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…

Google Mapping – Byron Bay

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…

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…

Family Photo Friday – The Sisters

Week 32 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: SISTER Today’s family photo is a wonderful studio portrait of a paternal great grandmother Christina Ann Woolley nee Hicks (1875-1951), one of her her sisters Margaret Cook nee Hicks (1865-1952) and a sister- in law Lucy Hicks nee Keene. Lucy was married to George Hicks (1873-1956). One of…

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…

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

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 me to celebrate family achievement; explore family myths and legends…