convicts on the ship. They were the last group of female convicts sent to Van Dieman’s Land (Tasmania).[1] Margaret, from Paisley in Scotland, had been…

Scenic Saturday – Hobart

This tranquil harbour is where some of my ancestors began the Australian chapters of their life stories. Those stories, featuring imprisonment, hardship, separation, love, recidivism, isolation, theft, bushranging, adultery and even manslaughter, take place in Tasmania, Sydney, Newcastle and the far north coast of New South Wales. Eventually their lives intertwine. The Tasmanian arrivals John…

Scenic Saturday – Irish Famine Memorial, Sydney

The Australian Memorial to the Great Irish Famine (1845-1852) is located at the Hyde Park Barracks on Macquarie Street Sydney. It commemorates the arrival in Australia of over 4,000 single young women, most of whom were teenagers. (1) The girls arrived under Earl Grey’s Famine Orphan Scheme (1848-1850), a scheme designed to resettle destitute girls…

Scenic Saturday – St Davids Park, Hobart Tasmania

My paternal 3 x great grandmother Melinda Woolley nee Bryant was buried here on 21 December 1858. St David’s Park, as the area is now called, is a peaceful and quite beautiful walled park of lawns and gardens in the centre of Hobart. It dates from the beginning of European settlement in 1804 when the…

Scenic Saturday – Franklin, Tasmania

WILLIAM WOOLLEY [1801-1863], one of my 3x great grandfathers. was buried on 1 April 1863 in this cemetery attached to the former St John’s Church of England in Franklin, looking down on the Huon River. It was recorded that William had succumbed to “General debility and break up of the Constitution”. William, his wife Melinda…