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…

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…