What were the wives of Singleton up to in December 1848? Why were they deserting their husbands? Of course their husbands said it was 'without cause'. Public Notice, Maitland Mercury, Wed. 20 December 1848, p. 3. These two notices appeared in the Maitland Mercury on 20 December 1848. They provide very different reading to the… Continue reading Trove Tuesday – Naming and Shaming
This wonderful photo is just one of the collection of family photos that I inherited. Unfortunately, I can't find any details about the bride or her wedding. The anonymous bride The photo does provide a couple of small clues as to when the wedding took place. These help date the photo. They also give some… Continue reading Family Photo Friday – I would dearly love to give this beautiful bride a name!
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
Cascade Female Factory - Mt Wellington in the background 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… Continue reading Scenic Saturday – Cascades Female Factory, Hobart
Every family has at least one event that has achieved almost legendary status over time, perhaps an amount of notoriety. One such occasion occurred in September 1953 when South Lismore Rugby League Club's First and Reserve Grade teams won their respective Minor and Major Premierships. Stories about the tries, the extra time, the drought between… Continue reading Trove Tuesday – Grand Final Fever
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
To me, the really amazing thing about this week's photo is that I was nursed on many occasions by the subject; someone who had been described in the Northern Star as an "early pioneer' of the far north coast region of New South Wales . (1 ) The 'early pioneer' in this informal portrait is… Continue reading Family photo Friday